Strategic Plan 2022-2028
1. Mission & vision
Introduction The Darulaceze Foundation is an organization that focuses on development cooperation and carries out projects in more than thirty countries. The organization’s projects aim to improve the lives of people in need and to combat human rights violations. As an organisation, the Darulaceze Foundation takes on the task of keeping unchanging values and norms alive in a changing world. In realizing these projects, the organization makes no distinction based on race, gender and religion
Objectives The Darulaceze Foundation pursues the following goals: • Meeting the needs of the poor and eliminating poverty; • Creating support and working on awareness of society to pay attention to the situation of people in developing countries
• Increase the level of prosperity of communities in developing countries;
• Challenging society to protect universal human values. The organization aims to achieve the above goals by:
• To help people in need, who are affected by war or natural disaster, in gaining independence in their lives so that they can provide for themselves;
• Reach out to these areas in an effective way, to help as many victims as possible and to limit both their material and mental damage;
• To be a global leader in the field of solidarity, promoting cooperation and solidarity between countries and organizations and creating awareness among its volunteers and Dutch society.
Features The organization differs from other organizations in its following characteristics:
• Strong networks in developing countries, facilitated by experts from the Darulaceze Foundation in collaboration with local partner organisations;
• Professional way of project development and realization of these;
•Transparency when viewing figures, finances, documents, etc.;
• Independent from third parties such as religious and political organizations;
• Collaboration with donors and volunteers, which enables the organization to realize projects together;
• Highly organized organization throughout the country that usually provides its volunteers with new developments and knowledge
The activities of the organization can be divided into 10 main categories:
• Social Support Projects
• Educational projects
• Food projects
• Orphan Projects
• Water projects
• Health projects
• Agricultural projects
• Emergency relief projects
• Social support projects: The social support projects provide financial support to the poor, orphans, widows, street children, the homeless, the sick and refugees. This can be in various forms such as: providing micro credit, shelter, food and water supplies, clothing, agriculture and livestock supporting gifts such as young trees and animals.
• Educational projects: Education is one of the important focus areas of the Darulaceze Foundation. We invest in the educational opportunities and opportunities of children and young people so that they are able to work on the future of their country and of their immediate living environment in particular. In addition, we find it very important that educational opportunities and possibilities are created in their living environment, so that in the first years of their younger years they do not feel the need to move to larger cities. With this method, we transfer the knowledge to distant habitats where there is little development and we set up a sustainable infrastructure that can also benefit children and young people from nearby areas. This benefits the overall development of the remote areas. We achieve this by building schools, purchasing learning materials, clothing for the children, attention to hygiene and health, providing food to the children.
• Food projects Reports from the United Nations, among others, show that food is an increasing problem in the world. While on the one hand there is death (especially among children) due to shortage of food, on the other hand there is enormous wastage of food and obesity with all its consequences. So there has been a huge imbalance in food consumption in the world. The Darulaceze Foundation realizes food projects in collaboration with local partners. Our food projects are realized in areas where there is a structural shortage of food. In the implementation of our projects, we involve the local population, entrepreneurs and use local products as much as possible.
• Orphan Projects As a result of violence, (local) conflicts, wars and natural disasters, many children lose their parents, leaving them alone in life. Worldwide there are millions of orphans who need a safe living environment. As the Darulaceze Foundation, we support thousands of orphans through our partners in developing countries and our donors. We do this by building orphanages, providing a certain amount per month to the family where the orphan is staying. The details of the orphans are updated annually.
• Water projects United Nations data shows that an increasing number of people do not have access to clean drinking water. The Darulaceze Foundation realizes various projects in more than 3 countries in which clean drinking water is pumped. Providing clean drinking water to the local population and in particular to children leads to a reduction in infectious diseases, especially among children.
• Health projects: Being healthy is a great asset. The Darulaceze Foundation realizes various projects in the field of health care in the countries where it is active. Such as support for treatments in hospitals and/or health centers, the provision of medicines, the organization of cataract surgery, oral and dental care.
• Agricultural projects The Darulaceze Foundation realizes various projects in the field of agriculture in collaboration with its partners in various countries. The local population is actively involved in the overall process of a project. That is to say that the local population, under the guidance of experts, learns in practice how such a process is established, which provides for their own food supply and ensures family income by selling products on the local markets.
• Emergency relief projects: Thanks to its solid infrastructure and partners who know the regions in the developing countries well, the Darulaceze Foundation is able to quickly provide the necessary aid in the region as a result of a disaster of any kind and size. This may include organizing a food program, clean drinking water, providing medicines, setting up tents for the victims, providing winter aid, etc.
The Darulaceze Foundation has many projects in developing countries. These projects are developed in two ways:
• Request from the Darulaceze Foundation : as an organisation, the Darulaceze Foundation develops its own projects from time to time to help poor people in developing countries. In addition, in some cases we receive project proposals from donors. If these projects meet the demand and supply ratio, they can also be realized. However, this is very often not the case. In general, the organization itself asks about projects. This is often more practical in connection with the knowledge and experience of the local organizations that provide us with advice.
• Request from the local partner(s): in some cases we receive project proposals from our local partner organizations ourselves. Emergency projects are an example of this. In this case, a budget is compiled so that preparations can be made for the relevant projects.
When and how the projects of the Darulaceze Foundation are carried out varies per period and the nature of the project itself. Due to the multiple diverse projects, we do not have a specific deadline(s). In principle, every project starts as soon as the board agrees to realize this project. As soon as the desired budget has been determined and/or collected, the preparations for the projects begin. Emergency relief projects or projects during the Ramadan and Qurban period will of course be completed in the same period. Projects that are larger in nature, such as school projects, or that are realized more often, such as cataract operations, have no concrete deadline.
Before the board discusses certain projects with the applicant partner, concrete and realistic agreements are made about the objectives, feasibility and results of the projects themselves. Subsequently, the requested project is discussed in the board and a decision is made about the application. During the entire process, communication is maintained with the relevant organisation(s) and partner(s) about the progress of the projects and any exceptional situations that may arise.
Assessment criteria The Darulaceze Foundation carries out various projects in more than 5 developing countries, spread over 2 continents, in accordance with its objective. In realizing the projects, the Darulaceze Foundation regularly uses the websites of the Dutch ministries of development cooperation and foreign affairs and those of the related aid organisations. The organization describes this method as an important control mechanism for its projects. In addition, the organization has acquired a great deal of knowledge and experience in recent years through projects that have been realized abroad. In addition, a solid infrastructure has been set up in the countries where we operate. To realize these projects in the countries concerned, the Darulaceze Foundation works together with local partner organizations. These partner organizations have charitable status according to the legal frameworks of the respective country.
The projects of the Darulaceze Foundation are financed by the gifts and donations of our donors. In addition, the organization carries out various recruitment campaigns for each project. Thus, the public has the opportunity to donate for all aid projects. The organization usually receives donations through the following groups:
• Individuals These are donations that are handed over to the organization via individuals online or in cash.
• Businesses These are the donations that are handed over to the organization via (large) companies or companies.
• Foundations These are the donations that are handed over to the organization via (large) foundations. Under this category we can also name schools, associations and institutes.
4.1 Local partner organizations
As indicated in 2.2, the Darulaceze Foundation works with local partner organizations that have charitable status. In this way we guarantee the independence and neutrality of our partner organisation(s) and the projects we realize together with them. Before the organization starts a collaboration with a local organization, the organization is checked for reliability. This is determined on the basis of reliability criteria and frameworks, drawn up by the board of the Darulaceze Foundation. If the organization complies with this, the collaboration will be initiated with a pilot project. This is done with pilot projects, which are small in size and budget. The collaboration with these partner organizations is started with a project proposal. They indicate the needs of their country and/or region by means of a project proposal. The project proposal is then analyzed by the board of the Darulaceze Foundation . As soon as the proposal is approved, a payment for the approved project is made via the bank. After this, a Darulaceze Foundation – volunteer goes to the relevant country to carry out the project. There, the responsible person receives the necessary documents. This concerns invoices and signed lists of names of people who have been donated. These documents are handed in to the office of the Darulaceze Foundation, to be checked for completeness.
4.2 Other partners
The Darulaceze Foundation works together with government institutions, organizations, associations, professional chambers, trade unions, federations and confederations in (foreign) countries. For this purpose, branches are opened both at home and abroad in order to set up separate associations. Cooperation also takes place with the United Nations, the World Bank, the European Union, international organizations and NGOs. The organization uses national and international funds, initiates projects to encourage the use of funds and supports organizations that carry out such projects. There is also regular contact with the development cooperation portfolio holder(s) of the political parties in the House of Representatives. In addition, regular talks are also held with like-minded aid organizations in the Netherlands. In some cases, this leads to cooperation in developing countries. In addition to aid projects abroad, the Darulaceze Foundation also pays attention to the situation of refugees in the Netherlands. In such cases, in collaboration with the relevant institutions the necessary assistance.
The Darulaceze Foundation has a board that consists of volunteers and some paid employees. In addition, there are more than 500 active volunteers across the country who support the organization on an individual basis through various activities or endeavours.
The board of the Darulaceze Foundation consists of a number of volunteers who have different knowledge and expertise that relate to the objective of the organization. The provisions in the articles of association are leading when admitting to and dismissing from the board.
If there is a need, an employee who meets the criteria required for the open position is sought. In view of the nature of the work of the organisation, the board sets high standards for the neutrality, reliability and integrity of the new employee. This employee is expected to embrace the objectives and approach of the organization.
5.2 Selection of volunteers
Volunteers are of indispensable value to our organization. The Darulaceze Foundation has more than 500 volunteers spread all over the country. Those who want to become a volunteer of the Darulaceze Foundation can apply by filling out an online form on our website. We regularly involve our volunteers in our projects and organize workshops where our volunteers are informed about the projects and other relevant matters of the organization. Our volunteers are active in their own region and contribute (via social media) to the projects and awareness of the organization. When selecting volunteers, the contribution that the person concerned can make available is considered. We can use physical effort, financial resources, time, knowledge, talents and commitment in favor of the projects of the Darulaceze Foundation as criteria.
5.3 Organizational form of the foundation
In accordance with the articles of association, the Darulaceze Foundation has a general and a daily board. In addition, the organization has a youth section and more than 500 volunteers spread across the country.
Management The board of the Darulaceze Foundation currently consists of three persons:
President: Murat Bozkurt
Secretary: Harun Atasever
Treasurer: Ramazan Avuclu
The Darulaceze Foundation carries out all projects with no profit motive and does not employ any paid staff. The board meets at least three times a year and as often as is desirable. Minutes are taken of the business transacted in the meetings. Meetings and decisions can also be made by e-mail and WhatsApp. Minutes are also made of this.