The Astrid Uganda Foundation was established in the memory of Astrid Joosten from Milheeze. During her last visit to Uganda and the Green Valley School in Bwera in June 2008 she committed herself to helping the children of this school. The (orphaned) children lived in appalling conditions. The school was lacking everything.
But during this holiday Astrid became the first European tourist ever to be infected with the deadly Marburg virus of which she died on 11 July 2008. Therefore her husband Jaap Taal initiated the establishment of a foundation in memory of Astrid to improve the poor conditions of these children.
"Children of Uganda going to school together for a better future", that’s what the Astrid Uganda Foundation is about. The unique approach of the foundation works. People in the community itself, as well as competent local partners, play a central role. Self-reliance, sustainability and transparency are three main pillars that carry our projects.
The Astrid Uganda Foundation was established in the memory of Astrid Joosten, who deceased of the consequences of the Marburg virus . She died on 11 July 2008 of the effects of the Marburg virus. Astrid caught the virus in Uganda during a visit to the Python Cave (bats cave) in Maramagambo.
Astrid Joosten is the first European tourist ever to come back from Africa with this virus. Marburg is related to Ebola, and no medicine exists to cure it.
Children of Uganda going to school together for a better future.
Children are the future. Also in Uganda. But they have to go to school. Because a good education provides better opportunities for an independent life. The Astrid Uganda Foundation therefore wants all children to be able to go to school. We believe in the power of the local community. That is why the Astrid Uganda Foundation supports promising initiatives that enhance self-reliance and entrepreneurship. Children can stay in their social environment longer and safely go to school.
The Astrid Uganda Foundation has a unique approach based on three pillars: self-reliance, sustainability and transparency. We believe in the power of the local Ugandan community and a committed effort of local partners.
Read more about the fundamentals of the approach of the Astrid Uganda Foundation and our partners.