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"Fietsen Scoort" raises 45,000 euros

22 January 2014


Participants in the "Fietsen Scoort" campaign, cycled around the world 250 times, and that raised € 45,000. This money goes to bicycle projects of CooP-Africa. Our thanks goes out to "Fietsen scoort" and especially to all those who left the car in the parking lot and took the bicycle to work in 2013.

"Fietsen Scoort" is the largest bicycle campaign in the Netherlands. Would you like to join the campaign and support CooP-Africa? Do you like to cycle to work? Would you like to convince your workplace to participate in "Fietsen Scoort"? Please contact us via This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . On you can find more information about the campaign.

New volunteer: Maaike Ruiterkamp

09 January 2014

Maaike Ruiterkamp

Since December 2013 CooP-Africa has a new volunteer: Maaike Ruiterkamp. Maaike introduces herself:

Jambo! I'm Maaike Ruiterkamp, a new and enthusiastic volunteer for CooP-Africa. I recently graduated as a health scientist, but in addition I also have a passion for Africa and development cooperation. In April 2012 I made my first trip to Kenya and that was not my last. I stayed in Kisumu several times to volunteer and study. During these trips, I also learned about the work of CooP-Africa.

Why CooP-Africa? My experiences in Africa made me realize that all development work is well intentioned, the people behind it are committed with passion and commitment to their fellow man. Still, I realized that some projects have a deeper, more lasting effect than others. So I was especially excited by organizations promoting African individuals to utilise their own capacities in stead of holding up their hands. CooP-Africa is one of those organizations that help people getting started on own capacities and stimulating entrepreneurship and self-reliance. When I got the opportunity to volunteer for CooP-Africa I didn't hesitate for a moment. An organization that does such good work, I would like to help.

I hope that together we can raise a lot of money in 2014, and increase our brand awareness in order to continue to carry out and expand the good work of CooP-Africa, because a bicycle realy does make a difference.

User research for bicycle design

15 December 2013


Designing a bicycle for students in Africa, requires a lot of user research. Eline Meesters, student of Delft University of Technology, is now in Uganda to design a bicycle frame that meets the needs of students and can be produced locally in the workshops of CooP-Africa. Next year we want to start the first production. CooP-Africa is looking for donors who want to contribute to the development of this project. For more information on this initiative, go to African Bicycle Designbicycle frame design.

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