Board & History

Sierra Leone NOW! was founded on july 2nd of 2009 by Don Keus and Hanneke and Ria Kievit from Deil. Ever since april 2008 the sisters and their parents are involved with projects in Sierra Leone. Father Hans Kievit meets Don and is captivated by his stories. Don is making things happen in name of the Lion Heart Foundation and asks Hans if he wants in. Full of energy the Kievit family makes plans for a big fundraiser with the motto: Keus embraces Sierra Leone. Sierra Leone Now! is a product of this event.

The board consists of the following members:

Donald Keus (1951) from Geldermalsen – chairman
As luitenant-colonel of the Dutch Marine-corps Donald was expedited to Kabul and in 1992 he was stationed in Angola as an observer for the United Nations. In this capacity he has already been in frequent contact with NGO’s. Upon his retirement he became active in Lion Heart Foundation, first as Hospital Manager in Magbenteh Community Hospital and later as Country Director. In these functions he was involved in the establishment of several projects in Sierra Leone.

Caspar Swinkels (1988) from Deurne – Board Member
Caspar Swinkels is a graduate of International Development Studies at Wageningen University and Research. During his internship and thesis in 2016, he spent eight months in Yele with PowerNed to support the management and administration of the project. Since then, he has been involved in Sierra Leone Now and PowerNed.

Doenan Mager (1981) Secretary

Doenan Mager is an engineer for Solico Engineering B.V., one of our sponsors. In 2007 while on the africalive.nl expedition, Doenan visited Sierra Leone and the projects in Makeni and Yele. He stayed in touch, assisting in various projects such as a fundraising festival in Sierra Leone and a bridge/dam design for Yele. Since 2016 he is a boardmember of Sierra Leone Now!

Steven Visser Treasurer

Steven Visser, graduated in Business Administration (Master Accountancy and controlling), is managing director of Ceratec Technical Ceramics. After his graduation, he spent 7 months in Yele, training the local accountants, teaching medical students and assisting the management. He is a board member since 2016.

Dick van Zuijlen (1958) from Leiderdorp – Board member

Graduate Dutch civil law at Leiden University, currently a teacher in a bilingual secondary school. He has visited Sierra Leone in 2007. He supports SLN in Development of legal agreements, management and technical support, among other things. He is a board member since 2016.

The board would like to thank founders and former boardmembers Hanneke and Ria Kievit for their tireless efforts. Without you, all of this wouldn’t have been possible.

Lion Heart Foundation

In april 2006 after three doctors from the Netherlands visited Magbenteh Community Hospital in Makeni. The Hospital was opened by a Swiss fysical therapist named Harald Pfeiffer in januari of the same year. The opening was a huge accomplishment, but there was a shortage of pretty much everything. To keep this operation afloat, immediate action was needed and upon return in Holland the three doctors founded the Lion Heart Foundation.

The foundation went on to develop its Best of Both Worlds Program to ensure a durable improvement of the circumstances for the people of Sierra Leone. The program focuses on enhancement of healthcare, education but foremost the development of economic activities. The mission of the foundation will be successful when they have become obsolete.

You can find our policy plan (Beleidsplan 2018) here

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