PERIOD 2020 – 2025
Defined by the Board dd. 20-02-2020
The Hubi & Vinciane Foundation is an organisation of volunteers in Belgium and local employees in Benin that pursues the dream of Hubi Adriaens and Vinciane Van Assche through the realisation of sustainable and ethical development projects for a more dignified and better life for the inhabitants of the Borgou-Parakou region in Benin.
The Foundation wishes to sustain its mission by bringing structural improvements to the life of the population, with a particular focus on the most vulnerable groups in the Parakou region, thanks to its local team that is gradually being empowered.
The Foundation opts for an integrated approach through a Beninese-Belgian cooperation and co-creation of equals that are in line with the United Nations’ sustainable development objectives (SDG).
After all, the context in which this cooperation takes place is the African continent in all its diversity. Today, Africa’s society, economy and demographics are undergoing rapid change.
The Foundation’s mission and vision are based on six core values. These values are a source of inspiration and a guideline in achieving the social mission of our organisation.
Social, ecological and economic sustainability
We are convinced that sustainable development seeks a balance between social, ecological and economic interests. We aspire to sustainable societal changes in the social and political, ecological, economic and technological fields so that they contribute to a healthy and peaceful environment with prosperous citizens and well-functioning ecosystems. In this way, we want to progressively achieve global sustainable development goals (SDG) on a local, small-scale basis.
Development can only be achieved through genuine mutual involvement, in a relationship of equality. Regardless of gender, race, age, religion or belief, we allow everyone to contribute to our projects. Growth is only possible through cooperation in mutual respect. Equality of women and men is at the heart of this.
Empowerment of actors
People can only work on their own and take responsibility if they get a voice and can influence their living conditions and commitment. For us, empowerment is a process of emancipation, in which people push the limits of their situation and social commitment.
Each person has his or her own identity and is a unique person. We therefore cherish diversity and promote dialogue that connects people. We respect the opinions, knowledge and experience of all those involved in our projects and their beneficiaries.
Acting ethically and transparently
Dignity, reliability, sincerity and honesty are at the heart of ethical and transparent conduct. We practice them in everything we do and at all levels, without pursuing self-interest.
Trust and mutual respect
Mutual trust and respect are the breeding ground for people’s growth. This applies to directors and managers as well as employees and beneficiaries. Power and calculation are paralysing. If we give trust or enjoy trust, if we respect or are respected, we feel better. It makes us more creative and efficient together so that we can achieve our goal.
In Benin, the Foundation promotes the regional development of Borgou-Parakou based on an integrated approach. The objective is to cooperate with local partners and the local population to actively contribute to improving the living conditions of the inhabitants of this region. The approach is both preventive and curative, through awareness-raising activities and concrete support, paying attention to current needs and sustainable progress.
The Foundation’s activities in Benin are primarily aimed at combating malnutrition and strengthening knowledge and skills in the field of “healthy and balanced nutrition”. The Foundation opts for an integrated approach to projects in the fields of health, with a focus on malnutrition among women and children; education, with an emphasis on gender equality; and agriculture, with the development of entrepreneurship.
The Foundation collaborates in Benin with a network of stakeholders and partners including local elected officials, religious and political leaders (village elders, ministries, cities and departments, embassies), experts, entrepreneurs, universities, NGOs and non-profit organisations. It works in complementarity and synergy with these stakeholders and partners.
The Foundation has established its Centre d’Innov’Action de Parakou (CIAP) to facilitate ‘training of trainers’ sessions, brainstorming and creating a laboratory of innovative methods and techniques. This centre also functions as the Foundation’s headquarters in Benin and the office of the local team.
The Foundation wishes to reinforce the Benin team in its growth towards an autonomous team. It facilitates their transition towards greater financial self-sufficiency by stimulating them to look for means of financing and income to carry out the Foundation’s projects.
In Belgium, the Foundation works with various partners, including cities, municipalities and provinces, as well as companies and organisations. It wishes to raise awareness, activate and raise funds to achieve its mission.
The Foundation facilitates internships in Benin for Belgian students and volunteers. In addition, it offers internships in Belgium for its Beninese collaborators and partners. It also organises immersion trips to Benin for supporters and donors, to bring them into contact with Beninese society, history and culture.
INNOVATIVE COOPERATION FOR SUSTAINABLE FOOD FOR ALL
‘Eat better, live better’
Programs, partners, local entities & targets in the region of Parakou – BENIN (Feb 2020)
Capacity building of two partner hospitals, Tchaourou Zone Hospital in Papané and Parakou-N’Dali Hospital in Boko
Local entities: two zone hospitals & dispensaries
Targets: women & children < 5 years old
THE FOUNDATION SUSTAINABLE FOOD PROGRAM
The Foundation with local and international partners
Local entities: health zones CENTRE D’INNOVATION FHV – CIAP
Targets: young women, mothers, children and youth
THE FOUNDATION’S SCHOOLS PROGRAM
LEARNING IN VHF YOUTH in collaboration with village schools
Local entities: 24 villages – primary and secondary schools
Targets: young children 5 – 14 years old and their parents
COACHING PROGRAM – YOUNG WOMEN
in collaboration with the CAMFP centre
Local entities: CENTRE DES ARTS ET METIERS DES FEMMES DE PARAKOU (CAMFP)
Targets: young girls >= 12 years old
THE FOUNDATION TRAINING PROGRAM
INTEGRATED AGRICULTURE FOR WOMEN AND YOUNG FARMERS
The Foundation and local partner Centre Soukounon, the Foundation agro team and NGO Eclosio
Local entities: Training Centre, SOUKONON FARM & Local Pioneers
Targets: young women 15 – 35 years old
START-UP PROGRAM DGD FAMILY FARMING NGO
Eclosio with the Foundation
Local entities: CIAP, FHV Innovation Centre, NGO Eclosio
Targets: young women 15 – 35 years old
Exchange of experiences Benin-Belgium – Internships for Belgian students and volunteers in Benin – Immersion trips in Benin – Internships for Beninese team and partners in Belgium
From 6 to February 19, 2021 we spent a brief but intense visit to Benin. It was a warm reunion with our Benin employees
At the beginning of March, I flew with two other members of the Hubi & Vinciane Foundation to Cotonou for the biannual working visit to our local team in Parakou.