CooP-Africa is fundraising organisation in the Netherlands founded in 2007 by Marieke de Wild and Luuk Eickmans in response to a research they conducted on the impact of bicycles on the livelihood of poor African women and their families in Uganda in 2004. Upon return in the Netherlands they started raising funds for bicycle projects under the name “Cycling out of poverty”. Partnering with aid organisation in Burkina Faso, Togo, Ghana, Rwanda, Kenya, Uganda and Malawi they distributed more than 5.000 bicycles to farmers, health workers and students.
CooP-Africa has since developed bicycle interventions focussing on accessing three essential services for development: education, health care and income. And is now supporting CooP-Uganda and CooP-Kenya with funds and capacity building to implements these bicycle interventions.
Since 2012 CooP-Africa has the Dutch quality hallmark for small charities from Central Bureau of Fundraising. The Central Bureau on Fundraising (CBF) is an independent foundation which has been monitoring fundraising by charities since 1925. The CBF’s task is to promote trustworthy fundraising and expenditure by reviewing fundraising organizations and giving information and advice to government institutions and the public. When a charity has been recognized as a charity by the CBF (CBF-erkend goed doel), you can trust that the organization has been closely reviewed.