In 2008 I lost my heart to Tanzania and its people, especially the children. I worked as a physiotherapist – my profession at that time – in the mission hospital in Peramiho, a village in the South of Tanzania.

From 2008 until 2010 I yearly went to Peramiho during my vacation to pass on my knowledge as a physiotherapist. To give help four weeks a year is not enough, though. We were looking for structural improvements. We received money from many people. It was too much money for small things, but too little to realise sustainable and structural projects. That is why we founded Foundation Peramiho on the 22nd of May 2009. The board consists of enthusiastic honorary volunteers who dedicate their knowledge and expertise to our Foundation.

In general, we only support one large project at a time. That way it all stays well-organized and manageable for us as a small foundation. Apart from a large project we do support smaller projects that cross our path and fit our general goals.

Our motto “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” we borrowed from Gandhi. Together we can be that change. Will you join and help us?

Founder and chairperson


The board

Monique Derrez is founder and chairperson of the foundation. In 2008 she was sent out to work as a physiotherapist in Peramiho. There and then she lost her heart to South-Tanzania and its people. Besides being the founder and chairperson, Monique personifies the foundation. Read on.

Yvonne Vaes-Lucas is our secretary. She worked in primary education for more than 45 years. First as a teacher, later as a director. Her passion is giving children the tools to develop in the most balanced way possible, to discover their talents and to guide them on their way to adulthood. A passion that matches the vision of our Foundation: Children should grow up in a family whenever possible, as that is better for their overall development. Read on.

Nini Bos is active in society: as head of department in the municipality of Cranendonck, as member of the board of “Keent Onderneemt’ (a group of inhabitants of the neighbourhood Keent in Weert who bring people together in order to profit from each other’s talents) and as member of the Parents’ Association and Representative Advisory Body of the primary school ‘Het Dal’ in Weert. She now also puts to use her broad interest and experience in social issues for our foundation. Read on.