Kira Kay, initiatiefneemster en oprichtster van HwH:
When I first traveled to Nepal in 1995, I was deeply struck by the obvious fact that people there (and in many other places) may lack in education, material wealth, practical infrastructure and resources, yet these are human beings with an innate desire for growth I left with an inner decision to return and contribute in a constructive, supportive way to that natural growth.
In 2001, I found myself once more in Nepal, this time volunteering and assisting in a complicated situation involving mismanagement of funds, rampant misunderstandings, and general chaos! In amidst the chaos, however, I met Dipendra K.C., a young Nepali man with a commitment to working differently in such situations. From this connection our vision of Give the Net, Not the Fish was born.
Since that time we have acted on this basic principal, collaborating step by step with each other and with other Nepali individuals and communities. As our collaborations have expanded so has our need for practical structure and support from others, and this natural growth process has evolved into what you see today. This amazing journey has deepened my belief that human beings truly can work, live, play and evolve and grow together with greater sensitivity and caring with one another.
Coen Völker kreeg een vriendschap met Kira sinds 2000 en ging 2005 voor het eerst naar Nepal. Hij raakte onder de indruk van de duurzame kinderhuizen en microkredietprojecten. Sindsdien is hij verschillende malen teruggegaan om de projecten en de mensen te ondersteunen met dit mooie principe van "Geef het Net, Niet de Vis".Hij is oprichter en voorzitter van stichting Hands with Hands Holland.