International Support Fund 

Internationaal Hulpfonds

Supports the development of children worldwide


The aim of the Internationaal Hulpfonds

  • The IHF (ISF) supports initiatives on Waldorf Education outside the Netherlands. These can be schools, but also teacher training colleges for nursery and school teachers, daily nurseries, children’s homes, orphanages, projects for street youths centers and after school care.
  • The IHF tries to stimulate the principles of Waldorf Education in the world. It considers this form of education to be an important stimulus for further development.
  • The IHF holds the view that donations to support training and further education of teachers are an effective investment in this development.
  • The IHF tries to stimulate supporters and donors to make this possible.
  • The IHF gives assistance in finding teacher trainee places or in realizing working arrangements at one of the initiatives abroad.
  • The IHF gives information on foreign schools/projects.
  • The IHF stimulates the activity ‘Waldorf One World’ at Waldorf Highschools in Europe. A project during which pupils are working for one or two days during schooltime for the benefit of a foreign educational project


How does the IHF operate?

The IHF supports the above mentioned initiatives by giving donations for:

  • the renovation, (re)building or extensions of schools and installing their equipment
  • teachers at schools abroad
  • mitigating the often extremely difficult circumstances of schools, training colleges and other projects
  • the school/college fees for pupils and students in financially difficult circumstances
  • better salaries for teachers at schools and training colleges in countries where it is impossible to pay a salary covering the minimum of existence
  • the costs of material for playing, teaching and study
  • the acquisition of transport facilities, books for a library or study books in behalf of teachers abroad

South Africa

Criteria for support

The IHF stipulates that it will only give support if the projects meet with certain requirements:

  • the projects have a place in their own culture and are firmly rooted in their own society
  • the projects can support themselves to some extent after a few years
  • the projects intent to stimulate renewal of education and teaching in their own country
  • the projects remain in close contact with the country’s civilization in general and education in particular, in other words: no isolation takes place
  • the projects work together with other initiatives in the country, initiatives inspired by the same ideas, for instance projects in the field of medical, social-educational or agricultural development


Some information about the Fund itself

Twice a year the Fund sends out a circular letter covering the annual report and a financial survey. This letter contains articles about the latest developments of the Waldorf School Movement worldwide and especially covers the developments of projects related to the Fund. Also new projects are presented and new actions are announced.
The IHF is presenting itself at many Waldorf school-markets and fancy-fairs where products are sold to benefit specific projects.

What could you do?

  • you can become a donor and donate a regular gift to the Fund or to a project or country of your choice. (minimum annual donation Euro 30,- this includes a subscription to the circular newsletter).
  • you can donate a special gift to a specific project or to the Fund in general
  • you can give publicity to the activity of the Fund in your own vicinity for instance by distributing newsletters, brochures, or flyers
  • you can organize a campaign in your circle of family and friends on the occasion of a birthday or an annual celebration to benefit the Fund
  • you can subscribe to the circular newsletter to the amount of Euro 30,- annually

More information

If you need more information and publicity items please contact:

Stichting Internationaal Hulpfonds
voor vrijeschoolpedagogie
Internationaal Hulpfonds
Guldenstraat 16
6532 RL Nijmegen
06 2697 2310

Triodos Bank IBAN: NL03 TRIO 0212 1950 50

Donations and gifts will probably give you a tax deduction, since the IHF is officially recognized as a charity.

The IHF is working together with Die Freunde der Erziehungskunst (Germany) and ACACIA (Switzerland) as well as Scandinavian funds and within the country with Stichting Helias (Middle and East Europe), the IONA-Stichting and circles of friends of projects the IHF has a connection with.