The founders

Growing up, Kelly de Vries travelled to many different African countries. These trips had quit an impact on her. After university, Kelly decided to discover this promising continent on her own. 

Muriel Koch also volunteered in Ghana in 2006, after which Kelly and Muriel founded the Meet Kate Foundation together. She is still an active member of the Dutch board.

The Ghanaian board

Philomena is Kate's great aunt. Her dream to build a home for needy children, has come true. Philo is the director of the Children's Home and is part of the Ghanaian board. 

Secretary Steve is someone you can build on. He is flexible and always excited about new ideas, in other words: an important force within the board. 

If you say Meet Kate, you say Kelly and vice versa. Kelly lost her heart to Ghana and has worked in an admirable way for the foundation eversince. She moved to Ghana in 2011 and is now a perminent resident. 

The dutch board

Myrthe Oostenbach chair of the Dutch board. The children in Ghana stole her heart when she came to volunteer in 2011. 

Muriel Koch has been part of Meet Kate since day one. She is our secretary, translates our documents and loves to brainstorm about the foundation. 

Kiymet Schipper has a huge love for travelling and for Africa. This is also reflected in her study: Kiymet follows the Master's program International Development Studies. She is a valuable addition to our board.

Treasurer Nienke Mauritz lived in Ghana for one year and became aquainted with the Meet Kate Foundation. She loves children (and they love her), so she decided to continue working for Meet Kate. 


Peter R. de Vries is known for his strong sense of justice. He has been a dedicated ambassador of Meet Kate for years. He is also the father of founder Kelly.

Half Ghanaian presenter Veronica van Hoogdalem has been our proud ambassador since 2012. Like on other, she knows how to act as a bridge between both countries. 

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