The story of Rhotia Valley Tented Lodge & Children’s Home history began in 2005, when two Dutch doctors were invited to a seminar in Tanzania.
Joris & Marise, moved by the experience, decided to organize other seminars and, more so, to help the community.
Hence, they started searching for a venue that could accommodate doctors and seminars.
Marise went back to Tanzania and started looking for land, she visited many villages and she remained impressed by the great number of children in the streets, without parents and with no one to take care of them.
That’s how Marise and Joris decided to build a venue for the seminars and a children’s home as well.
Having no experience with orphans, the couple decided to do research and visited several orphanages both in Europe and in Africa, one thing was quite clear: they shouldn’t be dependent on donations from third parties.
The desire and the need to be fully self-sustainable led to the idea of “two hills, one goal”. The lodge would host doctors and tourists, using the profits to support the expenses of the children’s home.
In 2006, Joris and Marise created the Rhotia Valley Children’s Home Foundation in the Netherlands, seeking financial backers for the purchase of the land and the construction of the lodge. Today, the Foundation is still working hard to collect donations for school fees and invest in the sustainable farm of the Children’s Home, so they are more self supporting for their food.
With self-sustainability always in mind, the two doctors decided to embed the project completely in the community of Rhotia, with the aim to support the people –especially the children – of the Rhotia area – in a such way to make the entire village part of the project.
This is how we try to make you feel when you are a guest at Rhotia.
Since nov 2021 their legacy is continued by a new dutch owner who continues in their spirit and objectives.
Joris and Marise established the Rhotia Valley Children’s Home Foundation in 2006. It is run by volunteers in The Netherlands, who do not charge a fee, so you can be assured that every given penny will be directly invested into the children!
Founders: Joris Koch & Marise Koch-Hekstra
Chairman: Philip Houben
Board Secretary: Ineke de Geer-Huisman
Treasurer: Wopke van Rhijn
Member: Aagje van Heekeren
Discover the story and the milestones of Rhotia Valley Foundation. Every year we try to achieve some goals in the 4 following development areas: Children (C), Projects (P), Sustainability & Community (S&C), Housing & Constructions (H&C)