Sunday, November 18, 2007

Solis Netherlands Supports Mobile Clinic in Delhi

On Saturday 17 November, Solis Netherlands, in co-operation with Christian community Zolder50, raised support for a mobile health clinic in Delhi. At the Bollywood themed fundraiser “Bollywood50”, singer-songwriter Christel Meijer performed, as well as a Bollywood dance group, especially formed for the occasion. Todd Watkins, pastor of Zolder50, was among the dancers. In addition, the visitors danced to the beats of DJ Bernardo Partida and DJ Elisabeth, supported by VJ Avantia.

More than € 2000 was raised ($ 3000), which will be a good start for Solis’ partner organization in Delhi ‘Serve India’. Serve India will set up a mobile clinic and bring medical care where it is most needed: the slums. Hundreds of thousands slum dwellers live in poor conditions, without proper sanitation or sufficient health care. Unfortunately, some people are dying of diseases that are preventable or easy to treat.

It is still possible to make your donation by a bank transfer to Stichting Solis Nederland, Triodos Bank 784769397.
IBAN: NL39TRIO0784769397
NL39 TRIO 0784 7693 97
Please indicate your gift is for Bollywood50.


Monday, November 06, 2006

Congratulations to Muhammad Yunus

Muhammad Yunus was awarded the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize, along with Grameen Bank, for "their efforts to create economic and social development from below." He is the first and so far only Bangladeshi to win the prestigious award. The award also marked a shift away from the conventions by awarding it to someone who worked to promote peace indirectly through economic upliftment of the masses.

The announcement read:

"The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided to award the Nobel Peace Prize for 2006, divided into two equal parts, to Muhammad Yunus and Grameen Bank for their efforts to create economic and social development from below. Lasting peace cannot be achieved unless large population groups find ways in which to break out of poverty. Micro-credit is one such means. Development from below also serves to advance democracy and human rights."

The 65-year-old economist said he would use part of his share of the $1.4 million award to create a company to make low-cost, high-nutrition food for the poor. The rest would go toward setting up an eye hospital for the poor in Bangladesh, he said. The food company, to be known as Social Business Enterprise, will sell food for a nominal price.

Monday, June 26, 2006



Friday 15 September

Leidsekade 50 Amsterdam


Malnourishment, extreme poverty, and despair … daily realities for hundreds of million people around the world. Caught in a cycle of poverty, these people need access to training and capital and tools to lift themselves out of their poverty with dignity and determination.

Zolder50 and Solis Amsterdam want to act against social injustice by organising the first Solis Fundraising Dinner on 15 September 2006. We have two goals for this evening: sharing a great dinner and raise money for the Village Enterprise Foundation (VEF).

VEF enables the rural poor to create sustainable incomes by starting small businesses in Kenya. The programmes that Zolder50 and Solis Amsterdam support are: grants for group-based business ($100-150 start-up grants and $300 follow-up grants) and loans for community-based businesses (truck loan for farmers to reach key markets, loan for a bakery at a secondary school).

The dinner is for free, although you are invited to donate, to raise money for the VEF projects.

Find more information at: and

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Solis Corporate Website Launched & General Update

The corporate website ( is launched. All of the information regarding the programs and how to get involved are posted on the site.

The Solis Foundation is sending a small team to Kenya August 24th to disperse community grants, provide clothing and medical supplies, and identfy new small business opportunities for Kenyans and to work with the Village Enterprise Fund on venture grant and micro-loan development.

General Update: We are happy to announce that 10% of our USD $40,000 goal has been secured and we are currently in a position to fund 33 new businesses in Kenya. We feel God is truly being merciful and loving to bless us with these funds. Thank all of you who have supported Solis thus far and we hope to continue to build our relationships and to help Kenya.

Sunday, May 28, 2006

15 September: Solis Dinner , Amsterdam

SOLIS Amsterdam is a Zolder50 initiative to help the poor. SOLIS is a non-profit organization focused on ending poverty and creating economic sustainability in developing communities.

I have mixed feelings about presenting SOLIS Amsterdam. On the one hand I’m excited to introduce you to a concrete project to help the poor. On the other hand I’ve been struggling with a sense of being overwhelmed by the sheer scale of the problems we’re talking about. We’re talking about poverty issues, hunger and social injustice.

I wondered how I should present this project. Should I perhaps use Bible verses, to convince you that it is good to feed the hungry? – I am sure many of you already know these verses. Should I perhaps invoke your compassion by speaking out emotionally? – But it’s not about us, it’s about what God has to say to us. This morning I struggled with these questions. I started to have an headache over all this thinking, I realised I could not really communicate what I wanted to communicate, because my mind was not at peace. So I switched on the TV.

There are moments when God seems to speak so clearly to me, and this was one of them. Our brothers and sisters of the Evangelical Broadcasting Company (EO) reported on the situation in Kenya. Persistent drought has caused food shortages. Now 3,5 million people need food aid. A woman working in Kenya for an aid organization told us about how people craved for food, how huge the needs were, not only for food but also for schooling, future prospects. The programme makers also reported on two kids who have lost their father. Elephants killed him, as they were competing for scarce water resources. Parents helplessly watch their children suffer sickness and starve...

I think it is important to understand that helping the poor is more than about giving money. We could for in instance commit time. We can also raise other people’s awareness for these issues, which is what we’ve been doing this month at our Church.

15th of September we plan to organize a fundraising dinner at our church. All profit we make will be for business starting & community projects by the Village Enterprise Fund. Of course, we will have great food, but also performances and a DJ.

We hope to raise funds for the micro-enterprise fund and community grants.

Micro-enterprise funds help to create sustainable small businesses in developing communities in Kenya. The Micro-Enterprise fund will provide small loans to help people to start small businesses for instance metal recyclers, farms, taxi services, retail shops, etc.

Community grants are invested in community development. An example would be helping churches that have to take care of adopted aids orphans.

To organize this dinner we need your help. We need to fill the following tasks:

  • Food and Beverage: choosing recipes, preparing food, serving
  • Entertainment: performances (DJs, bands, …)
  • Decorations: tables, cutlery, etc.
  • PR: making and distributing brochures, making menu cards
  • Prayer
  • Sponsors: buy food and decorations.

In the orange room at the Zolder you will find lists where you can sign up I you want to volunteer the 15th of September. Please sign up if you feel you could contribute something. For more information you can mail or phone me.

Long-term Commitment

Finally there are a couple of things I would like to mention shortly. This year some people in our church will visit Kenya, to see what happens with our projects. We want to build a long-term relationship between our Church and a Kenyan community. We think we will better understand the needs of people as we get to know them better. We also think a long term relationship will raise our awareness for poverty in this world. So, as we are ending our May Awareness month, the raising of awareness still goes on. In June we will organise Rich Man Poor Man dinners at the Home Groups of this Church. The idea is that the dining table represents the world, some people get food in abundance, others will have to do with a spoon of rice. Maybe you’d feel uncomfortable sitting at that table, but then again I think we should not feel comfortable about social injustice in this world.

Saturday, May 06, 2006

Moving Ahead With Solis Amsterdam

In September we plan to organize a fundraising dinner at our church, Zolder50. All profit we make will be for a business starting & community project by the Village Enterprise Fund. Of course, we will have great food, but also performances and a DJ.

In Autumn this year, one of the people on our team will join a study trip to Kenya. We believe that field visits will help us to raise awareness for equity problems in the world. Moreover, we hope to build a long term relationship with local communities, so we can help them to meet their needs structurally and substantially.

This month (May) we declared "raising awareness" week for social justice issues at Zolder50. The first week we'll have an introduction on social injustice issues. The second and third week are dedicated to local action (organising a night in an elderly home and redecorating a house of the Salvation Army), and the fourth week we'll talk about the Solis initiative.

Sunday, February 12, 2006

The Amsterdam Connection

The Solis Foundation is excited to be engaging with a group of eager and energetic individuals from Amsterdam. The individuals are members of Zolder 50, a Christian Church within the Great Commission Ministries (GCM) network of churches who have a heart for the world and seek to use their skills to help others. The Solis Foundation will be working with this group in determining the best and most effective method in serving developing communities in Kenya. I am excited to have the opportunity to be working with a great group of people.

/Genesis Capunitan

Moving Forward With a New Partner

This past week has been an amazing time for the Solis Foundation. Both myself and JR Woodward traveled to the San Francisco Bay Area to meet with the Village Enterprise Fund (VEF). Established in 1987, the VEF is a highly successful and effective international economic development organization providing business grants and micro-loans to communities in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania. VEF will be partnering with the Solis Foundation on fund disbursement, business accountability, and training. We are also coordinating a missions trip with them this coming Fall. More information about this partnership and missions trip will be available on the Solis Foundation corporate website soon.

/Genesis Capunitan