Kolewa Foundation is a small foundation, founded by Syta Plantinga, an ambitious entrepreneur from the Netherlands. Syta and her husband Peter Veenstra were struck by the poor conditions they found on several islands, such as Rote, Flores, Sumbawa and also the interior of Bali.
Kolewa Foundation has an ANBI approval (which means an official recognition for charity in the Netherlands), and besides the support of the Indonesian team, Kolewa functions fully on volunteers. From 2009 on Peter and Syta started from Bali.
Syta is the driving force of Kolewa and continuously searching for new field partners, sponsors, new possibilities and ways to help the children of these islands. In 2017 the Kolewa Foundation was officially registered in Indonesia under the name Yayasan Kolewa Harapan Indonesia. Besides Syta Plantinga as the founder of the NGO, the board counts four Indonesian board members in Bali.