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The board of the Help a Star Foundation

In accordance with the statutes, the number of board members is set at a minimum of 3 persons, i.e. the chairman, secretary and treasurer.

The Help a Star organization consists of two foundations. One based in the United States and its counterpart in the Netherlands. Both sister foundations have their own separate board, but work closely together to realize the common ideals. This makes Help a Star very agile.

The board of Help a Star Netherlands 

The current Help a Star Neterlands board currently consists of 5 board members.

The management duties are divided as follows:

  • Xiomara Sushmita Getrouw (NL): Co-Founder of Help a Star and President of Help a Star NL

  • Secretary position vacant

  • Peter Troon (NL): Treasurer & responsible for information technology

  • Edwin Vermetten (NL): Responsible for the organizational connection for athletic and creative sectors

  • David Getrouw (Official name Jacques) (NL): Responsible for technical training and methods

The board of Help a Star United States of America

The board of Help a Star USA consists of

  • Tariq Getrouw (USA): Co-Founder of Help a Star & President of Help a Star USA

  • Dakota Getrouw (USA): Treasurer & responsible for project implementation

  • Robert Bernstein (USA): Secretary & responsible for Media & Public Affairs

  • Raymond Landveld: Advisor

  • Dr. Pebbles Turbeville: Advisor

  • Ambassador Henry Mac Donald: Ambassador of Help a Star

  • Mr. Thomas Isekenegbe: Advisor

For more background information about the first eight board members mentioned above see the "About us" page on the Help a Star website:



The board members have unequivocally opted for a non-profit foundation. This is mentioned and emphasized here to make this clear, also to possible sponsors and others who support the objective of the foundation.

Remuneration and remuneration of board members

All directors work on a voluntary basis, they also receive no compensation or reward for their efforts and activities. The foundation itself does not employ any paid employees.

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