Policy Plan

Introduction

Aliza Zara Legacy’s initiatives strive to not only alleviate the hardships faced by individuals in distress but also to challenge human rights violations. As a steadfast organization, Aliza Zara Legacy remains dedicated to preserving timeless values and principles in an ever-evolving world. In the pursuit of these projects, the organization stands resolute, embracing inclusivity and equality, irrespective of race, gender, or creed.

Objectives

We are committed to bringing about positive changes through our core values and targeted approach. Our commitment is focused on enhancing the lives of the less privileged by providing them access to crucial needs and opportunities for growth and prosperity. Below, we present our specific objectives:

Acces to basic needs:
Ensure improved access to food, water, shelter, and healthcare for vulnerable communities. 

Education:
Facilitate education to enhance the prospects of less privileged individuals. 

Health and Well-being:
Improve the health and well-being of less privileged individuals through healthcare services and health education. 

Inclusivity and Diversity:
Strive for inclusive practices and equal opportunities for individuals of all backgrounds, irrespective of gender, ethnicity, religion, or other identity traits. 

Community Development:
Facilitate community-focused projects and infrastructure development to enhance overall living conditions. 

Emergency Relief and Disaster Management:
Provide emergency aid and recovery support after natural disasters, conflicts, or other emergency situations. 

Awareness:
Raise awareness about the challenges faced by less privileged communities at local, national, or international levels.

Activities

Aliza Zara Legacy Foundation is dedicated to a wide range of initiatives, categorized into seven core areas:

  • Orphanage Projects, providing support to orphaned children and vulnerable families.
  • Water Projects, aiming to improve access to clean drinking water.
  • Food Projects, strengthening community food security.
  • Education Projects, aimed at fostering educational opportunities.
  • Self-Sustaining Projects, focusing on community empowerment.
  • Health Projects, dedicated to improved healthcare and education.
  • Emergency Relief Projects, responding swiftly to disasters and emergencies.

These categories constitute the pillars of our commitment to a better society and form the backbone of our humanitarian efforts.

Project

Orphan projects
The irreplaceable love of a parent is unparalleled, and the loss of it is exceptionally traumatic for children in developing countries. Illness or poverty has led thousands of children to lose one or both parents. For many, there is scarcely any time to process this unbearable loss. Many orphaned children must exert all their energy simply to survive on the streets. Aliza Zara Legacy closely collaborates with local partners in developing countries to support hundreds of orphaned children. This is accomplished through food projects, provision of clothing, access to clean drinking water, and contributions to the construction of shelters.

Water projects
Globally, 840 million people lack access to clean water. Billions of people are forced to draw water from contaminated sources. Drinking polluted water leads to terrible diseases such as cholera, typhoid, and diarrhea, claiming the lives of millions of people annually, especially children. In many parts of the world, people, primarily women and children, spend countless hours in hazardous terrain, solely to collect water.
Granting water means granting life. Aliza Zara Legacy, in collaboration with local partners, implements various projects to make clean drinking water available. This initiative not only halts the spread of diseases but also provides children the opportunity to attend school, allows women to care for their families or work, and supports communities in becoming healthier, more resilient, and less dependent.

Food projects 
A growing food shortage poses a serious issue worldwide, resulting in fatalities, especially among children. In an effort to alleviate hunger, Aliza Zara Legacy supports various food projects in collaboration with local partners. These initiatives are carried out in areas where there is a chronic shortage of food. Additionally, supporters of Aliza Zara Legacy donate goats, sheep, and cows during the sacrifice festival.
Aliza Zara Legacy aims to make a meaningful contribution, no matter how small, to combat malnutrition and famine.

Education 
Education lies at the core of personal development, extending beyond mere literacy. It lays the groundwork for social welfare, economic progress, security, gender equality, and peace. It also provides a first line of defense against diseases by teaching children how to protect themselves and their families. Aliza Zara Legacy endeavors to make high-quality education accessible to as many children as possible.
To achieve this, we not only construct mosques in remote villages but also engage in various educational initiatives.

Health projects 
Healthcare is considered a fundamental human right. Aliza Zara Legacy Foundation conducts various healthcare projects in the countries where it operates. These projects include providing support for treatments in hospitals and health centers, as well as supplying medicines and medical supplies to children and young adults.

Self-sustaining projects
Within self-sustaining projects, we offer support to the needy, orphans, widows, street children, homeless individuals, and the sick. This support can take various forms, such as shelter, food provision, water supply, clothing, sewing machines, wheelchairs, and gifts to support agriculture and livestock, such as animals. 

Emergency relief projects
In close collaboration with local partners familiar with the regions in developing countries, Aliza Zara Legacy can provide rapid and effective emergency relief after disasters of various types and magnitudes. This includes organizing food programs, providing clean drinking water, supplying medicines, setting up tents for the affected, offering winter aid, and other essential provisions.

Project Development

Aliza Zara Legacy implements projects in developing countries using two methods for project development:

Aliza Zara Legacy’s own initiatives 

  • As an organization, Aliza Zara Legacy occasionally develops projects independently to address the needs of impoverished communities in developing countries.
  • Occasionally, the foundation receives project proposals from generous donors. If these proposals align with our mission and present a suitable balance between demand and supply, we consider their implementation. However, such proposals rarely qualify.
  • Generally, the organization initiates and develops projects itself, often due to the practical advantages stemming from the knowledge and experience of local organizations that advise us.
  • Requests from local partners
  • In some cases, we directly receive project proposals, such as emergency projects, from our local partner organizations.
  • These requests include assembling an appropriate budget, enabling preparations for the implementation of these projects.

These two approaches to project development allow us to be flexible and adapt to the specific needs and circumstances of the communities we aim to support. 

Projectimplementation and Progress
The implementation of Aliza Zara Legacy’s projects varies in time and approach, depending on the nature and specific characteristics of each project. Given the diversity of projects, we do not adhere to strict deadlines, as these may vary from project to project.
Generally, each project commences upon approval from the board for execution. Once the required budget is determined and/or secured, preparations for the projects begin.
Emergency projects or initiatives during Ramadan and Qurban periods are naturally completed within these specific timelines.
Projects that have concluded or are temporarily inactive are taken offline from the website until they resume or until further relevant updates.
Conversely, certain projects, such as shelters and sustainable initiatives like our water projects, do not have clearly defined end dates. These projects represent long-term efforts that are continually developed and supported. Our commitment to these projects extends over an extended period, as we continuously strive for their ongoing growth and impact.
This flexible approach enables us to implement our diverse initiatives thoughtfully and effectively, focusing on the unique needs and sustainability of each project.

Realistic Feasibility
Before discussing specific projects within the board, clear and realistic agreements are established with the relevant partners regarding the objectives, feasibility, and intended outcomes of the proposed projects. Following this preparatory phase, the proposed project undergoes a thorough evaluation within the board, culminating in a well-considered decision about the application.
Throughout the entire process, we maintain close communication with the involved partners, monitoring the progress of the projects and being open to addressing any unexpected circumstances that may arise. This transparent communication lies at the core of our collaboration, aiming for an effective and successful project implementation.

Evaluation Criteria

Aliza Zara Legacy operates in 7 countries, including the Netherlands, where it implements various projects aligned with its mission. To carry out these projects in the respective countries, Aliza Zara Legacy maintains close partnerships with carefully selected partner organizations and hospitals. These partners are recognized as charitable institutions in accordance with the prevailing legal guidelines of the respective countries.
These strategic alliances, driven by a deep commitment to humanitarian goals, form the foundations for the effective execution of our global projects and contribute to the sustainable development of communities.

Funding of Aid Projects

Aliza Zara Legacy relies on generous gifts and donations from our dedicated donors to bring our projects to fruition. With commitment, we conduct various online and offline fundraising campaigns for each project, providing the public with the opportunity to contribute to all aid projects. The funding for our organization primarily comes from the following groups of donors:

Individuals
These are donations directly made online by individuals to our organization, expressing heartwarming support.

Companies 
Businesses and enterprises support our mission through donations transferred via bank transfers, contributing to achieving our goals.

Foundations 
Contributions from foundations, schools, associations, and other institutions aid our endeavors.
This support is invaluable in realizing our relief initiatives. These diverse groups of generous contributors form the backbone of our funding, enabling us to pursue our mission and create a lasting impact for those who need our assistance the most.

Collaboration

Local Partner Organization
As mentioned in the previous section, Aliza Zara Legacy closely collaborates with local partner organizations registered as charitable institutions and hospitals. This ensures the independence and neutrality of our collaborative partners and the joint projects we undertake.

Before entering into a partnership with a local organization, a thorough reliability check is conducted based on reliability criteria and frameworks established by the Aliza Zara Legacy board. If the organization meets these criteria, a trial collaboration is initiated through small-scale pilot projects with a limited budget. 

Collaboration with these partners always commences with a project proposal outlining the needs of their country and/or region. The board subsequently analyzes this proposal. Upon approval of the proposal, project funding is executed via bank transactions. During the project, the local partner provides Aliza Zara Legacy with relevant information and visual documentation during implementation. For large-scale projects, Aliza Zara Legacy receives a comprehensive report detailing the activities of the collaborative partners. 

Furthermore, periodic discussions occur with similar aid organizations in the Netherlands. These interactions sometimes lead to collaborations in developing countries. This exchange of knowledge and experience contributes to more effective aid delivery and a greater impact on our projects. 

Other Partners
In addition to our involvement in aid projects abroad, Aliza Zara Legacy also focuses on supporting vulnerable communities within the Netherlands. In close collaboration with local foundations and other organizations, we provide assistance to the less fortunate in our own country. This includes, for example, providing food packages, clothing, and warm meals for the homeless, along with other essential necessities. 

Furthermore, in partnership with hospitals, Aliza Zara Legacy organizes special activities for sick children. During these events, the sick children receive a ‘goodie bag,’ and we supply toys for the playrooms in hospitals, allowing the children to enjoy playful and positive moments amidst their medical treatments.
These initiatives underscore our commitment to improving lives, both locally and globally, and we continue to strive to make a difference in the lives of those who are most vulnerable.

SWOT- Analysis

A thorough evaluation of the internal and external factors influencing the direction of Aliza Zara Legacy is invaluable for guiding our strategic direction and sustainable progress. The SWOT analysis, a powerful tool in our policy planning, highlights the essential aspects of our organization: strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats.

Our foundation, dedicated to improving the lives of the less fortunate, faces numerous challenges and opportunities in our mission to bring about positive change. The SWOT analysis offers a holistic view of our internal capabilities and external environment, focusing on identifying critical areas for growth and development. 

Strengths and Opportunities
We embrace and leverage our strengths – the dedication of our experienced volunteers and deep-rooted partnerships – as foundations for growth opportunities. Innovation and collaboration possibilities with diverse stakeholders open doors to new projects and fundraising initiatives. 

Weaknesses and Threats
Aware of our challenges, including limited financial resources and operational capacity, we recognize the need to address these weaknesses. External threats, such as economic volatility and changing government policies, require strategic risk management and resilient planning.

Through this analysis, we cement our ability to learn, adapt, and innovate. We aim for a resilient and responsive approach to strengthen our mission and create a lasting impact in the lives of those who need our support the most.


Strategic Action Plan

Aliza Zara Legacy’s strategic action plan builds upon insights gained from our SWOT analysis, where we evaluated our internal strengths, weaknesses, external opportunities, and threats. This plan provides a roadmap for leveraging our strengths, addressing weaknesses, seizing opportunities, and managing threats effectively to achieve our mission. 

Strengthening Core Capacities
Develop strengths by investing in the skills and expertise of our volunteers. 

Diversification of Funding Sources
Diversify and expand our funding sources by establishing new fundraising campaigns and engaging in strategic partnerships with businesses. 

Community Engagement and Collaboration
Intensify collaborations with local communities and other organizations to enhance the impact of our projects.
Create platforms for regular engagement and dialogue with stakeholders to better understand their

Resilience and Risk
Develop a resilient approach to deal with economic uncertainties by implementing risk management strategies.
Create program flexibility to effectively respond to unexpected crisis situations. 

This strategic action plan serves as a guide for our actions and decision-making, aimed at strengthening our capacities, maximizing opportunities, and minimizing threats. It enables us to be flexible and proactive as we pursue our mission, striving for a lasting positive impact on the communities we serve.

Board Compensation & Volunteer Policy

Board Compensation
The board of Aliza Zara Legacy consists of dedicated individuals who voluntarily donate their time, expertise, and commitment to advance the foundation’s mission. Board members do not receive any financial compensation for their services. Only expenses directly related to board activities are reimbursed, such as travel expenses for meetings, telecommunication costs, and any other relevant expenditures. The board aims for an ethical and transparent compensation policy and complies with all legal requirements. 12 

Volunteer Policy
At Aliza Zara Legacy, volunteers are invaluable in achieving our mission. Volunteers do not receive financial compensation for their services. Their dedication, commitment, and time are given voluntarily, contributing to the impact of our programs. We acknowledge and appreciate the invaluable contribution of our volunteers and strive to provide a supportive environment where they can apply their skills and passion for the community’s well-being. In some cases, volunteers may be eligible for reimbursement of specific expenses they incur in connection with their volunteer work. These expenses must be reasonably related to the foundation’s activities. 

Reporting and Communication

Publication of Annual Report Aliza Zara Legacy is committed to transparency and accountability in its activities. Annually, a comprehensive annual report is prepared, providing an overview of the foundation’s performance, financial results, and impact during the past year. The annual report is compiled according to prevailing standards and best reporting practices. 

Planning and Publication The annual report is prepared within 6 months after the end of the fiscal year and submitted for approval to the audit committee, which consists of volunteers. Upon approval, the annual report is made public and available to stakeholders, donors, volunteers, and the broader public. The annual report is distributed through our website. 

Feedback and Inquiries We encourage stakeholders to review the annual report and share any questions or feedback with us. We believe in an open dialogue and are always willing to provide further clarification about our activities and reported results in the annual report. 13 

Read our Policy Plan 2024-2026  (PDF) in English
Read our Policy Plan 2024-2026 (PDF) in Dutch