The importance of fundraising

Why EduMais is built on its fundraisers

EduMais relies upon the generosity of its wonderful donors and fundraisers. Without their ongoing support, we would not be able to provide quality education to 350 at-risk children and teenagers.

Our supporters have carried out some fantastic fundraisers in the past. They’ve shown initiative, creativity, and have often challenged themselves beyond all expectation. We cannot express our gratitude enough. These wonderful people have helped EduMais to get to where it is today. And they’re thinking of new things to do to support us and our children every day.

Would you also like to support the education of vulnerable children and teenagers but aren’t quite sure where to start? Check out EduMais volunteer Zac’s blog post about fundraising ideas to get you on your way!

Our current Fabulous Fundraisers

Fundraising initiatives to support EduMais in the present

At the moment, our supporters have planned the following fundraisers for 2019:

Books Hostel will continue to organise regular dinner evenings.  At these events, guests enjoy great food while supporting a good cause: EduMais!

In April, the Bohrer Fitness Team of Rio de Janeiro will do a trail run in Patagonia. They’re running to help fund EduMais’s Exchange Program. You can support their efforts here.

Yoftahe Negussie, an Ethiopian-Canadian artist who lives in Alberta, Canada, will hold a fundraiser called Food for Thought. She hopes to raise money for healthy snacks for EduMais’s children. 

Let us know if you also have something planned so we can list it here and support you in your fundraising efforts!

Our previous Fabulous Fundraisers

Fundraising initiatives that supported EduMais in the past: the Wall of Fame

Our campaigners have done some pretty amazing things to raise money for education over the years. Here is an overview we hope will act as inspiration for you!

EduMais volunteer Daan presenting Leadgate with a signed t-shirt from the kids from Rio de Janeiro's favelas

New Website Launch

EduMais’s newest partner, Leadgate, promoted the launch of our new website in February 2019 with online marketing and social media attention in the Netherlands. They linked a donation action to this so that everyone could donate through the new payment system on the EduMais website. A total of € 110,- has been raised.

Immanuel Church a partner for the volunteer organization EduMais in Rio de Janeiro

Church collection

With the second offertory in February 2019, the Immanuel Church of Gronigen raised € 194,00 to support EduMais and our children.


Eva's juwelen

Every year leading up to Christmas, Eva Severijns donates the proceeds from her jewellery sales to a charity of her choice. In December 2018, EduMais was very fortunate to be the grateful recipients of her wonderful initiative. She raised €620 for EduMais.


Canasta Christmas

In December 2018, Vanete Barr and her canasta group in Rio de Janeiro raised funds to buy Christmas presents for EduMais’s children. They raised R$3.200 to make Christmas extra special for our kids.

Winners half marathon

Rio Half Marathon

In December 2018, EduMais volunteers Daan Gooren and Hannah van Akkeren, former EduMais student Caio Vitor Leme, and EduMais long-term supporter Amit Kumar ran the half-marathon with founder Diana Nijboer to raise money for our Summer Camps. They raised €6.600

Logo of Prot Gemeente Slochteren, a partner for the volunteer organization EduMais in Rio de Janeiro

Church Collection

In 2018, the Protestant Church in Slochteren selected EduMais as one of its good causes for Thanksgiving Day. The church raised € 1.250 to enable us to further invest in our educational programs.

Happy anniversary

Anniversary Gift

In November 2018, friends of EduMais founder Diana Nijboer celebrated their anniversary by asking for money for EduMais, instead of presents. They raised €2.000, which was used to further support our Education-Based Football Program.

EduMais volunteer Anna Bowman showing her IronMan medal

IronMan 70.3

In September 2018, EduMais volunteer Anna Bowman pushed herself to the limits by doing an IronMan 70.3 to raise money for the students on EduMais’s Entrepreneurship Program. She raised €1,660.

David and Hamish Wilson Ben Nevis

Ben Nevis climb

In June 2018. Hamish and David Wilson did a sponsored climb of Ben Nevis in Scotland. Hamish would go on to volunteer with EduMais as a classroom assistant afterwards. They raised
€2.250 for EduMais.


Retirement Gift

Johan Dorst retired in May 2018 and instead of asking for presents, he asked for contributions to EduMais. His lovely idea raised €1.400 for EduMais.


Rio half marathon

In April 2018, Andre von Malotki, husband of EduMais volunteer Karin, ran the Rio half marathon with Diana to raise the funds to start our Education-Based Football Program. They raised €4.360


PKN Ferwert

Since January 2017, the Lord’s supper Offertory of the Protestant Church in the municipality Ferwert, The Netherlands, has been donated to EduMais. Thanks to the yearly support, we can continue to invest in our children’s educational programs.

Felipe and crew in the kitchen to prepare dinner for EduMais

Dinner evenings

EduMais partner, Books Hostel, organised regular dinner evenings where guests could enjoy great food while supporting a good cause! From 2016 onwards, they raised R$7.000 for EduMais.

Amit & Diana before Rio Night Run 2017

Rio Night Run

In 2017, long-term EduMais supporter, Amit Kumar, ran the Rio Night Run with Diana to help raise money for laptops. They raised €4.195

Oliebollen actie december 2016

'Dutch Doughnuts' (oliebollen)

In 2016, Berry Benjert and Jan van Iersel organised an event where they baked Dutch Doughnuts. On New Year’s Eve, guests could enjoy a real Dutch treat while supporting a good cause! They raised R$600 for EduMais.

Amit Kumar Stand-Up Comedian Rio de Janeiro

Standup Comedy

In his spare time, Amit Kumar organises standup comedy evenings. They are always hilarious, filled with a mix of Brazilian and foreign talent who give outstanding performances on a wide range of topics. In 2017, Amit arranged several standup comedy evenings which raised R$800 for EduMais.

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Samba for EduMais

A samba night was the first fundraising event EduMais organised in 2016. In the heart of Lapa, a great carioca samba band performed their wonderful music in support of EduMais. Everyone had a fun time dancing the night away! The evening raised R$600 for EduMais.

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Fundraising Annual Traditions

EduMais traditions

Every year, EduMais founder Diana Nijboer runs in several fundraising events with members of the volunteer team and/or other supporters of EduMais.

Why not join them on some of their scenic runs through Rio de Janeiro? EduMais has a running group and new members are always welcome to join us in the city!