Our organization DITO is committed to providing medical care and education for the poorest, to provide a basis for human life. Our activities stretch from India to Nepal and Senegal. We can not do that without cooperating with Western and local NGOs and not without you, for whom happiness is often self-evident.


DITO. It stands for ‘Drop in the Ocean’ and refers to the famous words of Mother Teresa: “It’s just a drop in the ocean, but without that drop there would be no ocean.” Since our inception, we have been able to change thousands of dejected faces in happy faces.


DITO (Drop In The Ocean) was founded in 1996 by Xander van Meerwijk. The Dito Foundation focuses on providing medical care and education to children and women in less developed countries. DITO has had decades of cooperation with the Dominique Lapierre City of Joy Foundation and always works with local NGOs. Since 1996, the foundation has set up and supported many international projects. Most projects are for an indefinite period and an incidental request is honored approximately twice a year. In the meantime hundreds of thousands of children and adults have been helped in India, Tibet, Nepal, Senegal and Thailand.


DITO’s project portfolio currently consists of the following projects:


The activities of DITO in India are bundled in the DITO Social Welfare Association. Local management has extensive experience in the field of development programs and is actively involved in the day-to-day operations of the various programs…..read more


Together with Sathiko Sath Netherlands, DITO supports the language education for people in the mountains of NEPAL. Sathiko Sath consists of parents. DITO has financed a.o. the playground for all residents of the boys and girls home…..read more


In Senegal DITO supports the organisation ‘Le Foyer des Jeunes Filles’, a girls boarding school which ensures a safe environment for the education of young girls. It is located in Tambacounda, a city of about 1.5 hours flying from Dakar…..read more


We feel it is essential that people with limited employment opportunities get a chance to work. A large group of people with distance to the labour market seems to fall by the wayside when it comes to employment. People with talent & vigour…..read more



“Friends of DITO” was founded in 2012 and is part of the Dito Foundation. DITO wants to realize as much “Drops” as possible to provide as many people as possible with a humane dignified situation. India has a history of major differences in social grades and positions. The country has a very rich and very poor present. The empathy for the poorest begins to increase in recent years. From within, the number of succesful Indians who stand up and reach out to their fellow countrymen, increases day by day. The government also more and more fullfills their role and implements beautiful projects. That is already a development that is hopeful, but the role of NGOs remains indispensable pillars of which millions of lives are dependent. That’s why DITO unquestionably aligns new fellow citizens in the fight against poverty and a future without future. New Friends are valuable, even indispensable. The more friends, the more “Drops In The Ocean”!

If you are interested to become a Friend of DITO, please throw us a line at info@ditofoundation.org.



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