Trust through transparency

Our help for children suffering from noma would not be possible without financial support from donors. Our biggest concern: an economical, transparent and purposeful use of your donations.

The fight against Noma is not about helping a few children in the short term or just once. Our goal is to ensure that no child has to suffer from noma. This is only possible through education, prevention and regular presence, and not least through research into the causes. For this reason, we have set up clinics, children's houses and other help centers in Niger and Guinea-Bissau, which incur fixed monthly costs. In total, around 1.5 million euros are needed annually for sustainable work in Niger; in Guinea-Bissau the costs amount to around 500,000 euros. If we want to maintain and expand our aid, for example in Nigeria or currently in seven other African countries, we must ensure that our work is financially secure in the long term and can be planned.
For this purpose we use - like many other organisations - the help of professional fundraisers. Of course this involves costs, but above all it has more than doubled our income from donations. The decisive factor for us is that the requirements of the tax authorities and the legislator are always strictly adhered to. We also use various instruments to keep the work of the aid campaign transparent:

This is why we are transparent

Annual and financial reports

In its annual and financial reports, Hilfsaktion Noma e.V. presents the activities, projects and financial key figures of the past 12 months.

If you would like to know more about how the donations are used, you can download the current documents from the following link:


Recognized as a charitable non-profit organization

The Hilfsaktion Noma e.V. is recognized as a non-profit organization with the last notice of exemption of the tax office Regensburg from 2.10.2020. At regular intervals, it is checked whether the statutory tasks are fulfilled and whether the use of funds is in accordance with the guidelines. Decisive is the selflessness of the activity, which is not associated with a general profit making. As a recognized non-profit association, we can issue donation receipts for donors; your donations are tax deductible.

Hilfsaktion Noma follows the voluntary commitment of the Initiative for a Transparent Civil Society.

On the initiative of Transparency International Germany e.V., numerous actors from civil society and academia have defined ten basic points that every civil society organization should make available to the public.
These include the statutes, the names of key decision-makers, and information on the source and use of funds and personnel structure. Signatories of the initiative commit themselves to make these ten items of information easily accessible on their website and sign the Declaration of Commitment.

Hilfsaktion Noma e.V. participates in this initiative and thus makes a further contribution to providing sponsors and donors with a quick and easy overview of the work.


Recognition for
a job well done

Our founder Ute Winkler-Stumpf has already received many awards for her decades of dedicated voluntary work for the Noma children.

Already in 2008, the then Federal President Horst Köhler presented the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany to the chairwoman of Hilfsaktion Noma e.V. in Berlin's Schloss Bellevue. "Today, our whole country is symbolically saying 'Thank you', the president said in his speech. During the following discussion, the 1st chairwoman expressed her gratitude for the honor and pointed out that the performance and success of the organization is only possible with the help of many people.

Ute Winkler-Stumpf has been honored for her work several times since then: Amongst others, she received the Bavarian Order of Merit, the Bavarian State Medal for Social Merit, the keys to the City of Regensburg and the Médaille de la Santé of the Republic of Niger.

"The Gift of a Smile - My Mission for Africa's Children"

A story full of love, courage and humanity

Ute Winkler-Stumpf lived an ordinary life until 51. The passionate teacher found fulfilment in her work and her family. But a TV report about chil­dren in Africa whose faces had been destroyed by a terrible disease called noma changed her life in ways she would never have expected. 

She tells the gripping story of founding the aid organization Hilfsaktion Noma e.V. 25 years ago with a sole purpose: to return to these children the smiles they had lost. lt's the story of a woman who has seen more horror and suffering than most of us can imagine. But despite all the setbacks, she never lost hope and continued to fight for her conviction: Every child deserves to smile.

"lt's impossible to read Ute Winkler-Stumpf's book 'The Gift of a Smile' and to despair of the world." (Jean Ziegler)

Published by mvg verlag Munich,
ISBN 978-3-86882-889-4 (224 p., 16,99 Euro)