Hapin, Papua Support Foundation, invests in a sustainable future for Papua by rendering support to local initiatives which attribute to a strengthening of the rights and the welfare of the indigenous peoples of Papua.


We envision a strengthened position of Hapin as stakeholder in the development of Papua. Hapin anticipates on new complex developments in Papuan society. We are optimistic about Papuan talents, skills and their future prospects. We consider the ever continuing democratization as a window of opportunity for furthering the representation of poor Papuans and thereby improvement of their general well being.

The Hapin Foundation (in Dutch ‘Stichting Hulp aan Papua’s in Nood (Hapin)’, or Support for Papuans in Distress) has been founded in 1972 in response to the Indonesian interpretation of the New York Agreement and implementation of the ‘Act of Free Choice’, the referendum for self-determination, which resulted in Papua becoming an integral part of the Republic of Indonesia.

The subsequent plight and disadvantaged position of the Papuans in what was from 1969 the province of Irian Barat, and the scant attention paid to it by the Dutch and international community motivated many Dutchmen to raise funds to address this situation.

Local initiatives, local representatives
Initially Hapin engaged in extension work and lobby activities towards the Dutch and international community. From the start, financial support was given to orphanages and schools in Papua. Later, Hapin started to provide scholarships to Papuan students. In the course of the eighties structural financial support for small scale projects in the field of youth and health care, start-up subsidies for small businesses and informal education became gradually more important.

Ever since the very start of Hapin’s aid local Papuan representatives supervised the local projects. Annually Hapin representatives from the Netherlands inspect the various projects, report back to the Foundation’s board and made policy recommendations.


  • Poverty alleviation: poverty reduction, empowerment and access to local markets and basic services.
  • Education and capacity building: e.g. study grants.
  • Gender: equal rights and opportunities to (men and) women.
  • Political dialogue, reconciliation and cooperation in Papua.
  • Refugee aid: Papuan refugees in Papua New Guinea
  • Information and education in the Netherlands.
  • Development of organisational professionalism of Hapin and individual skills of representatives in the Netherland en Papua.