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Vim is Charityware. You can use and copy it as much as you like, but you are
encouraged to make a donation for needy children in Uganda. Please see kcc
below or visit the ICCF web site, available at these URLs:
You can also sponsor the development of Vim. Vim sponsors can vote for
features. See sponsor
. The money goes to Uganda anyway.
The Open Publication License applies to the Vim documentation, see
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examples and Vim scripts.
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>. If this
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If you are happy with Vim, please express that by reading the rest of this
file and consider helping needy children in Uganda.
If you want to support further Vim development consider becoming a
. The money goes to Uganda anyway.
According to Richard Stallman the Vim license is GNU GPL compatible.
A few minor changes have been made since he checked it, but that should not
make a difference.
If you link Vim with a library that goes under the GNU GPL, this limits
further distribution to the GNU GPL. Also when you didn't actually change
anything in Vim.
Once a change is included that goes under the GNU GPL, this forces all
further changes to also be made under the GNU GPL or a compatible license.
Kibaale Children's Centre
Kibaale Children's Centre (KCC) is located in Kibaale, a small town in the
south of Uganda, near Tanzania, in East Africa. The area is known as Rakai
District. The population is mostly farmers. Although people are poor, there
usually is enough food. But this district is suffering from AIDS more than
any other part of the world. Some say that it started there. Estimations are
that in the past 10 to 30% of the Ugandans are infected with HIV. Because
parents die, there are many orphans. In this district about 60,000 children
have lost one or both parents, out of a population of 350,000. Although AIDS
is now mostly under control, the problems are still continuing.
The children need a lot of help. The KCC is working hard to provide the needy
with food, medical care and education. Food and medical care to keep them
healthy now, and education so that they can take care of themselves in the
future. KCC works on a Christian base, but help is given to children of any
The key to solving the problems in this area is education. This has been
neglected in the past years with president Idi Amin and the following civil
wars. Now that the government is stable again, the children and parents have
to learn how to take care of themselves and how to avoid infections. There is
also help for people who are ill and hungry, but the primary goal is to
prevent people from getting ill and to teach them how to grow healthy food.
Most of the orphans are living in an extended family. An uncle or older
sister is taking care of them. Because these families are big and the income
(if any) is low, a child is lucky if it gets healthy food. Clothes, medical
care and schooling is beyond its reach. To help these needy children, a
sponsorship program was put into place. A child can be financially adopted.
For a few dollars a month KCC sees to it that the child gets indispensable
items, is healthy, goes to school and KCC takes care of anything else that
needs to be done for the child and the family that supports it.
Besides helping the child directly, the environment where the child grows up
needs to be improved. KCC helps schools to improve their teaching methods.
There is a demonstration school at the centre and teacher trainings are given.
Health workers are being trained, hygiene education is carried out and
households are stimulated to build a proper latrine. I helped setting up a
production site for cement slabs. These are used to build a good latrine.
They are sold below cost price.
There is a clinic at the project, which provides children and their family
medical help. Since 2020 a maternity ward was added and 24/7 service is
available. When needed, transport to a hospital is offered. Immunization
programs are carried out and help is provided when an epidemic is breaking out
(measles and cholera have been a problem).
Summer 1994 to summer 1995 I spent a whole year at the centre, working as a
volunteer. I have helped to expand the centre and worked in the area of water
and sanitation. I learned that the help that the KCC provides really helps.
When I came back to Holland, I wanted to continue supporting KCC. To do this
I'm raising funds and organizing the sponsorship program. Please consider one
of these possibilities:
1. Sponsor a child in primary school: 17 euro a month (or more).
2. Sponsor a child in secondary school: 25 euro a month (or more).
3. Sponsor the clinic: Any amount a month or quarter
4. A one-time donation
Compared with other organizations that do child sponsorship the amounts are
very low. This is because the money goes directly to the centre. Less than
5% is used for administration. This is possible because this is a small
organization that works with volunteers. If you would like to sponsor a
child, you should have the intention to do this for at least one year.
How do you know that the money will be spent right? First of all you have my
personal guarantee as the author of Vim. I trust the people that are working
at the centre, I know them personally. Furthermore, the centre has been
co-sponsored and inspected by World Vision, Save the Children Fund and is now
under the supervision of Pacific Academy Outreach Society. The centre is
visited about once a year to check the progress (at our own cost). I have
visited the centre myself many times, starting in 1993. The visit reports are
on the ICCF web site.
The address of the centre is:
Kibaale Children's Centre
p.o. box 1658
Masaka, Uganda, East Africa
Check the ICCF web site for the latest information! See iccf
for the URL.
USA: The methods mentioned below can be used.
If you must send a check send it to our Canadian partner:
Canada: Contact Kuwasha in Surrey, Canada. They take care of the
Canadian sponsors for the children in Kibaale. Kuwasha
forwards 100% of the money to the project in Uganda. You can
send them a one time donation directly.
Please send me a note so that I know what has been donated
because of Vim. Look on their site for information about
If you make a donation to Kuwasha you will receive a tax
receipt which can be submitted with your tax return.
Holland: Transfer to the account of "Stichting ICCF Holland" in
Amersfoort. This will allow for tax deduction if you live in
Holland. ING bank, IBAN: NL95 INGB 0004 5487 74
Europe: Use a bank transfer if possible. See "Others" below for the
swift code and IBAN number.
Any other method should work. Ask for information about
Others: Transfer to this account if possible:
ING bank: IBAN: NL95 INGB 0004 5487 74
Swift code: INGBNL2A
under the name "stichting ICCF Holland", Amersfoort
Checks are not accepted.