New Dawn Association

Is an international humanitarian, non profit making association. Inspired by the gospel, its aim is to help the most needy, and more specifically, orphans and widows, without race, social or religious discrimination.

How New Dawn Association came into existence

Inspired by an encounter with a Ugandan pastor who was caring for orphans, Jennie and Don Waterman were initially motivated to raise funds by asking for donations for needy children instead of wedding presents, when they married in France in 2002. This was followed by a teaching trip by Jennie to Uganda later the same year. From this trip stemmed an increasing desire to assist the devastating plight of widows and orphans, mainly caused by HIV/AIDS and poverty. They continued to raise funds, aware of the ever-growing crisis in Sub-Saharan Africa, and this led to further trips to that continent, and in particular, Kenya.  Since 2009, the work of New Dawn Association has also expanded to Nepal and Rwanda.

The expansion of this work caused them, in 2004, to set up and officially register in France, the New Dawn Association as a small NGO charity. In 2009, thanks to a generous donation, the association was also officially registered as a charity in the UK. New Dawn Association is not affiliated to any other group or to a church.

It is not the intention or purpose of New Dawn Association to “own” any of the projects it becomes involved with, but to bring encouragement and hope, in many different kinds of ways, into situations and people’s lives where often there has been none.

The name "New Dawn" was inspired by a pink climbing rose on the façade of Jennie and Don’s house where they live in France. The association aspires to create many “New Dawns” in the lives of very needy people.

Our Mission Statement

"Defend the cause of the weak and fatherless. Maintain the rights of the poor and oppressed. Rescue the weak and needy..."