People need water to survive
& entrepreneurship to thrive

We empower Local Heroes to
create self-sustaining communities.

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Our Approach

A Solid Foundation

We give people a sustainable water supply as a solid foundation to build their future on.

Teach them how to fish

We train locals on how to become (better) entrepreneurs.

They can support themselves…

Thanks to their entrepreneurial skills, the local heroes can take care of themselves and no longer need to rely on external help.

… and their community

They create jobs for the people in their community and train others to become local heroes. Their community becomes self-sustainable.

Why we do what we do


Roughly half the world’s population still lives on the equivalent of about US$2 a day

UN - 2018


Our team


Michael Boschmans

Founder & Chairman

Michael is responsible for the daily operations of Local Heroes. He’s your go-to person in case you have any questions regarding our organization.

Martin Makyeme

Co-founder & Coordinator for Africa

Martin is a bioengineer from Uganda and an expert in water treatment and waste recovery. Martin detects African countries that need our help and will coordinate our actions in those countries. He’s also responsible for all the technical aspects of our organization.


Andries Lepoutre

Co-founder & Member of the board

Andries is a business development expert with a passion for sustainable development. His main focus at Local Heroes will be on fundraising.


Roderic Vanheessen

Co-founder & Coordinator for Latin America

Roderic is a business development expert with a strong focus on and knowledge of the Latin American region. Roderic detects Latin American countries that need our help and will coordinate our actions in those countries.


Sophie Callewaert

Volunteer – Photography

Sophie runs her own photography business. Her specialty? Capturing genuine moments in stunning pictures. Sophie regularly takes pictures for Local Heroes. Check out

Jeroen Callewaert

Volunteer – Creative Direction

Jeroen is the co-founder of Quest, an impact design studio. He has created our logo and brand identity and regularly helps us with various design assignments. Check out his work at


Jamie Lee Bollenberg

Volunteer – Education

Jamie Lee is an English teacher at Atheneum Voskenslaan in Ghent and an early believer of Local Heroes. She helps us to build awareness on school/pupil level and to create solid educational materials.


Get involved

Want to support our cause? Great, the more brains and hands we can count on, the faster we can increase our impact. Drop us a line at and explain us how you’d like to get involved. We’ll get back to you asap.


Creating a self-sustaining community in the South takes a lot of time and money. That’s why we need your help. Your donation will be directly used to support our first projects in Uganda and Senegal.

As of July 2018, we’ll be able to receive donations. Subscribe to our newsletter and we’ll give you a heads up as soon as you can start supporting our cause.

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