NICC regularly brings an item from its collection into the spotlight. We do not have any information about some of the pieces and we call on you to tell the corresponding story. You can do this by sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Heineken figurine
Sometimes we find objects in our archive whose origin we cannot trace. Who knows the story behind this Heineken figurine?
The Oncho statue
Oncho stands for the African Program for Onchoceriasis Control. This programme was implemented by the World Health Organization and supported national governments, NGOs and companies in combating river blindness. The Netherlands has been a donor since the programme began (in the late 1980s) and received this image as a gift in recognition.
The statue shows a blind man with a stick, accompanied by a boy. There are 6 copies of these statues made in real size. They have been placed at the offices of various programme partners. There is a copy at the programme headquarters in Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso), at the World Bank in Washington (United States), at the World Health Organization in Geneva (Switzerland), at Merck in Kenilworth (United States), and at the Christopher Blind Mission in Bensheim (Germany).