At the beginning of 2018, Dutch Flower Foundation donated an amount to KidsCare Kenya. The funds were successfully used for the project: "Yes, We Can".
Lisette Geenen, KidsCare board member: "It is not the problems, but the possibilities that give children with a disability a future! Among other things, thanks to the donation from Dutch Flower Foundation we can make this possible for these children".
What happened with the donation to KidsCare Kenya?
KidsCare focuses on orphan children from the start. These children have to grow up in very poor circumstances with their grandparents, other family members or friends. When working for those children and their households, the social workers at KidsCare also encountered many children with a mental or physical disability. Often these children lived hidden in a mud house. For cultural and religious reasons, the caregivers were ashamed of these children.
The possibilities and usefulness of good (medical) care or education were often not seen. After all, they believe that children with disabilities cannot do anything or at least not much. In addition, care or special education was not available at all in this region. KidsCare has broken through that situation with many promotions and efforts. The awareness process is still continuing in the rural villages. Various facilities (physiotherapy, wheelchairs and other aids and even special education) are now being developed. Quite a challenge to make that sustainable, but KidsCare is also thinking about the possibilities. As KidsCare says: "This is how you can see the DFF donation as well: it makes the help of KidsCare possible!".
Last year DFF, in collaboration with Chrysal, made a donation to the Tania Integrated Rehab Center in Kenya. This involved a donation for investing in classrooms and a computer lab so that the children can receive good education.
We had the honor to officially open the building. What chairman Boudewijn said about his visit: “In March I went to Kenya for a week and together with Chrysal we had the honor to officially open the project. I can say that it was a great donation: the project is well supervised by the local Chrysal representative and the children will receive good education. ”
What does Tania do?
The Tania Integrated Centre is a Community Based Organisation (CBO) which helps children with physical impairments and other disabilities. The Center is registered as a charitable children’s institution with the Ministry of Gender, Children, and Social Development. The Center currently hosts 165 children aged 2 to 17.
At the beginning of March our chairman Boudewijn visited Sibusiso in Tanzania. Here DFF, in collaboration with De Jong Verpakkingen, made a donation last year to construct a volleyball court. This volleyball court was established as one of Sibusiso's many activities for mentally handicapped children.
What Boudewijn said about his visit: "The volleyball court looked great. And more importantly, it is well used. The Tanzanian volleyball team, which is participating in the Special Olympics in Abu Dhabi, was a guest at Sibusiso and the last training sessions were held there."
And with success... Last week the team reached the volleyball final of the Special Olympics and even won the gold medal!
More information about the Special Olympics?
The Special Olympics took place from March 14th until 21st, for more information go to: https://www.abudhabi2019.org/.
What’s more, the Special Olympics held an interview with one of the female team players. Click here and meet Fatuma.
What does Sibusiso do?
The Sibusiso program in Tanzania is a unique program for mentally disabled children and their families. Sibusiso is a center where children are admitted temporarily and where numerous activities take place. In addition, the program is "community based", which means that it is also active in villages where the children come from.
Sibusiso aims to break the taboo on disabilities and to increase the acceptance of mentally handicapped children in Tanzania.
In June 2018 the volcano Fuego erupted in Guatemala. The 3,763-meter-high volcano, about 35 kilometers southwest of the capital Guatemala City, spewed out a stream of lava spread to miles far away. The so-called "volcano of fire" has also spread hot ashes, which even ended up in Guatemala City.
Unfortunately, due to this eruption several villages were buried under the ashes; El Rodeo, Alotenango and San Miguel los Lotes. The volcano is located near Antigua, a popular place among tourists. Also a place that participants of our Building Trip have visited. Besides, one of the DFG sister companies, TAK farms, is located in this area. They immediately offered help and raised money together with sister company Green Connect to support the victims.
Through the following link you can see how TAK Farms has helped out in the last couple of months. Thanks in part to their help, the victims could start rebuilding their futures: click here to see the video.
The time has finally come around again – the Building Trip is now underway! A few hours ago, the participants were in great spirits at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport, excited about their departure. At the time of writing, their flight is in the air on its way to Guatemala.
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The final preparations
Final preparations for the Building Trip were discussed during the second (departure) meeting which took place at the beginning of October.
This included talking about practical tips, such as what everybody needs to bring with them when travelling to Guatemala. There was a great mood among the participants, who were all eager to roll their sleeves up and get on with it.
Before the start of the trip, each of the participants had been required to raise a €1,000 contribution, which was primarily collected through sponsorship. It is a great credit to them all, that they had each already succeeded in this by the time of this second meeting, a full month before departure!
On behalf of all of us, we wish the participants every success!
Picture on the left: The participants paid careful attention as they were informed about the travel tips.
Last February 15 new water tanks were donated to Dreamcatcher Foundation Nederland. These water tanks will be used, among other things, for the botanic garden and households. With these facilities the Kamamma's can build an indepedent life.
What is the purpose of this organisation?
Dreamcatcher was founded to holistically help local communities, mostly women, in South Africa. They want to remove barries to economic- and skills empowerment and to improve the quality of life. This offers the locals a chance to develop to their full potential. This can be done by giving women the chance to recruit an independent income in the tourism industry. As this industry is the largest source of income in South Africa of which the locals insufficiently make use of.
Dreamcatcher mainly focusses on women in townships, the so-called Kamamma's. For the Kamamma's they have developed two projects:
- 'Homestay' = staying at a authenic home of a Kamamma in a townshop
- 'Cook-up with Kamamma' = a traditional local food experience
For what cause do they use our gift?
The donated amount of €3.750,- was used for purchasing 15 new water tanks. These water tanks will also be used by the Kamamma's, with pleasure, for their botanical garden 'La Bloemen', in Melkhoutfontein.
Melkhoutfontein is a small village along the Garden Route and once was one of the poorest townships of the country. The place of the botanical garden was a fromer landfill, and belongs to another project of Dreamcatcher: 'Wasteland to Graceland'.