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100 HOSTS - 9 CITIES - 125 ACTIVITIES (AND RISING)
Step onto the gangway and get to know this family and their houseboat. On this former carnival ship, in the river Vecht, live Osca...r and Mariken with their four children. You get to see for yourself how they manage on such a small surface. And the view is spectacular.
Be welcome in the nice apartment of Rawnaq. She and her two sons are only a year in the Netherlands, but have lived in over 10 dif...ferent locations. Now they stay in Overvecht and are doing great in school. Also Rawnaq started to learn the Dutch language. She is a busy bee and also works as a volunteer for Van Harte Resto. Enjoy a delicious cup of tea or coffee.
Mustafa is already waiting for you. In 1972 he came to live in the Netherlands, here in Lombok. He takes you on a walk through the... neighborhood and tells you his memories. He was one of the founders of the Ulu Mosque. He also tells what it's like, now that he is retired, to live partly in the Netherlands and partly in Turkey.
Ring the bell, and Nel will welcome you in her home or garden (dependent on the weather). Years ago she ended up in this street, b...uilt exclusively for police employees, as one of the first inhabitants of Overvecht. A great storyteller, not only about the neighbourhood, but also about her job as a nurse and other care jobs. As a nurse, she accompanied eight trips to Lourdes, in the white train full of sick people. The rosaries remain as evidence.
It is very small at Rob’s. So maybe it's a good idea to enter in pairs. For more than 40 years Rob works in the basement of the St.... Augustine Church. He is the builder of the ship models which are attractively displayed here. Construction of the Bounty is his last work. Lack of space made him sadly stop building. Ask Rob about his collection of old vinyl records!
After years of doing nothing, bank suspended, the volunteers of Stichting D. nevertheless get these dropouts moving again. The use... of sport is lending a helping hand. Ruben and Bayram are waiting for you at the entrance. The boys follow through the Stichting a training as sports instructor and find it very nice to share their knowledge with you. So put on your sneakers and lets move!
Step into HIP Raven, the (temporary) great stuff store (in a store concept) of Christel and Barbara. They serve you a delicious cu...p of tea or coffee and take you into the world of the 'craft' with a short creative session.
Take your time before the door opens, because Ingrid can't walk very quickly. But that won't keep her from being active with Libra...ry at Home, and as an informal caregiver. Mother of two beautiful daughters, she will just bake a cake in times of 'disaster'!
Food for Good is for anyone with or without green fingers! A garden full of vegetables, fruits, flowers and people. Under expert g...uidance, the volunteers work together in the garden between the apartment buildings in district Kanaleneiland. They grow vegetables and fruit for other social enterprises like the Food Bank and Resto van Harte.
You cannot miss the mosque. It is the third largest one in Europe. Through those beautiful wooden doors you can ask for Alpay. He ...knows of your arrival. In the summer of 2015 the Ulu Mosque opened their doors. It is huge, especially the prayer room which can accommodate thousands of people. You get a guided tour and Alpay tells you about the use of the mosque.
Step inside the new location of the Food Bank. Sabiet knows about your arrival. For long she has been the driving force behind the... Food Plus Leidsche Rijn. She will receive you with open arms and mind. When there is enough time, feel free to lent a helping hand!
For now the community center Oasis is the temporary home of the Utrecht Hindu community. But by 2017 opens the first Hindu Mandir ...Shri Krishna in Leidsche Rijn. Radj Ramchamaran knows about your arrival and tells you everything about the rituals, but also about the plans for the mandir. Don’t forget your tikka!
Nuisance in the neighborhood has been significantly reduced since the youth of Foundation Desalniettemin are perched in the audito...rium of De Speler. This volunteer organization is committed to get dropouts back to school or into employment. They even started a special diploma pathway for these young people with funding from the Oranje Fonds. The young people can learn to become a sports instructor here and do this at their own pace. Ineke Rozema, a former Dutch teacher, and Ali Amghar, former dropout, were years ago linked to each other as mentor and mentee. Now there is a foundation created by these two. Sit down for a conversation about and with young people.
Ring the bell at Mesut's house and he will take you on a walk in the neighborhood. His experience with politics as well as youth w...ork have made him very perceptive. In his own way, he is committed to offering both his own children and others' a better future.
Rawnaq is only a year in the Netherlands and has stayed in a lot of shelters in the country. Now they can stay in Utrecht where he...r sons are busy with schoolwork and she herself super active volunteering among other at Van Harte Resto. Today she has prepared some wonderful Syrian dishes for you.