News October 2018
Dear friends, sponsors and donors of the Help Sosuakids go to School Foundation,
The board of the Help Sosuakids go to School Foundation has decided to change the legal structure for the activities of the foundation.
In order to guarantee the continuity of the activities of our foundation, the board of the Help Sosuakids go to School Foundation has decided to transfer our activities as from October 1st 2018 to the Colour4kids Foundation, which also has an ANBI status. As a result, the Help Sosuakids go to School Foundation will be dissolved.
Since 2012 we are regularly in touch and consultation with the Colour4kids foundation which also has been good for our projects in the Dominican Republic.
We have been able to help countless underprivileged children to go to school which has improved their living conditions in the past 12 years. Thanks to your support, we have supported many children along the way and provided a future perspective.
With this change we ensure that our projects "school uniforms" and "support to the Colegio Asher" can continue in the future, so that these underprivileged children continue to receive the optimal care that is needed.
Help Sosuakids go to School Foundation keeps its name and identity “under the umbrella” of Colour4kids foundation. Founder Sylvia Berkley remains, as before, the first point of contact and will also continue to visit the projects in the Dominican Republic as ambassador, to coordinate the activities and supervise the current projects.
From October 1st 2018 our new bank account number:
NL75 INGB 0000 020204 f.a.o. Colour4kids Please don’t forget to add the description "for the SOSUAKIDS".
This way your gift is specially reserved for the projects for our Sosuakids.
The Board of the Colour4kids foundation has declared in writing that the received residual assets of our Foundation and any future gifts and donations, will be used for the projects of the Sosuakids, in accordance with the budgets 2018 -2020 that we have drawn up.
As a board, we are happy and grateful that in this way we can transfer the work of the Help Sosuakids go to School Foundation to the Colour4kids foundation and trust that you continue to support us in the future.
Thanks to the many years of trust in Help Sosuakids go to School Foundation we would like to welcome you to Colour4kids!
Yours sincerely, on behalf of the board of the Help Sosuakids go to School Foundation
From October 1st 2018:
Help Sosuakids naar School
The Help Sosua kids go to School Foundation was set up on 27 November 2007 by Sylvia Berkley. The actual activities had already commenced in the second half of 2006.
During her holiday in the Dominican Republic in February 2006, Sylvia saw widespread poverty, children roaming the streets with bare feet,sexual abuse of children by tourists, and other things wrong. After returning to the Netherlands, Sylvia decided to try to help by enabling more poor children to go to school.
Trip report "May 2018" see Trip Reports
The Dominican government is increasingly investing to improve education. Many children can now receive education during a whole the day, whereas previously it was only half a day. However, not all schools are adapted to the new system and there are children, mostly school-going age in remote areas, who still have to do their education for half a day.
In order to achieve better quality in education, newly appointed teachers must take an additional entrance examination. Higher demands are also being made on district administrators in education.
One of the pupils of the Colegio Asher, Amauris is 10 years old, and has a mental disability. He has a mental level of a 5 year old child. After 2 years with a lot of extra lessons and attention to his mental disability, Amauris is progressing enormously with learning and is now very interested in reading.
The sad news reached us that on February 1st a 9-year-old boy, who received a school uniform from the Sosua Kids for years, was killed in a gas explosion. In recent years I have visited the family of this boy a number of times, so I knew him personally.
Words fail here.