Memory Lane

We hosted a terrific party at Imeldahof yesterday afternoon and WheninAruba.com will be posting a story and images about that super successful event. Thank you friends and sponsors for helping out, and making so much fun possible.

Imeldahof Children’s home is probably 65 years old. And back in 1994, I wrote a short column about it. Part of my Island Life book, available for sale at bookstores and at T.H. Palm & Company at Playa Linda Beach Resort.

“I was invited to the 40-Years Anniversary Celebration of Imelda Hof Children’s Home. On stage, four grandmothers accepted framed pictures of the early Children’s Home next to the Church of Noord. It was a token of appreciation for their years of selfless dedicated service, there. Standing in the glaring lights, the four surviving Sisters of Bethany bid Aruba farewell. They were finally leaving after FORTY years!

It must have taken immense courage in November of 1954, for seven young women to turn their backs on the familiar safe Dutch Order, to come to the Caribbean and backward Aruba to care for troubled and unwanted kids. Big on discipline, education and love, the Sisters made a considerable contribution; they jump-started the Children’s Rights Movement on the island. With Imelda Hof now managed by highly qualified Arubans, the elderly educators will be returning to Holland with a deep sense of loss, mixed with profound satisfaction.

Another unsung hero, Frere Caspar, who for four-decades had taken the kids to the beach every Thursday received a thank-you pin. I admired his commitment. While it initially seems such a wonderful, fun idea, imagine STICKING to it, and enduring TWO THOUSAND AND EIGHTY outings, accompanied by fifty screaming, wet monsters! Selfless service, indeed.”

 

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