When the cashiers at a certain supermarket ask you to make a donation to Micky’s Foundation, please say YES, even if you are not familiar with the organization, and this is why:
Passport Micky’s Foundation
Chamber of Commerce number Aruba: S1413
Date of incorporation: December 18, 2014
Bank account number: Arubabank 2570960190
The Origin of the Foundation:
It is a private initiative by Gijs de Rooij, father of Micky who as a five months old baby sustained severe and irreversible brain injury after a car accident on Aruba on September 20, 2009.
The foundation targets children and young people with a physical and / or mental disability (0-21 years) in Aruba.
The purpose of the foundation is to look after general interests, including the physical and mental interests of children (0-21 years old), who have a brain disorder, promoting effective assistance on-island to them and thus promoting their general wellbeing.
Children with a physical and / or mental disability were and are often considered incidental cases in Aruba. At the start of the pilot project in early 2014, only 4 children with a disability were on the foundation’s radar. While writing this report in early 2019, the foundation has just welcomed the 90th child. A jump from 4 to 90 children in merely 5 years. These numbers speak volumes about the living situation and wellbeing of children with brain disorders and their families here.
What moves the foundation
Micky’s Foundation was established to compensate for and respond to the lack of intensive therapy in the field of specialized (child) rehabilitation in Aruba. The aim is to bring three specialized therapists from Europe to Aruba three times a year, during projects of three months each, offering intensive local home therapy. This includes pediatric physiotherapy, pediatric ergo therapy and pre-verbal speech therapy. All therapists have specialized knowledge and experience with children with a motor impairment and/or mental disability.
The growth continues
The number of children in need of this form of therapy grew in the year 2018 from 60 to 85. A growth of 41%! Since the pilot project in 2014, the foundation has run more than 5,000 therapy hours.
In 2018 the foundation collaborated with local therapists and doctors, in addition to 19 otherwise related organizations in Aruba. Micky’s Foundation has been part of the Plataforma Persona cu Limitacion (PPL) since 2015.
The therapy is offered for free of charge. Therapists participate on a voluntary basis and receive an expense allowance. All activities of the foundation are funded through donations.
Thanks to the generous donations of donors, sponsors and grant providers, these projects can be funded. This makes it possible in principle to get two specialized therapists to Aruba for each project. Each project treats a group of 25 to 30 children in their own environment for three months. The continuity of the projects is of great importance to achieving treatment goals. The foundation is therefore grateful for all financial support received in 2018 from:
Hertz Car Rental Aruba
Stinafo Den Haag
Rotary Club of Aruba
De Palm Corporation
Kiwanis Club of Palm Beach Aruba
Stichting Windkracht 10
Stichting Wereldmissiehulp België
Caminata van EPI
Pricesmart Communities Donations Program
Doctor Huub Rockx, revalidatiearts Spaarne Gasthuis
Candidatonan di confirmashon di centro categetico di misa pro catedral San Francisco
Familie Berthson Boekhoudt
Familie Van Stekelenburg
Familie van der Linde
Board with executive board members: Chairman Mr G. de Rooij, secretary Ms A.M.C. Knijn, treasurer Ms H.E. Kool-Slot. The chairman, in collaboration with the other two board members, forms the day-to-day management and is responsible for the duties to be performed.
Ginelle, a 10-year-old girl who had a serious car accident in 2017, suffered serious neurological damage that prevented, standing, walking and other daily motor skills. During project 10, Ginelle learned to stand up again and stand independently for longer periods. And at the end of project 10, Ginelle was even able to walk a few meters with a walking aid.
Janella, a 3 years old was born with cerebral atrophy and hypoplasia. As a result of this brain disorder, she has a very low muscle tension. But Janella has already achieved a great deal with intensive therapy. She was very happy when she was able to take her first steps with the help of this Walker!
Roshianne, an eighteen months old girl, born prematurely. She underwent major abdominal surgery during her first year of life. Roshianne has a dyplegia that causes a lot of tension in both legs. During project 11, child physiotherapist Marije taught her how to stand. And when Marije left, she walked like a champion behind a rolling mobility aid.