While you are making your list

I spoke to Renata van Dongen the woman at the helm of Casa Cuna.

In the season of giving, can you please put them on your list?

As you enter Casa Cuna, there is a donation box, you may deposit your donation there, anonymously, or come to the office with your gift for a photo opportunity.

There are 25 young children presently living at Casa Cuna, new-borns to age six.

The home is also sheltering two young mothers.

It was a difficult year for the children who were cooped up during lock down, and couldn’t go anywhere, they missed their families, many of which became even more destitute during the pandemic.

GOA’s budget for Casa Cuna is Awg 12.5 per day, per child.

I will let that sink in.

It means Awg 312.50 a day is designed to take care of food, pampers, school supplies, clothing and other necessary materials, for the home delivering 24/7 loving supervision and care, with 45 staffers, on duty day and night.

Without the generous donations of food purveyors, supermarkets and private donners, they wouldn’t be able to do what they do!

So put them on your list this holiday season!

The children’s home Casa Cuna is a 7×24 facility for children aged 0 to 8 years, who (temporarily) can no longer live at home, for example because of neglect, sexual abuse or physical abuse. Moreover, the home also provides guidance to the parents/foster parents of these children.


In honor of Sinterklass, practically on his birthday, the Jolly Pirates hosted an active group of Imeldahof kids for a sailing trip, and some rope-swing action.

The kids couldn’t wait to leave the pier and plunge into the water, they swung from the rope fearlessly, and I found out they all swim, even a six-year-old!

Supported by the Jolly Pirates, Moomba Beach, Neely Cosentino, Do It Center, Masterpiece Tattoo Shop, WheninAruba.com, and Amare Shoe Lounge, it was a super successful event.

Thank you friends and supporters for helping out, and making so much fun possible.

Giovanni Trim donated the Karaoke bus, which picked the kids up, and delivered them cheering to Moomba Beach, where everyone boarded the Jolly Pirates for a two-hour experience.

Then Moomba Beach served dinner, pizza and jaw breaking burgers, in the garden, before the Karaoke Bus returned everyone, exhausted and exhilarated, to Imedahof.

Goodie bags provided by generous sponsors, included sweets, and a small gift.

Thank you chaperons, for helping with snorkel gear, keeping everyone safe, and a giant thank you to the ever-enthusiastic and helpful Jolly Pirates crew! 


Imeldahof Children’s home is a government institution for children from troubled homes. Their budget is similar to that of Casa Cuna, very low, and they too rely on generous sponsors.

Please remember them too.

Purpose of the organization

The objective of the homes is to offer a temporary home and guidance for children and teens who, for a variety of reasons, are unable to remain in their own homes. In most cases this is until placement with their own family or relatives or a foster family can be found.   A few of the reasons are mental-, psychical and sexual abuse, neglect, alcohol or drug abuse by parents.

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December 12, 2020
Rona Coster