2008 DRC Several improvements

2008 DRC Several improvements

Meeting Tessa and Gerdo in Kathmandu in March 2008 became something special. We’ve talked a lot about the DRC Nepal and volunteering there. Shortly thereafter they had a big surprise: A fundraiser for one of their other charities was so successful that they even had enough money to support a project in Nepal. And they chose the DRC.

So Gerdo and Tessa visited the DRC to meet the children and see how they could help. And they started the same day: they bought a large amount of soap, shampoo, toothbrushes and cleaning products.

The next day, Tessa and Gerdo bought two special shower/toilet wheelchairs. A big improvement in the hygiene sense, and also safer for the more disabled children to take shower and/or use the toilet.

And that was not all: They also made the DRC

  • safer by putting security on the outside windows
  • more accessible because the thresholds have ramps
  • more hygienic by constructing a large sink outside the toilet

The biggest improvement they have made ​​possible is the equalisation of the playground. This makes the playground more accessible to wheelchair users and children with walking difficulties.

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Smiling Faces is the abbreviation for the Helping Hands 4 Smiling Faces Foundation, that was started by Tjitske Weersma in 2008. We improve the living conditions of children in children’s homes in developing countries with specific, small-scale projects in which they are central. We also support them when they have to leave those homes at 18 and have no safety net to fall back on. With us they come first. With our help they’ll go so much further, are they able to make their own choices and can they make shape their own lives.