I first arrived in Boa Vista in 2013. After witnessing the poverty in Baracas en having talked with some locals, I decided I had to do something. When I came back to the Netherlands, I told my wife and children about everything I had seen. After collecting nearly 60 kg of toys, school supplies, and clothing, we moved to the island to see what we could do.
Then I met Artur and together we decided that the people can have a better life if they speak English, and can work with computers. So we started to teach English and Computer classes end organizing the Baracca Tours.
Then we moved to Sal-Rei to build up our business. To earn some extra money, we opened a small snack bar selling Dutch delights like the frikandel and other deep-fried foods, e.g. puntzak Belgium fries, chicken nuggets, hamburgers. We also expanded the tours (island tours, snorkel tours, etc.)
In 2016 we started handing out medicine like paracetamol, ibuprofen etc. In December we invited Santa Claus and his elve to give the children of Boa Vista a fantastic Christmas. Everybody could take a picture with Santa and received a cookie from him.
Gradually our company started to become more known in the area. There are more and more tourists who want to help us with money, goods, advice or advertise for us.
We have met doctors who love to advise about how we can the people even better. En there are people who are trying to find sponsors for us.
We met had people who send us a ton of stuff, people who came with suitcases filled with gifts, German tourists who translated this website into German en a fantastic person who completely redesigned this website. And not to mention a stubborn but fantastic doctor with her husband who we are eternally grateful for. And many and many more wonderful people.
We have also been able to organize our Christmas event under our own management this year, and we again had the help of several tourists, including a nice German couple who were here for the second year to help. Thanks in part to the help of many tourists, this year we had a nice gift for every child in the Baracca and on the main square. That year we gave away almost 1000 gifts!
It was a wonderful but eventful year for us. We were able to meet many fantastic people again this year, and we were able to help many people again. Thanks to you all!
Someone has walked the Nijmegen 4 days for us, a bingo has been organized for us, a drink, and more and more people take things for the local population with them when they come to Boa Vista. A new foundation has also been established in the Netherlands to help various charities. We are the first charity they support, so at the moment there are more than 150 donation boxes in different stores in the Netherlands. How great is this!
We now also have 6 collection points in the Netherlands, so this year we received various barrels and a number of large boxes with toys, clothing etc. !!!
Fortunately we also have more and more tourists who take medicines or leave them behind so that we can help more people here.
And to conclude the year, we have given away almost 1700 (!!) presents this year and expanded our Christmas event to Fundo das Figueiras. We had taxis ready to take the children from the nearby villages of Cabeça dos Tarrafes and João Galego to Fundo das Figueiras so that these children could also receive a Christmas present. And of course in the picture with Santa Claus! We also made a lightning visit in Rabil and Bofareira, so that the children can be happy there too!
Of course we cannot thank everyone personally, but through this way we want to thank everyone who has contributed. Thank you all, you are all very nice people. Together with you we make the world a bit more beautiful !!
On to another great year !!!!