Chances for Kids
Child Aid Suriname New Nickerie
Historically, since 1983 Kinderhulp Suriname 'Lobi Pikien' active in Nieuw Nickerie. Jolan Gaaikema left for Suriname in January 1983, starting from Easter 1983 she was preacher at the Eben Haëzerchurch of the United Protestant Church there. Along with her work there in this municipality also created a lot of work for Child Aid Suriname: Slowly but surely, more and more children live in the rectory. The children's work at the parish grew, because after a while, there were more than 40 children in the Sunday school.
Jolan was the first female preacher in Nieuw Nickerie, later she lived for a period in Stone Dansi inland. There Jolan was not only preacher but also teacher at the newly founded school, where 21 children from all classes in one classroom. In the afternoon it served as a community center where the illiterate adults could follow a course and then in the weekend, the school was the church.
Inland people also were baptized near the river. Many people and especially young people from the community were baptized and many of them have found a place in a local congregation kerk. In 1987 Jolan and Humphrey went back to Neuw Nickerie, where they took in about 35 children. During that time she held services in the house at the Waldeck. Also, there was drama played with the children and singing. Many of the children who lived there in Neuw Nickerie them were refugees of the civil war.
After Jolan and her husband Humphrey Banai in the late eighties went to the Netherlands left 'Lobi Pikien "continued to support children in Neuw Nickerie. First there were a large number. Later, several children have moved to Paramaribo, and when we supported children in different places. After some kids from school went off, they were replaced by others. There were only a few children in Nickerie on child support, and now most kids live elsewhere, but we also keep seeking and receiving information on the need to help families in New Nickerie.
The Salvation Army building in Pontbuiten has been a meeting place for Lobi Pikien children. Several people from the Salvation Army have in the past supported the child aid children, long before the foundation Colorful Chances Suriname was founded. In recent years were that Virginia Hiwat George and Tina Codfried and Marsha Samedi. The latter two are members of the board of the foundation.
The Lobi Pikien children who are cared get more than just money, they also receive spiritual support and thanks to the enthusiasm of Marsha Samedi, some of them now decided to become an officer of the Salvation Army. It is beautiful, like children who have been helped, decide to be a helper.
The work of Lobi Pikien begun in 1983 and still continues, only now under the name of the Colorful Chances Suriname. As we have made our concerns, but thanks to a gift we can this year provide for some of the 60 children a few more times, but this is not enough. The final payout will be in September 2015 and we want to continue this work and that is only with the help of funds or donations.
We hope that many people want to be a relative of one of the 60 children's aid children. We have already found a few people who do that, but more are needed. In August 2015, we also held a benefit dance for and with our dance groups in collaboration with the dance groups of Pontbuiten. it was a very successful evening, spent this night is not so much money. The enthusiasm of the dancers was huge and it made the evening worth. In the future we do it again and we hope to raise awareness benefit to us and good to have a good yield. Finally, all beginnings are difficult.
We do not only support children in Suriname, but also some children in St Laurent, just across the border in French Guyana. You may find this strange, but in French Guyana live many Surinamese people and Ivonne, which has long been involved with Child Aid. On the right you see her with some of her children and grandchildren.
Ivonne has, when Jolan led a school in Stone Dansi, assisted Jolan Gaaikema: helped with the children and carried out different tasks as one in the team, focusing on smaller children at school. Later, as a young mother Ivonne also resided for a time in New Nickerie at Jolan places and lived there with many children.
She is now the proud mother of six children and grandmother of five grandchildren. Three of her children are still supported by our foundation. Ivonne is dedicated for ensuring that their children receive a good education! Her one daughter Tilly, which was also backed by us during years, is now the happy mother of three children and she has passed the final exam high school and became a qualified kindergarten teacher. She has passed and is awaiting a place in a school, so that they can continue what her mother began. You can see her on the photo below in red.
In French Guyana, the children are starting their third year at school, therefore they are earlier with most things than the children in Suriname, they teach according to the French school system and of course all the lessons are in French. At home, the children sometimes speak Surinamese because of their parents and relatives.
Jennifer (right side in pink dress) is the youngest, she is 11 years old and goes to 6th grade elementary school. She gets up particularly early and makes efforts to go to school, she is quite committed.
Veronique (right) is 13 years old and is in the 2nd grade secondary school. She does her best and we hope that will go on to second grade. In French Guyana, the holidays are about at the same time as in the Netherlands, while in Suriname fall holidays are later.
The children of Ivonne speak fluent French, but they also know the Surinamese language, Saramaccan, the Aukan and a little Dutch. Veronique teaches English at school, so she is multilingual, which promises much more for the future!
We also support Elio Nora, she is already a bit older, she is 15 years old and at the Lyceum, she does well in school. She has a school, you could compare to the completed secondary school and is now in the 4th HAVO or VWO. She has just read the other children Ivonne very serious about her schoolwork and she will get far.
For Surinamese mothers in French Guyana, life is not always easy, they want to give their children a good education, but the costs in Guyana are high. There they will sometimes have to pay European prices for food and clothing. We look at whether Ivonne has the opportunity to go to work as a sewing instructor for our foundation in 2016, in French Guyana. This is done due to the fact we wish to expand the activities of our foundation across borders. But first woman who can instruct people still need the right training.
Furthermore, we support the family in rebuilding their house, or rather their bathrooms and the like. We only have modest means, but still want to help people in securing basic needs for the houses.
We still feel obligated to help children and families in need. Currently we still need support one of the children in Ivonne's home, with their school work for mere 10 euros per month. And you can also give extra money so for example someone like Ivonne can be trained to give sewing courses and more.
St. Laurant French Guyana
Lobi Pikien Paramaribo
In Paramaribo a lot of children are living supported by the merged organization Lobo Pikien. With Child Aid Suriname 'Lobi Pikien' and now with the Foundation Colorful Chances we have in the past years come across over 50 children childrenthat very often without our support would not be able to go to school. In the last year the number has grown to 60 children, of which at least 40 live in Paramaribo. The support has been variable, were sent many packages in the past with clothes and food, now the support is more financially and spiritually. If you really about to support a specific child, you will be mailed a special monthly newsletter for the people now considered to be a relative since 2015. To give you an idea of who you support, some kids will introduce themselves to you:
My name is Shagilo and I'm 14 years old. I'm in the 1st class of secondary school. My hobbies are playing football and running. I want to be a judge when i grow up.
I Timothy and I'm 16 years old. I'm in the 2nd year of training LBGO-commerce and administration. My Favorite subject in school is English and I can also speak English very well.
Well, God has done a lot for me, where I thought that there was no way, he has shown me the way. Because a child without a mother is like a vase without flowers.
I Have been lonely without my mother, but I just keep walking with God in his road ald I will never stop walking on his road and I want to thank him for letting me know who I am. God is good all the time.
I love my family very much, especially my little brother Juromie who has a disability. He can not walk, but yes as God has made certain people, so we should just accept that and I do not make jokes with him. For me it does not matter how you were born, I love you. So I just love children who have disabilities. I go every Sunday to church and I'm so happy, that I may know the Lord. So I'm just someone who very much love for everyone does
I am just a boy with peace and God is my salvation!.
I am Petra, am 18 years old, I like a lot of singing and dancing and I'm in the 1st class IMEO. I am the people of this organization very grateful that they stand by my sister and me with financial help Thank you very much. Oh yes, I forgot one very important thing, yes I have a twin, which I find very cool and special. Her name is Pricilla. We both love dancing and singing. We are the only children of my mom.
Jesus loves you and we love you too!
My name is Sarah. I am 13 years old. I'm in the first grade of secondary school. I want to be someone important in the society. My hobbies are cycling, swimming and reading. I'd never stay put.
My poem is about learning:
Each child is required to attend school in order to later be something in society and so he/ she can support his/ her mother in need. Yes not think too early about making children, first think carefully about what you're doing! For it is difficult for you: your diploma is your first husband.
Jesus loves you and we love you too!