Why not introduce ourselves?
Why Not is a young chartity organisation founded by three enthousiastic Dutch girls. The Why Not foundation focusses on the children and youth with a physical or intellectual disability between the ages of 4 and 21 in Kenya.
The origins of Why Not can be found in the volunteer projects that both Annemiek and Marloes worked with in Kenya. Annemiek and Marloes developed their passion for Kenya whilst working with a volunteer project. They immediately fell in love with the smells, colours, religion, culture, delicious food, warm friendly people, nature and the wild animals. However, despite Kenya’s wonderful aspects they also witnessed the distressing situation that children with a disability found themselves in. Back in the Netherlands, under the spell of the country and the people and full of enthousiasm they found a kindred spirit in Kim. The idea for Why Not was born, help children with a disability go to school!
The percentage of disabled people in Kenya is higher than in Europe. In Kenya the general belief is that a disability is God’s curse, a sign that you have made a mistake or commited a sin. It is because of this belief that many parents are ashamed of their disabled child and tell how "The children can’t do anything, they are worthless and can’t contribute anything to the community". They are seen as a burden. Furthermore, these ideas are the reason why disabled children seldomly get the chance to take part in Kenyan society and are usually hidden away, locked up, abandoned and even abused.
Why Not want to help change this: Let us give the right example and show everyone that a disabled child is just a child with his/her own character, strengths, values and needs! By supporting these children by providing scholing, creche, or trainning we hope to widen their world and help these children become more independant. We also want to support the parents and insure they are closely involved with their children.
What started as a volunteerproject has in the meantime grown into a Dutch and Kenyan Foundation that is constantly growing. This must be something that you would also like to contribute to?
Kim van Nuenen
Did you know dat you can donate directly? And that you can do a monthly payment which will help one of the children directly?