“If you have a lot, you should share a lot.” With this in mind and with the belief that it is important for everyone to participate in work and society, the Zorg van de Zaak Foundation was founded by Marius Touwen in 2015.
In the Netherlands, it is regulated by law that care for employees is delivered by the businesses. The employer provides this care for his employees through Zorg van de Zaak or other parties. In this way they always receive good support on social, psychological, medical or lifestyle area which is paid for by the employer. A privilege that not everyone has and this is precisely what the Zorg van de Zaak Foundation wants to improve.
The goal of the Zorg van de Zaak Foundation is derived from the mission of Zorg van de Zaak: We believe that people are happier when they participate in work and society. Based on this belief, we support programs that provide opportunities to people who do not get enough chances to participate to their full potential in society.
Values that play an important role are:
30 years of experience in development projects at GAIN, Hivos and other organizations, including five years of work experience overseas.
Bärbel Weiligmann has been working in the non-profit sector for twenty years. For five years she lived in several developing countries, where she worked as economic advisor for agricultural projects. Now she has been living in The Netherlands for ten years, where she worked for a Dutch NGO focusing on the sustainability of coffee, cocoa and tea supply chains. At the moment she is working for GAIN a network organization of industry, on finding a solution together with industry to the 'hidden hunger' in the value chain.
Frans Werter is involved in projects in the Netherlands and abroad where many different stakeholders work together.
In Utrecht he works on the development of an integral environmental vision for the city centre. In Pakistan, he was involved in strengthening local governance and participation. 'A common thread in my life is to stand next to people who don't have it easy in life. I care about the autonomy and respect for people. Everyone must be able to have the power of their own life and be able to contribute in their own way. It is always important to take the other person into account. I like to contribute to creating the preconditions under which people can do this and engage in a dialogue.
Suus Theuws has been working as a practitioner and manager in mental health care for almost 25 years and has also always had an eye for people who cannot fully participate in society.
She founded the 'Driving Nurses' foundation, which focuses on improving the health of mothers and children in East Africa. She is also chair of 'De 40 van Breda': a running event intended to raise funds for a better future for children in the Netherlands and Africa. She is currently working with the government and local partners to improve mental health care in Tanzania. 'It is my passion to lovingly and effectively support people with a disadvantage in society, to make them feel valuable again.'