On Thursday, 10th of December the Zorg van de Zaak Foundation presented a check of 7,000 euros to the Eardrop Foundation. This foundation is dedicated to deaf and hearing impaired children in Africa since 1983. Thanks to donations like this one from the Zorg van de Zaak Foundation, otolaryngologists from the Netherlands have been able to perform surgery on 6,000 deaf children in Kenya and Ethiopia and more than 500 local doctors and nurses were trained.
Vera van Dijk, ambassador Eardrop Foundation, was here to receive the donation. Although born deaf, Vera can still capture sounds through a cochlear implant since two years. “I was born twice,” she said. In her speech she stressed the importance of this kind of help to deaf children.
Knowing that the Zorg van de Zaak Foundation supports disadvantaged groups based on issues in social, psychological, medical or lifestyle area, Vera’s father Frits van Dijk, asked the board of the Zorg van de Zaak foundation if they could do something for the foundation where his daughter is the ambassador. Pauline Jansen, board member of Zorg van de Zaak Foundation: “We saw the match with Eardrop Foundation directly. The work the Eardrop Foundation does is beautiful and fits well with the objectives of our foundation. In addition, the personal mail of Vera really touched us. In this e-mail she had included a film about northern Uganda, which made clear what the impact is between people who are, and those that aren’t able to communicate. The rest of the board and I have proudly written the check and are pleased to contribute to a project like this.”