Newsletter Los Niños july 2012  


Report of the 10th anniversary of Los Niños in the Netherlands
Sunday the 22nd of April: the celebration of the 10th anniversary of Association Los Niños. Also this time we were allowed to make use of the foyer of the Interpolis Insurance company in Tilburg. And they promised us already for 2017 this same perfect spot for our 3rd lustrum. There was a great turnout of friends, participants and volunteers. The sisters Sandra and Carolien welcomed everyone singing in Spanish and dressed in a beautiful Guatemalan outfit.

President of the board, Jan Jongerius, opened the day officially, after which Ana-Maria welcomed everybody with emotional words. She said thanks to all the people who have supported Los Niños during these 10 years and also for the great personal support to Ana-Maria herself. Mario Coolen, Maya specialist, took the visitors through the country and the traditions of the Mayans by telling exciting stories about this beautiful culture. He told that 2012 will not be the end of the world for the Maya's but the beginning of a new cycle. An impressive presentation.

There was a diverse range of interesting activities during the whole afternoon:

  • Numerous stands where Guatemalan handcrafts were sold;
  • ex-volunteers who talked with curious potential new volunteers;
  • presentations about working in the carpentry workshop and making an organized tour to Guatemala;
  • The award-winning film "La piel donde vivo", created by the Guatemalan Daniel Valle Robles (who lives in Holland) about the adopted Dutchman Jeroen José Lans, also got a lot of interest. If you want to see the movie on youtube just click la piel donde vivo;
  • Los Chapines de Corazón (Guatemalans living in the Netherlands) were selling delicious Guatemalan coffee and traditional food and they surprised us with some typical Guatemalan dances; 
  • The TiKiKo children's choir performed songs of a special musical they will perform in November and the profits will be for Los Niños.

The highlight of the event was the auction. All items were made available for free by supporters of Los Niños. Many thanks for this. The band Cantamos, led by singer Conchita, ended the day with a very special appearance, the dance floor was full with people swinging to Latin American music. The rendition of the song Gracias a la vida (= Thanks to life) of Mercedes Sosa gave many people goose.

We can all look back on a beautiful lustrum Festival. In addition, there was a nice yield of 7000 euro's. To everybody (and there were many) that helped to make a success of this day,

There are many pictures and a nice movie on our website !


In memoriam Henry Dix
Henry Dix, treasurer of Association Los Niños since September 2008, passed away the 27th of April 2012. He was diagnosed with cancer in September 2010. Despite his illness, he worked until his death for Los Niños. As an accountant, financial expert and former treasurer of Cordaid and various other social institutions, he was like no other at the height of the financial aspects of development work. We are very grateful to him and his expertise, his vision and will also miss his humor. We, on behalf of Los Niños, sent his wife, children and grandchildren our condolences and wished them a lot of strength with this great loss.
Jan Jongerius, Voorzitter.

Old colleague Virginie Roussel for the 2nd time mum
On the 8th of May 2012 Virginie had her second son, Marco Felix. The family is doing fine and they enjoy this new little member of the family a lot. Also the adaptation to the life in Belgium is going well, although sometimes she feels homesick for Los Niños and Guatemala. Dear greetings from the family are send to the whole crew of Los Niños and grassroots. 

Annual report 2011
You will find the annual report over 2011 attached. Through this newsletter we want to say once again thanks to all the donors of Los Niños for what we have achieved in 2011. Without your donations and trust, this wouldn't have been possible.
You can read and/or download the Annual report on the homepage of our website: http://www.losninos.info/.

The team of Los Niños is wishing you a very beautiful and sunny summer and if you don't know what your holiday destination will be, maybe you can think of the land of the ever lasting spring: Guatemala.

Christel and Ana-Maria will welcome you with open arms.