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It is cool to be happy to your core!

Happy to your core 

 

Through Aartsen Kids Foundation, Aartsen can make an essential contribution to children's health and sense of self-esteem, self-confidence and well-being. The foundation does so with the conviction that children have the right to know how nutrition, nature, health and well-being are interconnected. This ambition and way of thinking resulted in the idea 'it is cool to be happy to your core!' Which is what ‘stOerGelukkig’ means in Dutch! Being happy to your core or 'stOerGelukkig' is not always a matter of course for every child. AKF is happy to give children a bit of encouragement during these moments.

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Origin of Aartsen Kids Foundation

 

Help children give their lives a positive spin. That has been Jack and Hellen Aartsen's wish since the establishment of Aartsen Kids Foundation (AKF) in 2007. To help guide this mission, five projects have been launched, which provide tangible evidence of AKF's solidarity with children. The foundation focuses entirely on these five projects: 'Cool Treats', children's parties, Sinterklaas (St. Nicholas), Busy Bee and Breda summer camps.

 

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Children’s parties

Due to various circumstances, not every parent is able to give their children a birthday party. The 'Children's parties' project is aimed at children ages 5 through 12 for whom a children's party is not guaranteed. Aartsen Kids Foundation has carefully put together fun and complete packages.

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Sinterklaas (St. Nicholas)

Sinterklaas (St. Nicholas) is a children´s festival, celebrated in The Netherlands on December 5th. Children put their shoes near the chimney and if they are lucky, Sinterklaas will pay a visit and surprise them with presents in their shoe. Aartsen Kids Foundation gives households with children but limited resources the opportunity to celebrate this Dutch tradition.

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Busy Bee

When children enter the first year of secondary school, they are expected to purchase various school supplies. This is an expensive undertaking for their parents in many cases. AKF and Happy Hippo's joint project ‘Busy Bee’ provides those children with school supplies.

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Breda Summer Camps

‘Zomerkampen’ (Dutch for Summer camps) is a foundation in Breda that organises an annual summer camp for children aged 6-16. AKF makes participation to ‘Zomerkampen’ possible for many children whose parents cannot afford it themselves. Furthermore, AKF makes a healthy contribution by supplying fruit and vegetables.

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Cool Treats

‘Cool Treats’ (‘Stoere Traktaties’ in Dutch) is Aartsen Kids Foundation’s first school project, which focuses on playfully raising awareness amongst children about the importance a healthy diet and lifestyle.

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