Boys will be boys

These tiny little fella’s look like boys anywhere else. They play, they joke, they laugh, they fight. The only difference is their stories. Stories of devastation, lost homes, lost lives, lost parents. Sometimes even losing them violently in front of their eyes. Eyes who are way too young to watch what they have watched. All growing up without a mother or a father. Here they are, on their knees, sharing their secrets and worries. And still, they play, they joke, they laugh, they fight. Like any other boy. If there is one thing I am learning from them, it is resilience. The courage to keep moving, to keep going forward. To not let anything make you give up. They are such clever, brilliant and wise human beings. I have faith that they will get wherever they want to go. Because they don’t give up. Giving up simply does not exist here. Let my little brothers inspire you on this Thursday night. To chase your dreams and go where you want to go. And don’t tell me something is stopping you. It’s only on your mind. Dream big and move forward. You simply owe it to them to do so.

Advertisements

Opgesloten in vrijheid

Soms interesseert het me echt geen reet dat ik opgesloten zit en het land niet meer uit kan. Zoals vandaag. Ik stel je graag voor aan Beri, Mardeen, Fawaz, Nasr, Hani, Sara, Mousa en Thanaa. 8 psychologen uit Syrië, Irak en Koerdistan. Werkend met onze kinderen en families op 14 verschillende kampen voor meer dan 10.000 vluchtelingen. Omstandigheden: ruk. Verhalen: verschrikkelijk. Situatie: schrijnend. Energie: onbeperkt. Je moet het maar doen hoor, week in week uit. Ik was al een miljard keer naar Europa gevlucht, klaar met de shit, maar godzijdank zijn zij als doorzetters hier. Voor die duizenden kinderen die de aandacht en het luisterend oor zooooo hard nodig hebben. En dus zoomden we vandaag in op NEEDS. Want die worden hier nauwelijks vervuld. En daar maken deze 8 A REAL CHANGE. “Het Masterplan”, noemden ze het zelf. Dat valt alleen maar uit te voeren met echt masters and that’s what they are.

Providing Psychological First Aid

************* I am sure that I HAVE *NEVER* BEEN THIS *** >> P R O U D << *** IN MY entire LIFE BEFORE! ******************

Look at my newly recruited and freshly trained team! 😍 My training has just finished and they are READY TO GO! 💪🏼 In the past three days they have already helped over 500 disaster-affected Afghan beneficiaries. Can you imagine how big their impact will be in the upcoming months?! Incredible!

I am SO SO SO SO happy and even more G R A T E F U L for their work, effort, energy, wonderful mindsets and HUGE hearts 💚 T H I S I S W H Y I D E C I D E D T O C O M E H E R E and this is what makes me want to stay 🙏🏼

Ps. OF COURSE I have also some great WOMEN in my team, but they cant be in the picture because of security reasons. But they are awesome, just believe me. Sister-power! 👭