CRISIS OR NOT, WE ARE STILL HERE!
Crazy how the world has changed in these last two months. Who could have thought that hotels, schools and restaurants would close for such a long time and that events would be cancelled worldwide?
The storm has passed, and we are all slowly getting back to normal life, taking the time to reflect on these past few months.
To recap, our photo gallery has been postponed and we all hope and believe that we can host it to later this year. The traditional Dam top Dam Loop in September is unfortunately cancelled. And also, our planned board trip to visit Hotel con Corazon in Nicaragua last April had to be cancelled.
But… We still continue our fight for education in Mid-America, even without our events! The time during the lockdown has been fruitful for brainstorming about ideas and future developments of Benekids as an organisation.
While everybody was staying at home we have been busy, delivering Gracias beer tasting packs, everywhere in Amsterdam.
While we were not allowed to gather or meet each other, people loved the idea to surprise someone with a nice craft beer gift. We raised a total of €891 with the Gracias beer deliveries!! A big thank to all Gracias lovers!
In addition, Hotel Con Corazon reached out for our help, to think of creative ideas they can use to continue their positive impact on local communities, even though the hotels are forced to be closed.
We teamed up with the Placement Office of Hotelschool The Hague, for internship students to collaborate with Hotel Con Corazon as a case company. We have asked the help of the current
placement students to develop a practical solution for Hotel Con Corazon to keepmaking an impact, even when the hotels and schools are closed. It was a great
experience for students from The Hague and Amsterdam got inspired and came up with smart and creatives solutions, that are shared with Hotel con Corazon!
TAKE A LOOK TO SOME OF THEIR AMAZING IDEAS =>
Last but not least, we also teamed up with Comitas for an online pub crawl, where all proceedings were donated to BeneKids. It was amazing to see how technology can unify people.
Finally, let us give you a little update about Hotel Con Corazon:
Times are difficult. The doors of both hotels are still closed. Luckily they have enough funds to continue the support of students that are currently relying on the scholarship that Hotel Con Corazon is providing them. In Granada, the situation is a bit more complicated since the hotel had to deal with the political unrest in Nicaragua. Until now, they managed to support most of their employees and are planning to continue to do so.
It has been over two months since the Benekids board has seen each other in person, but we are working hard together online, and our motivation and dedication are still as strong as when we started.
Wishing you all the best,
Benekids board 2020,
What’s new in Benekids?
New year, New Board! Time to officially say bye to board 2019.
A big applause for these 3 amazing girls, Pien, Jip and Babette, who, after one year of dedication, raised an amount of:
€12. 000, 00
Where will this donation go? To Hotel con Corazon
On the 26th of November the official board change dinner happened. Friends, family, previous board members and the founders of Hotel con Corazon gathered to celebrate the achievement s of Pien Jip and Babette, and wish board Shaafsma the best of luck in the coming year!!!!
Filled with speeches, videos and great Mexican food, it was a fantastic and inspiring evening.
“Dear Benekids supporters,
The time has come to pass on our responsibility to Board Schaafsma. Therefore, some final words from our side.
It was our pleasure to lead this amazing charity foundation. A year full of inspiration, valuable learning experiences and of course the highlight of raising €12.000 for Hotel Con Corazon. However this could not have been possible without the support of Hotelschool students, SA. Comitas members and all other supporters. We are proud to say that we have been able to expand our own beer brand with 3 beautiful flavors. Please keep drinking them! Also, we have build a solid collaboration with PATE, part of the MO course and hope to see this growing even more in the upcoming years.
Last week Tuesday we have said goodbye with great honor and some tears but we feel more than confident to pass our “baby” on to Timo, Ika, Sophia and Priscille. We believe in them and we hope you all will support them the best you can during the upcoming board year!
Once again thank you for your support.
Board 2019 out.
Pien, Jip and Babette”
What else??? FIRST MONEY RAISED
Together with the help of the student council €334 was raised during the famous HOSCARS Thanks to everyone who bought the charity tickets, drank our gracias beer or requested songs on the jukebox, your donation is a great start, and we can’t wait for the next events!! Thank you all!
Stay tuned because this year we, board Schaafsma, are full of creativity, have crazy ideas, and more importantly, are so motivated to raise a record amount of money for Hotel Con Corazon together with you!
C.F. BeneKids Board Schaafsma