Children’s health includes their overall well-being from conception through adolescence. To bring out every child’s potential, they need a positive, healthy, and encouraging environment. Some children are born with health problems and need extra care from an early stage and other grow up in unsafe environments. Our United Action focuses on the overall well-being of children in the Netherlands.
The Netherlands is a country with a relatively healthy population and a good amount of government health initiatives. Despite this, the Netherlands still faces health challenges, especially among children. Every year, For example, more than 550 children in the Netherlands develop cancer. At this moment, 81% of these children are cured, but sadly, for 1 in 5, the disease is still fatal. Further, research has shown that the Netherlands has an increasing number of people with depressive disorders. With the future of the planet being of concern, as well as great exposure to social media and anxiety caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, children, despite their high quality of life, face numerous pressures.
There are also other vulnerable groups of children. Children living at home sometimes face challenges in the most immediate environment. In some cases, their emotional and psychological well-being is seriously neglected and they run an increased risk of healthy development. Other vulnerable groups include children with all levels of disabilities that still face exclusion and discrimination in society. Although things are improving and laws are creating a more inclusive environment, there is still work that needs to be done.
Various charities around the Netherlands are working hard to provide all the care and support required for improved treatment of children in all its facets. Charities are helping in raising funds as treatment, medicine and recovery can be an expensive process for children with life-threatening diseases. Other charities aim to ensure that children with special needs have access to the right treatment and equipment needed. They are also trying to create an inclusive society by making sure public spaces are friendly for children with disabilities.
Additionally, charities are making sure that there are spaces where children from difficult homes can express themselves freely to lead a healthy life as health is not just ‘the absence of illness’ but healthy bodies and healthy minds so that children can become productive members of society.
This United Action supports high-scoring charities that believe with the proper support, every child can achieve physical, mental, and emotional well-being.
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creating communities where everyone can realize their unique potential.
The Learning for Well-being framework helps children experience holistic well-being. The center of their approach is cultivating capacities that connect children with themselves, each other, and the world. That requires acknowledging one's uniqueness and inner diversity. Learning for Well-being Foundation has started a global, social movement to create competent intergenerational partnerships that are active in different countries around the world.
A smile for every child.
The Forgotten Child (Het Vergeten Kind) offers a program with 2 strategic pillars. With the first pillar, they organize events and projects which positively impact the lives of troubled children. The 2nd pillar focuses on sustainability and structural improvements to take care of troubled children. In addition, they take the initiative to bring the situation of these forgotten children to the attention of the responsible authorities and the greater Dutch public.
For children, against cancer
The Prinses Maxima Centrum combines the utmost care with the research of the highest degree. They educate the most driven healthcare professionals and work with the smartest researchers towards improving the care and treatments daily. By tying care, research, education, and training together, they are improving the chances of being cured and the quality of life of the children surviving cancer. The foundation 'Steun het Prinses Maxima Centrum' raises funds to provide extra services to support children and their families, for research into childhood oncology, and to support education and training in the field of childhood oncology (which are not fully covered by insurance, government, or other institutes).
Support us to help the most vulnerable: children and adults with disabilities!
SOFT tulip is a unique partnership of Dutch service providers for people in need of special care, who join forces to support providers in countries where there is a desire for improvement. Working in a different cultural context is a vast educational experience for Dutch experts. The exchanges between Dutch care workers and their foreign colleagues lead to a significant improvement in motivation and skills, to the benefit of both sides.
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