Purpose of the foundation
The goal of The Fam4Kids Foundation is to provide practical support to carers and families who provide care for a chronically ill or disabled child, a partner, father or mother. As an ideal foundation (not for profit) the Fam4Kids Foundation offers a beautiful location with the right facilities, where the carer can relax with family members. The foundation aims to strengthen the interconnection within the family members and to prevent outages due to overload.
The foundation also makes its location available for the provision of organised accommodation. Positive benefits from the foundation are used to improve housing facilities, facilities and resources. Also for funding holidays for vulnerable children with disabilities without resources.
The board is responsible for all administrative tasks of the foundation. These focus mainly on the implementation of the foundation’s objectives and control of its operational activities.
In addition to the board, Mr. P. Oorthuizen is involved in the foundation as Operational Manager Maintenance & Management.
All income from the foundation benefits the children and their families. The work of the board members and additional employee is unpaid.
Paul and Angela Oorthuizen have been parents to foster children with intellectual and/or physical disabilities for almost two decades.
Like no other, they know how difficult it is to find a place where you can enjoy with the entire family with sufficient facilities and amenities.
From their experiences on location Camping de Quack, they noticed that the children did come to rest but due to the lack of the right tools an ordinary holiday home was no longer sufficient. This is how the idea was born and the ideal Fam4Kids Foundation was created.
At the beginning of 2013 the contract was signed with the contractor and construction could start in May. During the construction of the accommodation, a lot of work has been done on further fundraising.m crowdfounding and appealing to people in a personal capacity. Board members have even personally visited local companies to prepare for the phase-out phase.
In 2015, Paul and Angela Oorthuizen’s dream actually became a reality, when the official opening of the holiday home took place on 30 May 2015. It is a adapted and wheelchair accessible holiday home with five bedrooms, a paved path to the beach (300 meters away) and an enclosed and safe garden for the children.
The foundation was able to close the year with an occupancy rate of 37%.
Work was also being done to better reach the target group. The foundation has been publicised through an information day in Utrecht on small-scale living. An advocacy group of people with a personal budget has also been spoken to and a workshop has been offered.
Flyers have been created and distributed to day activities centres for children with disabilities and through the ROC a stagnant work has started to improve the website. The extra attention has resulted in more awareness of the well-appointed holiday home.