My name is Francine Simons-Hendriks (18-2-1947) I have studied at the Open University in Heerlen and got my Masters in Psychology, Work and Organisation. My last job was at Zuyd Hogeschool as advisor Personal and Organisation. Now I am retired.
Since my retirement I concerne with volunteerswork. In 2012 I went together with my sister in law to Gambia and were confronted with the big poverty in the country. When we came home we have established a foundation, looked for sponsors and donated first a touristcar to a guide, founded a sewing place by a tailor for the local people and at least we build a school in Brufut Nema.
In May 2018 we have tranferred our foundation to Geri de Lange-Mes. Together with her husband Bas they continue the foundation with a lot of enthusiasm and succes. www.floortjevoorfatou.nl
In Okober 2016 I have established, together with the chairman Ebrima Jatta, of the foundation Casa-Gambia, a foundation in the Netherland, named Casa-Gambia-Nederland. The both foundations work together and have the same purpose namely to bring Gambia to a higher social level.
We do this by improving and accessing to:
At this website you can find all our activities and results.
My name is Bjarne Krottjé (2000).
My hobbies are cycling, making music and helping other people.
I am fluent in written and spoken English and Dutch.
I have been interested in computers, websites, etcetera since I can remember.
That is why I founded my own company, called Web2B1.
I made this site (Casa-Gambia) in 2016 and make some adjustments from time to time (paid).
If you would like to learn more, visit my website at https://web2b1.com.
Bjarne Krottjé | Web2B1
Pim de Bokx
My name is Pim de Bokx, I’m an enthusiastic entrepreneur since I was 14 years old with my first company in Garden design & maintenance. Since then I’ve had companies in Architecture, Management Consultancy, Interim-Management, Business Incubation, Training and Investment.
You could say I have a pioneering mind and act accordingly. I hold degrees in Garden & Landscape Architecture and Business Science. Currently I’m in Business Consultancy and Online software for managing Investment Portfolio’s via my company Pioneerz. I’m or have been involved in many initiatives (ngo and commercial) in The Netherlands, Europe, Asia and Africa. These are diverse, but share one common objective: they are all initiated to enable entrepreneurship and socioeconomic development.
I’m a regular visitor of The Gambia since 2004 when I fell in love with the Gambians that offer their smile and good tenure although they have little to come by with. Since 2004 I’ve tried to support the Gambians through personal sponsorship of several children and small investments in start-ups. During my latest PUM-mission in the fall of 2017, I met Ebrima Jatta – the main founder and general chairman of CASA – at an event organized by the association of Dutch NGO’s in The Gambia. Ebrima is an enthusiastic leader who has studied in the UK and The Netherlands that setup CASA as a volunteer driven development organization next to his finance job at a bank. His vision on how Gambians can drive the development of their own region and country is very appealing and I got convinced to join CASA as volunteer.
My contribution to CASA will be small compared to the effort the local volunteers put into it. But I look at it as a learning journey on how western volunteers, supporters and donors can back local volunteers in the drive for local development and the battle against poverty. I hope to support CASA with my entrepreneurial know-how and support their online marketing campaigns.
My name is Lieke Verrijt, I am originally Dutch (4/4/1980), but I also have a Belgium nationality. I studied in the Netherlands to become a nurse and manager in Healthcare. In Belgium I followed CSSD and elder care. I started my career in home care. Later I worked as head nurse and collaborated on a couple of projects like building a new CSSD an a home for the elderly. I also worked for the mayor of Lommel, which is a city in Belgium. I coached refugees coming to Lommel and employees of the municipality . My first visit to Gambia was in 2010. There I was volunteer in Jiboro in the healthcentre. This is also the place were I coach the manager.
Early last year Ebriham was telling me about CASA Gambia Fund raising project for the Brufut Lower Basic School. I shared with him some ideas I had to for fundraising and he invited me to the next meeting. He also invited me to visit the school to see the proposed project. After attending the meeting and visiting the school, I was impressed with what the team was doing. I wanted to be Involved with the project.
Shortly after that I returned to UK and met with my previous employer, Sarah James the director of Jam Training and Education, and Mark Mckie the manager of the club. I told them about what CASA Gambia project and showed them the photos of the school. They decided to help. Mark Mckie, staff and the children discussed a few ideas. We decided on a cake sale and sponsored sports day. The children and staff made the most delicious cupcakes, key rings, and slime. It was a big hit. The parents also gave their support toward a sponsor Sports day. It was an exciting event everyone, we were so pleased with the outcome. Sarah James also bought toothbrushes and toothpaste and parents donated school supplies which I have boxed and shipped along with a set of encyclopedias.
This fundraising event raised positive awareness of great things that are happening in Africa. It has proved that you can accomplish anything with teamwork and the desire to help others in need. We are hoping this will open the door for other good things in the future.
Thank you, Patricia Whyte!
Jaap van Duuren
I like CASA Gambia because of their direct way of working. I got in touch with Ebrima. He has enchanted me with his pleasant way of interacting. Friendly and always punctual. A deal is a deal. He has brought me in contact with several people. Also with the Brufut Lower Basic School. After a guided tour through the school, our Foundation decided to do something for the school. In April 2018 we have renovated the entrance of the school and refurbished two buildings. They look like new again. The inside and outside is shining from the new paint and they have new roofs and ceilings. We also send a container full of furniture for the school and clothing plus equipment for Brufut-Health-Clinic. With this investment we developed a close cooperation. There is still very much to do, but I have the hope, that many forces will join to realize this. Everything for good education and a better future for the children in The Gambia!
Jaap van Duuren, voorzitter Stichtingchef.nl
Nico Hollander, born in 1950 in Rotterdam. Nico grew up with the reconstruction of the ruined city. After high school and conscription at the Naval Film Service he studied Transport economics in Rotterdam and Utrecht. With great pleasure he worked as a transport specialist in the hectic world of the Port of Rotterdam. At a later age, Nico studied pastoral theology at Tilburg University in his spare time. He chose the field of spiritual guidance. His attention was focused on relieving the yoke that everyday life can put people on the shoulders. Often those are shoulders, which cannot carry much. Nico worked with people in disadvantaged situations in Twente and youngsters in the middle of the country. He also participated in a social consultation in Hilversum. There he mainly supervised people in debt relief. The sick and the patients had his attention too. He has lived in the Gambia since the summer of 2016. His great hobby is sailing. That is why you find him in the summer months on the Zeeuwish and Frisian waters and of course at the Wadden Sea. In Gambia He is committed to empowering young people, he works as a counselor in the psychiatric hospital Tanka-Tanka, he is associated with various foundations, including Casa Gambia and he visits Dutch prisoners on behalf of the Stichting www.Epafras.nl in The region, from Mauritania in the north to Guinea-Bissau in the south and Cape Verde in the west.