About Angel’s Garden
Angel’s Garden is a young foundation established on 8 June 2007 and domiciled in Purmerend (Netherlands). Our mission is to help handicapped adolescents and chronically ill children in Suriname who are falling between two stools. For these young people no day, night, or weekend care is available. This makes them dependent on their families and restricts their social contacts. Angel’s Garden wants to provide a home for them to break the barriers of their social exclusion.
This annual Report is on the 3rd of January 2010 approved by the board of Angel’s Garden.
Board and meetings
In this year, owing to illness of a board member, the board had to function with three members. The board came together seven times. Some particulars in the minutes worth mentioning are:
* In February a talk was arranged in Suriname with the deputy director of Social Affairs and a number of staff members. After a productive exchange of about two hours, the chairwoman of Angel’s Garden was informed about the procedure for applying for subsidy. The respective forms were handed over at once.
* The chairwoman paid a visit to the Minister of Regional Development. At the Minister’s request a copy of our project plan was left behind for further information.
* A talk about the procedure for subsidy took place with the contact person of Skanfonds in Suriname. In time, the chairwoman of Angel’s Garden will approach her contact for filing an application for subsidy.
* Regrettably, the building lot promised by Domains, had to be returned. It turned out that this lot was mo longer available. Another building lot was promised to the chairwoman. The size of this lot is about 5 hectares. Further progress has to be awaited.
* In March, after a long search for suitable office room, a facility was found in Amsterdam-West, and a contract was made up with the owner, Academica Islamica.
Owing to illness of a board member and a shortage of volunteers, the planned activities could not be carried out. We hope that they can still be carried out in the following year.
The chairwoman was approached by a number of donors, as their banks had pointed out that the giro slips of 2008, which were printed by printing house Solleveld, were no longer valid as from 2007. This greatly reduced the number of donations. Fortunately, some donors did not use giro slips, but made over the money directly or used the internet, so we still received a number of gifts. The chairwoman is trying to recover the damages from the printer.