WELCOME TO THE OFFICIAL
A continuous representation of child rehabilitation in Aruba.
Run by passionate volunteers.
Thumbs up for the great collaboration with Aruba Hi Winds (May 17-22) and their generous donation of Fl.12.000,-
Project 1 to 28...
1st - 27th project, 2015 - 2022
In December 2014 we started our first official project. Two specialized therapists (a pediatric physiontherapist Kim Rijnders and a pre verbal speech therapist Linda van Dijk) provided intensive therapeutic treatments to 13 children on Aruba, for three months. After this successful start for the foundation we have organized 27 more projects, all back - to - back. A total of 58 highly qualified therapists have provided over 14.000 free therapy hours, serving 168 children in total until the current project today. (See also our Projects page for more information)
We thank Stéphanie van Gaal, Jael Bootsma, Jana van Hecke, Hilke Baumers, Sophie de Bont, Tim Peters, Kinke de Weerd, Marissa Lake-Hunsel, Linda Vermeulen, Lisette de Kort, Nathalie Houweling, Irene Pouls, Sylvie van Stippelen, Esther Vergeer (2x), Inger Ruigt, Marije Bastiaansen (3x), Saskia Niewold, Karin Franken, Eli Kuijper, Matscha Burggraaff, Robin Theunissen, Els van Uden, Pamela Kreeuseler, Carmen Ubachs, Anouk Otten, Pleun Kokken (2x), Stephanie Rudelsheim, Kati Thor (2x), Enya Martin, Kristy Heiligenberg, Ronald de Jong (2x), Manouk van der Windt, Esther van der Meer, Anja Bijleveld, Leonie Vercruijsse, Laura Lecompte, Liv van de Berge, Anouk Raymaekers, Daniel Weeke, Tessa Palstra and Viola Sorm-Hellenga.
28th project 2023 (April 3rd - June 30th 2023)
Project 28 has started with pediatric physiotherapist mevrouw Sandra van Damme. She will continue working with the group of around 35 children, from project 27. Hopi exito Sandra.
Project 32-34 in 2024: LOOKING FOR PRE VERBAL SPEECH THERAPISTS AND OCCUPATIONAL THERAPISTS!
We work in close collaboration with our local colleagues and professionals. Micky's Foundation is member of the Aruban Platform for people with a disability (PPL).
For more information or if you as a PARENT or a CARETAKER think your child could benefit from our therapy, please feel free to contact us. Our therapy is free of cost, because we believe that everyone should have access to something so essential to a child's wellbeing. Micky's Foundation is run by volunteers and depends on donations.
Asaf keeps on walking
Anouk, our kinderfysiotherapeute from project 16: "Twice a week I go to the Arco Iris Kleuterschool and work with sweet Asaf (in this video 5 years old). He is diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy and has a lot of spasticity in his legs. Because of the spasticity it isn’t possible for him to fully stretch his legs. He always walks with some flexion in his knees and on his toes. This is very hard and exhausting, so he also has a walker to support him. He started at Micky’s Foundation in project 14 after a botox treatment in Holland. At this moment he needs again a botox treatment, but it isn’t possible to go to Holland. During the therapy we try to make his legs as strong as possible. Also we focus on the endurance of his walking and improving his balance."
Isla's first steps...barefoot
Isla is a little girl who (in this video) is 4 years old. She was born at 29 weeks and diagnosed with cerebral palsy. She lives with her mum and dad and older sister Elena in Aruba.
Isla is a happy girl and like to play with us and make fun. In this video you see the excitement of both her mum and Isla, when she takes off on her first ever steps in her walker...barefoot.
Two thumbs up
for atlas kidtech
and Fonds Kind &
Many many thanks for the
donation of 13 orthopedic
instruments to Micky's Foundation
from atlas kidtech, a Dutch
producer of orthopedic instruments.
Aruba does not provide in these
must have-instruments for many
children in need.
Along with another
13 instruments that were donated to
the foundation in 2020 and 2021 we
can use them to increase the
effectivity of the therapy sessions.
Many thanks also goes to Fonds Kind
& Handicap who has sponsored the
transportation costs from the
Netherlands to Aruba.
Meet Ayron, in this video only 1 year old, part of our projects since the beginning. Ayron was a premature and is behind in his motoric development. Last year Ayron could not balance his sitting position. Now, with help from our therapists (here working with Jana) he shows great progress, standing up by himself in a correct way and feeling happy!
Un danki especial
In January 2014, almost a year
before we commenced with our
official project, everything
started with a very successful
If it wasn't for Elise Nackaerts
and Neeltje Teulings, Micky's
Foundation would maybe never
have seen the light.
They worked with Micky and
three other children and proved
that the goals we set out to
achieve today, were orchestrated
Jael working with Jevan:
In this video Jevan is 15 year old. He has Cerebral Palsy. Because of unvoluntary movements in his arms, he was unable to eat by himself. With the help from, Jael our pre verbal speech therapistsome and adjustments and a lot of hard work by Jevan and his family, he is now able to eat some foods by himself. He presses his right hand down with his left hand, which helps him to stabilize. In this video we made a little 'barrier' on to whick he can press his fork, so it won't slip past the sausage. He is now trying tother techniques and other kinds of foods. Jevan enjoys his independance a lot!