Micky's Foundation was founded in December 2014. It is an initiative of the parents of Micky. They live in Aruba where Micky was born in 2009. Only five months old the mother and Micky were almost killed when a drunk driver crashed into their car. Micky survived the accident but, because of severe brain injury will remain with only 40% of his brain capacity for the rest of his life. The mother fortunately was barely harmed.
On Aruba specialized therapy as in pediatric physiotherapy, pediatric occupational and pre verbal speech therapy for children is non-existent. And this was exactly what Micky needed. But not only Micky suffered from the consequences of cerebral palsy, many other children on Aruba had severe motoric and/or mental problems.
The Aruban government, nor the Aruban health care system have invested sufficiently in pediatric therapy. But Micky and many other children needed specialized and intensive pediatric therapy. This is why the parents of Micky started Micky's Foundation. The foundation, until now has provided specialized therapy to 98 children. We have around 110 children within our network. And we also work with a waiting list. Micky's Foundation organizes projects of three months each, to maximize progress with the children.
The goal is to provide 25-35 children on Aruba with specialized intensive therapy in the homes of the families, for three months in a row. These projects will be organized three times a year, so continuity of therapy is guaranteed.
In December 2014 Micky's Foundation has started their first project with a pediatric physiotherapist and a pre verbal speech therapist. They worked for three months, between 2-5 hours a week with 13 children. They also worked together with the local therapists who are treating the children on Aruba throughout the year. In August 2015 our 2nd project started with 15 children. which brings the total of treated children in 2015 to 22! In 2016-2017-2018 we have organized our 3rd, 4th, 5th (with for the first time with a pediatric ergo therapist), 6th, 7th and 8th project with 24 children. In 2018 we organized project 9, 10 and 11. We treated 45 children, which brought the total of treated children to 85. In 2019 we organized project 12, 13, 14 and 15. In 2020 we ran project 16, but due to COVID 19 the project had to end two weeks prior. Project 17 is now planned to start July 8th 2020. The therapy is always given with the assistance of at least one parent, so they can learn to give (easy) therapy exercises to their child.
The board of Micky's Foundation consists of a chairman (Gijs de Rooij), a secretary (Audrey Knijn) and a treasurer (Harriette de Kool). The board has regular meetings to safeguard the quality of our activities.
In short Micky's Foundation on Aruba is about:
- FREE THERAPY
- SPECIALIZED THERAPY
- INTENSIVE THERAPY
- CONTINUITY OF THERAPY
- TRANSMITTING KNOWLEDGE
- THERAPY AT HOME