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The Board

Jemima is managed by a board in the Netherlands. This board consists of people who have a heart for the residents at Jemima.

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Kees Bel – president

My name is Kees Bel. Some years ago, during a trip to Israel, I was struck by the needs of disabled children, especially on the Westbank.

Because of my 30 years of experience in managing schools and companies, I was happy to accept the invitation to become president of the Jemima foundation. I hope to make my experience fruitful for Jemima.

The biblical guidelines for thinking and acting function as a norm for the support and service Jemima offers to the children. According to our conviction, every human being is valuable, as created by God. This means we should support people with disabilities to find their place in society. We do so with individual attention for everyone’s unique personality.

An important biblical text that motivates this kind of work is Mathew 25:34-40: “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.”

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Janet Olij – General member

Janet Olij, married, 5 children, works as a special education generalist.

I have been reading Jemima’s newsletters since 2000. At that time, our eldest daughter served as a volunteer for Jemima. In 2005 we visited Jemima together, which had a great impact.

What particularly speaks to me in Jemima’s approach, is that they work towards social acceptation of the disabled. Jemima’s support provides more opportunities for them in ‘normal life’.

In the eyes of God, every life is valuable. It is this message that Jemima embodies in their attention and care for people with disabilities. I hope to contribute to this care and mission by my involvement in the board.

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Jan Hemink – Secretary

In the summer of 2009 I participated in the project ‘Back-to-Bethlehem’, organized by a congregation in Middelharnis (the Netherlands), in cooperation with Athletes in Action. At that time we, as a group, performed at Jemima and had the chance to get to know their work.

I have 16 years of experience in health care management, of which I worked 3 years for a disability agency. With this experience I hope to be of added value to the board.

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Cor van Hengel – Board Member

Cor van Hengel (1952), married to Joke, 8 children. Worked as a chartered legal executive and studied history at a later age.

Since 2012 I am part of the board of Jemima foundation. I served as a treasurer for the first four years and after that I have been responsible for several projects. A lot has changed at Jemima, these past few years. I have been actively involved in this and spent many months in Bethlem and Beith Jala, near Jerusalem. The Christian Arab employees and European volunteers are continually working to support Arab children with disabilities in their physical and mental wellbeing. Most of them come from Muslim families. The workers deserve our support. Their work is a clear Christian witness in an area dominated by Islam. Once you get involved in Jemima, it sticks with you. You feel the call to embody the biblical assignment in Matthew 25 to support ‘the least of these brothers and sisters of Jesus’.

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Dick van Hoek - General member (area of interest: care)

My name is Dick van Hoek (1961), married, 4 children and working as a health care manager at Profila Zorg.

For many years, I have been following my call motivated by the words of Paul in Galatians chapter 6 to “do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.” I have been able to do this within multiple regular and religious mental health care organizations. I have come to understand the importance of living in a Christian home through my work for Profila Zorg, a Christian organization offering residential care to people with mental disabilities. Jemima shelters children of all ages who have often been rejected by their families and find a new and safe home with the people at Jemima. Since 2015, I have been able to contribute to this beautiful and necessary work as a board member specialized in nursing. My main area of interest is delivering and organizing good care.

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