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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.



Thanks to my wife I was put on the 'track' of Jemima. The work of the chairman is on the one hand serving, on the other hand also leading. I hope to be able to give substance to this in the coming years, together with a very knowledgeable and hard-working board. I've been able to play in the background for a little over a year now, and that feels good. That the work of Jemima in Beit Jala may be done to the 'least brothers (and sisters)' (Mattheus 25) strikes me deeply. Precisely where peace is so difficult to find and achieve, it has been possible for almost forty years to give substance to this serving work of Christian mercy. That is why I also have deep respect for the founders of Jemima: Ed and Heleen Volbehr, and for the current employees and management of Jemima: Lana Zoughbei. And my wife and I have seen that this work is done with the heart. It may be 'easy work' in our eyes, but under difficult circumstances. Jemima in Bethlehem is like a little oasis.


Jan Wannink - General member

In my daily life I work as a secondary school teacher and school educator. I have been a regular visitor to Israel since 1978 and as a result I have come into contact with the work of the Jemima Foundation in the Bethlehem area.

In 1985 I was asked by friends in Jerusalem to visit the children's home. Since then, Jemima's work has not let me go.

From 1990 to 2002 I was a board member with the focus on publicity. I gave hundreds of presentations in schools and churches during this period.

During that administrative period I often traveled to Jemima during school holidays and I actively cooperated.

In the years without a board position, Jemima did not let me go. After all, the weakest among us need our support. The Lord Jesus is moved with compassion. He was moved with compassion for a world in need. (cf. Matthew 9). The residents of Jemima deserve our attention.

The residents of Jemima are cared for with a lot of love and attention. Supporting Jemima employees is therefore a matter of course for me, so that the weakest of us receive the care they need. Love and attention is the best medicine.

In 2014 I again joined the board. Even now my area of ​​attention is publicity.


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.



For me, the year 2022 will be dominated by getting to know Jemima. Both in the daily practice of driving and visiting Jemima Deo Volente. Since November 2021 I have been a member of the executive board with the care portfolio; the core business of Jemima in Beit Jala. In the coming year I hope to work together with my mother Janneke Koningswoud-ten Hove, who has shaped the focus area 'care' until now, she will be joining in and I will join in this beautiful task. It has been decided that 'care' will become part of the daily management, which means that we will have regular consultations with General Manager Lana to raise 'care', also through her PhD research. This also means, in dependence on our God and Father, seeking how to be a shining light and salty salt in an area in the West Bank through 'care'. To be able to shape Jemima's long-term policy plan in a context that requires cultural sensitivity and responsible handling of residents, visitors, workers and donated financial resources. A challenge that I like to take on because it fits in nicely with my daily work as director of J&J Totale Zorg BV. Trained as a Social Psychiatric Nurse, experienced in care for the disabled, palliative care and mental health care. Setting up the training for POH mental health care and being a senior lecturer at Rino South will certainly come in handy for further equipping the staff and guiding Lana in her promotion. Above all, I hope to learn a lot, to add in and to contribute in dependence to the greater honor and glory of God's great Name.



In the past 40 years I have worked as a church youth work advisor and as director of various primary schools in the Veluwe. It has been our custom for years to support a number of Christian organizations financially. Jemima was and is one of these organizations. In 2019 I came into closer contact with the board of Jemima via a call in the Newsletter. I joined the board in November 2021 with a special task: PR and communication. It is of great importance as an organization to maintain and maintain good contact with the supporters, because Jemima is completely dependent on donations. It is also a challenge to recruit new donors and to raise awareness of Jemima in our country. We want to do this by, among other things, being available for presentations, being present at trade fairs and meetings by means of. a stand and actively pass on information through newsletters and social media. Following Jesus Christ, I would like to do my bit by dedicating myself in this way to disabled fellow people who grow up in a complex living environment.


Aart Brons - Board member

From 2011 to 2017 I lived with my wife Tineke in Jerusalem. I worked in Israel for the Center for Israel Studies.

I have often been to Jemima at that time - more often also with groups (students or teachers of the CHE, theologians, other groups) for whom the CIS organized a trip. Time and again I was impressed by the care and love given to severely handicapped children in Jemima.

In the meantime, our period in Israel came to an end, and I am again a 'normal' pastor, in the Andreas Church in Apeldoorn (Chr. Geref. Church Apeldoorn-Oost). I now like to contribute to the administration - from how I got to know Jemima, and also from society and various cultures in Israel and the Palestinian territories.


Janneke Koningswoud-ten Hove - Board Member

I have been retired since 1 September 2018 and therefore have the opportunity to volunteer. I like to do this for Jemima. A few years ago I went to Bethlehem during a vacation in Israel and visited the home of Jemima.

The care that is given there has made a deep impression on me. The love and involvement for the disabled fellow human being takes shape by emphasizing the possibilities instead of the limitations, from the Christian perspective that every person may be there. If the family is unable or unwilling to care, this will be taken over by the caregivers in Jemima. The great thing is that at the same time an attempt is made to equip the family so that eventually the relationship can be restored and the responsibility comes to lie where it belongs.

Through my knowledge and experience, I hope to be able to contribute as a board member in cooperation with the board and the employees to the development and description of a vision on care and the quality of care. Because care is provided in Jemima in another country, it is important to take a different culture into account within the board. Residents, family and employees with a different cultural background. Recognizing and acknowledging that culture within the organization of Jemima is essential, but I still find it a challenge. Knowing that there is One that is omnipresent, gives courage and confidence that we may ask for strength to do what benefits the residents and organization of Jemima.


Martin van der Wilt - treasurer

I have worked for many years as a chartered accountant and retired in 2018. The chairman, Kees Bel, approached me at the end of 2019 with the question whether I wanted to become treasurer of Jemima.

I knew this foundation only vaguely and since Kees regularly gives presentations about Jemima, I attended one of his presentations. I can only say that I was very impressed by the work that is often done selflessly at the home for disabled children in Beit Jala. I therefore did not hesitate for long to agree to his request and hope that my work as treasurer may contribute to providing a safe home for these weak, needy children and that they can come into contact with the Gospel in this way. of Jesus Christ.

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