Sil: " I love walking great long distances.
Unfortunately this is not possible for me anymore.
For two / three years I have problems with one of my legs and walking is getting quite difficult. I've been driving with a hand-bike (using arm-muscles) for a few months now, because normal bike-riding is also no option.
Actually I'm not such a cyclist. Now this became a big part of my mobility I would love to start enjoying it in the same way as I did walking.
I'm going on this great adventure not only for Roses for Children but also to challenge myself. I'm so happy to have my daughter with me and together we will tackle all the problems that get on our way!
The Children in the Netherlands.
Are things going well with them or aren't they?
As a country,
we've fallen to 15th place on the Kids Rights Index. Two years ago we were in 2nd place. This is not surprising, because many social tasks have been transferred to the municipal services. The municipalities were not ready for this and were not prepared for
it in terms of knowledge and finance. There are many problems and too little attention to work on specific solutions, which has made it possible for a large number of children to end up between two stools. For some of the children who need care, it is not
Children, on the other hand, are very creative in looking for and finding solutions. And I beleave that we as adults can learn a lot from this. As Emke says in the video:"stop
crying and continue to play".
Our project raises the question; Are the children in Portugal happier than in the Netherlands? Probably that is not the case and not something we would
like to emphasis. But we do find it very interesting that Portugal is doing a lot for there children with little resources.
Nina and I are driving all the way to Portugal to exchange
views, because we have a strong believe that there is something to learn or gain from this. In Lisbon we will visit the minister of child-affairs together with the Dutch ambassador and ask them with the same curiosity as a child why they became first.
This journey is therefore about challenges. For me, as a disabled person, for a country, to look creatively, for the child, who sees positive challenges in everything."