Progress, Organize activities for children who are unable to go on holiday. This idea is finished, check out the end result.
Maarten, posted On August 1, 2012
It was a fun month, dancing, slacklining... And because I had a little bit more time this month I finished the video about it already! Enjoy!!
Maarten, posted On July 27, 2012
Today was the last day of a week of slacklining with kids, it was a lot of fun! They were very happy, excited and very talented! Here some pictures...
Pictures were taken by Rick Jordens and Zarinda.
Many many thanks to Richard for helping out with slacklining, driving, advising, etc... The true slackline master.
Maarten, posted On July 21, 2012
To let people know what we're actually doing while we're slacklining, I made a sidewalk sign! Or actually a parksign :-)
Maarten, posted On July 17, 2012
Every now and then I go to the park to Slackline, and every time people join and try it out. So I figured since kids love this and are very good at it. Let's organize an activity where kids can practise slacklining!
So I build a little website: www.slacklining4kids.nl
Then I contacted the Big Brother Big Sister project, they will send out the information to all their brothers and sisters. Also Thuis op Straat (at home on the street) is helping out in Kralingen. But I'm still looking for more ways to get kids to come and join. Suggestions and help are very welcome!!
These are the dates:
Monday 23 July
Kralingseplas, Rotterdam from 12:00 till 16:00
Wednesday 25 July
Charlois, Karel de Stouteplein, Rotterdam from 12:00 till 16:00
Friday 27 July
Blijdorp, Vroesenpark, Rotterdam from 12:00 till 16:00
Come, join, try, help, enjoy, etc!!!!
Edit: I made a little poster for people to share, print etc..
Maarten, posted On July 13, 2012
This morning I gave a short dance workshop to about 40 kids in Rotterdam Zuid. Was really fun! It was made possible thanks to Bernadette and the rest of the crew from Ieder Kind een Instrument (every child an instrument).
Next to this I contacted several organizations to see if I could help them, for instance a refugee organization which organizes holiday weeks for refugee kids. But I got a little bit stuck there, because to do this kind of work (with children) you need a statement of good behavior (which I think is very understandable) but getting one takes a couple of weeks. In other words, since I don't have that much time, I need to change my plan!!
So I will organize three slackline days on different spots in Rotterdam. Soon I'll post more about it...
Maarten, posted On July 5, 2012
So what will I do this month? Well, 72 people told me to 'Organize activities for children in disadvantaged districts who are not able to go on summerholiday; inspire other people to help you with f.e. sports, dance or theatre.' And that seems like a very nice idea to me!
Let's start with the kids
When researching I found that there is an organization that offers children in Rotterdam activities for in the summer. It's called the Yough Holliday Passport, I'm thinking to contact them first to see if I could provide them with some extra activities and in this way get in contact with the children.
Another option is to contact the Weekend School, they organize classes, trainings and activities for motivated youngsters between 10 and 14. This could be the perfect place to work together with.
If you think of other possibilities, let me know!
What kind of activities?
Dance: First of all I thought of a danceworkshop, I could do one myself and I know that Adi would also love to give one. And then finish off with a little dance performance.
(this happy dance movie I found the other day, the workshop would be a little different but hopefully with the same energy :-)
Slacklining: I practise slacklining quite often in the park and there are always people coming to join and try it out. Kids also love it and most of the time I don't get to practise myself anymore :-)
(I'm sure by now you've seen this video, in that case you can watch this advanced one :-)
Music: A workshop and concert from Carrot Nine, this is an upcoming jazz band which play covers of old children songs.
Painting swings: You could paint you own swing and then hang them up where ever you like with Swings Holland.
Computer: I could learn youth how to build a website within a day.
That are the options for now! Do you have any other ideas or you want to help, join, etc. Let me know.