Archive for the ‘ICC Netherlands – (IKN)’ Category

Van Donated To ICC Netherlands

Friday, December 3rd, 2010

De Mijl Vastgoed BV is a Dutch company that has supported IKN (ICC Netherlands) for many years. In particular they support our home building projects in Nicaragua and the D.R. Congo. They have also provided IKN with 2,153 square feet of warehouse space at no cost.

A photo of the Toyota van donated to IKN (ICC Netherlands) in November 2010

The new Toyota van donated to IKN (ICC Netherlands)

Their latest gift to IKN is a new van. IKN really needed this new van because our original van had became old and worn. With this new van IKN can pick up clothes, toys, food and building materials which will be sent to the ICC Children villages.

A photo of the officers of IKN (ICC Netherlands) accepting the keys to their new Toyota van donated by

Magda Triantos, Dimitri Triantos (IKN's founders) and Lambro Triantos (IKN's director) accept the keys to the new van donated to IKN (ICC Netherlands) by De Mijl Vastgoed BV.

IKN deeply appreciates the wonderful support given to IKN by De Mijl Vastgoed BV.

Thanks for reading!

Lambro Triantos
Director IKN

Supplies for ICC Romania

Thursday, November 18th, 2010

On November the 17th the IKN team and seven volunteers filled a big truck for our children’s village in Romania. During the past few weeks some schools, individuals and companies donated gifts-in-kind for our Romanian campus. IKN received food, school supplies, clothes, toys, building materials and many more items. The largest part of the shipment will be for ICC’s children’s village in Romania. The remaining part (225 boxes for families and 450 boxes for children) will be for the local people of the village near our campus.

IKN staffers and volunteers next the truck they loaded for ICC Romania.

IKN staffers and volunteers with the truck they loaded for ICC Romania.

On the 30th of November ICC Romania will go to the nearby village to give away the family boxes and children’s boxes. The family boxes are filled with all kinds of food and candles and will be donated to 225 families, who need it the most. The children’s boxes contain school supplies, toys and candy for the 450 pupils of the local elementary school.

Interior of the truck loaded by IKN staffers and volunteers with supplies for ICC Romania.

Some of the supplies loaded by IKN staffers and volunteers for shipment to ICC Romania.

A special thanks to TCG East and South BV who sponsored this transport.

Thanks for reading!

Lambro Triantos
Director IKN

Royal Honor Bestowed Upon Two ICC Volunteers

Friday, May 14th, 2010

My memories of my first trip to Romania for ICC include the time I spent in the home of two wonderful people in The Netherlands. Their warm, gracious hospitality and ongoing friendship will always be some of the favorite things I received and took away from that trip. Even more impressive to me was the dedication of this couple to the children of ICC. And I’m proud to say that a measure of the dedication of this couple was passed on to me.

So it is with just a small sense of pride that I can report to you that long-time ICC volunteers Dimitri and Magda Triantos were each awarded The Order of Orange-Nassau medal on April 30th by Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands. The Order of Orange-Nassau is a national civil and military honor typically awarded during an annual ceremony on the queen’s birthday. The medals were presented by the Mayor of Zwijndrecht, Netherlands, Mr. A. Scholten. Magda and Dimitri received this royal honor because of their many years of volunteer work for International Children’s Care and the local SDA church.

Madga and Dimitri Triantos with their  medals.

Magda and Dimitri Triantos with their medals.

“Wim Altink, president of the Adventist Church in the Netherlands, commended the award recipients for their community involvement. “An involved community church is a relevant church,” Altink said. “It is great to see that the tireless efforts of Dimitri and Magda Triantos are appreciated in this way.” Adventist Press Service. [Here’s the story as reported by the Adventist Press Service (APD)]

Dimitri receives his medal

Dimitri receives his medal

Madga receives her medal

Magda receives her medal

Dimitri, a truck driver by profession (now retired), has made the round trip from The Netherlands to Romania more than fourteen times driving a sixty-foot tractor-trailer rig carrying aid supplies for the orphaned children at ICC’s children’s village in Romania. Now he can regularly be found in the IKN (ICC Netherlands) Gift Shop. Magda is the founder of ICC’s work in The Netherlands, a sponsor of several of ICC’s children and is a member of both the IKN board and the international board of International Children’s Care (ICC). Magda is also active in the SDA Church both in her local congregation in Dordrecht as well as nationally.

After the presentation ceremony IKN organized a small reception in their home office in Zwijndrecht. Dimitri said that this success is not his own. He said; “We do this work with all the volunteers and workers of IKN. All together we try to help the orphans of this world.” Magda praised the Lord as “He is giving us the daily power to do the good that is needed.”

We here at ICC are very proud and blessed to have Magda and Dimitri as part of our family. They literally are the heart and soul of our work in The Netherlands. Please join us in congratulating Magda and Dimitri on this most prestigious honor and for their selfless and tireless efforts on behalf of “His Kids.”

Thanks for reading.

Ken Wilson
Media Director ICC

Here is a link to Magda and Dimitri’s story as reported by Adventist News Network.

IKN Gives Book to Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs

Sunday, April 18th, 2010

Meity and Dutch Foreign Affairs Minister

On Tuesday, April 13 IKN staff member, Meity Bodenstaff, offered the book “Child of the Crossfire” to Maxime Verhagen, minister of foreign affairs for the Netherlands.  The book, written by founder Alcyon Fleck, tells the true story of one of the 2,700+ orphan children who have been under the care of International Children’s Care (ICC).  The meeting took place in The Hague, where Mr. Verhagen also received the first copy of the book “Images of Burma,” which was written by journalist/photographer Peter de Ruiter.

The book “Child of the Crossfire” is available by contacting the ICC office at 800-422-7729 or 360-573-0429.

School Runs for Children in Romania

Monday, April 5th, 2010

On Thursday, April 1, a school called St Bernardus from Deventer, the Netherlands gave a check worth 5,879.91 Euros ($7,936) to the IKN office.  IKN director, Lambro Triantos, was pleased to recive these funds which will by used for the yearly school program at the ICC children’s village in Romania.

Lambro Receiving Check

This donation was the result of an activity initiated by a teacher named Daan.  He is the operation supervisor at the school, and he is responsible for organizing all kinds of sports activities.  He decided to create a sponsorship run for all the students of the school.  The money raised was designated to help ICC’s children in Romania. 

All 240 students participated in the run.  The average amount each child raised was $33.  The class with the smallest children even raised $40.20 per child.

 For pictures of the sponsor run click here.

The donation check was given to Lambro during the yearly easter celebrations at the school.  On behalf of ICC’s children in Romania, Lambro thanked all the children of the school and their teachers.

Daan and his girlfriend, Ilse, will be joining the IKN mission trip to Romania this summer.  They will be part of a group of volunteers who are working to develop a bakery industry at that project.

Clothing Manufacturer Supports ICC

Saturday, November 14th, 2009

Recently, Lunter Textiel, a Dutch clothing manufacturer, decided to support ICC Netherlands. Lunter Textiek has created a new design of baby clothes.  This design is made from bright, cheerful colors and designs and is call Puk Design.  The first summer collection of Puk Design, made for babies from zero to eighteen months, was made entirely from organic cotton.  It will be delivered in December 2009.

 

Puk Design will promote ICC to its customers.  On each garment is a special hangtag that features ICC. The manufacturer will also donate clothes from its production facility in India to the ICC children’s village in India. In this way Puk Design hopes got give some color into the lives of these children.

The first child who got dressed in Puk Design clothes was the newest member of the ICC family in Congo. Lambro Triantos, Director of ICC Netherlands, was visiting the ICC Patmos children village in September. Puk Design had given him the very first sample of the new design.  According to Lambro, the baby was very happy with his new outfit.

Lambro with Baby Dressed in Puk Design

Lambro with Baby Dressed in Puk Design

ASML Foundation Supports Orphans in India

Sunday, November 8th, 2009

ASML Foundation from the Netherlands has decided to continue their support for the work of ICC in 2010. The Dutch foundation will help with the educational costs of 72 children in India.

 

In the ICC children’s village in India, ICC has a total of 76 children.  Seventy-two of them are going to the elementary school nearby. ICC feels it is very important that children can have a good education. It costs  $240 for one child to enjoy a year of education.

 

Recently ASML Foundation decided to donate for the total cost of all 72 children, a total of $17.280.  ASML Foundation also believes that it is important for children to have a good education. Just like ICC, they believe that for the long term, good education for children will help move society forward.

 

Lambro Triantos (left), Director of ICC Netherlands, Visits ASML Foundation

Lambro Triantos (left), Director of ICC Netherlands, Visits ASML Foundation

 

Romanian Children’s Choir goes to Europe

Thursday, November 5th, 2009

Romanian Childrens Choir

Romanian Children's Choir

 

During the weekend of October 10 and 11, the ICC Romania Children’s Choir performed at concerts in Belgium and the Netherlands.  In the afternoon of October 10, the children sang in Vianen, which is close to Utrecht, the Netherlands.  In the evening they performed in Brussels, the capital of Belgium.

 

Choir concert in Brussels

Choir concert in Brussels

 

 

The next morning the children sang at a retirement center in Huis ter Heide, again near Utrecht. In the afternoon they had another performance in Rotterdam. This last concert was for ICC Netherlands 15th year anniversary party.

 

Lambro Triantos, ICC Netherlands Director remarked that, “It is a great miracle to see these children singing.”  Most of the children in the choir were abandoned.  However, ICC has given them a home and a sense of security.  Now, several years later, they are making beautiful music and have performed far beyond the borders of their homeland.

 

ICC has been changing the lives of orphaned and abandoned children since 1978. With your support we can do even more.

Balloons in the Air for ICC

Tuesday, September 15th, 2009

On Thursday, September 3, Atlas Copco, an internationally known company, sent 2000 balloons into the air. This was done to celebrate the opening of their new office building in the Netherlands. This company, with a Swedish origin, was founded 60 years ago in Zwijndrecht.  Those who attended the event included Mr. Hans Magnusson, Swedish ambassador to the Netherlands, as well as several directors of Atlas Copco.  

 

Simultaneously, ICC in the Netherlands (IKN) received a big promotional lift.  Mr Matthyssen, Atlas Copco Director, thought that it was important to remember the less fortunate of this world.  Since ICC is committed to children worldwide, Mr Matthyssen had the idea to tie tickets to all of the balloons. For every ticket that is returned, ICC will receive € 2.50.  With the balloon action, Atlas Copco hopes to raise € 5,000 ($7,300) for ICC.


Lambro Triantos, director of IKN, is very pleased with this gift. The total amount will be used for the food program in the ICC Patmos Children’s Village in Congo. Due to the most recent civil war, food prices rose significantly and this contribution from Atlas Copco is very much welcomed. For now, hostilities have subsided and this month Mr. Triantos will visit the ICC Patmos Children’s Village in Eastern Congo to see the project first-hand.  Atlas Copco gave him a number of additional balloons for the children.

Two Brothers Riding Their Bicycles for ICC

Tuesday, July 21st, 2009

On the first of June, Tjitse and Menno Sijtsma rode their bicycles for most of the “Elfstedentocht,” to support ICC’s work for orphaned and abandoned children.  The “Elfstedentocht” is a bicycle race of 240 km (about 150 miles).  It is held in Friesland, a northern province in the Netherlands.  During very cold winters, the “Elfstedentocht” was run with participants using ice skates.  But since there have not been so many cold winters recently, it’s been awhile since they have done this race on ice.

Together with 14,998 cyclists, the two brothers rode on encouraged and supplied with food and care by family members.  Besides Dutch cyclists their were also foreigners from Spain, France, England, Germany and Switzerland.  The weather was sunny and windy for the large group of participants who had to cycle against the wind for a great part of the tour.

Unfortunately, Tjitse’s bicycle ran into mechanical problems and the brothers had to stop the tour at the village of Sloten, with still 60 km (37 miles) to go.  The frustration was enormous, but they did accomplish something.  This tour raised 170 Euros.  Both brothers refuse to give up.  Next year they hope to be at the start again, to bicycle for ICC. 

Have you ever seen such a diverse group of people on bicycles dressed in many different ways?  Can you imagine cyclists doing this tour in wooden shoes?  It’s all possible.   You are welcomed next year to encourage the cyclists or consider joining them as they cycle for ICC.  For more information click www.11steden.nl.