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Another Shipment of Supplies for Romania

Friday, May 20th, 2011

IKN (ICC Netherlands) has sent another transport this week to Romania. Every year they send two full trucks with relief goods to the ICC Romania children’s village. This time the truck was filled with items like paint, 43 new children bicycles, adult and children’s clothing, CAT work clothing, and two big water tanks for catching rain water.

Paint for Romania

The paint recently shipped to ICC's Romanian project

Rain water collection tanks for ICC's Romanian project.

The rain water collection tanks for ICC's Romanian project.

Also included was roofing material. The ICC Romania Children’s village has a “lighthouse project” that provides assistance in the surrounding village. Around 40% of the people of this village live in extreme poverty. The roofing material will be used to put new roofs on 10 homes. This will be done this summer by a group of ADRA Netherlands volunteers.

Loading the roofing materials onto the truck hauling the shipment of supplies to ICC's project in Romania.

Loading the roofing materials onto the truck

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Lambro Triantos
Director IKN/ICC Netherlands

ICC Belgium – 20 year Jubilee

Monday, April 11th, 2011

1990 – 1991 was a milestone for ICC Belgium. At that time ICC Belgium vzw was initiated, thanks to Ann Buelens-Peremans, and also became registered as a non-profit organization. 20 years later, many things have happened: sad moments, Ann passing a way on May 8th, 1993, and beautiful moments, with 20 years of positive growth that ICC Belgium has made.

Because 20 years is a nice round figure and also a long period of time, we absolutely had to celebrate this. Thanks to our sponsors and donors our organization is able to exist. And because of that we had to celebrate this with those who are so important to us, our sponsors and donors.

Banner with ICC logo

20th Anniversery Jubilee for ICC Belgium

On Sunday, March 27th, the time arrived for this important celebration. The reception room of the Adventist church in Mechelen was transformed very beautifully with balloons and ICC logo’s pinned to the ceiling. A buffet table was prepared and the food and little snacks were all very nice to the taste of everyone present. This, combined with a nice drink, made this feast complete.

Some of the lovely food at the ICC Belgium Jubillee

Some of the delicious food for the guests at the ICC Belgium Jubillee

Pastry treats for the attendees of ICC Belgium's 20th Anniversery Jubilee

Pastries and treats for the attendees of ICC Belgium's 20th Anniversery Jubilee

For this occasion, Mr. Ali Salmi, Secretary of Development and Relief Aid for the city of Mechelen was also invited. At 2.00 pm the guests were welcomed and around 2.30 pm everyone was invited to the church hall upstairs for the official presentation.

Ali Salmi, Secretary of Development and Relief Aid for Mechelen, Belgium

Ali Salmi, Secretary of Development and Relief Aid for Mechelen, Belgium

First of all, Ronny gave a Power Point presentation about the 20 years of ICC in Belgium. Afterwards, Ali Salmi gave his speech. He congratulated ICC Belgium with their 20 year anniversary and he also praised ICC for its involvement within the Council of Development & Relief Aid (GRO..M) since 2003. He also praised ICC for their valued work for abandoned and orphaned children around the world. Since 2003 ICC Belgium has received a yearly grant from the city of Mechelen. The secretary finished by wishing ICC Belgium another 20 years!

Attendees of the 20th Anniversery Jubilee for ICC Belgium

Attendees of the 20th Anniversery Jubilee for ICC Belgium

During the official ceremony, Lambro Triantos, director of the European office in the Netherlands, had a surprise for the ICC Belgium team. He gave a beautiful jubilee plaque, presented by Rick Fleck, president of ICC International. The European office (IKN) also presented to Ronny a beautiful picture from a well-known artist in the Netherlands, Ron Offerman.

Lambro give Ronny the commemorative plaque

Lambro Triantos, Director of ICC Netherlands, (left) presents a commemorative plaque from Rick Fleck, President of ICC, to Ronny Van Dessel, President of ICC Belgium, honoring 20 years of service to ICC from ICC Belgium

A special thank you for our sponsors and donors for their presence. A word of thanks also to all the volunteers of ICC Belgium for their enormous efforts in all they do for ICC and to my family and a few very dear friends who are always willing to lend a hand or two.

Ronny Van Dessel
President ICC Belgium vzw

ICC Spaghetti Days Once More a Big Hit

Wednesday, December 29th, 2010

Around 117 people found their way to the ‘Spaghetti Hall’ in Mechelen, for ICC Belgium’s annual Spaghetti Fest. After the busy Spaghetti Fest of 2009, our chef, Wim Dewindt, felt through his entire body that something needed to change. He proposed to organize this year’s festivity over two days.

The hall where the event was held

The hall in Mechelen, Belgium where the spaghetti feed was held

So, this year people were able to enjoy the tasty spaghetti of Wim on Saturday evening, November 20th  and on Sunday afternoon, November 21st, and with success. For ICC Belgium’s Director, Ronny, and his team the work was better divided, less stressful and everything went very smoothly.

Folks at the spaghetti feed enjoying their food.

Patrons of the spaghetti feed enjoy their dinner

The sales table was a huge success too! Denise Luyckx, a member of the Advent church in Mechelen, provided something new to sell: beautiful glass plant coasters on wheels. Next to that she also displayed beautiful Christmas pieces. Carmen and Wim again made some beautiful handmade pieces to sell, and Francine and her friend Dirk were very busy guiding all the sales in a good way.

Items sold at the spaghetti feed

The sales table with the items that were sold at the spaghetti feed

The total profit of these spaghetti days was 1.904,00 euro, around 2.520,00 USD. Thanks to this event we have reached our goal of 10.000,00 euro for the ‘Educational Program’ at the ICC Patmos Children’s Village in Congo.

Group photo of the folks who made the spaghetti feed possible

These are the folks who made the spaghetti feed possible

[Top row; L to R] Mario Bornbergen, Jeannine Vermeulen, Wim Dewindt (Chef), Ronny Van Dessel, Carmen Hamel (wife of the chef), Francine Vandenbogaerde, Dirk, Coszack (assistant chef and brother-in-law to Ronny) and Ingrid Van Dessel (Sister of Ronny). [Middle row] Nikki and Lynn Coszack (Nieces of Ronny) and Trees Teughels in the middle. [Front row] Anja Voet and Rita Hamel (sister of Carmen Hamel).

A special thanks to those who made a success of this event. The next appointment is for 2011!

Reported by:
Adelin Vermeulen
Volunteer ICC Belgium

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Kent Greve
Director International Development ICC

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.

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Lambro Triantos
Director IKN

A Small Church With A Big Heart

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010

In 2006, ICC began a special sponsorship campaign called “One Church, One Child.” Since the start of this program, many churches, big and small, have partnered with ICC in providing for the care of orphaned and vulnerable children. This initiative continues to be a blessing for ICC’s children.

An exterior view of the Portales, NM, SDA church.

The Portales, New Mexico, SDA church.

Recently, our attention was drawn to one particular church that has a big (and growing) heart for “His Kids.” This church of 22 members, most on fixed incomes, is located in the small town of Portales, New Mexico. In January of 2007, this church joined ICC’s One Church, One Child campaign. Accompanying their most recent sponsorship donation was a note which read:

“Because God has blessed our group we are adding funds for two more children. So now we will be paying for eight children each month instead of six.”

The ever expanding generosity of this church merited further investigation. What was this church like? What caused the members to continue to expand their support far beyond the original scope of only sponsoring one child?

Interior view of the Portales, New Mexico, SDA church.

The congregation of the Portales, New Mexico, SDA church during services.

One of the church members, Merlene Olmsted, provided insights into how the church’s involvement with ICC has grown over the years. She said that the church decided to sponsor two children at the beginning. “We didn’t even know how it would go,” Merlene recalled.

As time passed, support increased. Merlene continued, “We would be going along and the church treasurer would say, ‘We have this much money, and we’re way ahead. Why don’t we sponsor more children?’”

About once a quarter, Merlene shares with the church news or information from the Que Pasa newsletter, ICC’s website or something one of the sponsored children has written. Recently, at an evening board meeting after one of those presentations was made, the treasurer indicated that there was $1,000 in the sponsorship fund for the children and there was only a few months left in the year. The board decided then to sponsor two more children bringing the total number to eight. That is more than one third of the church’s membership! With these latest additions, the church now sponsors three children in Congo, two children in the Dominican Republic and one child each from Mexico, Nicaragua and Guatemala.

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Kent Greve
Int’l Development Director ICC

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.”

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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.

The Birth of a New ICC Organization in Belgium

Tuesday, April 13th, 2010

After some consideration the board of ICC Belgium has decided to establish a separate non-profit organization in order to continue its support of ICC Romania.  This was decided after consultation with ICC Belgium’s accountant. Because Romania is not mentioned on the OESO-list of under developed countries, it would be very difficult for ICC Belgium to be able to give tax deduction receipts for their sponsors and donors. For that reason they decided to create a new nonprofit organization especially for Romania. At the end this year ICC Belgium is planning to do an application, with the help of their accountant, to be able to receive that tax deduction. The name of this new organization is, ICC for Romania vzw.

The members of the board of ICC for Romania are:

  • Ronny Van Dessel – President
  • Tommy Pootemans – Vice-President
  • Jeannine Bormans – Secretary / Treasurer

School in Schoten (Antwerp – Belgium) in action for Romania

Monday, April 12th, 2010
On Monday, February 8th, Ronny Van Dessel (President ICC Belgium and ICC for Romania) and Tommy Pootemans (Vice-President of ICC for Romania and ICC Ambassador) were invited to the Sint-Cordula Institute, a school in Schoten near Antwerp, Belgium. They were asked to present a program to the 400 students of the secondary school. The 400 students were divided into groups and over a period of 6 hours they received a presentation about our ICC projects in Congo and Romania. After the presentation each group received a sponsor card from the school and a folder of ICC Belgium so they were armed to raise some money for our project in Romania during their week off from school in February.

Students of the Sint-Cordula Institute

The 6th grade class organized a 24 hour marathon lesson on March, 18th to collect funds for our project. They ended their 24 hour marathon  lesson in the morning of March, 19th with a breakfast were each visitor had to pay 5 euro. Ninety hungry people came for breakfast. At the end of the day a check of 3.664 euro  (4.900 USD) was presented to Ronny and Tommy.

Tommy and Ronny Receiving Check

Belgium Waffles for Congo

Sunday, April 11th, 2010
Tommy Pootemans, volunteer for ICC Belgium, recently sent a report about a fundraiser the ICC Belgium office conduted in support of the Patmos Children’s Village in Congo.  The plan was to sell Belgium waffles in two varieties, chocolate and vanilla.  In all a total of 375 boxes  have been sold, primarily in the areas of Mechelen and Antwerp.  The total amount raised was 1,025 Euros. 

Tommy with Boxes of Waffles