Archive for April, 2011

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

Los Pinos Inaugurates Bakery

Monday, April 4th, 2011

On Monday, March 28, the children of Los Pinos as well as staff members and dignitaries, were able to celebrate the opening of the Los Pinos bakery. The objective of this project is to produce and sell baked goods to the local market. This will provide revenue to support the program of care for children at Los Pinos.

The organization, Food for the Poor, contributed to the remodeling of the bakery building. The German Embassy in Guatemala provided funds for bakery equipment. Items purchased with this donation included 1 oven with a capacity of 14 trays, 1 mixer with a 20 liter capacity, 1 mixer with a 20 pound capacity, 100 trays, 3 racks with casters, 2 stainless steel tables.

Equipment that is used in the Los Pinos Bakery

Equipment, purchased with a grant from the German Embassy in Guatemala, used in the new Los Pinos bakery

The German Consul, Mr. Markuz Graetz, attended the opening ceremonies. Also present were the Municipal Mayor, Mr. Angel Kilkan; the Carpio’s, directors of Los Pinos Peten; Anabela Alejos, director of ICC Development Department in Guatemala; Los Pinos school staff; office staff; parents and all the children.

Joel Carpio welcomed all those present and gave introductory comments for the ceremony. Then Mr. Kilkan spoke. He said that he admired the social work that Los Pinos had done for a long time for Guatemalan children. Then Mr. Graetz spoke. He enjoyed the special recognition from the 7th grade class who wrote “THANK YOU” in the German language. The children in first grade shared a typical song, and at the end of the program, a boy gave special thanks on behalf of all the children.

Anablea Alejos, Joel Carpio, Markuz Graetz

Anablea Alejos, Joel Carpio, Markuz Graetz

After the first part of the program was finished, Mr. Graetz cut the ribbon to officially open the bakery. Participants enjoyed refreshments of bread produced in the bakery and Jamaica juice. Before leaving the campus, the Mr. Graetz asked to see more of the children’s village. Before visiting, he thought there would be only a small facility for the children, and he was impressed by the size and scope of ICC’s work.

Joel Carpio took him on a tour of the gardens, pineapple plantation, papaya plantation, and the chicken house. Mr. Graetz was amazed to see how the staff are using the natural resources. Joel also took him for a visit to one of the children’s home. Mr. Graetz was impressed with the Los Pinos project and said he would welcome another project proposal.

Markuz Graetz and Joel Carpio inspect the Los Pinos pineapple plantation

Markuz Graetz and Joel Carpio inspect the Los Pinos pineapple plantation

Thanks for reading!

Kent Greve
International Development Director ICC

IKN on the Road

Friday, April 1st, 2011

On Monday, the 28th of March, Dimitri and Lambro Triantos (from IKN or ICC the Netherlands) visited some companies. There are many companies who donate products which IKN sends to the ICC Children’s Villages.

Here is an overview of their visit on that day:

At 10:00 a.m. Dimitri and Lambro Triantos visited Enza Zaden in Enkhuizen. The company donated over 350 containers for planting seeds. These containers will be distributed later this year to the ICC Children’s Villages in Romania and the Dominican Republic.

Dimitiri Triantos collects seeds trays for our Romanian children's village

The seed trays donated for ICC Romania by Enza Zaden

At 11:30 a.m. Dimitri and Lambro visited the company N.A.G. in Westknollendam. Robin Visser, director of the company, which specializes in gutter systems, decided a few weeks ago to support the bakery in Romania by supplying roof gutters for the bakery. His father, Herman Visser, and a colleague will travel to Romania this summer to install the roof gutters themselves.

Dimitri and Lambro got a tour through the company and were introduced to an ingenious system called Roof Alerts. Anyone who is interested in roofs, should go to http://www.roofalerts.com.

Robin Visser, Dimitri Triantos and Visser tour the Roof Alerts plant

Robin Visser (left) and Herman Visser (right) of N.A.G. give Dimitri Triantos (center) a tour of the N.A.G. plant where the roof gutters for ICC Romania are being made

Rehamij in Bergambacht was the final stop for the day. Dimitri and Lambro arrived there at 2:30 p.m. They were received by Jason van Rijen. The company specializes in selling work clothes. IKN received a number of boxes with CAT clothing. The clothing will be used for mission trip volunteers and the team of ICC Romania.

CAT Diesel Clothing for ICC Romania

Jason van Rijen of Rehamij shows off one piece of the CAT clothing that was donated to ICC Romania

Jason van Rijen of Rehamij and Lambro Triantos

Lambro Triantos thanks Jason van Rijen (left) of Rehamij for the CAT clothing donated by Rehamij for ICC Romania

Thanks for reading!
Kent Greve
International Development Director ICC