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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

A Small Note at the end of 2010

Friday, January 14th, 2011

We are coming to the end of 2010, which was at the same time the first year of our new Village, and a year in which, with God’s help, we have been able to achieve many advances in getting the new campus in shape so that the kids each day feel better, more comfortable and really at home. In spite of the fact that we had to go through a time of adaptation, the academic achievement of our kids was excellent with 100% passing their grade, and several kids had outstanding grades.

Although we have had many achievements, it was also a very difficult year, especially because of the different tragedies that affected the world—and our country was not spared. In the months of August, September and part of October, rains devastated many areas of the country, especially the Pacific coastal area where we are located.

Many families had to evacuate because of flooding in the area after a long dry season which had also affected them adversely. These families, who are mostly farmers, not only had to leave their homes but also lost all their crops that they had cultivated, and that represented their entire livelihood.

Providing relief packages to local flood victims

ICC Nicaragua delivers relief packages to flood victims

We couldn’t just stand by with our arms crossed in view of such disaster, so we took them some clothes, sheets, and we shared some of our corn crop. Also we gave them some of the milk from our cows. Our farm, thanks to the excellent location that we have, was not damaged by the rains. Two days before Christmas, with funds donated from ICC sponsors who wanted to support our effort, we were able to prepare 70 packets of food that we gave out to poor families who had been affected by the flooding. This brought great joy to these families.

Children from ICC Nicaragua deliver relief packages to flood victims

Children from ICC Nicaragua deliver relief packages to flood victims

As we do each year, we had a Christmas dinner with members of our board, staff and friends who support the children’s village. Also this year our kids gave a little gift to the people who clean the streets and pick up the garbage in our town, El Viejo. This allowed us to take a bit of cheer to other children as we shared our blessings with them.

Local supporters of ICC Nicaragua enjoy Christmas dinner at one of the homes on the Fuente de Vida Children's Village campus

Local supporters of ICC Nicaragua enjoy Christmas dinner 2010 at one of the homes on the Fuente de Vida Children's Village campus.

Christmas was a little different this year, with bigger arrangements, since we had more room. The kids enjoyed the space to play in nature, thanks to the beautiful home that our Creator has given us.

Children from ICC Nicaragua enjoy Christmas dinner 2010

Children from ICC Nicaragua enjoy Christmas dinner 2010

During 2010 we were able to feel the marvelous hand of God caring for us, providing for us and showing us the way during difficult times. We are sure that in this New Year He will again be our great Helper, as it says in Philippians 4:19, “And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.” NIV

May God bless you and may the presence of our Creator be in each ICC program and in the hearts of all those who allow God to use them in this marvelous work of caring for the most needy.

Félix Almendarez
Administrador ICC Nicaragua