Diergaarde Blijdorp Zoo

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Saturday morning, 9 AM. Some of us need some time to wake up, others are already wide awake and ready for the challenge. Because today, we’re going to the Diergaarde Blijdorp zoo with 9 children from Mappa Mondo. Mappa Mondo is a home for children, between the ages of 0 and 18, with severe chronic…


Saturday morning, 9 AM. Some of us need some time to wake up, others are already wide awake and ready for the challenge. Because today, we’re going to the Diergaarde Blijdorp zoo with 9 children from Mappa Mondo.

Mappa Mondo is a home for children, between the ages of 0 and 18, with severe chronic deseases. These children aren’t able to stay in hospital, but have nowhere else to go. For some, their parents or caretakers can’t handle their care. For others, it’s temporary because their parents need some time to get back on their feet.

The first hour we receive a briefing on all the kids. Their stories are shocking and we don’t know what to expect. We decide that each Just-Consultant is going to be paired with one child. Somehow, the Just-Men were paired with the older children whom had promised them they wouldn’t have to change any diapers.

The zoo was a great success. It was inspiring to see the strength in these children that some of us are still looking for. This strength can for instance help us to just change a diaper once in a while…

All in all, it has been an unforgettable experience.



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