Published On: Thu, Aug 29th, 2013

Seven socially involved Curaçaoans awarded

Awards-CuracaohuisTHE HAGUE, WILLEMSTAD – The Curaçao House in The Hague awarded seven Curacaoans who live and work in the Netherlands. They have received an award from the hands of the Prime Minister of Curacao, Ivar Asjes. This award is called the “Manera solo di Korsou den eksterior” (Just like the sun of Curacao in foreign countries) award. This is according to a report from the Caribbean Network.

The winners were unwittingly brought to the Curaçao House, to be present at the introductory meeting with the Prime Minister.


The seven winners are:

- Ruthmila Cicilia, president of Foundation Kwido pa Anciano. She has ensured that needy Caribbean elderly in Rotterdam can live together. This house is part of the multicultural house The Beukelaar;

- Jurenne Hay, director of MADI, an NGO that supports residents in Amsterdam Southeast in their social and financial situation;

- Lucia Martis, director of UNPROFOR, an agency that offers multicultural training and advice to increase mutual understanding between people from different backgrounds;

- Marie-Claire Pool, counselor in the Young Warrior. She guides Antillean youth in finding the right training or employment;

- Valika Smeulders, a scientific researcher into the history of slavery;

- Martin Verdonk, percussionist who played with world stars and teaches at the Conservatory and sharing musical knowledge as a guest lecturer at many places;

- Kenneth Valks, employee at The New Opportunity. He has been guiding Antillean youth and families with complex problems for many years and recently wrote a book called "Kinderen van de Rekening".

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