Volunteers still very active in Wallonia: ‘More useful than Christmas shopping’

Volunteers still very active in Wallonia: 'More useful than Christmas shopping'

Over the summer, thousands of volunteers joined the Red Cross and other organizations to help Wallonia. Solidarity is still great in Belgium. There are still dozens of volunteer initiatives on Facebook and people visit the affected area every week.

1000hands foundation is one of the organizations that are active in this field. “The idea was to rebuild the entire village with 500 volunteers, 1000 hands in one day, but it was a bit optimistic,” says Guy van Nieuwenhuisen, the organization’s board member. The foundation was set up in September with the aim of providing post-crisis assistance in the reconstruction of affected villages.

help from all sides

For example, the municipality of Turnhout and 3 surrounding municipalities have sent their technical personnel through the Foundation to the Walloon village of Prion. Companies from Turnhout and the surrounding area were also called. Thank you for the prayer help. For example, a park has been re-sown and a sports hall has been rebuilt, where in the future it will be possible to bathe and cook. “It really should become a community center for people who still live on the first floor of their house,” van Nieuwenhusen says. Out of 4 Flemish municipalities. But due to the large amount of work done, the foundation is now active in sardines as well.

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