Mondibel was led passionately and enthusiastically for more than 10 years by Myriam Seghers, Kris Oosterlinck and Bart Verelst, who initiated and supported various projects at home and abroad.
On learning of the existence of PASS in 2020 they felt an immediate connection, decided to support the project and after an initial period of cooperation they handed over the directorship to the three current Belgian representatives. As of the end of 2020 Roel Noens (Chairman), Sien Bolsens (Treasurer) and Kasper Stockman (Secretary) assumed responsibility as the Mondibel Board.
In January 2019 Kasper and Roel did a three-month internship at PASS in Prince Albert. They reported: “As we were following the Bachelor’s Degree in Electricity-Technology we carried out technically oriented projects with the students. During our internship we lost our hearts to a country, a village and a project where a small contribution can have a big impact. When we returned to Belgium we had the feeling that this was only the beginning of a beautiful story.
“Soon after our return Roel and his girlfriend, Sien, decided to volunteer at the school for six months. After a year of intense cooperation between the three of us we can already look back on some great achievements.
“Together we will do everything in our power to further develop Mondibel with the same conviction as our predecessors!”
Youth crime is a major problem in many parts of the world. This is mainly due to education policies that exclude many youngsters — poverty and a lack of parental support push many out of regular education systems and they end up on the streets. At best they just walk around aimlessly all day but often they turn to crime to get money. By giving these young people a chance to learn and work we reduce the local crime rate and produce more educated professionals – which benefits social cohesion and the local economy.
“Education is the most powerfull weapon which you can use to change the world” -N. Mandela