Health Promoters honored with Royal visit

From left to right: Ralf Meppelder, Director of castle de Wittenburg, H.H. Princess Anita van Oranje-Nassau-Van Vollenhoven, the Dutch Couturier Ronald Kolk, Martine van Loon Labouchère, former grand mistress of the Royal Family and dr. Harold Robles. Photocredits: Andreas Schönke.

On Monday, April 8, Dutch couturier Ronald Kolk presented the first copy of a scarf he specially designed for the mission of the Health Promoters to H.H. Princess Anita of Oranje-Nassau-Van Vollenhoven. The 50th anniversary of Dr. Harold Robles’s humanitarian activities, co-founder of Health Promotion South Africa Trust (HPSA) was also remembered and celebrated. The venue was Castle de Wittenburg in Wassenaar, close to the Governmental Capital City of the Netherlands, The Hague.

Various artists, including the well-known Dutch entertainers, Karin Bloemen, Mariska van Kolck and Lou Prince surprised the guests with very special performances. Karin Bloemen performed for the first time and as a total surprise a song in honor of HPSA (Health Promotion South Africa Trust). The evening was made possible thanks through the support of Castle de Wittenburg, ID DJ Entertainment and the many friends of the Health Promoters in the Netherlands. Former Police spokesperson Klaas Wilting was the master of ceremonies. The dinner was attended by 160 friends.

The mission of Health Promotion South Africa Trust (HPSA), a registered non-profit organization, is to educate and promote health and well-being at the individual and community level in South Africa.   HPSA operates in vulnerable communities, where adults, adolescents and children are taught essential information and practical skills on how to prevent disease and live a healthy lifestyle. We teach in community centres, in schools, in crèches, in churches and in commercial centres.

Since the majority of our target population is women and girls, we also offer other workshops, when requested, such as dealing with violence and rape, parenting skills, and teenage pregnancy. We call our teachers Senior Health Promoters, and we only train teachers who live in our targeted communities.  Being taught by someone who speaks their language and lives in their community helps our clients to learn better.    We also partner with other agencies in the communities we serve.

The impact of our work is considerable.  We reach between 15, 000 and 20,000 people every year.   Our attendees enjoy their learning and are very appreciative of the chance to learn knowledge that can improve the health and outlook of their families, friends and themselves.   It is also often reported to us that many of our graduates find work in orphanages, crèches, elder care etc.

The mission of Health Promotion South Africa Trust (HPSA), a registered non-profit organization, is to educate and promote health and well-being at the individual and community level in South Africa.   HPSA operates in vulnerable communities, where adults, adolescents and children are taught essential information and practical skills on how to prevent disease and live a healthy lifestyle. We teach in community centres, in schools, in crèches, in churches and in commercial centres.   Since the majority of our target population is women and girls, we also offer other workshops, when requested, such as dealing with violence and rape, parenting skills, and teenage pregnancy.

We call our teachers Senior Health Promoters, and we only train teachers who live in our targeted communities.  Being taught by someone who speaks their language and lives in their community helps our clients to learn better. We also partner with other agencies in the communities we serve.

The impact of our work is considerable.  We reach between 15, 000 and 20,000 people every year.   Our attendees enjoy their learning and are very appreciative of the chance to learn knowledge that can improve the health and outlook of their families, friends and themselves.   It is also often reported to us that many of our graduates find work in orphanages, crèches, elder care etc.

The beautiful scarf is a must for very women ready to enjoy 100% silk around their neck.

The scarf can be obtained through the special website: www.deshawl.nl

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