To all the 3500 volunteers of KOEN Foundation.
Almost 30 years ago, we start the work of giving information about: How to tell children from the Bible in an interesting way, so they can understand it and they get interested in this.
We build 30 years on a Foundation which is now at these days a stable organisation where many volunteers already work 25 years. The Foundation KOEN (KOEN Alapítvány – which is the same) teaches many volunteers who are working in schools and churches. We taught them how to tell a story more interested. How we can sing with children. How to play with them. How to make them feel important. So we learned also about social and emotional education.
The formule of KOEN Alapítvány is:
To present a Vacation Bible Week and make the teachers enthusiast. After making them enthusiast, the teacher can buy the handbook and can use the materials from the CD. The KOEN program can’t be bought in a shop. This formule belongs only to KOEN Alapítvány.
For this work, we want to tell you that the KING of Holland gave a Royal honour for Erika Stoffer and for Aly Jurjens because of many year faithful and building. Dineke Rohaan got at 24 of April a Royal honour for her work of the Commission East of Europe Zwolle and for her work of foundation KOEN.
They didn’t build alone. Many volunteers in East Europe build in the KOEN organisation. So we feel that this is also for you. You are the volunteers of KOEN Alapítvány who are working every year for the children who are coming to a Vacation Bible Week.
The Kingdom (Holland) is this year 200 years old and also in the beginning there was a way of honouring for special things, but in 1902 Queen Juliana made this Royal.
In Holland you can get a Royal Honour if you have been for many years faithful and build on a project. If it is stable and if the work is for the society. If the work makes a real difference. If somebody things: “Yes he or she would have a Royal Honour” than first send this to the mayor. The mayor is starting the research about the work and the person. After this, the asking is send to Queens Commissioner. After this, the asking is send to the Chapter for civilian orders and there is coming the decoration proposal. After this, it is send to the council of Ministers. The minister decides whether a nomination of decoration is sent to his Majesty the King.
So you see, it was a long way. For that, we write this to make you understand that this honouring is special. It took more than one year. We are proud that for the work of KOEN Alapítvány we got this.
First, we are thankful to God because He led the work and protect us to what it is in 2015. We are also thankful to you because you are one of the 3500 volunteers who is doing this work in East of Europe.
Aly Jurjens – vice president KOEN Foundation