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Supporting the Ark Centre in the Netherlands

Smurfit Kappa Foundation provides funding for the Ark centre to create a multi-sensory room for special needs children.

Ark is a small not-for-profit day-care centre in Amsterdam providing specialised one-to-one care and education, within a dynamic group setting, for children with special needs. These children are between the ages of 3 and 15 and have mild to complex developmental challenges such as autism, language and communication delays and sensory processing disorder.

All of the children at Ark struggle with basic sensory integration. This means that their 7 senses haven't had the chance to become a balanced entity.

To help Ark’s children, Smurfit Kappa has provided funds to acquire a range of multi-sensory equipment.

The use of multi-sensory equipment can help children develop better sensory modulation, which is one of the most important milestones in order to able to attend, engage, learn and be comfortable in the world. Children can become calmer, more motivated and open to learning opportunities and thus are able to develop and grow.

The Ark approach has already benefited a number of children, who have been able to move into the regular school-system. For them, constant one-to-one support within a small group has been the crucial stepping-stone between home care and school.

The Multi-Sensory Equipment enables Ark to help even more children, who require this specialist approach for a longer term, on their journey to be happy and comfortable around their peers and become an active part of the community.

The Smurfit Kappa Foundation is pleased to provide funding to Arc which is located in one of the communities in which we operate