Smurfit Kappa Foundation co-funds children of Joris Kring with a new designed garden
Joris Kring is the latest project to be co-funded by the Smurfit Kappa Foundation. This children’s centre, based in the Benelux, offers specialised day care to children and youngsters aged 0-24 years with an intellectual or multiple disability.
In a homely environment Joris Kring focuses in small groups on the qualities and talents of each child. Each group consists of six to eight children and there is a daily program of joint and individual activities, while a daily meeting between the child and their mentor is at the core of their care.
There is a development-oriented curriculum available for each child and Joris Kring continuously focuses on real growth opportunities. Children are taught in a learning-friendly environment and there is time set aside each day for rest and outdoor activities, along with exercises to stimulate the senses.
Joris Kring is currently located at different locations throughout Amsterdam. In early March the children moved to a joint building in the Zuid-As part of the city, where all classes of the day-care centre, the Jorishuis (home and guest house) and ambulatory care have been brought together. Thanks to the Smurfit Kappa Foundation and local businesses in the area, the centre is creating a garden redesigned by Rob Verlinden of Rob's Big Garden Renovation program to meet the needs of the children. Once complete, the end result will be broadcast on national television.
Why Joris Kring?
The Smurfit Kappa Foundation sponsored Joris Kring as a project because the vision and goals match those of the foundation. Children can develop their talents in a smart, artistic and natural environment where they learn to develop the senses and can enjoy the open air. In the new garden the children will be able to play and move freely. This has tremendous value for the children and the Smurfit Kappa Foundation is pleased to be able to contribute to this.