Our foundation consists of three board members:

  • Gabriëlle de Graaf (President)
  • Saskia Appeldoorn (Treasurer)
  • Désirée Schoonen (Secretary)

Gabriëlle de Graaf

I’m Gabrielle de Graaf, 36 years old and living in Soest. Together with my boyfriend I have four children; 10 year old Lyssa, 8 year old Geordy and 2 year old twins Yinthe and Yoëll. Geordy and Yoëll both have albinism.

If you are born with albinism in the Netherlands you can lead a “normal” life. You will be accepted the way you are. In the Netherlands, adjustments are made where necessary and you get help from the government. Geordy, for example, goes to a regular school and receives guidance from Bartimeus, an institution for blind and visually impaired children. I realize how happy we are to live here and to have these children in a Western country. But unfortunately, not everyone is so lucky …

I can’t imagine what it’s like when your child is hunted and threatened because of a gene defect. Unfortunately, this often happens in East Africa. I decided that I, as the mother of two children with albinism, I had to take action.

I knew that I needed help for this and decided to ask my two dear friends to help me set up a foundation.

Saskia Appeldoorn

Hi! I’m Saskia Appeldoorn, 29 years old and live with my friend in Beekbergen. I met Gabrielle when she was pregnant with Geordy. Before Geordy was born, I actually had no knowledge about what albinism meant. Only after the information evening about how family and friends should deal with Geordy and what albinism meant, did I know what the limitations and dangers were for children with albinism. With some tips and sober thinking few problems for that little boy in the Netherlands.

The years went by and it is not more than normal for you to call Geordy with you to rub him in or put a hat on him. Naive to think that the same thing would happen everywhere in the world ..

Until Gabriel showed me a documentary about albinism in Africa. A real eye-opener! How horrible to see how adults can handle children. Weird how superstition is maintained and the government does little against it. Heartbreaking to think that parents must leave their child in a camp because they see no other way out to protect their child.

When Gabriel asked me to help her to set up a foundation to make the lives of these children more bearable, my answer was immediately YES! We must and can do something about this!

Will you help us?

Désirée Schoonen

Hello, I am Désirée Schoonen, married to Roland and mother of Amber and Joshua.

At first I came in contact with Inside The Same because I was able to connect different cosmetic brands that provide us with sunscreen and the foundation. Because of this, I also went to Tanzania as a volunteer in 2015 and we have been very closely involved ever since. Becoming a board member was a logical step for me.

Highlight: Because we had enough donations, in March 2016 we were able to transfer Faustine and Joyce from the ailing camp Buhangija to The Salvation Army / Salvation Army where they now have a beautiful life with good education. All the more so if you know that Faustine was the reason why Gabrielle started the foundation after seeing him on an RTL news item.
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our “DRIVE”

Relatively many people with albinism live in Africa, particularly in Tanzania. This is because the percentage of black Africans who carry albinism is high. In these areas it is believed that the limbs of people with albinism possess magical powers. This superstition is mainly spread by so-called ‘Witchdoctors’. As a result, children are chased, limbs are cut off or they are even killed. Children are therefore left behind at a young age in closed camps by their parents because they can no longer protect them.

Due to a lack of information, people do not fully understand what albinism is and what the additional limitations are. Children are exposed to sunlight and therefore get sunburn and skin cancer at a very young age. In addition, because of their albinism, they always suffer from (sun) light (light shyness).

In the camps there is insufficient protective clothing, things, toys, education or, for example, good documentation about albinism.

Occasionally there is a documentary on TV with the story of the children. It is hard for us Westerners to understand that this will happen in 2015! Because of this we are so touched that we want to help these children by delivering stuff and information to these camps.