About

As long as we can remember, there have been conflicts all accross the world. And, as long as there have been conflicts, there have been refugees and internally displaced people. These people are forced to flee out of fear for their safety, leaving everything behind- their homes, their memories and their loved ones- and suffer from physical and physiological violence. They often find safety and comfort in refugee camps, however, the living conditions van often be extremely harsh.

Everyday Refugees Foundation aims to help refugees and people displaced internally by war, natural disasters, discrimination and poverty in the following ways:

Our goal is to raise public awareness by documenting and sharing their stories with you. On our social media feeds and this website, you will find pictures of their daily lives, their struggles and the little sparks of hope that remain, despite their circumstances. In the future, we would also like to raise awareness by providing lectures and presentations of our images in order to create understanding about the global refugee crisis, and, furthermore, to get people more involved.

Another way we try to help is by empowering the refugees and improving their self-reliance. By supporting projects such as building schools, giving photography workshops and donating clothes, foods and other necessary supplies, we assist them in building their future. Lastly, we try to stay involved with refugees even after they receive their asylum or reach a place where they feel safe, by offering them language courses and other essential skills that will speed up their integration process.

Everyday Refugees Foundation is designated by the Dutch tax office as a Public Benefit Organisation (PBO). This means that, among other things, we comply with the following rules:

  • At least 90% of the foundation’s efforts are focused on the general good
  • We only work with people that comply to strict integrity requirements
  • The directors’ remuneration is restricted

Donations to the foundation are therefore tax-deductible for the income or corporation tax (subject to the applicable regulations) in the Netherlands. Because of the fact that we do not have to pay gift tax or inheritance tax, your full donations will support our mission. You can find more information about the PBO here.

Executive Board

Roos Wijngaards, Treasurer
Founder of Everyday Refugees Foundation. Previously worked at World Press Photo Foundation, Amsterdam, for over a decade.

Elke Niedringhaus, Secretary
A journalist based in Bad Oeynhausen, Germany. Elke graduated with two university degrees, one of them in Cultural Journalism.

Muhammed Muheisen, Chairman
A two-time Pulitzer prize-winning photographer whose work is mainly focused on refugees, internally displaced people, education and minorities around the world.

Board of Advisors

Bas van Voorst

Bas van Voorst

Legal Advisor

Bas van Voorst has his own legal practice based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, that mainly focuses on corporate law, labor law and contract law.

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Jasper van der Zee

Jasper van der Zee

Municipality of Amsterdam

Jasper van der Zee works as a manager at the municipality of Amsterdam in the Netherlands.

Kathy Gannon

Kathy Gannon

Special correspondent AP

Kathy Gannon serves as special regional correspondent for Pakistan and Afghanistan for The Associated Press.

Simon Newton

Simon Newton

Curator

Simon Newton is a British Art Director and Photography Festival Creative Content Curator.

Sonia Ben Ammar

Sonia Ben Ammar

Model & Artist

Sonia Ben Ammar is a French 18-year-old model and artist. Starting at a young age she has featured in many variety TV shows in France.

About

As long as we can remember, there have been conflicts all accross the world. And, as long as there have been conflicts, there have been refugees and internally displaced people. These people are forced to flee out of fear for their safety, leaving everything behind- their homes, their memories and their loved ones- and suffer from physical and physiological violence. They often find safety and comfort in refugee camps, however, the living conditions van often be extremely harsh.

Everyday Refugees Foundation aims to help refugees and people displaced internally by war, natural disasters, discrimination and poverty in the following ways:

Our goal is to raise public awareness by documenting and sharing their stories with you. On our social media feeds and this website, you will find pictures of their daily lives, their struggles and the little sparks of hope that remain, despite their circumstances. In the future, we would also like to raise awareness by providing lectures and presentations of our images in order to create understanding about the global refugee crisis, and, furthermore, to get people more involved.

Another way we try to help is by empowering the refugees and improving their self-reliance. By supporting projects such as building schools, giving photography workshops and donating clothes, foods and other necessary supplies, we assist them in building their future. Lastly, we try to stay involved with refugees even after they receive their asylum or reach a place where they feel safe, by offering them language courses and other essential skills that will speed up their integration process.

Everyday Refugees Foundation is designated by the Dutch tax office as a Public Benefit Organisation (PBO). This means that, among other things, we comply with the following rules:

  • At least 90% of the foundation’s efforts are focused on the general good
  • We only work with people that comply to strict integrity requirements
  • The directors’ remuneration is restricted

Donations to the foundation are therefore tax-deductible for the income or corporation tax (subject to the applicable regulations) in the Netherlands. Because of the fact that we do not have to pay gift tax or inheritance tax, your full donations will support our mission. You can find more information about the PBO here.

Executive Board

Roos Wijngaards, Treasurer
Founder of Everyday Refugees Foundation. Previously worked at World Press Photo Foundation, Amsterdam, for over a decade.

Elke Niedringhaus, Secretary
A journalist based in Bad Oeynhausen, Germany. Elke graduated with two university degrees, one of them in Cultural Journalism.

Muhammed Muheisen, Chairman
A two-time Pulitzer prize-winning photographer whose work is mainly focused on refugees, internally displaced people, education and minorities around the world.

Board of Advisors

Bas van Voorst

Bas van Voorst

Legal Advisor

Bas van Voorst has his own legal practice based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, that mainly focuses on corporate law, labor law and contract law.

MORE ABOUT BAS

Jasper van der Zee

Jasper van der Zee

Municipality of Amsterdam

Jasper van der Zee works as a manager at the municipality of Amsterdam in the Netherlands.

Kathy Gannon

Kathy Gannon

Special correspondent AP

Kathy Gannon serves as special regional correspondent for Pakistan and Afghanistan for The Associated Press.

Simon Newton

Simon Newton

Curator

Simon Newton is a British Art Director and Photography Festival Creative Content Curator.

Sonia Ben Ammar

Sonia Ben Ammar

Model & Artist

Sonia Ben Ammar is a French 18-year-old model and artist. Starting at a young age she has featured in many variety TV shows in France.

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