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From disabilities to possibilities
From child to child
The Butterfly Basket
About us

The Butterfly Basket aims at children with a (severe) multiple disability in VietNam. Butterfly Basket Foundation currently exists of an organisational and content team, with several different therapists. A team of occupational therapists goes to Vietnam several times a year. They have experience in treating and guiding this children and their parents. After two visits in VietNam to an orphanage with over 300 children with a disability, of which about 50% severely multiple disabled, TBB is created. With this, the focus is on supporting parents and fieldworkers that come to these children at home. Children that do or do not receive daycare. We want to give these children a voice in their right to development and participation in daily life. But most of all, help parents, therapists and caregivers. From 11 March 2011 The Butterfly Basket is formally a foundation with six boardmembers and volunteers.

The board is formed by:
     Johan Oort (Chairman)
     Peter van Bragt (Secretary)
     Linde Madnoersan-van Amstel (Treasurer)
     Angelique Kester (Board member)
     Sylvie Suijkerbuijk (Board member)

The name ‘The Butterfly Basket’ has its origin in 2006, inspired by a poem that describes these children and their capacities in a striking way. The Basket stands for capacities, knowledge and practical tools that we want to give to parents fieldworkers and therapists through capacity building through the train-de-trainer concept.

I saw a Butterfly Today

I saw a butterfly today
Small and green with no wings
Crawling into shadows
hiding from a world who ignores
it's subtle beauty
Afraid to never be noticed ...appreciated

I saw a butterfly today
Camouflaged and shielded
in self-made walls
Neglecting the world of it's gentle touch
Afraid to be met with a forceful hand

I saw a butterfly today
Wings new and fresh
Excited with exhilaration
Facing a world with new courage
Knowing it can not be harmed

I saw a butterfly today
Blue and gold streaked the sky
embracing the sunlight's rays
Fluttering around my head
Carrying my heart on her flight
I saw a butterfly today

Venos Tricon