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Oct 3, 2019

Eric did a run for Ruach and wrote about this big happening

Eric training for his run
Eric training for his run

The setting of the Run

The run took place in my home town in the Netherlands, a 10 km route through Winschoten, the Mills Town of the North of the Netherlands. My family came in good numbers to cheer me on.

By midday several more family members had congregated hoping to see me complete the 50 km. They assembled in front of my former parental home on the ‘stoep’ of the ageing former neighbours across the road who still are dear friends of the Jager tribe.

Promotion of my charities

My family had set up a table where passers-by could get some information about the two charities I was supporting with the run, The Ruach Fundacion in Nicaragua and the Hidden Needs Trust organization in England.

My run
This run wasnot a ‘walk, or even a jog, in the park’, and that somehow makes me feel that I more nearly earned the sponsorship money I received through different channels!
Already in the beginning my legs felt stiff. And my heart rate was much higher than normal for an early stage of a run and the controlled speed I was running at. 

I linked up with a running partner in the second third of the 50km. We chatted as we ran at a steady good speed. My heart rate miraculously dropped to less than normal levels. With about  15 km left I felt that the going was getting harder and that I needed to take in water at every opportunity.

Taking in a brotherly advice how to handle the last 3 kilometers to the finish, which came after 4 hours and 47 minutes. I was the oldest participant and came 42nd in a field of about 120 runners!

Interested in the route and statistical details of my Run? Click on this link::

After the finish

As we had arranged, I met up again with my running partner at the finish. She flew in the last part of the 50 km, and finished in an astonishing 4 hours 33 minutes. Having both enjoyed the experience very much, we agreed we both would try to appear at the start of the 2020 edition of the Run van Winschoten.

My next and 4th Ruach Run:   12 Sep 2020
For me personally it was particularly pleasing that many of my nieces and nephews enjoyed the day and mentioned that they would want to sign up for a family 10x 10 km relay team in the 2020 edition of the Run van Winschoten when this Run will also be the official World Championships 100 km. 

Basically this means that these youngsters have given me my ‘running orders’. So I plan to sign up again for the Winschoten Run in 2020 and will make that my target for my 4th Ruach Run.  I’ll have to find a way to raise the bar for 2020 a little higher again.


I’m very grateful for many of you who have already sponsored me. I will acknowledge the gift in due course.

As many of you know, I have pledged to match a gift to Ruach in full with a gift to the Hidden Needs  Trust from  ‘my-labour-for-charities’ fund. I will keep this offer open till Saturday 12 October when I will be participating in the  52 km off-road ‘Run with No Witty Name’ in the beautiful area around Tisbury near Salisbury in Somerset, with three SPFit running club team mates Jo Morrissey, Roz Brooker and Emma Connelly. This will be a day out rather than a race and hopefully a different but equally enjoyable event.

  Donations can still be made  via the Ruach Foundation page on the Global Giving website


Sep 4, 2019

Third Anniversary

Three years

On the 29th of August 2019 we celebrated the third anniversary of our foundation. Thanks to the support of many national and international kind hearted people, this year we contributed again to the wellbeing of people with intellectual disabilities in Juigalpa, Nicaragua.We are so grateful for that!

Our mission is to contribute to the rights of people with intellectual disabilities over 15 years old, to achieve a more humane society, joining forces in the community, working in networks and in coordination. Our work focusing is: prevention, stimulation, protection and education.

The event

On August 29th from 9AM until 11AM, we hosted the event at the community home to celebrate together and share the achievements of the foundation in its third year of existence. Along with musical performances by the members of the community home and the workshop. Also two pupils of a primary school called Academia Bilingue Amarisque were present to share their piano skills.

President of the board Ana Alicia Murillo shared the most important activities of July 2018-August 2019 being: the external evaluation, the elections of the new board of directors, expansion of the General Assembly with new members and advances in our plan to promote the foundation to the population. She also talked about our new project: an optics open to the public. With this new project we can provide a cheaper service to the population to get their glasses, and we can have a source of income for the self-sustainability of the foundation. External funds in the form of donations are sought for a total of USD $ 45,408.32 for the start of the optics.

The community home and workshop coordinator Astrid Delleman, shared the progress made in the house. One of them being the welcoming of Maria Elena and Manuel in December 2018. There are currently 6 people with intellectual disabilities over 15 years old living in the community home. With this, the house has reached its maximum capacity. The workshop functions Monday until Fridays from 2PM until 5PM, with rotating groups between 3 to 6 people.have a total of 11 personas asisting. 

She also expressed her gratitude for all received donations from abroad and from people in Juigalpa, emphasising that only together we can better the situation for the person with disabilities.

The event ended with a delicious snack.

The fotos give a little impresion of the celebration.

What can you do if you want to contribute to the Ruach Foundation?

+ Help expand our network of sponsors/ donors

+ Encourage students / volunteers to do their internship at the community home or the workshop.

+ Donate, on our site on the GG platform

+ Share our work with family, friends, colleagues. If more people knows us, more likely we will receive some kind of support

+ Connect us with companies who can potentially work with us

+ Help us find funds for the optics project

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pupils of the ABA school playing
pupils of the ABA school playing
products made in the wworkshop for sell
products made in the wworkshop for sell


Aug 10, 2019

How we could help Loyda to go to the dentist

The majority of people with an intellectual disability, including our core members, have never seen a dentist. Nor are there many dentist who do feel themselves able to help them...

This is not because they have such excellent teeth, but simply because from early on in their lives they never received the same dental care as their family members, no doubt partly because they were not able to indicate when they suffered toothache. Moreover, there are very few dentists who feel capable of handling intellectually disabled persons. So we should count ourselves lucky that the teeth of Daniel, Miguel and Manuel look quite good. Unfortunately, the teeth of Maria Helena and Loyda look less strong, and at their relatively low ages they are already missing several molars and incisors.

Bleeding gums
For several days Loyda was suffering from bleeding gums. We asked her mother, doña Yolanda, to take her to the dentist in the hospital which treats patients free of charge. She came back quite indignant: the dentist had not even looked into Loyda’s mouth and had told her to use a spray to stop the bleeding and to return after one month.

Through a doctor couple, who happened to be on a visit to Juigalpa to get to know our Ruach Foundation, we got the address of a dentist relative of this couple with whom we were able to make an appointment for a check-up three days later. Private dentists have their own practice and their own prices, but dr. Baez, the owner of the Christian Dental Clinic Mana, offered us a reduced fee. So we went, including doña Yolanda. Of course it was difficult to get Loyda to open her mouth wide and long enough for the dentist to properly assess Loyda’s dental status. Loyda had an infection caused by a bad tooth and her teeth needed a thorough clean. Treatment would be easiest if it could be done under a general anaesthetic. So a plan of action was required, because treatment under a general anaesthetic requires the presence of two dentists and an anaethesist and a bottle of oxygen. We were not charged for this visit, and also we came home with a special toothbrush and a spray to alleviate Loyda’s pain to some extent.

Step 1 was to order a blood test for Loyda at the local lab through our doctor-friend. The blood test indicated it was safe for Loyda to have a general anaesthetic, so we could plan a date for the treatment. Step 2 was to deliver a bottle of oxygen from the doctor’s practice to the dental clinic. A female friend was happy to do the driving, but who would have thought an oxygen bottle could be so heavy (see picture above)? We were lucky enough to have manpower around at the right moment for loading and unloading…

So last Tuesday Loyda was back in the dentist’s chair, surrounded by two dentists, dr Baez’s wife, the anaethesist, doña Yolanda, and myself. Before starting the procedure, we got dr Baez on the phone. He was in the US for a week, but he made sure everyone and everything was in place for this procedure: his colleagues who agreed to work free of charge, and the oxygen bottle from another doctor also made it available to us for free. Dr Baez prayed on the phone and asked for a blessing for the operation. It was a special and moving moment which was followed by a one-hour operation.

I had not thought of the transport to get Loyda back home, so I had to arrange this on the spot. But again, ‘good befell us’: Jorge collected her in his car. And because he is also a doctor, he stayed to give Loyda her injections (anti-biotic and pain killer) which we had bought in the local pharmacy. Jorge came back the next day to repeat the injections, saving us the trouble and cost of finding a nurse to do this.

What’s next?
Loyda is still recovering. Three molars were pulled out and her mouth was cleaned quite thoroughly. She slept the first night sitting upright to avoid the risk of choking. For days she only wanted to drink, was tired and weak. Gradually she starts taking solid food again, but she is not yet back to her ‘old self’.

We had to collect money for buying the pills she needed, because doctors are good in prescription of several pills for recovering...We were lucky that, as icing on the cake, the owner of the pharmacy accepted our written request to donate to us the gel that promotes Loyda’s recovery; just another example of together making a difference and t life being full of surprises.

How you can help to support in the needs of Loyda and the others of the community home


Eric writes:

'Since almost the start of the work in Nicaragua I do what I can to support the Ruach Foundation in Nicaragua.   Astrid Delleman, the coordinator of Ruach’s community home and activities centre, is a friend since student days. My plan is, once again, to do a 50 km sponsored run in my home town in the Netherlands on 14th September,  to raise money for Ruach and be a visible amassador of the good work they do. Please sponsor me, donating on the GlobalGiving Ruach page.

When: using the GlobalGiving’s Little-by-Little matching campaign fund.

What is the best time to donate? Monday August 12,  2019, from 2 pm in England, from 3 pm in the Netherlands. In the US  from 09:00:00 ET on Monday, August 12, 2019.

Any donation any time will of course be gratefully received, but a donation on the dot of 2 pm Monday 12 August, or shortly after, will give Ruach a good chance of a TOP-UP of 60% from GlobalGiving’s Little-by-Little matching campaign fund.

This month the Ruach Foundation is ranked 381 out of 5246 members, which means Ruach is a GG Superstar! GlobalGiving will match any donation to their Superstars up to $50 (or roughly £40) by 60%. However, the matching funds are restricted to $60,000, and they will be allocated on a ‘first come, first served’ basis.
Get the point? Your timely donation of £5.00 will become £8.00 due to the GG bonus, or £10 if you are an English tax payer and can claim 25% Gift Aid by ticking the appropriate box on the donation page!

My contact details:; 01935 592185; or mobile 07 4484 95085'.

loyda with the dentist team
loyda with the dentist team


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