Nov 4, 2019

Swimmingpool transport

Since Ana Julia, our swimming volunteer,  sold her car we’ve had quite a lot of work to find someone who could drive us to the swimming pool, our weekly outing on Wednesday morning to do our therapy in the water with all the commmunity members. Before that time Ana Julia had been driving us for months.

It’s not straightforward. The driver should be free on the Wednesday morning and would need a vehicle that can carry 10- 11 people in one trip. We’ve learned that we can approach people to help with this about once a month, but not more often, to ensure that the driver continues to do it with pleasure. So we have a list of 4 posible drivers, but it takes time and quite a lot of luck to find the match!

Fortunately Ana Julia helped me in the search for a weekly vehicle and driver, and we were lucky 9 out of 10 times, sometimes juggling with plans A and B and, if need be, plan C. Then Ana Julia got in touch with a mini-van company that provides transport between Juigalpa and Managua, but also can arrange trips on request, of course for a fee. But our approach was to persuade the owner of the company to provide us the service free of charge.

So we wrote him a nice letter. As we did not get a quick reply, I followed it up with several phone calls thinking that we had nothing to lose, and everything to gain. See the result in the photograph. Three weeks ago we travelled to and from the swimming pool in some style and luxury.

However, that did not mean the end of the transport saga. Last week the company had to call off the arrangement for that day, so I had to continue my search. And after this week, it workes out: one week he helped us with the transport, another week it was not available...So I continue our search and wrote, with the help of Ana Julia, to another transport owner.  We became in contact with lady Anielka, owner of several buses, who was touched by our work.  And when I phone her on Tuesday afternoon, asking the posibilities of the transport of the swimmingpool for the next day, she always said: Of course! Great to be in touch with this kind of peolpe!  Weekly, without problems she send us a van and we enjoy our stay in the swimmingpool!

It is nice that we have a different driver every time. The owner employs 4 drivers. During the trip we of course tell about our work, thereby expanding our circle of acquaintances. At the end of the trip we always show our appreciation with a little applause. Together we can make the world a better place for anybody!


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

Contact us:

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


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