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Activities 2023

In 2023 we made 16 different donations.

Several organizations, like Anne-Bo Foundation, Cloud Theatre, Incluusion, and Leo Smit Foundation, were supported in the years before.

You will find more information about them in our activity report for 2021.

In 2023 we also supported a dozen new organizations and will give you an impression of their diversity.


Forward·Inc is an NL-based, internationally operating organization devoted to helping newcomers
pursue their entrepreneurial dreams.

It empowers them to launch, grow, fund, and sustain their businesses.

Forward believes in the incredible talent of people with a refugee background, their value to society, and their potential to build bridges across communities. End 2022, 112 newcomers
have built a business with Forward·Inc's support.
With our donation, we supported the mentoring program in the Forward Incubator program.

The participants with a refugee background participate in workshops and training courses. They also receive individual coaching from an experienced entrepreneur (volunteer) and support from 2
student volunteers. The purpose of this program is the actual launch of the company.

Eligible companies are directly linked to an investor who will provide them with advice and can make a concrete investment.

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Saarisnietgek makes discussion about mental health accessible among children aged 10-12.

It is a preventive activity because psychological problems emerge around the age of fourteen.

The foundation is an initiative of Sara Kuyster who died of suicide at the age of 17.

Sara started a mental health project during her lifetime because she thought it was important that primary school children gain more knowledge about their emotions and understand that it is good to talk and share. Sara herself started speaking about her feelings too late and wanted to leave a legacy to prevent (the worsening of) mental problems for children.

After her death, her mother, a psychologist, continued her initiative with two friends and an aunt. And with success.

Several schools now use the magazine they developed which helps children to better understand their emotions and to talk about them with each other.

Our donation contributed to the website and PR of this foundation to promote their useful and effective work.

IMPACT: Centre against human trafficking and sexual violence in conflict

Impact is an independent expertise centre that makes a positive contribution to preventing and addressing the trafficking of human beings and conflict-related sexual violence.

It looks at the related crimes of human trafficking, enslavement, and conflict-related sexual violence independently as well as together.

Its main activities are research & advice, training & capacity building, and empowerment & advocacy.

Our donation contributed to the development of an education platform for bachelor's and master's students who want to become a psychologist, a lawyer, or a social worker.

In their work, they can be confronted with the crimes of human trafficking and sexual violence. At the moment they are not prepared for this but the education platform of IMPACT will address this lack of knowledge. In 2023 the first group of international students followed a pilot course which was evaluated positively. More courses will be developed in 2024.

The Parents Circle

The Parents Circle- Families Forum (PCFF) is a joint Israeli-Palestinian organization of over 600 families, all of whom have lost an immediate family member to the ongoing conflict. Moreover, the PCFF has concluded that the process of reconciliation between nations is a prerequisite for attaining sustainable peace.

The organization utilizes all resources available in education, public meetings, and the media to spread these ideas.

The main activity of PCFF is dialogue meetings, led by two PCFF members, an Israeli and a Palestinian. They both tell their personal stories of bereavement and explain their choice to engage in dialogue instead of revenge.

Our donation contributed to the crisis action program of PCFF.

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Desert Stars: installing bomb shelters in the Negev

The war has devastated the Bedouin community in Southern Israel.

Nearly 100.000 Bedouins live in ‘unrecognized villages’ throughout the Negev that lack infrastructure, such as electricity, roads, and bomb shelters.

Dozens of such villages lack any form of safe spaces for shelter during rocket attacks.

Desert Stars is installing bomb shelters throughout this region.

They use reinforced metal containers in which residents can hide during sirens.

Deserts Stars normally trains young Bedouin leaders to take responsibility, advance the community, and integrate into wider Israeli society. With alumni and other partners, it is now installing the containers to protect the most vulnerable population of the Negev.

Our donation contributed to this activity.

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Activities 2022

In 2022 we were active for a full year and made 16 different donations. Five organizations were supported in 2021 and 2022 and their names are: After- the -War, Anne-Bo Foundation, Cloud Theater, Incluusion and Mukomeze. You will find more information about them in our activity report for 2021. In 2022 we also supported a dozen new organizations and will give you an impression of their diversity:

Stolpersteine Amsterdam

Stolpersteine are made since 1992 by the artist Gunter Demnig. They are brass stones with which the victims of National Socialism around and during the Second World War are commemorated.

The brass Stolpersteine ​​is therefore placed in the pavement for the victims’ last (freely chosen) home.

On each brass stone is the name of one victim. This includes the year of birth, place and date of arrest by or on behalf of the regime (if applicable). And finally, the place and date where the victim was killed or died.

Anyone can request a Stolperstein. For anyone who was murdered by the Nazi regime, but also for victims who committed suicide because of the occupiers, had to go into hiding or otherwise suffered.  The demand for Stolpersteine increased and they are now not only produced in Germany but also in Amsterdam in the garden of the Goethe Institute.

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Augeo Foundation: Help for parents in a violent family

Experiencing domestic violence is a profound and often traumatic experience for children. Every year, approximately 25,000 children in the Netherlands experience forms of violence in their families in which the police intervene at home.

Many parents think that violence does not affect children or that partner violence is not as harmful to children as physical child abuse.

Augeo Foundation develops early psycho-education for parents struggling with violence in their families. The underlying thoughts are that all parents want the best for their children and that knowledge about the consequences of violence on a child is a motivation to change.

Various tools clearly indicate what parents can immediately do to improve the situation of their children. Augeo Foundation started to develop the tools in 2022 which will be tested in 2023.

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Verwey-Jonker Instituut: a workbook for refugee children

In the families of refugees who come to the Netherlands from war zones, little is talked about what they have been through.

The Verwey-Jonker Institute is developing together with other experts, a workbook for their children with the objective to give them the space to reflect on all parts of their life story: their memories of the country of origin (the negative and positive), their journey and arrival in The Netherlands and the way they have been welcomed and integrated here. With the help of the workbook, the children then have a permanent document.

At the same time it can help them talk about their native country and life there, express emotions, organize their experiences, and place events. It is therefore primarily for themselves, but can also be used in conversation with professionals or, for example, a teacher. The design of the workbook started in 2022 and it will be tested and distributed in 2023.

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Mukomeze: start-up of 18 tailors in Rwanda

In 2022 we supported 18 young women in Rwanda to become a tailor and on the 1st of December, they graduated! Now it is time for them to start their own business.

We, therefore, continue our support so they can hire a workplace and have the necessary tools like a sewing machine and sewing materials.

They can now practice their profession and make a good start as a businesswoman

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Book and Exposition about Etty Hillesum

The biography of Etty Hillesum was published in 2022 and the author is Judith Koelemeijer.

During Koelemeijer's research, she found hitherto unknown material about the friendship between Etty and Leonie Snatager-Penney.

Leonie was an aunt of Emanuel Snatager.

During the Second World War, both young women were in therapy by psychologist and palm reader Julius Spier and kept a diary on his advice. Etty writes in her diaries about Leonie and their sometimes difficult friendship. Leonie in turn writes about Etty who also has a love affair with Spier. Leonie's diaries gave new material for the biography of Etty. The Jewish Historical Museum made an exposition about their friendship.

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Impact: Education platform Human Trafficking and Sexual Violence

Impact is a Center against Human Trafficking and Sexual Violence in Conflict areas.

It develops an education platform for bachelor and master students about the prevention and stopping of sexual violence and human trafficking during conflicts like for example in Ukraine.

The courses are integrated into existing curricula of law, psychology, criminology, victimology, and gender studies. At the end of 2022, Impact started the design of the platform. The education will be in English and a pilot will be done in 2023 in the Netherlands with the University of Tilburg.

Afterward, partnerships with universities in other countries will be realized.

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Foundation Scherp: A man’s world

With the project 'A Man's World', the SCHERP Foundation will tackle mental health and the possibility of discussing it among young men. They do this by making a documentary and organizing an event in 2023.

The event examines the mental well-being of men and their behavior in a fun, informative, and creative way. Men have to deal with certain expectations when 'being a man'. But what if you can't (or don't want to) meet those expectations?

In 'A Man's World' the visitor is taken into the world of ‘The man'. Together with 'real men', experts, a real Ferrari, football club PSV and three curious documentary makers for whom no question is too controversial, visitors will receive answers to all your questions about masculinity and how to deal with mental well-being.

Activities 2021

After-The-War/ Nadeoorlog

After-The-War provides in postwar guest speakers with family stories about World War II and mediates them to schools and public meetings in the Netherlands. Due to the fact that eyewitnesses are gradually becoming too old to give guest lectures, Deborah Lens founded After-The-War five years ago to train their relatives in telling the family story.

By 2021, 22 guest speakers have given over 600 guest lessons. After-The-War aims to have around 100 guest speakers and to give 2000 guest lessons by 2030.

The Emanuel Snatager Foundation funded the training of three Jewish guest speakers in 2021/2022. After-The-War donated 10% of the amount to the liberal Jewish congregation in The Hague and Amsterdam that allow to use their classrooms to practice with the guest speakers.

The Anne-Bo Foundation/ Stichting Anne-Bo

Anne-Bo was a young student that died suddenly in 2019 due to an unexpected heart problem. To remember her, her mother Annemieke van de Wouw, created the Anne-Bo Foundation. This Foundation strives for equal opportunity for girls who have dreams but do not always know the way, or have no network, to realize these dreams and achieve their goals.

By means of study grants and personal guidance, the Anne-Bo Foundation helps young girls to go to university or a university of applied sciences.

In the academic year 2021 it started with 21 students and 22 coaches. Most girls have a complex family situation due to poverty, addiction, violence or other causes.

The Emanuel Snatager Foundation supports 4 girls and the Anne-Bo Foundation donated 10% to Team Para Atletiek, a team that coaches athletes with a handicap.

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Cloud theater/ WOLKENTHEATER

WOLKENTHEATER was founded on Valentine’s Day 1993 by a number of artists who came to the Netherlands from various parts of (the then war-torn) former Yugoslavia. Adrijan Siniša Rakić is the initiator and director. Since then, year after year,

the company organizes theatre events for children in refugee centers.

The WOLKENTHEATER believes in the healing power of play, art and theatre.

With its activities WOLKENTHEATER allows children with a traumatic past to express themselves creatively, have fun and to be just a carefree child. The Emanuel Snatager Foundation supported in the end of 2021 twenty shows about Sinterklaas, a Dutch version of Santa Claus. Children in refugee centers could get acquainted with a typical Dutch tradition, enjoy the show, eat something delicious and receive presents.

One tenth of the donation received by Emanuel Snatager Foundation went to FONDACIJA BUKOVICA, a foundation which aims to protect, develop and promote the cultural and natural heritage of Bukovica, a small region with ethnically mixed population in the Republic of Croatia, that suffered a lot during the last Balkan war.

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Incluusion introduces refugee students as quickly as possible to Dutch academic education. In just over 5 years, more than 1,000 refugee students have enjoyed bachelor courses at Utrecht University through Incluusion.

Incluusion is also working on a training course to prepare the students,

They learn how the Dutch education system works, they improve their intercultural skills and they get informed about teachers' expectations. In addition, Incluusion organizes traineeships for status holders. Through the traineeship they get experience with working in the Netherlands, they learn to speak the language and they develop a professional network. At the beginning of 2022, a new group of approximately 10 trainees will start.

Thanks to the Emanuel Snatager Foundation Incluusion can appoint an employee for one year to strengthen its administration. One tenth of the donation went to Wurth-while, a project for refugee students at Wageningen University & Research. Wurth-while is inspired by the Incluusion project at Utrecht University.


Mukomeze was created by Anne-Marie de Brouwer and Freek Dekkers. Together they visited Rwanda and met Jean Gakwandi, survivor of the genocide against the Tutsi and director of Solace Ministries. This local organization supports genocide survivors - especially widows, orphans and women, infected with HIV/AIDS.

A close partnership soon developed between the two organizations as Anne-Marie obtained her PhD on sexual violence in conflict situations. Both organizations focus on the empowerment of the survivors. Mukomeze literally means 'Empower her/him'.

The Emanuel Snatager Foundation funds the training of 18 young girls to become a tailor by acquiring advanced sewing skills. They also learn to operate and maintain different sewing machines and obtain skills to become their own boss.

One tenth of the donation is used for an online 3-D animation about the stories of men and women who experienced sexual violence in Bosnia, Rwanda and other countries. The aim is to give people around the world a better understanding of this type of violence.

Snatager Family Story

'This is how we all go' is a book with letters from the brothers Eduard and Herman Snatager. The brothers went into hiding in Wapenveld in 1941, but Herman soon returned to his hometown of Zutphen. He writes letters to his brother in hiding and explains how the Nazis further restrict the lives of the Jews. Unfortunately, Herman and his family are caught and die in Sobibor. All these years Eduard remained in hiding in Wapenveld and emigrated to Israel after the liberation. His son Emanuel published the letters in 1986 in a booklet made by Jan Willem Regenhardt. Emanuel fulfilled his father's wish to pass on the family story in the hope that this will never happen again.  

In 2020 the booklet got a lot of attention due to the celebration of 75 years of liberation. Jan Nitrauw initiated an open air theater play about it and Peter van Dijk wrote it.

The play was sold out soon and got serious media coverage.

The Emanuel Snatager Foundation funded the movie recording of the play and obtained the rights of the book to pass on the family story, still with the same aim: this should never happen again.

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Next Generation of Holocaust and Heroism Legacy - Israel

The Next Generation of Holocaust and Heroism Legacy - Israel was founded in 2005 as a non-profit organization. The main aim is "To Remember and Not to Forget" the Holocaust, to preserve the personal and family stories of the victims and the survivors and to impart this legacy to future generations.

The Emanuel Snatager Foundation supports the "Holocaust Monuments Project" of this organization. High school students traditionally learned about the Holocaust by guided school trips to the concentration camps in Europe while there are more than 1000 monuments in Israel itself.

The "Holocaust Monuments Project" includes guided visits of monuments and statues throughout Israel, prepared by lectures in the classroom. Special guides who have led school trips in the past to Poland, are trained in this regard. A second activity supported by the Emanuel Snatager Foundation are Therapeutic workshops designed for the "second generation".

Participants learn to tell the story of what happened to their families during the Holocaust. These workshops are conducted by psychotherapists who are specially trained for this purpose.

Leo Smit Foundation

In the Second World War, many composers were silenced because of their Jewish descent or their resistance. Their music was forbidden. The Leo Smit Foundation carries out research, tells composers' stories, makes sheet music available and performs forgotten music. Together with musicians, programmers, researchers and listeners the Foundation gives composers their rightful place in music history, back. Part of the legacy of Emanuel Snatager went to this important and inspiring Foundation.

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