Foundation Hope and Healing
Mission of the Hope and Healing Foundation:
The Foundation has the goal to support the Tuinier Family (Jan, Elizabeth and daughter Grace Isabella) in practical and financial ways in their mission to bring Hope and Healing to the forgotten poor who live in and around the city Sosua,Dominican Republic, to serve these people with the hands and feet of Jesus.
The Hope and Healing Foundation is officially registered at the 'Kamer van Koophandel' in the Netherlands and has a special tax-deductable status for Dutch citizens (ANBI).
Boardmembers of Hope and Healing Foundation:
Hans Schaap (Chairman)
Hans Bauke Tuinier (Treasurer)
Arjan de Pee (Secretary)
The Hope and Healing Foundation has been in existance since 2001. Jan was a single volunteer with Mercy Ships ( www.mercyships.org ) at that time. Mercy Ships operates a fleet of Hospital Ships, which work mainly in Africa where they dock for periodes up to 10 months in a port and during those months, they provide first-world healthcare and surgeries completely free of charge for those who would never be able to pay for a surgery.
In 2004 Jan married Elizabeth Aquino Rojas, who is from the Dominican Republic and had been with Mercy Ships since 1994 as volunteer.
In 2006 daughter Grace Isabella was born!
Since 2001, Jan and Elizabeth have been working in different countries such as Honduras, Dominican Republic, Belize, Liberia, Guinea, Congo and Madagascar.
Elizabeth has worked many years in the Evanglism team within Mercy Ships, and later as Teacher-Assistant in the International School on board.
Jan started as an Able Seaman (sailor) in 2001. In 2004 he gained his Deck Officer license and became Third Officer. From 2012 to 2015 Jan worked on board as Chief Officer, and from September 2015 until June 2016 he served as Captain onboard the 'Africa Mercy'.
In June 2016 the Tuinier Family finished their committment with Mercy Ships and since September 2016 they are working in Sosua, Dominican Republic, with CUPS OF COLD WATER (www.cupsofcoldwater.com).
Cups Of Cold Water Project
Rescue a child, Transform a family, Do it again tomorrow...
One of their main projects is focussing on the feeding ministry of the people who live and work in the garbage dump of the city.
See 'PROJECTS' for more details!