SHOWERPOWER FOUNDATION

board – statutes – policy plan – remuneration policy

BOARD

ShowerPower is a private initiative taken by Dinne van der Vlis (chair), Liesbeth Bloemendal (co-founder) and Pieter Wittenberg (finance, board member). All three have helped refugees in Greece. The board consists of Dinne, Pieter and secretary Frederik van Lookeren Campagne.

They consider the situation in camp Moria humiliating and have therefore decided to set up the ShowerPower Foundation. Everyone who helps or is working for ShowerPower does so on a voluntary basis. Team leaders can qualify for a contribution to travel expenses.
We guarantee that every euro donated comes to the refugees.

Nobody can help everybody, but everybody can help somebody!

POLICY PLAN, STATUTES, ANNUAL REPORT

* Please download our annual report, our policy plan or our statutes for more information.

REWARD POLICY

Article 3 (5) of the Statutes:
Board members are not provided with any form of remuneration for their activities. They are entitled to compensation for costs that where made while practising their function.

Pieter Wittenberg, co-initiator of the Shower Power Foundation- clean and safe sanitary facilities for refugees

‘ THEY CAN COUNT ON ME ‘

I smell stench. No wonder: it is like one large rubbish dump. I walk through Camp Moria. People live here, many people. One can simply not imagine how many people have to dwell in an area of a few acres. Every time again I am shocked by the number of people there, and the circumstances in which they find themselves.

What goes on in the world affects me.

My father fled the Nazis and, only because of that, I was one of the lucky ones to be born in The Netherlands.

I want to be there for those refugees. They can count on me.

 

Pieter Wittenberg

‘ THINGS ARE HAPPENING THAT MAKE ME HAPPY ‘

Saturday night, December 9th, Pieter, Dinne and I took a big step. The situation in Camp Moria is crying out for change. We decided to stop standing by and to set up ShowerPower instead. I realise that this undertaking is going to be different from all the other times I worked as a volunteer with refugees either in Athens or on Lesbos. It requires commitment and the willingness to sacrifice a part of our private life. I have experienced the importance of others being there for you in a situation of crisis myself. When a fellow human being is with you in your pain, you feel that the other is somehow carrying you. I have also felt the extraordinary privilege of being able to offer help. Not with material wealth but with the ability to look someone in the eye and recognise another human being. It is so heartwarming to discover that in such a short time span so many people are connecting with ShowerPower and showing their willingness to help in whatever way they can. The feeling that together you can actually do something gives energy! In spite of all the sorrow in the world, beautiful things do happen and that gives me joy.

Liesbeth Bloemendal

‘WE CANNOT HELP EVERYBODY, BUT EVERYBODY CAN HELP SOMEONE’

I wake up in the morning in my comfortable bed. I turn up the heating, have a shower and start the day full of energy due to a good sleep and lovely warm water quickening my skin. I feel blessed with luxury and freedom and perspective ahead of me.

Life is not so in many places in the world. On Lesbos, for example, things are quite different. Thousands of people are stuck in a camp without any perspective. Whether it’s wintery cold or boiling hot in summer, you can’t go anywhere. You can’t cook your own meal. All you can do is wait. Whilst you are waiting you need to go to the toilet. You long for a shower, to wash your hair or to bathe your child. You need to be reassured you are a human being.

I am counting my blessings and am taking action.

Nobody can help everybody, but everybody can help somebody!

Dinne van der Vlis

A deep bow for everyone who helps

With a warm shower and personal attention, shower Power wants to give human dignity back to people from Camp Moria on Lesvos in Greece and is supported by many companies, organisations and individuals:

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