Care for Kosovo Kids Foundation

Since 2013, CfKK provides all the medicines for the treatment of patients diagnosed with cancer at the Pediatric Hematology-Oncology ward of the UCCK – the only public hospital where children with cancer from all Kosovo are treated. Around 60 children are treated annually with the help of CfKK. Through generous support from donations the foundation is committed to saving children’s lives.

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Olympic champion Majlinda Kelmendi makes a young patient happy with her visit 

Why Care for Kosovo Kids?

Our primary goal is to ensure that children hospitalised in the Pediatric Hematology-Oncology ward of the UCCK receive their anti-cancer and other supporting medication based on the official requests of the doctors. Considering the low average salaries in the country, not all parents can afford the costs of the medicines.

How do we attain our goal?

CfKK seeks to attain this goal by offering small-scale support. Through direct communication and by avoiding time-consuming bureaucratic procedures we aim to ensure that our support ends up directly at the Pediatric Hematology-Oncology department of the University Clinical Center of Kosovo in Pristina. Efficient, affordable and effective.

Treated children
Years CfKK activity

Care for Kosovo Kids in images

Signing the agreement between UCKK, Princess Máxima Center and World Child Cancer on the Outreach programme

MDs Rufadie Maçastena, Enver Hasi, Bardhyl Abrashi and Arbana Zejnullahu behind their microscopes

Hygienic package for newly-arrived patients!

Preparations for a treatment conducted by nurses Trimona Behxheti and Vlora Hyseni.

Fatime Shaqiri and Rasima Kandic in the newly-equipped children’s hospital kitchen

Supplying medicine from CfKK’s own ‘pharmacy’

What people say?

“The Salem Foundation in Ermelo is a charity foundation that is able to give generously to healthcare projects every year, and all over the world. This may seem straightforward, but nothing could be further from the truth. How to ensure that donated money ends up in the right hands? How to secure the project’s continuity? And is all money actually spent on the projects?

With CfKK we know that all these answers can be answered satisfactorily. The many years of collaboration between our foundations has proven this time and again.

CfKK’s board members, with Anke Gerrits as its leader, deserve all praise for their efforts on behalf of gravely ill children in Kosovo. We are very happy to be able to support CfKK in these efforts. A beautiful European project that merits our support.”

Mr. Klaas Mollema
Chair of Stichting Salem Ermelo

“If anything shows that when united, The Netherlands and Kosovo can make a difference, it is the collaboration between the Pediatric Oncology Hospital in Pristina and the Princess Máxima Center in Utrecht. This example of successful collaboration is not only meaningful; it impacts the life of children, their parents, and the physicians that treat them. This would not have been possible without the aid of Care for Kosovo Kids. This foundation, founded by Anke Gerrits, proves that sheer force of will is able to unite people who – when required – are able to really make a difference. The foundation’s efforts have been a constant source of inspiration for me, as they have been for my predecessor ambassador Gerrie Willems. She has been active, often in the background, but with much passion in support of the work that CfKK does. Gerrie has aided Anke every step of the way and in no small measure contributed to the collaboration’s success. Following in her footsteps is a large responsibility, one that I will try to live up to. I am proud and most happy to be able to contribute to furthering the collaboration between these two hospitals. Above all because it brings together Kosovars and Dutchmen in such a spectacular manner.”

Carin Lobbezoo
Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Kosovo

“I am immensely proud to support Care for Kosovo Kids, an organization dedicated to helping children suffering from cancer in Kosovo. For many years, the Care for Kosovo Kids management and their teams of countless volunteers from the Netherlands and Kosovo, with their charity work, have put a smile on the faces of the suffering children, and their distressed parents, undergoing treatment at the University Clinical Centre in Kosovo. Through their tireless efforts, Care for Kosovo Kids managed to team up with the world-renowned Princess Máxima Center for Pediatric Oncology, the Kosovo Ministry of Health and the University Clinical Centre in Kosovo, to deliver cutting edge care to the children desperately seeking for help on their hospital beds. All of us in Kosovo are deeply grateful to the Care for Kosovo Kids for being such an inspiring organization. Anke Gerrits, the driving force behind the organization and the entire team and volunteers deserve special praise. They have extended their hands of hope and they continue to do so in a spirit of humanism and compassion. On behalf of their children, whose lives they have touched and whose suffering they have sought to ease, thank you!”

Mr. Lirim Greiçevci
Ambassador of Kosovo in The Netherlands

“It is an honor to be ambassador for the Care for Kosovo Kids Foundation. The Foundation’s Board Members are committed to helping children battling with cancer in Kosovo. As pediatrician-oncologist I know from first-hand experience how crucial and life-saving the foundation’s work is for these young patients with cancer in Kosovo. Join us in these efforts!”

Gertjan Kaspers

“Due to the huge efforts by CfKK, many children with cancer in Kosovo benefit from the collaboration between the Pediatric Oncological hospital in Pristina and the Princess Máxima Center (Utrecht/The Netherlands). This improves the quality of their medical treatment as well as their well-being.”

Gerrie Willems
Former Ambassador of The Netherlands in Kosovo

“When Anke Gerrits and Gerry Beers spoke to me about CfKK, I was immediately motivated to contribute personally to the foundation. In the following years, I experienced with admiration how Kosovo’s healthcare gradually improved and children’s lives were saved.”

Dr. Nadia Oeij
Pediatrician-Hematologist and former Board Member CfKK

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