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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.

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The annual Care for Kosovo Kids Charity Dinner 2022 was a huge success!

We are beyond happy to share the news that the CfKK Charity Dinner 2022 held on 8th of June 2022 in the Netherlands resulted in an overwhelming sum of € 193,775 ! We are so proud of the large group of generous and loyal supporters of the foundation for this fantastic outcome! We were thrilled and honored that the  Dutch ambassador in Kosovo, Carin Lobbezoo, and the Kosovar ambassador in the Netherlands, Dren Doli, joined us this evening.

It goes without saying that all money raised will go to projects, to be defined by Care for Kosovo Kids that help the children with cancer in Kosovo.

Here, we also would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to all the volunteers that contributed to make this dinner happen !

Dinner and location were donated by Postillion Hotel Amersfoort Veluwemeer 

Photos: Rene Van Manen and Henk Merjenburg

Styling: Anita van Hemel and Mirjam van der Pol

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

“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
CfKK-Ambassador

“Care for Kosovo Kids is the foundation that laid the basis for the successful collaboration between the department of Pediatric Oncology in Prishtina and the Princess Máxima Center in Utrecht”. 

“For me this shows how Kosovo and The Netherlands can make a real difference in the lives of children and their parents in one of the most difficult times of their lives”. 

 

“It is not only the professional and caring cooperation of doctors and nurses in Kosovo doing their utmost to provide the best possible treatment to the children with cancer, it is also an example of being there for each other: for the children being treated, for the loving families, and for the team of doctors and nurses from two countries”. 

  

“This collaboration that brings people so close together inspires me, and shows what good friends are capable of”. 

Carin Lobbezoo
Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Kosovo

“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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