Bankaccount: NL07 KNAB 0723 5497 45

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Mieke & Gerard             

Contactpersons Carlos & Yeni                  from Holguin

We, Mieke and Gerard, started in 2014 with the "Cuba Adelante" Foundation. Our goal is to help Cubans for a slightly better life and wellbeing. We are currently in contact with 5 homes for Children  without protection in the city of Holguin. We are also gaining more and more contact with various government institutions such as hospitals and schools. At home we are increasingly approached by people and agencies for advice, help or cooperation.                                  Our contacts in Cuba are Carlos and Yeni, they belong to the foundation, they do a great job in Cuba. They dedicate themselves with heart and soul to achieve a good result. They also have a CASA PARTICULAR where it is wonderful to stay. They also want to guide you through the region with you. (see: the page "Uw overnachtingen")  We are more and more enjoying the goal of Cuba; the beautiful landscape, the beautiful nature but especially the wonderful people.


Thanks doctors and nurses


We are very grateful to the Cuban doctors and nurses for what they do for the European (Italian) population. Their expertise will certainly help to fight the Corona virus and help people here.      

 Thanks doctors and nurses


First container loaded for Cuba

Last Friday, June 5, it was time to start loading the truck with donations for Cuba.

This truck with trailer was made available by A. Kanters International Transport from Someren. Their driver Ruud Janssen was willing to take the transport to Rotterdam and offer help with loading and unloading. Our children Bart and Ellen were also willing to facilitate loading and unloading.

We had already taken the tables and chairs out of storage in the afternoon and prepared them so that loading the trailer would go faster.

At home we had already placed as many as possible on pallets and sealed so that loading would also go smoothly here. It contains various goods: from tools to medical goods, wheelchairs and rollators to wheelbarrows and clothing. All these goods are destined for a hospital, a school, a laboratory, a physically handicapped center and orphanages in Holguin and for a retirement home in Banes. We also have many tables and chairs for a school in Moa. After two and a half hours of lugging, we had the trailer full and was ready to transport it all to Rotterdam on Saturday.

NIRINT Shipping, a shipping company from Barendrecht, has provided us with a 40-foot container free of charge (they want to do this several times a year) as well as transport to Cuba. The container will be temporarily stored in the warehouse of Rhenus Logistics on the Maasvlakte in Rotterdam, which will bear these costs. The container will have to be opened again because NIRINT Shipping also wants to provide some goods for the school in Moa and Royal IHC from Kinderdijk has also asked us to send them some goods for that school in Moa.

For us all this was a new challenge that we were initially very afraid of, but with a lot of good guidance from Rodney Bustamante Salazar from the Dutch embassy in Cuba, Marco den Breejen and Shelley Bek from NIRINT Shipping, we managed to ship our first container to Cuba. We are still waiting for the official permission from Cuba but the recipients already know that it is coming.

In recent years, things are getting worse in Cuba due to the blockade that is being tightened more and more so that goods, as well as food, are difficult to obtain. Lately we sometimes saw rows in front of the shops here in the Netherlands because of the Corona crisis, this was only to prevent infections, in Cuba we see this every day because there is little food, and then there is supply people sometimes queue for several hours to get a chicken or buy 2 bottles of oil.

We hope that next year (or perhaps earlier) we can send a container of goods again. We have already received the first donations of goods.

We sincerely thank everyone who has recently supported us anyway with help, storage, goods or financial resources. Without them we cannot achieve the necessary aid to Cuba.

If you want to see Cuba with your own eyes, don't let wild stories stop you. It is a hospitable country with friendly people. Always helpful and they are happy to invite you to their home if you are open to it.

For a nice stay you can go to Carlos and Yeni, he supervises our projects in Holguin, he has a nice Casa Particular and for a Cuban price he also wants to be your guide during your stay. They both speak English so the language shouldn't be a problem. Please contact us for this.
See the pictures on the homepage



The bathrooms of the poor families are ready. As supervisor, Carlos has realized all this in a short time together with the bricklayer and residents. They are very happy with this result. Thank you very much to those who paid for this !!

The bathroom of Tata

 Start of the bathroom

The roof




The bathroom of Gero

demolish the old bathroom

foundation has been poured


occupying the walls



The Explosion Rockets 

are coming to Nederweert – Eind. This fabulous band has been around since the late 1950's and brings Rock & Roll as Rock & Roll should be. 

They perform both at home and abroad, and also guide well-known artists in the Rock & Roll world such as Marc Robinson, Andy Tielman and Chris Montez
They bring songs from Buddy Holly, Roy Orbison, Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis, Cliff Richard and the Shadows etc. etc.. 

This evening is organized by the foundation "Cuba Adelante"  in collaboration with Café / room "'t Verschil" in Nederweert-Eind. There is a large dance floor and there are enough seats. The evening starts at 8.30 p.m. and the room is open at 7.30 p.m.

The entrance fee is € 10.00 in advance and € 12.50 at the box office. Tickets can be ordered by transferring € 10.00 to account NL23 KNAB 0259 6348 32 in the name of Rutjens, stating The Explosion Rockets, number of cards, name and e-mail. You will receive a confirmation on your e-mail. Tickets are then ready at the counter.

We wish you a very pleasant evening !!

The Foundation "Cuba Adelante"  cooperates with                                      NIRINT SHIPPING Rotterdam.We are looking for the following for a school in Moa for refurbishing the kitchen and canteen:

professional gas stoves
Aluminum countertops
freezers / freezers
tables and chairs

Who can help us with this?

Blood pressure meters donated by the Laurentius Hospital
  in Roermond.

             North Limburg holiday fair in Belgium 19-01-2020 is well visited!


A good number of people were interested in Cuba. We think it is a well-organized exhibition and the volunteers from Pasar who organize it are friendly and pleasant. Our compliments! We are happy to be there again next year!

We are now recognized as an official foundation in Cuba.

Travel report 2017   


See for more photos at our page: FOTO'S

Photo's in 2019 in Cuba 1  and  2019 in Cuba 2

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