Who we are

Sandra Zoetelief
Founder & President
I feel privileged with the opportunities I got in my life. It doesn’t necessarily mean that every day is full of joy, but that I am grateful with having a house to live in, having access to a good health care system and having the chance to study medicine. In my free time, I have been able to travel around the world. Especially during travelling, I have seen people living in poverty, without proper homes or access to (good) healthcare. I feel responsible (and think that it is everyone’s responsibility) to contribute to the world and to help other people. With the founding of Little Superheroes, I hope to make the world a better place, even if it’s just a little bit.
Sebastian van Lare
Founder & Treasurer
I love travelling, I love meeting new people and discovering new places. The more I discovered, the more I realise how good the circumstances are that we live in back home. Although I do not come from a very rich family, I was able to go to school and get a degree. A privilege, because this is not the case in every place in the world. Personally, I find it important to not only focus on my own development, but to also be involved with those of others. I’m dedicated to help others getting the opportunity my ancestors gave to me. I want to invest my time and energy to make the world a bit nicer, which is why Sandra and I founded Little Superheroes. I know it won’t be easy, and that I alone cannot change the world, but I’m sure that together we can make a huge difference. I have always wanted to work on projects like this and am very proud that the board wants to take on the challenge together with me.
Steffie van Ooij
Communications & Social media Coordinator
Sandra and Sebastian travelled through South Africa. After their trip, Sandra and I were walking through the Westerpark in Amsterdam. She told me about the time spent in South Africa. I was touched by her beautiful stories and her idea to start a foundation to support children all over the world. When she asked me to join the board, I was super excited and of course I said yes! Same as Sandra and Sebastian, I simply love to travel. Moreover, I very much enjoyed my time as a stewardess. Because I have seen quite a bit of the world, I believe I can (and have to) give something back. I also believe that we are very lucky to have grown up in the Netherlands. The fact is that, unfortunately, you are not in control of where you are born. That is the reason why we should help each other out.
Willem Vork
Coordinator Fundraising
When Sandra asked me to be part of the board of Little Superheroes, I did not hesitate for a moment. In daily life I organise golf tournaments for the Dutch Golf Federation. This job gives me the opportunity to travel every winter. I had the chance to go to Africa, Asia and South America. During these trips, I have seen many beautiful things, but also a lot of poverty. I am realising more and more that we are living in a very good environment in the Netherlands. I think it is time to give something back to the world and that Little Superheroes is the perfect opportunity to work on this ideal. Together with Sandra, Sebastian, Steffie and Steven, I will work to make opportunities for (as many as possible) children better. Everyone deserves a chance to make a success of his or her life!
Steven Heuft
Secretary
When I was younger, I used to work a lot in nursing homes and home care. Because of this, I was extra touched by the story of Sebastian and Sandra. Since they asked me to take place in Little Superheroes’ board, I want to contribute to the different projects to help ‘the children of the future’. By doing this, I hope we can unburden the parents of their daily worries and make sure they’re able to make money so that families can be self-sustaining. How will I contribute? By fundraising, working on the website and help with all other activities for Little Superheroes. I will raise money by participating in running events. Besides, a lot of my friends want to help by contributing to the project. In the future, I hope to travel to South Africa together with my colleagues, to see what the results are of our effort. I hope to see a lot of happy children’s faces.
Elke Zwicker
Local partner
For years, Elke has been passionately committed to children living in poverty. Poverty makes vulnerable, discriminates and isolates the children in their communities. Poverty usually leads to limited access to necessary foods and health care, resulting in poor health and well-being. Worstly, Elke feels that young children have virtually no access to pre-school education. It is education that provides opportunities for children. With her commitment to SEEDS Trust, Elke hopes to make possible education in townships in South Africa. Ark Angels Educare is a new milestone in this.
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