In 2009 Piet Seinen and his wife Emmy went on holiday to South Africa. While travelling, Piet and Emmy enjoyed being in contact with the local people. They visited the township Imizamo Yethu during their stay in South Africa.
Piet: Piet: ‘It was an extremely hot day. We were bewildered by the living conditions in the township. People in the township are living in containers and shacks made from waste wood. Behind a door, we saw 100 children in a room. It smelled of feces. The children were supervised by three teenagers, who were wiping wet noses. In the kitchen of a ‘helping centre’, we saw rats rummaging through the bags with bread.
When you have a warm and feeling heart, you know you have to do something in a situation like this.This was the moment Emmy and I decided to start NGO Imizamo Yethu to raise funds for projects in the township.’