About

The Moving Children Foundation promotes the well-being of vulnerable and underprivileged children around the world through movement practices that make a connection between the body, mind and heart.

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Vision

Children are born with an instinctive urge to move, a natural curiosity to explore, an intrinsic motivation to learn, a wide range of creative abilities, an incredibly vivid imagination and an innate desire for connection.

We believe in the importance of movement, curiosity, creativity and connection for the physical and emotional well-being of children and that a holistic approach to child development can create a more conscious, peaceful and compassionate world.

Mission

We promote the well-being of children through movement practices that make a connection between the body, mind and heart. Our work centers around vulnerable and underprivileged children in developed and developing countries around the world.

Our projects are based on practices such as yoga, dance and play. We approach the whole child and use storytelling and themes to teach children about global subjects that matter.

We aim to provide support for educators, aid workers, parents, caregivers and organizations to integrate the body and heart into their work with children.

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Our Team

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Laura
Founder & Project Manager
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Moving Children started with a passion. After 10 years of studying, teaching dance and yoga, creating lesson plans, doing research and writing/editing for magazines, I decided to travel around the world to advocate for movement for children. During my travels, I connected with the most inspiring people and was blown away by the generosity and kindness of local communities. It was an incredible learning experience, which showed me that children all over the world need to move and that there are so many amazing projects out there that need support. The Moving Children Foundation is a dream come true. More information about me and my work can be found here

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Miriam
Board of Directors - Secretary
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From my own background as a movement scientist and experience as a dancer and yoga practitioner, I know how strong the effects of movement are on body and mind. The knowledge in this field is expanding rapidly. I strongly support the way in which we do not portray ourselves as experts, but learn from each other by sharing knowledge and inspiration.I have known Laura for years as a passionate expert, teacher and fantastic person with a strong vision and drive. I have confidence in her expertise and ability to connect people and ideas, with respect for the local culture and community. Together we can make it possible for children to enjoy (the positive effects of) dance, yoga and play, all around the world.

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Jaap
Board of Directors - Chairman
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After my training as a drama teacher, I owned a store which sold theater make-up, costumes and dance clothes. After selling this store, I became a freelance portrait painter and make-up artist. Nowadays I focus on having a creative life in the broadest sense of the word.

I am a great supporter of art and creativity. Art in whatever form is the silent motor of society, it ensures that the general ‘feeling of happiness' comes to a higher level. Art is indispensable. That is why it is so important to bring large groups of people in contact with art, starting with children, for whom dance and music are the most accessible forms.

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Anneloes
Board of Directors - Treasurer
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I believe that movement helps people grow. As an active triathlete I am constantly in motion and in addition to feeling stronger myself, I have noticed it also motivates others to create a more healthy lifestyle. Through yoga, dance and play, Moving Children makes children aware of their possibilities at an early age and I am confident of the social impact of its mission. Within my role as treasurer I will use my experience as a consultant for improving organizational processes to create new opportunities and collaborations. It is my ambition to help Moving Children grow and thrive to support movement for children around the world.