Dreamcatchers was established in October 2016 as part of the traineeship “Improve the World”. In 4 months a project had to be set up in the field of improving the world and from there Dreamcatchers was born. On October 4, 2017, the Dreamcatchers Netherlands Foundation registered as an official foundation with the Chamber of Commerce. Since January 2019, the Dreamcatchers Netherlands Foundation, together with a network of female volunteers, has been organizing individual Dream Days for women with a refugee background.
About our founder
Besides being committed to people, Mariska is especially very smart. She is fluent in several languages, including French, is always learning new things and can wake up to a good literary book. When she helped expats move to the Netherlands as a professional, she saw the difference between the reception of expats and refugees every day. She is therefore very ambitious to change this. Her perseverance, guts and leadership qualities are of great importance to the Dreamcatchers Netherlands Foundation. It is her personal dream to bridge the gap between Dutch and newcomers.
The Dreamcatchers Netherlands Foundation became a reality on October 4, 2017.
Mission and vision
Dreamcatchers focuses on the individual. We think it’s important that everyone feels welcome and has a chance to integrate in the Netherlands. We aim to contribute to this by actively listening to the goals, ambitions and wishes of people with a refugee background in the Netherlands. This can be a course, a day out with the family or a different opportunity. Each dream or goal is different. But one thing is always the same: the idea comes from the individual. After all, everyone is different in their own way.