The story of Dreamcatchers

Dreamcatchers was established in October 2016 as part of the traineeship “Improve the World”. In 4 months, a socially relevant project had to be set up. And from there Dreamcatchers was born.

On 4 October 2017, the Dreamcatchers Netherlands Foundation registered as an official foundation with the Chamber of Commerce. The foundation was there!

Since January 2019, the Dreamcatchers Netherlands Foundation, together with a network of  volunteers, has been organising individual dreamdays for women with a refugee background.

Mission and vision

It is our mission that people with a refugee background feel included in the Dutch society. We want to achieve this by, together with them, connect with other people in the Netherlands.

Annual reports

Curious about the great things that have been created in the past by the foundation and its volunteers? View our annual reports (in Dutch)!


The Dreamcatchers Netherlands Foundation became a reality on 4 October 2017.

About our founders

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.

Mariska’s personal dream:
To bridge the gap between Dutch and newcomers.

Ella loves meeting new people, exchanging stories and experiences and going on adventures together. In her work as a freelance translator, subtitler and communications professional, she’s always looking for jobs with social relevance as much as possible. She feels strongly about ‘working fór something’. Setting up her own foundation was therefore a very logical step. In her spare time, she loves to go running, traveling and doing the most complicated jigsaw puzzles.

Ella’s personal dream:
That, as people, we judge less and talk and enjoy more together.