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In London – Celebrating Bruce Grove Youth Club

On 28 March 2018, Ben from JC Dragon’s Heart Europe, attended the Celebrating Bruce Grove Youth Club event. The event consisted of two Sanjuro Martial Arts classes followed by food and drink for all.

It was a great evening for everyone, including parents, and wonderful to see the students persevering and showing dedication in their classes.

Many thanks to Glenn and Anita of Sanjuro Martial Arts (www.sanjuromartialarts.com), and the students and staff at Bruce Grove Youth Centre.

Here are some of the photos from the event –

 

   

   

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Emmanuel – 2017 Update

We recently received the following from Sean Jones, Executive Director at The Rwandan Orphans Project (ROP).  Emmanuel was featured in our original write-up on the ROP in 2012.

“Emmanuel joined ROP’s Imizi Children’s Centre in Rwanda when he was only five years old.  This was around the same time that Jackie Chan’s Dragon’s Heart Europe charity began its partnership with ROP, helping us to provide our former street children with quality primary education.  At the time, Emmanuel was the youngest child to join the Imizi program, and he started school in grade 1.

Each and every year, Emmanuel worked as hard as he could in the classroom, and as a result he was almost always at the top of his class at the end of the term.  All of his fellow classmates looked up to him as an example of what hard work and enthusiasm can achieve.

Today, six years later, Emmanuel has nearly completed his first year of secondary school, and once again he has risen to the challenge by being one of the top scoring students at his new boarding school.  Whilst we are very proud of Emmanuel’s achievements, we are also very proud of the fact that, after years of hard work from our team of social workers, we have been able to rebuild the relationship Emmanuel had with his former estranged aunt.

Emmanuel ran away to the streets because his aunt was abusive and negligent towards him when he was younger, but today they have a very positive relationship and Emmanuel goes to visit her in between school terms.  ROP has also helped his aunt to start a small business selling fish at the local market, so she is now able to take better care of her own children as well.

It is thanks to the support of our partners, like Jackie Chan’s Dragon’s Heart Europe, that we have been able to change Emmanuel’s life, and the life of so many other vulnerable children from all over Rwanda.”

We are delighted that Emmanuel is doing so well, and would like to thank Sean for his update.

And here is a photo of Emmanuel as he is today …

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Sanjuro Certificate Presentation Evening

Dragon’s Heart Europe support a very unique martial arts class for young people with special educational needs and associated learning difficulties at Bruce Grove, Tottenham, North London.

On 19 July 2017, the UK Board members paid a visit to award these dedicated students and their volunteers with Certificates to mark their Achievements over the last year.

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This was a great evening shared with the students and their parents. Huge thanks, as ever, to Glenn Delikan of Sanjuro Martial Arts for making it all possible.

 

House Madelief-A Big Success!

Since House Madelief opened in September 2014, it has become a warm and friendly place for elderly people who are alone and have little or no social contacts.

A wide range of activities are organised from movie and music mornings to playing games and being creative making Easter ornaments and Christmas cards. We have had fashion shows and wellness mornings, and not forgetting our Tai Chi mornings. Our outings are also a big success. – we have been on a boat trip along the river Maas in Rotterdam, a trip to a museum in a old fashioned American school bus, a visit to the Christmas market and our annual dinner parties.

Because of our growing popularity we had to hold our New Year’s party at a bigger venue as both the Tuesday morning and the Thursday morning groups wanted to attend. The Handball Club ETC in Hoogvliet very kindly let us use their facilities. After coffee and cake, Edwin Smid, Chairman of Commission Hoogvliet, delivered a very heartwarming speech reflecting on 2016, at the end of which glasses were raised to toast the New Year. A slide show was shown with photos of all the activities that had taken place in 2016. Then a delicious lunch was served courtesy of our very dear friends, Kees and Ksenija van Meijeren. The musical entertainment was provided by Elly Bezemer.

We would like to thank our volunteers who make all these activities possible.

New activities are being planned so stay tuned! We will update regularly.

If you live in Hoogvliet (or indeed Rotterdam) and are alone and need some company, please come and visit us at House Madelief, you’ll be very welcome!

For more information, please contact:
Kitty Engelmoer, Foundation President of Jackie Chan’s Dragon’s Heart Europe,
telephone no. 06-10376511, email: kitty@jcdragonshearteurope.nl
Or
Lies vd Perk-Zondag, Coordinator, telephone no. 010-4166831

We look forward to seeing you …

St Luke’s Over 55’s Active Club

Recently Jane & Ben went back to visit St Luke’s Community Centre to see how the Sanjuro exercise/mobility classes have been going.

They got to meet and catch up with those participating and joined in both parts of the class. It was great to see and hear how much members enjoyed the classes as well as how much it they found it beneficial.

Sadly this was the last class but we at Dragon’s Heart Europe and our partners Sanjuro hope to be able to come back and hold more classes soon.

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New Project in the UK

We are pleased to announce the start of a new project in the UK offering free weekly exercise and mobility classes for the over 55s. These classes will take place at St Luke’s Community Centre in London on a Tuesday morning, between 11am and 12noon.

The project is being delivered by Sanjuro Martial Arts Training Systems, who recently won the Club of the Year Award presented to them by Sport London.

Jackie Chan’s Dragon’s Heart Europe is delighted to be able to offer this new venture for the over 55s and would like to thank Sanjuro Martial Arts for agreeing to become involved.

If you (or you know of anyone) are interested, please contact Anita Yiannoullou on 07973 571 921 for further details.

Congratulations to Sanjuro!

On 21 January 2016, the UK team were invited to attend the London Sport Awards at Lord’s Cricket Ground, London, England.

We are delighted to report that Sanjuro Martial Arts, who we provide funding for, concluded the ceremony by winning the ‘Club of the Year’ Award.

Huge congratulations to Glenn and Anita from all at Jackie Chan’s Dragon’s Heart Europe, and on behalf of everyone who has supported us!

New Year Greetings!

New Year Greetings from House Madelief!

House Madelief is a project of JC Dragon’s Heart Foundation Europe and takes place in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. On the first Tuesday of every month, a morning is organised for elderly people who live independently, alone and have little or no social contacts.

On 5 January 2016, a New Year reception was held at House Madelief. Whilst enjoying a drink, a snack and beautiful music, we looked back at the many coffee mornings which took place in House Madelief in 2015. Photographs were shown of some of the activities we held and of course not forgetting the boat trip!

We would like to thank accordionist Toni Reiche, who provided the music – thank you Toni!

And of course we will continue, we already have a number of fun activities on the program for 2016!

Besides the first Tuesday morning of every month, we are also going to organise coffee mornings which will take place every third Thursday morning of the month. These will start on Thursday 21st January. The theme of the morning on the 21st will be music, and we will show a music DVD of “The 10 Tenors”.

If you are alone and need some company, please come and visit us at House Madelief, you’ll be very welcome!

For more information, please contact:

Kitty Engelmoer, Foundation President of JC Dragon’s Heart Europe, telephone no. 06-1037651, email: kitty@jcdragonshearteurope.nl

Or

Lies vd Perk-Zondag, Coordinator, telephone no. 010-4166831

We look forward to seeing you …

European Projects

“Home Madelief”

With co-operation from the Commission Hoogvliet, JC Dragon’s Heart Foundation Europe has started a new project in Hoogvliet.

The project is called ‘’Home Madelief’’ and is located at: Tini’s Healing Zonnecentrum, address: Bovensim 148, hoek Zetangel, Zalmplaat, Hoogvliet.

The target group are elderly people who live independent, alone, and have little or no social contacts. We invite those people to get together and spend a morning with us in ‘’Home Madelief’.

We offer them an enjoyable talk and a sympathetic ear with coffee, tea, and some cake. They can borrow books from our mini library, watch movies, or play games. We also arrange short trips for them, to the Christmas market for example. Everything is in consultation with the people themselves and is free.

We started small, and for now the intention is to meet every first Tuesday of the month between 10.00 and 12.00. We hope to expand it to twice a month in the future.

As there are many facilities for the elderly in North-Hoogvliet, we only invite people who live in South-Hoogvliet owing to the shortage of facilities for the elderly, this includes Zalmplaat, Boomgaardshoek.

We opened on 2 September 2014 and everyone has agreed how much they’ve enjoyed it.

We would like to thank the Residents’ Initiative for their contribution enabling us to start this project.

For more information, please contact:

Kitty Engelmoer, President
JC Dragon’s Foundation Heart Europe
Tel no. 06-10376511
Email: kitty@jcdragonshearteurope.nl

or

Lies vd Perk-Zondag, Co-ordinator,
Tel no. 010-4166831.

JC Dragon’s Heart Europe support for Sanjuro Martial Arts Training Systems

The Sanjuro Martial Arts training system that JC Dragon’s Heart Europe supports in the UK is concerned with guaranteeing the survival of a very special martial arts class. It is run by Sanjuro* for young people with Special Educational Needs (SEN) in a deprived part of north London.

They work with children from 6 years old with no upper age limit. The people they work with include: those with Down’s syndrome, Autism, those who are hard of hearing, have visual impairments, or use wheelchairs.

Through a partnership with the local council, whereby they provide half the funding and JC Dragon’s Heart Europe funds the other half, we have ensured that the classes will take place for the full academic year September 2015 – July 2016. This guarantee of funding has allowed Sanjuro to make the class so much more than just about martial arts.

They are now able to develop a program which is more challenging for the students and includes training about empowerment, personal development, and employment. Students can be trained to become trainers in their own right which immediately gives them an opportunity for employment.

The benefits to this vulnerable section of the local community are tangible. We have seen the very real difference this training brings to the lives of the students and their families. The young people interact with each other in a way they would not have done without the class. They have the opportunity, no matter how physically or mentally disabled they are, to take part in the training which has brought about benefits to their health and wellbeing.

Without this class, there is nowhere for these young people to meet, train and develop together in a safe environment.

What JC Dragon’s Heart Europe is trying to achieve is a commitment to making sure this very special class continues. We want to be able to offer long term support so that the programme is sustainable and the benefits to this often forgotten section of the local community can grow year on year. Your donation can help us to do that!

‘If this class wasn’t on, Emma would be doing nothing. She’d be stuck indoors… It’s so important to them all. The staff really look after them and give them lots of encouragement. They allow younger brothers and sisters to join in, even the parents if they want to.’
Quote from a Parent, about a Sanjuro class for students with special needs, aged 14-24 years.

*www.sanjuromartialarts.com

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