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Movies about the impact, network and importance of the Holiday Participation Centre in Flanders. Stories about the people who need a break and the people who are making their holidays possible. So much more than just relaxing The Holiday Participation Centre examined the positive effects and long-term impact of a holiday on people living in…

Strengthening people and relationships by harvesting real-life stories

The Holiday Participation Centre in Flanders provides holiday-opportunities for people in poverty. It operates as a network. More than 600 tourism entrepreneurs lower their prices for people in poverty. Over 1500 welfare and community organizations bring these opportunities to their clients and participants. Supported by the team in the Holiday Participation Centre, they succeed every…

If you feel like a king, you tell the whole world

“Bragging about our commitment? That’s not our style. Let others pay the compliments and just let us continue our work to guarantee our guests an unforgettable holiday.” These are the words of Marc Vanherk from Molenheide in Helchteren. Molenheide wants to be accessible for everyone. Even if it means that they have to offer some…

Teenage parents find resilience after a holiday

Ascension Day 2013. A group of teenage parents and their young children gather at the Gent-Sint-Pieters railway station in Ghent. Soon they will be visiting the Reuzenhuis at the MIAT. But first, we, the journalists for Holiday Participation, have the opportunity to talk to them. Ilke Bautmans, the person responsible for TEENS, youth services for…

Living in poverty: a constant longing for peace

Take a moment to reflect on poverty. On what tourism means to people inpoverty. About the obstacles and the opportunities for offering people in poverty the chance to experience a holiday. Some 50 employees from VISITFLANDERS assembled at a breakfast session to do just that on the morning before“International Day for the Eradication of Poverty”….

“A holiday for my brain”

Tired Palestinian mum and her four children find peace for a little while on holiday with A Place To Live On International Workers’ Day (not by coincidence), the editing team visits people that want to work but aren’t allowed to. The Palestinian Khamis family, with four young children and no papers, live at the care…

The Forum is much more than an event: its sets people and ideas in motion

An employee of a social organisation receives an immediate answer to a practical question from a tourism supplier. A newcomer takes the train to participate at Forum six years after arriving in her new home country. Dedicated professionals explain their commitment and enthusiastically share their vision. Holidaymakers take each other by the hand to push…

A plea for playfulness

  “People in poverty can often derive a remarkable degree of pleasure from activities intended for children. It is as though they still have something to catch up on from their past,” explained Helga Vangeel, an employee at the non-profit De Brug Hasselt* recently, during a meeting with holiday organisers and holidaymakers. “It sounds logical,”…

Silence, water and nature in a small corner of Limburg: food for the soul

“There’s water in Limburg too,” says Katy Stroobants with a smile. She is the proprietor of “Botel”, a floating hotel on the Maasplassen in Ophoven (Kinrooi). Water lovers will find peace, quiet, fresh water and expansive areas of nature in the northeasternmost corner of Flanders. You sleep in the ship’s hull and enjoy breakfast with…

At Koning Kevin being ‘different’ is an asset

This year, 670 children and young people are going to dive into one of Koning Kevin’s 24 creative holidays. They include 41 children from disadvantaged families. Incognito, because nobody needs to know that they don’t always have things easy at home. Coordinator Gil Géron thinks that they are already confronted with “being different” too often….

‘Like a hand that helped us out of the darkness’

  Leisure time and holiday participation can mean so much more to people in poverty than simply taking a break: this is the message that Loida, expert by experience, wants to communicate to the world. Ever since she discovered what a powerful catalyst re-energising for a short period can be, she hopes to encourage others…