Dutch National Opera raises over €25,000 for KidsRights
On Wednesday 20 January, general manager Dutch National Opera & Ballet Els van der Plas announced that Dutch National Opera audiences had donated a sum of 25,772.85 Euros to the organisation KidsRights. Collections were taken after the performances of the opera Hänsel und Gretel in December. The opera Hänsel und Gretel is based on the fairytale of the same name and is about two children in difficult circumstances. In the production directed by Lotte de Beer, the performance touched on the reality of deprived children today. On Lotte de Beer’s initiative, it was decided to take collections for the organisation KidsRights. Lotte de Beer: 'In my production of Hänsel und Gretel, it is the power of children’s imagination that rescues them from terrible situations. It provides a way out and a possibility to escape reality for a little while. That’s what makes children so strong. It is precisely this children’s urge for survival that is at the heart of KidsRights, a Dutch children’s rights organisation that stands up for the position of the most vulnerable children all over the world, and promotes and supports their rights’.
KidsRights believes in a world where all children have access to their rights and are thus able to develop optimally. KidsRights sees children as changemakers, who can set the world in motion. The foundation helps children to do so by giving them a voice and assisting them to launch their campaigns. KidsRights focuses attention on children’s rights with the aim of improving them, and conducts regular research in order to gain insight into the status of children’s rights. The foundation also finances local projects aimed at improving children’s rights and stimulating child participation.
Photo (Hans van den Bogaard): Children’s ombudsman and chairman of KidsRights Marc Dullaert, KidsRights ambassadors Erik Vogel and Caroline de Bruijn and general manager Dutch National Opera & Ballet Els van der Plas.