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  • Gelukskinders Foundation


    Welcome to the web site of Stichting Gelukskinders (English: Lucky Children’s Foundation), the charity organization of Holland’s youngest opera talent Amira Willighagen. Here you can find information about the activities and plans of our foundation, which aims to provide a happier youth for underprivileged children.If a child grows up in happiness, it will become more happy as an adult.

    As our foundation is based in the Netherlands, information and documents will be published in Dutch first. Where possible, translations into English will follow.


    Playground numbers

    It may not be clear to all how the playgrounds are numbered by us.

    Therefore a little enumeration, with the date of placement.


    Nr.1 Amira park public playground, 2014——1500 children

    Nr.2 Lesego Primary School. 2015– 1200 children

    Nr.3 Sarafina public playground. 2016– 2500 children

    Nr.4 Promosa Primary School. 2017— 1400 children

    Nr.5 Lesego Primary pre-School playground  2018– 150 children

    Nr.6 Promosa Primary School blackboards and playground for 7 and 8 year olds. 2018– 400 children.

    And if everything goes the way it’s planned.

    Nr.7 Laula Fourie School playground for the lower grades and pre-school. 2019– 70 children

    Nr.8 Laula Fourie Primary School. 2019 – 150 children

    Nr.9 Ikalafeng Special School. 2019– 400 children


    And hopefully, fingers crossed,

    Nr.10 Tshupane Primary School. 2019– 1300 children


    Project 3 The TSHUPANE SCHOOL

    Project 3 2019: Tshupane School Ikageng. Playground 10.

    As most of you have heard, Amira spoke about the realisation of three playgrounds.
    She actualy meant 3 projects.

    About the first two projects the funds and the plans are there already stated on this page.
    For this project we are still looking for the necessary funds.

    An introduction:
    The Tshupane School is a big school with 1300 children. At this moment they heve NO playground equipment at all, not even an old, rusty one. Children just wander around or play with sand and rocks.

    All money the school gets is necessary to let the children eat, at least once a day. At their
    home even a normal meal is not always possible.
    The school lies in the middle of a huge township, Corrugated houses, wooden houses even
    cardboard has been used.
    When we drove through that township back in June, several of us had tears in our eyes.
    This realy exist in 2018?

    With this school we will start talking as of the beginning of next year (2019).
    If possible this playground will also be build next year August. This way we hope we can bring a
    little joy and smiles to the childrens faces.

    Below two pictures of the houses where these children live.


    The school needs the following equipment:
    – 3 merry-go-rounds at the cost of 15.000 ZAR each
    – 3 big slides at the cost of 3.500 ZAR each
    – 3 small slides at the cost of 3.000 ZAR each
    – 2 climbing equipment with small slides at the cost of 15.000 ZAR each
    – 1 climbing airoplane at the cost of 15.000 ZAR
    – 3 times 3 small swings at the cost of 3.00 ZAR each
    – 5 times 3 big swings at the cost of 3.500 ZAR each
    Total for this big playground is around 150.000 ZAR or 9.500 euro or around 11.000 USD.

    It would be awesome if we could get this plaground up and running next year.
    Next year is the celebration of 5 years gelukskinders.
    What nicer gift is there for Amira?
    At the celebration of 5 years gelukskinders, which will happen at the 1st of December 2019, we
    might be able to celebrate 3 different things.
    — 5 years gelukskinders
    — 10 playgrounds
    — 10.000 children playing in their own playground, thanks to Amira, her supporters, sponsors and
    her foundation.
    We will start soon with an action to realise just that, We call on everybody, who also have a good
    feeling about Amira and her project, to contribute a little bit, or a little bit more.


    Project 2 IKALAFENG Special school

    Second project for 2019: IKALAFENG Playground 9

    This is the second school that will have a playground next year.
    Around 400 children can play here.

    This playground will exist of:
    – Twice 3 blackboards at the cost of 6.000 ZAR each.
    – Twice big slides at the cost of 3.500 ZAR each
    — Twice small slides at the cost of 3.000 ZAR each
    — Twice 3 small swings total price 3.000 ZAR
    — Twice 3 big swings total price 3.000 ZAR
    — 4 lie-in-swings for the disabled pupils at the cost of 4500 ZAR each
    — 1 Jungle Gym climbing airoplane at the cost of 15.000 ZAR
    Totals around 70.000 ZAR that’s about 4.500 euro or 5.100 USD

    Talks will still have to take place with the equipmentbuilder and the school for a possible sandpit at the cost of 15.000 ZAR, that’s around 1.000 euro or 1.200 USD.



    The Ikalafeng school is an institution for disabled children between the age of 6 and 18.
    There is also a small boarding school attached to it. Here the children stay that come from far or
    who cannot be taken care of at home.
    Also disabled children who are under juristiction of the Government are placed here, for a short
    period of time.
    This school is also supported by the NWU university of Potchefstroom.
    At this very moment the school has 1 old rusty slide. Children line up to make use of it.
    This is it:


    For this playground funds are available. The funds were raised during this year (2018) and a little from the year before. This way the foundation could make arrangements with this school.
    This playground will also be build in August 2019.


    Project 1 Laula Fourie school

    The new playground projects for 2019 Project nr 1

    As already written we are certainly building 3 new playgrounds next year.
    In 2 schools.

    First school: Laula Fourie school (playground number 7 and 8)
    The Laula Fourieschool will get 2 new playgrounds, one for the kids age 4 to 7 and the second for the bigger children.

    These playgrounds will have the following equipment:
    – The toddlers:
    – New sandpit at the cost of 5.000 ZAR
    – 3 blackboards at the cost of 5.000 ZAR
    – 1 merry- go- round at the cost of 15.000 ZAR
    – 2 small slides at the cost of 3.000 ZAR each
    – Twice 3 swings at the total cost of 3.000 ZAR
    – 1 Jungle Gym climbing airoplane, with slide at the cost of 15.000 ZAR
    Total price will be around 46.000 to 50.000 ZAR, that’s around 3.000 Euro or 3.500 USD.

    -The bigger children:
    – 1 merry-go-round at the cost of 15.000 ZAR
    – 2 big slides each costing 3.500 ZAR
    – 3 times 3 big swings at the cost of 3.500 ZAR
    – 1 big climbing frame at the cost of 7.500 ZAR
    Total price will be around 40.000 ZAR, that’s around 2.500 Euro or 3.000 USD.

    The Laula Fourie school is a school far from the city centre for very underprivilged children.
    At first contact it turned out that the entire school only had 2 drinking mugs for all 200 children.
    This was something to be dealt with immediately. Amira send us on our way to the shops to buy 100 metal mugs. She and those around her have spend an entire evening to decorate them with hearts and turtles.
    The children get a warm meal in this school every day. Most likely the only meal they get, their
    parents have almost next to nothing.
    Therfor it is our goal, when these playgrounds are opened, to have a big party, with a hot meal. The childrens parents will be invited too. A sponsor has been found for this extra party.


    Our Post Office.

    This is where the shipment of all your orders takes place. But before everything is being shipped, a number of things happen first. 

    1 When you place your order, you will automaticaly receive an email of that specfic order..


      “”Awaiting processing””


    2 When we prepare your order, you will get the following message:




    3 When your order is ready to be shipped, it will be taken to the postoffice. Delivery to the postoffice happens once a week. When this is done, you will receive the following message: