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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.


    Immediate action was urgently needed.

    First action of our people on the spot;
    Amira, Fincent, Frieda and Marc



    To our great surprise we found an unimaginable urgent need in this school yesterday.
    For us Europeans just unimaginable, what we saw there.

    Only one dented rusted cup for 92 children.
    Little children on bare feet. Torn clothes everywhere.
    The only warm meal a day was hot rice with a bit of cooked pumpkin.

    A playground that was completely broken.
    No balls to play with.
    After thorough consultation, the members of the board decided,
    to help immediately. With a little bit of effort
    we can do a lot for these children.
    96 new Amira cups, 10 balls and a candy for everyone
    made a small party on Thursday 24 January 2019.
    The playground itself is not be rebuilt
    but can be restored for not too much money.

    This is therefore completely unexpectedly our project number 4.
    The cost price is estimated at about 20000 Rand
    1250 Euro or 1400 Dollar.

    The swings must be replaced, the broken slide
    removed, a number of small repairs and a firm
    lick of paint against the rust will provide a much nicer playground.





    First report from our man at the spot, Marc

    The playgrounds are being used very well.
    Promosa School and Sarafinapark are in need of new sand. The surrounding areas of the swings and the Merry Go Rounds show deep pits. They need to be filled. In Sarafinapark it’s measured.
    The pit around the Merry Go Round is 40cm deep! (1ft,4 inch)
    The following picture is from 2016 ( Sarafina park) Even then you could see the pit forming.

    Tshupane School ( the fourth new playground this year) has also been visited. They were over the moon with the great news that they will have their playground this year.
    Marc will keep on inspecting existing playgrounds, and visit possible new sites in the upcoming weeks. No need to mention a lot of talking is involved.
    Within the next two weeks Marc will inform you and come with new pictures. He will inform you regularly.


    Christmas wishes from Fincent and Amira.

    Christmas message

    Christmas message from Amira for all her fans. Wishing you all a wonderfull Christmas.

    Geplaatst door Amira Willighagen Official op Dinsdag 25 december 2018



    Amira at Gelderland TV

    SUNDAY 6 JANUARY 2019 goes Amira to omroep Gelderland
    She wil speak about her Gelukskinders .
    Programm: Zin in zondag from 9 to 10.
    Later on there will be a you tube video.




    It will be four!! Yes..FOUR.

    What four? How four?.. Absolutely certain four playgrounds will be build, next year.

    We are superproud of all fans, who have donated, or helped in other forms, to complete this target.

    We can already see the happy, shiny eyes of the children.

    Next January we will start working, on the spot. Making contacts, appointments, and execute plans.

    Three months will be too short to realise all of it. But we will try very hard and for you fans, donators, there will be loads and loads of pictures and some clips to be seen.


    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.