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The advantages of partnering with Delft MaMa

 by Delft MaMa Outreach Coordinator Maria Steenhuizen and Chairwoman Meredith Mull Aggarwal

 

Why sponsor or partner with Delft MaMa?

For the past 12 years, Delft MaMa, a volunteer-led non-profit organisation, has served international mothers and their families. Delft MaMa helps them find their place and new acquaintances in Delft and its surroundings. Over this time, the organisation has become known as a reliable collaborator with those who want to build their community.

The results of Delft MaMa`s activities are a strong network of dedicated volunteers, a calendar of public events with different themes and purposes organised throughout the year and a continuously evolving community. The latter consists of thousands of international families and women who are very active and present online (see Delft MaMa Communications Report) and offline at the events, which everyone is welcome to join. In addition, Delft MaMa has well-established long-term community connections and relationships. These include Delft University of Technology (TU Delft), The Hague International Centre and ACCESS.

Every year, Delft MaMa creates engaging and meaningful opportunities for entrepreneurs and businesses to present their services and products to the community.

Sponsoring Delft MaMa can be through a financial sponsorship, community partnership with exchange of skills, information and space, or as an individual donor. Being a sponsor gives you access to the community, a platform to showcase yourself or your business, an audience to see your product or service. It also provides you with an organisation through which to increase your skill set or advance your experience.

Last, but not least, partnering with Delft MaMa is a creative and fun co-working process. It is facilitated by enthusiastic volunteers who are willing to make it enjoyable and beneficial for all involved parties.

Why are partnerships and sponsorships important for volunteer non-government organisations like Delft MaMa?

As an organisation without set funding, Delft MaMa creates and supports partnerships and sponsorships as a way to secure resources. These include building space, expertise, funding and grants. Partnership also allows Delft MaMa to assess where it can contribute to the community, such as in the case of the Mosaic Project from 2016 or through refugee support.

In 2018, Delft MaMa applied for ANBI designation, which would allow donations to Delft MaMa to be tax-deductible. In this way, such funding sources would likely be easier to obtain. This process is still pending, however, and Delft MaMa currently does not know the status. You can read more about this process and status here.

How to get involved

Many organisations and individuals reach out to Delft MaMa throughout the year. They see value in the Delft MaMa community and desire to support it through their skills, services and products.

Online. Delft MaMa’s Facebook group allows self-promotion by its members on the first day of each month and within a specific post.

Offline. Delft MaMa’s Outreach team determines if an organisation, business or individual is a good partner for the Delft MaMa community. Current and former Delft MaMa volunteers who have expertise to share are easily accepted as a partner. People who have been a part of the Delft MaMa community throughout the years know the community best, after all!

In other cases, the Outreach team examines the intent of the partnership and how it supports the Delft MaMa community. Sometimes, a partner or sponsor has a clear idea of what and how they would like to provide for the community. This may be a workshop on a specific topic and at their own location, for example. Other times, there may simply be an interest for more information. At this point the Outreach team may consider a proposal suited to both the partner/sponsor and Delft MaMa. Partnerships like this may involve bringing other partners on board to support an event by providing a location or a speaker, sometimes resulting in a larger collaborative event, like in the case of the Multilingual Children event in September 2019.

Partnership/sponsorship packages with Delft MaMa

Delft MaMa aims to creatively and flexibly coordinate partnerships within the Delft region. There are also straight sponsorship packages for partners who are ready to provide larger amounts of funding for the organisation. You can review our current packages here: Delft MaMa Sponsorship Opportunities. Please reach out at hello@delftmama.nl if a package speaks to you or your business or organisation. We would love to hear from you!

Latest experiences with sponsorship and partnership and projects which have been possible to realise with sponsors` contribution

Here are a few of our partners and what their partnership means to Delft MaMa:

The Hague International Centre as similar-mission community partner

This partnership aligns two organisations which each serve the international community in the South Holland region. In May 2020, Delft MaMa will present about family affairs at The Hague International Centre’s CONNECT event.

ACCESS as similar-mission community partner

Also aligning two organisations who serve a similar community.

Mint kids conceptstore

To host playgroups and other meetings and events.

TU Delft “Coming to Delft” program to host SLiDe Socials and other workshops

In this partnership, there could be overlap among the communities, as both serve the international communities in Delft. It also allows Delft MaMa to expand its reach to the international community connected to TU Delft. The “Coming to Delft” program informs its audience about partnered events between the two organisations. It also sometimes provides space for Delft MaMa to host an event.

Chameleon Reader as sponsor and Ute’s International Lounge as speaker for Multilingual Children event

Chameleon Reader reached out to Delft MaMa to connect their product for multilingual children. To increase the value of the event, Delft MaMa reached out to Dr. Ute Limacher-Riebold to share her expertise on raising multilingual children, for which she is known throughout the Delft region. In addition, for a location, Delft MaMa reached out to its partner, Mint kids conceptstore, which gladly provided a venue.

Ezzy Family as host and speaker for Pelvic Floor Health Workshop

This is a partnership that came from a specific request. Physiotherapist Yasmae Omar reached out to teach a pelvic floor health workshop to mothers, which was hosted in her studio.

Happy Mamas Den Haag via Johanne Bade at Fit Fabulous Moms as speaker for More Me -Time workshop hosted by Mint kids conceptstore

Johanne reached out to Delft MaMa to speak on various topics which Delft MaMa coordinated with Mint kids conceptstore. Johanne is also starting a foundation, Happy Mamas Den Haag, with a similar mission of supporting women in early motherhood.

Karolina Thakker Design 

A freelance multidisciplinary designer who has worked for the past few months on redesigning delftmama.nl to optimize user friendliness of Delft MaMa’s site. Karolina reached out to Delft MaMa with a skill set she could share with a community organisation she respected. We look forward to going live with the new site later this month!

Coming up soon

The next collaborative event on Delft MaMa’s calendar is also later this month. “Review Your CV” will be on 19 February 2020 at TU Delft, hosted by Delft MaMa Volunteer Coordinator Elena Mellara. In this case, a current volunteer offered her expertise to the community. We hope to see many eager learners at the workshop. Read more here.

Conclusion

So, you can see there are many ways a person, business or organisation can partner with Delft MaMa. In each case, we aim for a mutually beneficial relationship!

If you are interested in cooperating with Delft MaMa as a sponsor or a partner, or considering becoming one of its volunteers, please write to us. Join the upcoming General Meeting to meet Delft MaMa volunteers and be a part of the planning process.

Read more about Delft MaMa or follow us on Facebook, group or page, or on Instagram. A lot more information about the organisation, its projects and current partners is available on the website.

 

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Parents’ Evenings at DULI

In See you at DULI, we met easy-going Carolina Nesi of DULI, a place where you can find international/multilingual books for children and adults, as well as workshops and courses aimed at both children and adults. Carolina has a passion for books and it shows in the book-filled interior of the small shop. The centerpiece of the shop, however, is a long table that can seat children and/or adults for courses and workshops. This piece focuses on one series of workshops for parents: the Parents’ Evenings at DULI.

Long wooden table in bookshop
PC: Carolina Nesi

Engaging topics made accessible

Sitting with Carolina over a cup of coffee, she described how she started to feel suffocated by the lack of adult stimulation in the daily grind of raising young children (sound familiar?). This was her biggest motivation in setting up Parents’ Evenings at DULI. Held in the shop after-hours, these evenings create a space for parents to participate in a discussion, usually of a philosophical nature, led by an expert in the field.

Carolina admits that English is not a strong language for her, and she was committed to ensuring the workshops would be accessible to a diverse group. To facilitate the accessibility, group sizes are limited, with an expert giving a presentation to no more than 10 people seated around the table. The presentation is interspersed with opportunities for questions and discussions. In fact, as a deaf person who normally struggles with lipreading and following conversations in a group environment, I found it easy to follow along with everyone in this format.

Starting last spring, the Parents’ Evenings covered topics ranging from happiness to internet safety and international childhood. When asked how she chose the topics, Carolina replied that she simply asked people what they were curious about. She then looked around for experts that best fit the topics. While the coordination of it all can be quite daunting at times, Carolina maintains a ‘learn-by-doing’ attitude as she plans more Parents’ Evenings in the coming months. [From the editor: there’s a sneak peek at the autumn Parents’ Evenings schedule at the end of this article!]

So, what are these Parents’ Evenings like? Last April I joined one; let’s take a look!

A first-hand look at Parents’ Evening at DULI

Three images of TV monitor and wooden table in a bookshop
PC: Ute Limacher-Riebold

“Raising a Child of the World”—held at DULI last April—was led by Dr. Ute Limacher-Riebold of Ute’s International Lounge. Ute was perfectly suited to lead this talk both personally and professionally. Her research focuses on multilingualism and international families, and she herself grew up as an expat and is raising her expat family in the Netherlands.

The description of her talk referred to “third culture kids” – children who grow up in a country/culture different from that of their parents (first defined by Ruth Hill Useem). I’d read a bit of Pollock and van Reken’s Third Culture Kids: Growing Up Among Worlds, so I was curious to see what Ute would bring to the table (no pun intended).

There were six of us in attendance, all of us representing different nationalities and language backgrounds. After starting with introductions, we learned about collective experiences of international children growing up outside their parents’ home culture.

Ute likened our international kids to plants in pots—a plant in a pot is much more mobile than a plant in the ground. However, it needs special nurturing in order to thrive. Depending where that plant-in-a-pot is located, different kinds of nurturing is needed. When transitioning to a new place, our kids also need different kinds of special nurturing to ensure that they can adjust well and thrive in the new environment.

Throughout Ute’s talk, we had opportunities to ask questions and share our own observations. Ute’s personable approach made us feel that our input was valuable to the discussion. The setting of the talk created a feeling of information-sharing rather than being lectured at by an expert. I left feeling empowered with more tools in my mama toolkit to help my daughter thrive as a multilingual and multicultural child.

Parents’ Evenings at DULI in a nutshell

Parents’ Evenings give us the opportunity to explore engaging topics in an accessible format, and allows us to bring up burning questions with an expert in the field. On top of that, it is a chance to have stimulating and eye-opening conversations with a dynamic group of people. All in all, a fabulous night out.

I look forward to seeing the new talks Carolina arranges next. On my wish list is a talk about balancing personal goals with the responsibilities of parenthood. What kinds of topics are on your wish list?

Resources

DULI Delft (www.dulidelft.nl) is located at Nieuwe Langedijk, 13, just off Markt in Delft. Check their website for opening hours, and check out this blog post introducing us to DULI.

Ute’s International Lounge – The homepage of Dr. Ute Limacher-Riebold, showcasing her work and current offerings—including, consultancy, book club meetings, and courses.

TCK World: The official home of Third Culture Kids – describes Ruth Hill Useem’s research in this area and provides some useful links for networking with other TCKs.

Third Culture Kids: Growing up among worlds, written by David C. Pollock and Ruth E. Van Reken (sends you to Amazon.de page)


From the editor:

Curious about upcoming Parents’ Evenings at DULI?

Thursday, 13 September | Elegance of Living – Introduction to Access Bars. Aimed at creating a world of consciousness and oneness, where everything exists and nothing is judged, Access Bars is a gentle hands-on technique that quiets the mind.

Thursday, 18 October | The Science of Happiness—led by Mrs. Anna Blasiak—introduces us to scientific facts about happiness; and we discuss the role of our actions and attitude on attaining happiness.

Thursday, 22 November | Book discussion of How To Talk So Kids Will Listen. And Listen So Kids Will Talk.

[Editor’s note: 22 November has been changed to 8 November.]

For more information, contact DULI. Happy discussing!

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First taste of mosaic making

American mosaic artist living in Delft, Nan Deardorff McClain, greets me by the door of the building where her atelier is located. Eight to ten women have RSVP’d to her mosaic workshop during this particularly different Delft MaMa night out. It has been raining throughout the day and she’s hoping people will show up despite the weather. As a matter of fact, when the weather is scruffy, there’s no better way to spend some time relaxing than creating something new, Nan points out.

Mosaic making
Nan Deardorff McClain introducing the basics of mosaic to first-time workshop mamas.

Altogether seven moms show up. The table is full of snacks and drinks generously provided by the attendees; asparagus wraps, deviled eggs, chocolate, grapes, strawberries, nuts and all sorts of wines. This is shaping up to be an especially good moms’ night out, I’ll say!

Mosaic Making

Nan introduces us to her workroom. It’s filled with different mosaics, big and small, finished and unfinished, glued and those waiting to be grouted. My eyes are drawn to a Delft Blue vase, but unfortunately those are out of the question for an outdoor mosaic. The tiles for outdoors are different: they are harder to work with and has no pours to prevent them from sucking up moisture and possible cracking when freezing.

The room next door is already set up for the workshop. The collection of different colored tiles is in small plastic containers. Nan says we can start with making mosaic flowers, because those are easy to utilize in multiple projects. Many moms whip out their phones to google flowers they want to trace on a piece of paper, but some moms simply work with the shape of tiles, letting them speak for the look of the flower.

The styles in the room are as versatile as the moms attending, but a few things they have undoubtedly in common: there is a lot of use of color, everyone seems to be staying true to their own point of view and they are all shaping up to look like real mosaics!

Mosaic making
Delft mamas getting creative during the mosaic making workshop

Two hours go swiftly by. We barely remember to drink and eat, which tells how much everyone has seemingly enjoyed creating something. “People need to create to feel accomplished”, says one of the mothers at the end of the class and everyone agrees.

I never knew I enjoyed arranging tiles to a particular shape until Tuesday when I tried it for the first time. The workshop was such a success that in the future Nan is planning to organize the remaining Delft MaMa mosaic workshops the same way. Personally, I cannot recommend it highly enough! Hope to see you there!

Mosaics
The result of a 2-hour mosaic making workshop.

The big piece of art Delft MaMa is planning to put up on a wall in the Achtertuin playground will need all levels of support to get finished. You can start by sharing information about this with your friends, roll up your sleeves yourself and take part – or you can show your support to us here, and below is a video of what the workshop looks like in real life 🙂

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