HOPE foundation started a new initiative: the Saturday Academy. 
This is a place where children with a sensitivity for the arts can find a safe place where the can develop and which offers counterbalance to acquired traumas.

It already proved it's value the weekend after the attacks in november 2019.

With the support of many amazing people we managed to collect the funds to run this project at least until the end of 2020. 

We are deeply grateful for all of your support.


More info in the blog of the last visit


During the winter of 2019 artist Suzanne Groothuis payed another visit to Gaza.

This time things did not go according to plan, but it still turned out to be a very successful trip.
Curious to know more and see some very colorful pictures? Read the blog here.


On June 26 2018 the dance performance Phoenix premiered in Marseille. Choreographer Eric Minh Cuong Castaing (Shonen company) combined drones with people, dancers in France with dancers in Gaza and contemporary dance with the traditional Arabic dabke into a performance that shows two realities of live under drones.

They have already performed in different cities in France, Belgium and Germany and will continue to tour through Europe during 2020.

Phoenix is a co-production by Festival de Marseille, Ballet National de Marseille and Hope Foundation. Watch the trailer



During the summer of 2019 HOPE had the chance to be part of four different summer camps. 

The Open Studio in Khan Yunis ran their annual summer camp for hundreds of children. 
There was a breakdance camp lead by MYUZ, we had a talented kids camp lead by Mohammed Al Hawajri and his team and we did a Land Art summer camp in collaboration with the Palestinian Museum that took place both in Gaza and in the Westbank. 

It was a very joyful summer!

More info and great photos here  



To implement and test our new platform: 

four artists (Ingrid Rollema, Rosh Abdelfatah, Paul Robbert Bruijninckx and Suzanne Groothuis) 
and the treasurer of HOPE foundation (Wim Rollema) went to visit Jordan. There they worked for one week in Zataari camp, the biggest Syrian refugee camp in Jordan.


More about this project here (in English, Nederlands and عربى



The Open studio has proven again that their work with the children is really something special.

In a big national contest in Gaza they won a staggering 3 prizes!
The first and second prize for painting and the first prize for the Dabke (dance) team!

Our huge congratulations to the team and the children for these great achievements.


The amazing children of community center De Mussen raised money by running and their parents gave generously during the Iftar. Youth ambassador Aya handed over the 1.000,- euro check to Ingrid Rollema. Such a great amount!

An enormous big thanks from the Hope Foundation for this generous donation. The children in Gaza will benefit greatly from this initiative.


With great creativity, talent and very hard work, a group of children from the Open Studio won the first price in the annual Gaza Dabke dance contest!
We are so proud and send our congratulations for this great accomplishment.

Here you find a video of their performance in the final round of the contest.


On 11 November 2017, the opening of the 'De Oriënt 2.0' exhibition took place in Pulchri Studio in The Hague. 'De Oriënt 2.0' is an art project, consisting of an exhibition with an extensive side program, in which contemporary artists present their vision on the current Middle East and North Africa. Hope Foundation nominated two Gazan artists for this exhibition: Mohammed al Hawajri and Mahmoud Alhaj.


Artist Marjan Teeuwen creates large-scale architectural installations in buildings that are subsequently demolished following her interventions. Constructive forces go hand in hand with destruction and decay in Teeuwen’s work. One of these projects is ‘Destroyed House Gaza’ for which she used an entire two-story building that was already bombed out as the setting for her interventions. By choosing to work in occupied territory she lets the local social context emphatically penetrate her work and the tension between the artistic and the political context comes to a head.


In November 2016 one of the regional television channels in the Netherlands broadcasted 5 short films about the work done by the HOPE Foundation in Gaza.
They are great little documentaries, filmed by Hugo Boogaerts, that give a very accurate representation of our work and the situation in the area. You can find all these films on our film page.


During ‘De Vredesweek’ (The Peace-week) in Assen in September 2015 exhibition ‘Look me in the Eyes’ was opened. This exhibition showed life in Gaza through the eyes of Mohammed Shurrab, photographer and inhabitant of Gaza City.
Also part of this exhibition was the premiere of the latest clip 'what's going on' by Marsel Loermans and Ingrid Rollema about the not yet shown face of Gaza and some drawings by children from Gaza.


On the 6th of august 2014 Ingrid Rollema took part in a talkshow broadcasted on a national television channel in The Netherlands (NPO). This show was recorded shortly after the 2014 war in Gaza (Operation Protective Edge) and spoke about how this conflict affected The Netherlands and what are future prognosis considering this conflict.
You can still watch this show here.


Short documentary, broadcasted in 2010 by the tv show Netwerk and presented by Aart Zeeman, about a visit by artist Ingrid Rollema to the Open Studio in Gaza.
You can watch this documentary here.


An article speaking about a visit by Ingrid Rollema and Harry Cock, published in Yabalia magazine in may 2010.
Read the article here.

Publication 2010

Hope Foundation has presented itself at (among others):

De Tweede Kamer. (Dutch House of Representatives)

Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Dutch Red Cross

PRCS Ramallah

PRCS Khan Younis

Imaginate Festival Edinburgh

Asylum center Katwijk

Soroptomisten Den Haag

Orde van den Prince Den Haag

Orde van den Prince Eindhoven

Lions Rijswijk

Clubhuis De Mussen Den Haag

Maris College Den Haag
Bewogen Festival Brussels


Filem'On Festival Brussels

Krokusfestival Hasselt

CREA Amsterdam

Singelkerk Amsterdam

De Kolk Assen

Van Veen Assen

Stichting Jabalya Groningen

Culturele uitwisseling Emden Duitsland

Hogeschool Amersfoort

Haagse Hogeschool

American International Students from The Peace Palace

Rotery Wassenaar

Gemak Den Haag

De kriekelaar Brussel

HOPE Foundation


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