Help Maastricht residents living in poverty!

from €15.000 (52%)

It may come as a surprise, but there are few places in the Netherlands where so many people live in poverty as in Maastricht. Thousands of residents are barely able to make ends meet. Students, too, are increasingly strapped for cash: one in three students nationwide reports having money worries.

Maastricht University student Kim Thieme has first-hand experience. She was raised in a disadvantaged neighbourhood in Maastricht and, as a young mother, has dealt with debt, depression and social isolation. Through sheer force of will, things are looking up for her. Kim is the first in her family to study at university. Now she is determined to help those families around her in dire financial straits.

Kim has launched the student initiative SLIM, an accessible contact point for people living in poverty in Maastricht. In the near future, her objective is to open a physical office in the Pottenberg and Mariaberg districts staffed with volunteers. Here people will be able to find a listening ear, guidance and social activities to help them get their lives back on track.

With the corona crisis only widening the gap between rich and poor, Kim would like to open the office as soon as possible. As yet, she does not have the funds to cover the costs of the rent, overheads, activities and so on. Will you help her?

Support this important project, support Maastricht residents who have fallen on hard times!



“Let's break the taboo around poverty and look after one another. Together we can give people hope again!” —Kim Thieme, student at the Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences

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15-11-2021 | 08:13 Fantastic idea, definitely need this in Maastricht. Good luck to Kim, I'm sure it will be a grand success!
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24-10-2021 | 15:02 I live in Maastricht and I was just reading yesterday about the importance of helping your neighbors. I would feel guilty if I wouldn't chip in something for this cause after all the reading from yesterday. Thank you for your efforts. God bless
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Hoe SLIM mensen helpt: het verhaal van barbier Glenn

15-11-2021 | 10:10 Glenn Vanderbroeck werkte in een coffeeshop in Maastricht. Hij wilde heel graag barbier worden, maar de financiële rompslomp weerhield hem ervan daadwerkelijk weer naar school te gaan en een beroep te leren. Via via hoorde hij over het project SLIM en nam contact op met Kim. Zijn hulpvraag begon met: 'Kan ik studeren financieel opbrengen?'.  Kim Thieme: “Uiteindelijk was het antwoord ja! Glenn heeft contact opgenomen met school, die hem met open armen  hebben ontvangen omdat hij zo gedreven is.” Het is Glenn dus gelukt! Sinds 4 oktober 2021 studeert Glenn nu voor barbier. Daarna heeft hij zijn stageplaats gevonden bij Golden Hairstyling in Maastricht. Glenn gaat 4 dagen naar school en loopt 2 dagen stage.  Maar daar stopte de begeleiding niet. Glenn heeft via SLIM gratis budgetbeheer aangevraagd bij de Kredietbank Limburg. Hij kan zich richten op zijn toekomst, zonder tijd en energie te verspillen aan geldzorgen. Glenn Vanderbroeck:  “Dat geeft rust. Zo kan ik me beter focussen op school en zijn stage.  Als dank en in ruil voor de hulpverlening van SLIM, biedt Glenn nu gratis knipbeurten aan mannen. Ook verzorgt hij hun baard.  
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