Everyday People Stories

The Everyday People foundation is there to support ordinary people with unusual struggles.

Interview with Mike Guijt

An enormous amount of tasks, but no love Little Mike was given too much responsibility by his parents, but not enough love. His mother was afraid of the streets and Mike Guijt was more or less alone. At 37 he turned out to have ADHD and that changed his world. The...

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Interview with Meera

Interview with Meera

Story of Meera When I was 19 I had to deal with sexual violence. I had been raped. This is something I have been carrying with me for 11 years. To this day I haven’t been able to process this, but I have turned my sorrow and vulnerability into strength. My company...

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Interview with Noël Soares Brazao

Interview with Noël Soares Brazao

Noël Soares Brazao: teach children to grow up with respect Noel Soares Brazão was born on the Cape Verde islands and has lived in Rotterdam since 1986. He is a Dutch champion, Benelux champion and three times European kickboxing champion. He  has been teaching...

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Interview with Giovanni Franken

Interview with Giovanni Franken

Giovanni Franken: Not a sad story!   Giovanni grew up in the Milinxbuurt. Domestic violence. An alcoholic father. A sketchy neighbourhood. Giovanni talks all about it, but wants to prevent one thing: “I absolutely do not want a whiny story. I am not a victim, but...

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Interview Giovanni

Interview Giovanni

It is June 2018, I cannot remember the exact date. A breath of fresh air blows through the beautiful Rotterdam Central Station. The station piano is unoccupied and there are only a few people walking around, which is not surprising given the time of half past one at...

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Interview with Naïm Abed

Interview with Naïm Abed

​How 1 tick bite can turn your life upside down. Naïm is an intelligent young man of 15 years old. He is now in pre-university education and has fantastic future plans. His life story? That can be called inspiring without any exaggeration. Naim was 2 when he was...

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John, 29 years old, from Almelo

John, 29 years old, from Almelo

John is 29 years old and ‘resides’ in Almelo. Since September 2019 he has been living on the streets. A few weeks prior to this interview, he became a father. He still hasn’t seen the newborn. This is a choice he himself made, because - for him - it'll be much harder...

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