Who we are
Richard van den Wood
Brabander at heart but since 1989 living in The Hague. Trained as a planner, but my heart goes out to people in disadvantaged positions. In 2013 the naughty shoes put on to put me 100 for mission. A mega challenge but the best choice ever. I’m married to Daisy and we have 2 children and 3 grandchildren.
I am Immeke, 30 years old and work as a personal counselor to young people in the Salvation Army. For more than 5 years I worked with people with a psychiatric diagnosis in combination with an addiction. Helping people (in need) and finding new goals in their lives is my passion. I believe that nothing is impossible for our great God!.
My passion is the mission work worldwide. As a dental hygienist, I selflessly work to help people with their teeth. I am married to my Filipino husband Roly and together we grow deeper into working for our Lord every day.
Daisy dos Santos Barbosa
Born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, I know the problems of this city. I myself have been lucky enough to be able to study Urban Planning to make the city more livable. From 1989 I have lived in The Hague and since 2019 I have been living again in Rio de Janeiro. I like to work to create a safe environment for people-in-need so that they can grow and thrive. I believe in a transformation by Jesus Christ!
In the early 1990s, the Dutch-Brazilian couple Richard & Daisy van den Hout Barbosa was touched by the pitiful scenes they saw on the streets of Rio de Janeiro; young children who strolled the streets in old clods in search of food and elderly people with their cardboard ‘houses’ under their arms in search of a safe place. The oppressive sense of powerlessness took them hostage, and in the five years that followed, they left Rio behind. However, when the local Methodist Church asked for help in the late 1990s, they did not hesitate for a moment. This was the opportunity to step out of powerlessness and actively contribute. This eventually led to the creation of the Aprisco Foundation on 11 October 2001.
The foundation can boast of a steady growth in its work. After Aprisco was initially only committed to financing and realizing construction projects under the motto “building on Christian foundation”, the field of work has expanded considerably in recent years to build capacity and to guide, set up and realize substantive activities.
Aprisco operates primarily in two (complexes of) slums where more than 100,000 people live. In addition, Aprisco also supports other organizations in Rio de Janeiro or beyond, often by connecting.
Furthermore, in the name the A and the O of Alpha and Omega, beginning and end, or in Hebrew is the Alef Tav … Finally, the abstracted bird as a symbol of the Holy Spirit.