WeConnect in Aruba

An organization in Holland, called WeConnect has been serving the Kingdom of the Netherlands for quite some time. They provide education, career counseling and dive headfirst into social issues that affect today’s youth – who are coming up in a world that’s very different from the world their parents knew.

In recent years, it has become clear that Aruba has social complexities that are exclusive to Island States. We Connect Aruba is determined to help unravel those complexities through education and empowerment.

Aruba is unique. Tourism and immigration have brought people from all over the world, together in a relatively close knit community. However, tourism and immigration also play a large part in defining the Island’s social structure.

Our children face countless pressures: language barriers, limited opportunities and varying cultural norms, that create gaps that influence any given individual’s chance for success. We Connect will serve as a bridge – helping people cross those those gaps, and find opportunities.

WeConnect Aruba is comprised of a dynamic team. Chairwoman, Dr. Paula Kibbelaar is a Cultural Anthropologist with a PhD in Social Science. Patrick Brown, a prominent Aruban lawyer and founder of Brown Advocaten is Treasurer and Rose-Marie Provence, Chairwoman of the Muchila Creativo Foundation and teacher at IPA (Instituto Pedagogico Arubano) .

Together, they’ll be working on bringing to light some of the problems that lie under the surface of Aruba’s diverse culture. Once in the light, these problems can be addressed with solutions catered to the local community.

WeConnect will be hosting their first Conference on May 24th in the University of Aruba’s Aula Building for anyone who’s interested in learning more about this fabulous organization. For more information visit the Facebook page or send an email to weconnectaruba@gmail.com

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