Team Nederland

Sophie Wijsenbeek-Schreurs

Sophie Wijsenbeek-Schreurs

Programme & Communication Manager

Sophie studied cultural anthropology at the University of Utrecht. She carried out research on the ethnic and national identity in the multicultural society of Malaysia. She has been working for Hapin since 2008, initially to support the scholarship programme. Because of her interest in website construction, search engine optimisation and social media, she is programme manager as well as communication manager.

Vera Wesseling

Vera Wesseling

Financial Administrative Officer

“More than 8 years ago my grandmother – born and raised in Papua – took me for the first time to this special Indonesian island. Ever since this trip Papuans have had a special place in my heart. Not only because of their unique culture, but also because the position of the Papuans on the world stage and the lack of their voice in the media moves me. Since then I have visited Papua several times. Once to investigate the role of young Papuan women at home and at school for my research as part of my bachelor’s studies Cultural Anthropology. What I always really appreciate about the Papuans is their enormous hospitality. My goal is to pass on this beautiful quality to the people around me, in my work for Hapin.”

Team Hapin Papua

Nova Seseray

Nova Seseray

Consultant Papua

“I am proud to work as a consultant for Hapin. I see this as an opportunity to give back to my people in a time when it is much needed. There are much changes in Papua and effects of globalisation is seeping through society. Papua is rich in resources and there is so much talent among our people. Yet a lot of people let themselves be subdued by the promises of the government of well paid jobs that makes them dependent on the welfare state of Indonesia. Papuans lose their motivation, creativity and self reliance. We need to prevent this and stimulate enterprising Papuans to help build and strengthen their villages and communities.”

Board members

Yvonne Carels

Yvonne Carels (Chairwoman)

Yvonne Carels is the daughter of Eef Mamoribo. Her mother was born in Warsa on the island of Biak. “The Biak temperament I inherited from my mother. Biakkers are stubborn, proud people and do not do what they’re told. They create their own opinion, not influenced by others. It helps me filter what is relevant and what is really important in life.”

Geart Benedictus

Geart Benedictus (Secretary)

“As a (small) boy I consciously experienced the squandering of Dutch New Guinea. This resulted in a great commitment to Papua. As a board member of Hapin I hope that I can contribute to an honest and fair existence for these oppressed people.”

Reinier de Lang

Reinier de Lang (Treasurer)

Reinier studied cultural anthropology and economics. Between 1979 and 2005 he worked in the graphic industry. At the end of 2006 he became involved in Hapin. He has been working three days a week for Hapin since 1 April 2007. His main tasks lie in the field of business operations. He is responsible for the financial and donor administration. He also deals with fundraising. His motivation for committing himself to Hapin: “To support Papuans in the transition from tradition to modernity.” His motto: “Invest in change”.

Wietse Tolsma

Wietse Tolsma

“Since 1987 I have been involved with Hapin. After a journalistic mission for Hapin to Papua I became attracted to these special people. I found that the specific relationship with the Netherlands still existed in Papua. I decided to become involved with Hapin when I saw the serious situation of the Papuans with my own eyes. The Netherlands cloaked itself in ‘guilty’ silence and I was not pleased with this. I became a member of the board and later, when Hapin expanded, I was appointed as part-time manager and project assistant, besides my work as a teacher in secondary education. I am now retired and returned to Hapin as a member of the board and as a volunteer at the office in Utrecht.”

Hermien de Bruijn-Franken

Hermien de Bruijn-Franken

“I became a member of the board of Hapin early in 2017. Because I had studied history I developed an interest in the present and past of New-Guinea and in particular in the fate of its original population, the Papuans. This interest always remained, but slightly faded to the background because of work, family and informal care. My interest, but in particular my concern about the fate of the Papuans, increased after my husband, a New-Guinea veteran, had died. The discussions with veterans and their sense of guilt about the political decision-making process at the time and the many private assistance initiatives that resulted from this, meant that I became active myself. All this information must be transferred to next generations. As a general board member I hope that I can make a contribution in the coming years to make the needs of the Papua population more widely known and to generate resources, so that we can continue to offer actual, concrete support. I would like to contribute to a promising prospect for the Papuans.”

 Rob van de Lustgraaf

Rob van de Lustgraaf

“At our office it is a good custom to hold social functions besides our work. After a turbulent period in which I was politically active I went looking for an original commitment. Because the common thread in my life is finance and financial policy this meant that I could be a treasurer. A good friend of mine told me that Hapin was looking for a treasurer. At the first board meeting this proved to be the right move!”

Moni Hanasbei

Moni Hanasbei

“My family roots lie in Papua and the Netherlands. I completed the dance academy and then followed a project management course (post graduate continuing professional education). I have been working in the mental healthcare (GGZ) for more than 21 years now and I have worked at a mental healthcare community project in Amsterdam since 2016. My focus is on strengthening self-control. I like to bring adults into action. Hapin is an active and warm team where I feel at home. I want to use my creativity and knowledge for Hapin.”

muaha tatipata ireeuw

Muaha Tatipata-Ireeuw

“Even though I was born and raised in the Netherlands, I’ve always felt a strong connection to Papua. Over the course of the last 25 years I was fortunate enough to meet a lot of close relatives in Papua. Aunts and uncles, cousins, nephews and nieces, even some second cousins who, in Papua, are considered grandchildren. Sadly, a lot of them have passed away. Oftentimes at a very young age. In most cases as a result of inadequate healthcare, an important social issue in Papua. Hapin supports projects in Papua on various social themes, such as education and (women)empowerment. My personal focus has always been on imaging and cultural identity/heritage, in Papua as well as in the Netherlands. As a board member of Hapin I hope to make a useful contribution.”