There are over 10,000 physically challenged children and young adults living in the Netherlands who, due to low expectations and poor prosthetics, are left at home and may end up in social isolation.
In 2020, the Mentelity Foundation developed the program, "The Re-Abled," in collaboration with orthopedic instrument maker Frank Jol. Through better guidance and the right prosthesis, we help anyone with a physical challenge get the most out of themselves.
Similarly, Bibian herself went from abled to disabled and through the right tools, mentality and guidance, became Re-Abled. This resulted in 128 gold medals and three paralympic titles. Read below the stories of the people we have already had the privilege of helping with our program.
Jip van den Hurk
Jip van den Hurk (9) is only too happy with his blade. "On his blade, Jip moves easier and therefore keeps it up longer," mother Patricia proudly explains.
"My sports prosthesis has given me more confidence," says Marlene, who has made huge strides in tennis since she got her new prosthesis.
Luut Schellekes is glad she could be helped in the Re-Abled project. "My prosthesis now really is an aid and not a limiting thing," she says.
Danny was not able to accept his challenge until later in life. His introduction to the Mentelity Foundation plays an important role.
Lizzie van der Bas
The Re-Abled project has caused enormous change in the life of Lizzie van der Bas (7). "Now I can really do everything I want to do."
Merijn Koek: "In my adolescence sports was a must, I didn't always like it. Since I met Bibian Mentel, that has changed."
Xan Engelsman is happy with his new prosthesis and is now playing field hockey at a higher level than before. "This leg really makes a difference. I'm faster!"
Jayley Krewinkel is completely used to her new JUMP prosthesis. Every morning she tells her parents, "Just give me that spring!"
Lionel has been looking for the right prosthesis for a long time. The Mentelity Foundation's JUMP has been a new start in his life for him.
Joselien hid her prosthesis because she didn't want to be different. From Bibian, she learned to radiate strength instead of insecurity.
Siep from Groningen
Siep always has to distribute his energy well due to his challenge, but since taking snowboarding lessons, his fitness has only improved.