May 2nd: Privacy in the House of Plenty
Thanks to Joris van Meel and his wife Michelle Veugelers visitors can now use the toilet in private, which is why they are our “Helping Hands of the Week”. Even though they do not fully agree with this.
“Michelle is the one who always took the initiative to donate our stuff to the House of Plenty, so the fame is all hers! 😉 “, according to an e-mail by Joris van Meel. These generous and modest people answered the questions which are always part of our feature:
What is your share in the House of Plenty project?
We don’t deserve to be “Helping Hands of the Week”, as we didn’t use our hands to help you. We did donate quite a lot of stuff which was left over after the reconstruction of our house.
Three years ago we bought a house, which we demolished and then constructed again. The house still had the old wiring with fabric instead of plastic and there was no central heating. The past couple of months we found some stuff in the garage which we donated to the House of Plenty:
- A couple of internal doors
- electric wiring
- PVC pipes
It was nice to give it away and contribute to the House of Plenty project.
Why do you contribute to the House of Plenty project?
We really like the concept. Even though some people think that in general the contact between humans is disintegrating, we observe the opposite: people who do not know each other get in touch and help each other.
They often use smart innovations on the internet to do so, such as Peerby through which we recently lended someone an electrical air mattress pump. And the Waardeverbinder which is used for the House of Plenty. It provides insight into wishes.
We also like contributing to the House of Plenty project because we think Juul Martin is a great guy!
Which forms of abundance are you confronted with in your work and life?
In August we are expecting our first child. We are determined not to raid the babyshop but to get everything secondhand. We (and Marktplaats, the Dutch community for selling secondhand stuff) think there is enough stuff for babies available in The Netherlands. And this appeared to be true: people from all over the country offer us clothing and equipment.
Without asking for it, we have already received a chest of drawers from a neighbour, a playpen from a cousin and a cot from a brother. It’s a good example of how people actually like to give things away. Instead of a House of Plenty we’ll have a Child’s Room of Plenty.