For many years I have had a love/hate relationship with this island. It holds a very powerful polarizing energy, which in my opinion is both its attraction and its curse. I love the warm, blue sea, the laid back attitude, the music, food, people and even the deserted ‘kunuku’. But I don’t understand why people treat the island – and each other – so badly. Garbage, stray dogs and poverty are everywhere, even though all the resources are available to make it into a paradise for everybody. The much disputed ugly and dirty oil refinery, the corrupt politics; at one point my love for the island hurt so much that I left and decided not to come back. But pain heals, love grows and Curaçao kept calling me.
Two years ago I went back for the ‘Connecting the Dots’ conference and discovered a group of young local people trying to make the island better with trendy cafe’s in historic country estates, recycling projects, sustainable gardening and networks to support each other. And I felt hope.
So here I am again, feeling I want to contribute my knowledge and experience to help wherever I can.