From Disabled to Re-Abled

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 Bibian Mentel 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.

Jelle van den Berg

August 24|

Recently we were privileged to receive a nice donation from the Jelle van den Berg Foundation. This foundation was established in 2013, after Jelle was killed in the mountains of Austria at the age of 18.

Jip van den Hurk

January 30|

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.

Marlene Out

October 17|

"My sports prosthesis has given me more confidence," says Marlene, who has made huge strides in tennis since she got her new prosthesis. 

Luut Schellekens

August 8|

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 Wagenhuis

March 23|

Danny was not able to accept his challenge until later in life. His introduction to the Mentelity Foundation plays an important role. 

Merijn Koek

March 19|

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

November 11|

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

September 21|

Jayley Krewinkel is completely used to her new JUMP prosthesis. Every morning she tells her parents, "Just give me that spring!"

Lionel Goorissen

October 2|

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 Koopmans

October 2|

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

October 2|

Siep always has to distribute his energy well due to his challenge, but since taking snowboarding lessons, his fitness has only improved.

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