In 2007 Isabel (1982) Founded Sport 4 Socialisation. Originally from The Netherlands, Isabel obtained her degree in Business Administration with a major in Sports for Development from the University of Applied Sciences in Breda. It is here where she designed the Social Inclusion Programme which she piloted in Kenya in 2005. After the pilot the programme was started in Zimbabwe in the beginning of 2008; during a politically and economically difficult period.
Besides being awarded the Zimbabwe National Chamber of Commerce Social Responsibility Award, the programme also won the Beyond Sport Award in the category ‘Best New Project’ in 2010 and got shortlisted to present at the Best Practise Market by the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund and the Sport for Social Change Network of Southern Africa in 2012.
In 2010, with S4S Zimbabwe Isabel co-founded the Disabled Children Initiative of Zimbabwe (DCIZ). The DCIZ is an initiative that devotes itself to coordinate programming, advocacy and fundraising initiatives for children living with disabilities and to structurally improve the living conditions for this often marginalised group.
In 2011 she finished two handbooks on Disability and Social Inclusion in Zimbabwe and Adapted and Inclusive Physical Activities which will be published with the Disabled Children Initiative of Zimbabwe and distributed amongst primary schools in the country.