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Humanism and Social Resilience

Community resilience in Feijenoord

  • Start: September 2018
  • End: September 2022
  • Status: ongoing

Humanitas Rotterdam has introduced a new approach to social welfare work in the Rotterdam district of Feijenoord. The approach centres on strengthening the resilience of local residents. The results of this approach are examined in Yke van der Schoor’s doctorate research.


Since 1 January 2018, Humanitas Rotterdam is responsible for social welfare work in Rotterdam’s Feijenoord district (population of 90,000). Humanitas is taking an approach that is new in the Netherlands, based on the principle that all the local residents are collectively responsible for social welfare in the neighbourhood. Residents, clubs, associations, schools, businesses, churches, mosques and other faith-based organisations all play a role in this approach. Humanitas actively contacts these ‘stakeholders’ and encourages them to contribute to achieving a wider ‘well-being’ in Feijenoord.

The main goal of the approach is to boost community resilience. Residents are motivated to make choices that benefit both themselves and the district, in  terms of health, welfare and happiness. Humanitas supports and facilitates all parties wishing to participate, but does request a return favour in the form of a voluntary effort or another kind of contribution.

To gain a picture of the progress and the results of the approach, the process is being monitored through an interactive, participative research project. This study builds on theoretical insights regarding community building, social resilience, social ecologies and an inclusive society.



  • City of Rotterdam
  • Stichting Humanitas Rotterdam

See also

  • Humanitas: Wel-zijn in Feijenoord
  • De magie van Feijenoord

Humanitas Rotterdam has a new approach to welfare work in the Feijenoord area. Strengthening the resilience of the residents is central to this. Yke van der Schoor's PhD research follows the results of this approach.