The family of the Netherlands team players has become a messiah for the poor in Odisha. He won the hearts of the people here
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The Netherlands team is running in India Hockey World Cup Made it to the quarter finals. The team beat Korea 5-1 in the second quarter-final. For the Netherlands, Koen Bijn scored twice in the 27th and 31st minutes, while Justen Blok (36th), Stijn van Heijingen (50th) and Teun Bains (58th) scored the other goals for the team. Inwoo Seo scored the consolation goal for South Korea in the 51st minute. While in other fields this team is licking the dust of its opponents, on the other hand the families of these players have become messiahs for the poor people of Odisha.
In the last few days, the families of the players involved in the Netherlands team (Dutch team) go to poor villages far away from Puri and spend time there. He didn’t think so when he came to India, but now that he’s done it, he feels great. He has become a kind of messiah for these villages.
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Dutch family on village tour of Odisha
Kathleen, mother of Netherlands forward Terence Pieters, first pitched the idea to the rest of the family. Everyone agreed to it. A man working for an Indian NGO in the Netherlands himself told him about the conditions in poor Dalit villages. Before leaving for India, Kathleen had promised to visit the village when she visited Odisha. When he told the rest of the family, they all agreed to go with him. This included the players’ parents, wives and girlfriends. All these people hired cooks with their own money who prepared food for the villagers.
Donation of food and medicine to the villagers
“We spoke to the villagers there, heard their stories, spoke to their children,” Alette, mother of Jeep Jansen from the Netherlands, told The Indian Express. He danced for us and blessed us. He also donated medicines and other essential items for the people of the village. All these people are very happy to come to India. He was surprised as well as happy to see the hockey craze among the people here.