Creating Arts and Alternatives Together

CAAT Projects is a non-profit NGO, created in January 2016
and established in The Hague, Netherlands.

CAAT stands for Creating Arts and Alternatives Together and it uses creativity and arts to empower vulnerable groups and promote tolerant communities.

CAAT Projects Goals

  • To enhance the rising of capable and critical society
  • To promote resilience in vulnerable groups
  • To empower socially excluded groups
  • To contribute for the integration of vulnerable groups in the society
  • To collaborate with other local initiatives that support vulnerable communities and support their activity
  • To train community and youth leaders
  • To build long term and sustainable changes
  • To promote alternative and creative solutions
  • To promote art and culture
  • To promote multiculturalism and diversity

CAAT Projects Methodology

  •  Participatory and creative methodologies
  • Using of arts as a tool to work with communities
  • Production of (community) arts
  • Development of skills and empowering programs
  • Campaigning for human rights
  • Train the trainer programs
  • Monitoring, Evaluating and learning projects
  • Organization of events, workshops and festivals
  • Cultural exchange programs

CAAT Projects is engaging in many different projects from different organizations and professionals

“Tackle Hate”
Erasmus + ProgrammeKey Action 1 – Learning Mobility of Individuals.
Project code: 2017-3-NL02-KA205-001860
Led by CAAT Projects

“Spaceship to a creative Europe”
Erasmus + ProgrammeKey Action 1 – Learning Mobility of Individuals.
Project code: 2018-3-NL02-KA105-002224
Led by CAAT Projects

“Raise your voice – Music for transformative Human rights education”.

Project code: 2018-3-NL02-KA105-002237 
Led by CAAT Projects

“All in the Same Boat –
Becoming an Activist Against Hate”

Long term project under the Erasmus + Programme, Key Action 1 – Learning Mobility of Individuals.
Project code: 2016-2-NL02-KA105-001355
Led by CAAT Projects

“MOOC – Minorities as opportunity and occasion for chrysalis”

Long term project under the Erasmus + Programme, Key Action 2 – Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices.
Led by Associazione InformaGiovani
Project code: 2016-2-IT03-KA205-009153

“Spray Days – Graffiti for transformative human rights education”

Long term project under the Erasmus + Programme, Key Action 1 – Learning Mobility of Individuals.
Project code: 2017-1-NL02-KA105-001655

“Let’s talk about Sexism”

Long term project under the Erasmus + Programme, Key Action 1 – Learning Mobility of Individuals.
Project code: 2017-2-NL02-KA105-001788

“Empathy to action – Creativity and Change”

Long term project under the Erasmus + Programme, Key Action 1 – Learning Mobility of Individuals.
Project code: 2016-2-IE01-KA105-016958

“Revealing Colonialism”

Long term project under the Erasmus + Programme, Key Action 1 – Learning Mobility of Individuals.
Project code: 2016-3-DE04-KA105-025750

“Creativity and Change Program – Nurturing Change-makers, Imagining a Better World”

Hosted by CIT Crawford College of Art (Ireland) with the participation of CAAT Projects (the Netherlands), Tandem Theatre (UK), Pécsi Szín-Tér Egyesület (Hungary) and NESEHNUTI (Czech Republic).

The training is going to take place on the 7th to the 13th July 2018. If anyone wants to join, do not hesitate to contact us!

For more information check:

More information soon!

Local projects in The Netherlands:

Escape room for human rights

Together with Hop and Sinchi. Creating an escape room for human rights, more specifically for addressing the complexity of the Amsterdam’s sex workers policy and the violence of human trafficking.

Dance for Integration

Together with Out Cast Dance Company (Netherlands) we are creating a long term project in development involving participatory dance and refugees. The project is to start in 2020! Stay tuned!

Music and Refugees

We are organizing a group of concerts between professional musicians and refugees. It will take place during 2018 in Utrecht.

Festivals in the Hague

Together with Culture Clash 4 U (Netherlands) we are organizing future events with the aim to reduce the stigmatization of refugees.
Participation at the Hague in Peace Festival.

WWF The Hague and Amsterdam’s Expat team

Support of the presentation and events teams. Several actions including organization of workshops, team building activities, events for parents and children, British scouts and fundraising activities.

Pauluskerk Rotterdam and Formaat

Participatory theatre project involving undocumented migrants. Aim: to bring visibility to the issue and stimulate policy changes.

Sinchi Tribe Documentary “Down to Earth”

Youth & Artivism & Community Expert Open Dialogue and Activity after the screening of the documentary.


International projects:

Happinessmatters Project

We are supporting the Flying Seagulls Project (UK) and their upcoming program to bring happiness to children at the refugees’ camps in Greece. Hopefully we are going to follow and participate in many more projects organized by this amazing organization.

Bringing hope to refugees

We are supporting Zebrapad (Netherlands) organization by collecting goods to be donated to refugees in Calais and other critical spots.

Building libraries in Nigeria

Helping the Development-ARC’s (De-ARC) team to find a sustainable form of building schools and libraries in Nigeria.

Turning into Theater Women’s Rights

Waiting for UNESCO’s final decision for developing a project in Mozambique where local institutions will use theater as a communication tool to inform the population over women’s rights.

Jarawa’s Documentary “We are Humanity”

Organic Jarawa Organization – France
Translations english-portuguese: Catia Pereira
Website :


Who We Are

Andreia Bessa

Chairwoman and Founder

Andreia Bessa is the Chairwoman and Founder of CAAT Projects. She is a social psychologist with a masters in Social Policy and with 10 years of experience in social work, both at the conception and at the implementation levels. Andreia is also a qualified trainer and mentor. Her experience includes working with youth at risk, minority groups and indigenous communities, undocumented migrants and refugees. In short, she has been involved with prevention programs, advocacy of human rights, peacebuilding projects and community development. Currently, she is cooperating with ActionAid Mozambique in their People4Change programme.

Anna Niemi-Chaussec

Secretary of CAAT Projects

Anna Niemi-Chaussec is the Secretary of CAAT Projects. Anna’s experience stems from a long-term commitment to helping others, both where she lives and around the world. Locally, to give just some recent examples, she has been an active buddy to newly arrived refugees and helped out more broadly with the city’s welcome effort. She has a track-record of organizing fund-raising events and concerts, and has long been involved in active campaigning and influencing globally. Thanks to her work, she has strong all-round knowledge of website design, operation and promotion. She is also a graduate of LSE’s International Relations programme.

Tatiana Rodriguez


Tatiana Rodriguez is the Treasurer due to her experience in the administrative and finance department of her family’s business and her social responsibility competences. She has been volunteering for many years with different social projects. In New Zeeland she had been cooperating with Refugee Services Aotearoa. Nowadays, while living in the Netherlands, she wants to keep on developing consistent and sustainable projects. She has a degree in History and Spanish and a strong commitment to develop autonomy and self-determination in vulnerable groups.

Catia Pereira


Catia Pereira is one of the responsible for the existence of CAAT Projects. It is born from her personal dream and perseverance and she was the one that brought the team together. As a hard-working artist, Catia has cooperated with many projects always giving a great input. For example, she worked with the Red Cross (Portugal) for many years in programs that aim the integration of Roma people and with Stichting Kaikoesie (Netherlands) for the development of indigenous communities.

Stephen Wyber


Stephen Wyber, our committed volunteer, brings years of professional experience of working with a wide variety of international partners at different levels and from different sectors, as well as organizing visits, giving seminars and talks, and holding events. On a personal level, he also volunteered for many years at a charity in a run-down part of Paris, offering English lessons to local children, as well as working with a homelessness charity which sought to use social relations to help vulnerable people find their way (back) into society. Currently he is supporting many refugees in the Netherlands with different activities, including English and Dutch lessons.

Contact us

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