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

Ongoing European projects:



DIY-CAN Building counter and alternative narratives

Long term project under the Erasmus + Programme, Key Action 2
Project code: 2019-2-NL02-KA105-002605

Project description:
Last decade was a witness of the rise of extremist movements constantly attacking the institutions that are based on the human rights through fake facts, hate speech and hostility. Civil Society falls short to defend the values that underpin open democratic society. Counter and alternative narratives (CANs) combat hate speech by discrediting and deconstructing the narratives on which they are based while proposing (alternative) narratives based on human rights and democratic values, such as openness, respect for difference, freedom and equality. They do so by providing alternative and accurate information, by using appealing emotions on the issues involved, and by accounting to different perspectives and views.

The project aims to equip those in contact with young public with the necessary skills firstly to help young people build up their resistance and critical thinking skills, so as not to become attracted by extremist and populist ideas, oppressive and hate-driven narratives and secondly to become the advocate and campaigner for human rights using CANs. The project is based on non-formal education methods.



Long term project under the Erasmus + Programme, Key Action 2
Project code: 2019-2-NL02-KA205-002418

Project description:
Urban ParticipArt is a set of innovative citizen engagement methods for more inclusive and productive urban transformation processes. It brings together the fields of participatory arts and urban planning in a way that invites everyone to collaborate.

Our three communities of practice, in Barcelona, Budapest & Rotterdam, serve as laboratories of European expertise in which we continually experiment and share with the world. CAAT is an associated partner and the project is co-funded by the Erasmus Plus programme.


Long term project under the Erasmus + Programme, Key Action 2
Project code: 602502-EPP-1-2018-1-GE-EPPKA2-CBY-EP-CSF

Project descripton:
The project uses the Council of Europe materials (Bookmarks, We CAN!) to create a know-how on taking action against violent extremism, hate speech, anti-western propaganda through human rights education, education for democratic citizenship, media education and literacy and counter and alternative narratives.

The aim of this project is to develop media literacy and critical consciousness of youth in the Caucasus through advocating EDC/HRE and confront narratives discrediting the concept of liberal democracy, rule of law, human rights.
It is a capacity building project, with the duration of 3 years, that involves organisations in the Caucasus and central Europe.

Past projects

These are projects that have ended:

“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-KA105-001355Led by CAAT ProjectsLink:

“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 InformaGiovaniProject 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

Director and Founder

Andreia Bessa is the director 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

Administration/comms and Founder

Anna Niemi-Chaussec is the Administration/Comms specialist 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.

CAAT Projects Board

CAAT Projects has a board that consists of 3 board members: A president, a treasurer and a secretary. The board meets 3 times per year. The director reports to the board and prepares financial documentation, together with the administration, by the end of each financial year. The recent changes in the Dutch legislation require the board members to be up-to-date with documentation and the legal status of the NGO.


Contact us

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Financiële verantwoordelijkheid 

ANBI Status
CAAT Projects heeft de ANBI-status (Algemeen Nut Beogende Instelling). Dit geeft een schenker de mogelijkheid om gebruik te maken van de belastingvoordelen van de geefwet. CAAT Projects staat geregistreerd als Stichting CAAT Projects Kamer van Koophandel: 65047117 en RSIN/fiscaal belastingnummer is: 855960152. Afwezigheid van winstoogmerk: De stichting beoogt niet het behalen van winst, zoals in de statuten is geschreven. De stichting zal de met de activiteiten behaalde opbrengsten ten goede laten komen aan de doelstelling van de stichting.

Standaard formulier publicatieplicht

Te verrichten werkzaamheden van de instelling:
De CAAT-Projects zal samenwerken met lokale en internationale projecten in de vorm van een partner organisatie of een coördinator. De projecten zijn alleen definitief als de financiele goedkeuring in orde is. De projecten kunnen onderzoeks-, kunst-, integratie-, diversiteits-, ontwikkelings-, gendergelijkheid-, vredes-, mensenrechten- of sociale interventie- projecten zijn. Daarnaast zijn het werven van fondsen, netwerken, evenementen organiseren en trainen van jeugdleiders andere mogelijke werkzaamheden.

Beleidsplan 2021

Activiteitenverslag 2020-2021

Financieel plan
Werving van vermogen
Een deel van de projecten worden gefinancierd door Erasmus+ KA1Youth Workers Mobility of Erasmus+ KA2 en de activiteiten zijn altijd afhankelijk van de financiële goedkeuring. Daarnaast proberen wij ook zelf sponsormogelijkheden te vinden voor de toekomstige CAAT-Projects projecten.

Het beheer van vermogen
Alle projecten zullen door de project manager van de stichting georganizeerd worden, en de besluitvorming zal per project plaatsvinden in de algemene vergaderingen van de stichting. We kiezen alleen projecten via een proces waarbij ook wordt bevestigd dat het thema en de activiteiten van het project passen bij onze doelstellingen. De CAAT-Projects zal niet meer vermogen aanhouden dan redelijkerwijs nodig is voor de continuïteit van de voorziene werkzaamheden. In lijn met de statuten is het toegestaan om verkregen vermogen door schenking in stand te houden indien de schenker dit heeft bepaald.
Financieel plan
De boeken worden door de penningmeester aan het einde van het boekjaar afgesloten. De jaarrekening overzicht is gebaseerd op de winst- en verliesrekening, jaarrekening, balans, staat van baten en lasten voorbereid voor het desbetreffende boekjaar. Het bestuur zal alle documenten keuren en de samenvatting zullen op de website binnen zes maanden gepubliceerd. De meeste facturen worden rechtstreeks van de rekening betaald. Naast de projectgebonden kosten heeft CAAT Projects ook operationele kosten, zoals kantoorhuur, internet, telefoon en salariskosten. De overige kosten worden gebruikt om aanvullende activiteiten mogelijk te maken, die geen projectfinanciering ontvangen maar in lijn zijn met onze doelstellingen.

Jaarrekening 2020