Stories have the power to inspire and change lives.

What if they could also bring families closer?

The initiator, Andriy Shmyhelskyy, living in Amsterdam since 2014 and the father of Thea (7y). Andriy’s parents in Lviv are hosting families from cities that are under attack. His sister and 2 children are now safe in the Netherlands, but their father stayed to protect Ukraine.

With, iKs - Interactive Kids Stories, Andriy has been working on a multi-product platform for bringing children’s books to life allowing parents and other family members to record their voices while they read a children's book. When the first Ukrainian refugee stories hit the news, Andriy realized that this technology could have a much bigger impact on the lives of child refugees.

He then joined forces with the number five foundation and Princess Laurentien who has been very active in the area of literacy development and reading for the children. And the story began…

Organisation behind

Better Time Stories was set up by iKs, founded by Ukrainian social-tech entrepreneur Andriy Shmyhelskyy and the number 5 foundation, founded by Dutch Princess Laurentien and Prince Constantijn. Whereas iKs is responsible for product, technology and operations, number 5 foundation supporting the project with building a community to help set up a sustainable foundation. All donations are managed by the foundation, reassuring a non-profit basis of this organization. 

Since the start, many partners have joined and support the project, working tirelessly together towards one  goal to brighten up the lives of Ukrainian refugee children. A Steering Committee, project team, and many volunteers have joined to support our mission.

Steering Group

That people who make dream project live

Karen Lampe
Founder & CEO
Clarity
Martin Voigt
Founder & CEO
Clarity
Henk Rijks
Founder & CEO
Clarity
Reinout Wissenburg
Founder & CEO
Clarity
Frans Pannekoek
Founder & CEO
Clarity
Cornel van der Heiden
Founder & CEO
Clarity
Karen Lampe
Finance
Martin Voigt
Publishing
Henk Rijks
Campaign
Reinout Wissenburg
Chairman
Frans Pannekoek
Logistics and Supply Chain
Cornel van der Heiden
Technology

Meet our team

we that all the people who worked, helped or supported the project

Candice Wu
Backend Developer
Candice Wu
Backend Developer
Demi Wilkinson
Frontend Developer
Demi Wilkinson
Frontend Developer
Drew Cano
UX Researcher
Drew Cano
UX Researcher
Lana Steiner
Product Manager
Lana Steiner
Product Manager
Natali Craig
Product Designer
Natali Craig
Product Designer
Olivia Rhye
Founder & CEO
Olivia Rhye
Founder & CEO
Orlando Diggs
Customer Success
Orlando Diggs
Customer Success
Phoenix Baker
Engineering Manager
Phoenix Baker
Engineering Manager