Ayse is a 2nd generation Turkish woman, living in The Netherlands, since her early youth. Like many children, living in two or more cultures at the same time, she had to overcome many cultural and other difficulties during her school time, in working places and the Dutch society in general. She married at a young age and got a son. Unfortunately different values between her and her husband resulted in an early divorce and she raised the kid all alone, working night and day. When she became approximately 28, she decided, in spite of her 12 hours working day and the care for her son to embark on a higher education and studied successfully 4 years, to become a Human Resources Manager. Currently she is working as a senior HRM advisor at ISS. I’ve been a witness of her struggle for more than ten years now. A struggle to be accepted in our society, to personally survive and her never ending belief in her attempts of making this world a better place for others. She believes that helping others transcends family, tribe, nationalities, cultures or religions. So she is always helping people, in spite of her own full agenda, taking care of the employees of her company, and helping out family and friends, even when she is ill. She is my hero and example. My name is Hetty Zwamborn, age 63, born in The Netherlands.
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