Who are we?


We are Ide and Sabine Gooden-Sietsma, we came from Zwolle and have four daughters; Amber (2014), Jools (2016), Femme (2018) and Lotty (2021).

In April 2017 we were selected as a pilot family in training by MAF Netherlands and at the beginning of March 2021 we were deployed to Uganda where Ide works as a pilot for MAF. We moved to South Sudan at the beginning of 2022.

Several things preceded the selection by MAF. We got married in 2011 and at the beginning of 2012 we drove an 18,500 km tour of southern Africa together in an old Volkswagen Beetle. During this ride we saw the big differences between the 3rd world and our western world. From that moment on we will think about whether we can keep something for people in need.

We came to MAF based on our Christian faith, our desire to help people and Ide's passion for aviation (he has been gliding since he was 15).

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