The FAS-project started as a journalistic initiative to raise awareness for FAS, but eventually developed into a big multimedia awareness campaign, showing the dangerous consequences of alcohol consumption during pregnancy. By storytelling, the project raises attention to a relatively unknown problem in a personal way. The FAS-project started in 2013 and will continue until at least 2025. The project consists of the book “Children with FASD – Kinder mit FASD”, films, expositions, a college tour, buddy projects and more.
1st place Silver Camera, category documentaries
2nd place Canon Award, award for ground-breaking journalism
2nd place innovation award Child Abuse Approach
3th place Silver Camera, category portraits
Shortlist for Dutch Doc Award,
In the FAS2025 project, 5 children with FAS are followed for ten years in their journey towards adulthood. FAS2025 tells the story of Isiah, Mila, Lorenzo, Marcella and Jasmijn by several touching portraits, minidocs and stories. The project also consists of expositions, a college tour to inform future professionals about FAS, a project in which letters are exchanged between mothers and their child, who are now adult, with FAS, and more. Each year, several new elements of the project are added to FAS2025. mothers and their child, who are now adult, with FAS, and more. Each year, several new elements of the project are added to FAS2025.
Fetal Alcohol Syndrome is caused by alcohol consumption during pregnancy. For both the public and professionals, there is some uncertainty about FAS. Here you can find the facts.
A personal and affectionate insight into the lives of children with FAS harmed before they were even born.
HET WITTE BOS
The FAS-project is developed and coördinated by the foundation Het Witte Bos (The White Forest). Het Witte Bos was founded in 2013 by photographer Allard de Witte and journalist Joost Bos. The project aims at awareness and prevention of FAS by telling stories from a personal perspective, displayed by several types of media. Using the power of impact storytelling, we draw attention to neglected themes in society and inspire and inform a broad audience. A project always consists of multiple activities that complement and strengthen each other.
WHAT IS FAS?
When a mother consumes alcohol during her pregnancy, it is harmful to the unborn child. In the worst-case scenario, it causes Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS). In the Netherlands, hundreds of children are born with FAS each year and thousands more are born with alcohol related damage (FASD).
FAS is a storm in your head. FAS is having no control over your life. FAS is being different. FAS is for life.
FAS can reveal itself by a number of specific physical abnormalities. People with FAS have difficulty with impulse control, concentration and attention problems, and strong reactions to sensory stimuli. These symptoms are often misdiagnosed as ADHD or autism. FAS is not curable, but it is preventable!
The FAS-project started as a journalistic initiative to raise awareness for FAS, but eventually developed into a big multimedia awareness campaign, showing the dangerous consequences of alcohol consumption during pregnancy.
Het Witte Bos
Schippersgracht 1011 TR
Amsterdam, The Netherlands