Dutch Flower

Making life colourful from the heart

Dutch Flower

Making life colourful from the heart

Dutch Flower

Making life colourful from the heart

Dutch Flower

Making life colourful from the heart

About us

Dutch Flower Foundation (DFF) aims to improve the living conditions and well-being of people in need and in particular children. This will focus on countries where Dutch Flower Group (DFG) companies are active with an emphasis on connected community projects. Through the activities of DFF, DFG gives substance to its responsibility for the world in which we live.


Promising Projects

We support around 50 projects annually. Most of these on request from employees of Dutch Flower Group companies as well as from business relations of our companies. The applications vary from a contribution from a sponsor run to a multi-year project collaboration.


New X-ray machine for Sher Hospital in Ziway


Afriflora Sher recently installed a new X-ray machine worth over $50,000 at Sher Hospital in Ethiopia, which was provided by Dutch Flower Foundation. The Sher Hospital in Ziway, which operates as a regional hospital, treats over 100,000 patients annually for a variety of reasons.


St Michaels Nyanzou Primary School in Zimbabwe


Dutch Flower Foundation is proud supporter of St Michaels Nyanzou Primary School in Zimbabwe. Zimflora (a Dutch Flower Group company) facilitates this project in Zimbabwe. St Michael is one of the three schools within the community of Zimflora (a Dutch Flower Group company) they work with. One of the recent projects is the Learning Support Program. The objective of the program was to fund one learning support teacher to grade 3 & 4 students who are in need of extra learning support. It is great to hear that 14 children have already progressed through this program. With another 13 months ahead – we are positive that more children will benefit from this very important work the teacher is doing. We are grateful to support this wonderful long term project.


ALMC Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) in Arusha, Tanzania


Dutch Flower Foundation supports the ALMC Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) in Arusha, Tanzania for several years. Via Boudewijn Rip (board Dutch Flower FoundationStephen J. Swanson (Medical Director of the NICU) came in contact with the foundation. After a presentation and tour in the NICU, Boudewijn was convinced to support the NICU.


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Afgelopen zaterdag heeft een team van 14 Dutch Flower Group collega’s meegedaan aan de Amstel Gold Race. Met deze prestatie hebben zij zelf maar liefst €4.885(!) opgehaald voor The Treasure House in Kenia. Dutch Flower Foundation vindt dit zo’n mooie prestatie van het team voor dit mooie doel en heeft daarom het bedrag verhoogd naar €7.500.

Tijdens de toerversie werd een afstand afgelegd van 125 en 150 kilometer, met vele hoogtemeters en kregen zij te maken met alle weersomstandigheden: hagel, regen, wind, en zonneschijn.

International Treasure House Ministries, Inc. vangt weeskinderen, jonge moeders en geredde kindbruiden op, die te maken hebben gehad met misbruik en verwaarlozing.



With the great help of Team Switch Reclamebureau we are happy to announce our new website has launched: https://www.dutchflowerfoundation.nl/nl/

We are also very happy that the board has three new members; Martin van Rijn (Van Dijk Flora B.V.), Ronald de Vos (DFG Africa) and Iris de Waal (The Floral Connection). With their passion for people and their healthy creative instincts, they will be helping further expand our mission: making life colourful from the heart, in particular for children.

Have a look at our new website and please let us know what you think!

Our board: Martin Vingerling (treasurer), Iris de Waal (board member), Boudewijn Rip (board member), Marcel Zandvliet RM (chair), Martin van Rijn (board member), Ronald de Vos (board member) and Gerda Stokhof (secretary)


Working together on a more sustainable supply chain, from the heart.

Dutch Flower Foundation is proud to share that, following an earlier contribution of 50,000 US$ towards a completely new x-ray machine at the Sher Hospital of Afriflora Sher in Ethiopia, a new addition has been made in the form of a digital module for developing x-ray images.

The materials for developing x-rays are very difficult or impossible to obtain in Ethiopia. Thanks to the investment in this digital module, manual development is no longer necessary and the doctors are able to do their jobs faster and easier. The Sher hospital in Ziway, which serves as a local hospital, treats over 100,000 patients each year.

Supported by the management of Dutch Flower Group companies The Floral Connection and Van Dijk Flora B.V., Dutch Flower Foundation (DFF) was able to contribute €10,000 towards this second investment at the hospital.

At the Trade Fair in Aalsmeer, this amount was symbolically handed to Mrs. Lulit Tadele Demissie (Director of Sher Ethiopia PLC) by Marcel Zandvliet RM (chairman DFF) together with Hans van Ree (CEO, The Floral Connection) and Stefan Verhoeff (Managing Director, Van Dijk Flora).

Afriflora Sher has the world’s largest rose farm in Ethiopia. Spread across three locations, the whole greenhouse complex has a total surface area of over 500 hectares. Every day, 13,000 people work hard to grow the roses found in various supermarket chains in Europe.

Photo 1, L to R: Hans van Ree (CEO The Floral Connection, Mrs. Lulit Tadele Demissie (Director of Sher Ethiopia PLC.), Stefan Verhoeff (Managing Director Van Dijk Flora bv), Cees De Greve (CEO Afriflora) and Marcel Zandvliet RM (Chairman Dutch Flower Foundation, CMO/CSO Dutch Flower Group)

Photo 2: Dr. Demsachew Getachew & the Radiologist Demeke Azene next to the x-ray machine

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Sinds enige jaren is Henk Salome (voormalig Dutch Flower Group divisie directeur retail) voorzitter van hospice Beukenrode in Naaldwijk. Daar wij de hospicezorg een warm hart toedragen, heeft Dutch Flower Foundation zich gedurende 5 jaar met een jaarlijkse bijdrage aan deze hospice verbonden. Als dank kreeg Gerda Stokhof (bestuurslid DFF) symbolisch een beukenblad overhandigd.

Op 29 september opent de hospice een tweede locatie, waar zij ook deze mooie zorg kunnen verlenen aan mensen in hun laatste levensfase.

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Board DFF

The board of DFF consist of employees of DFG companies:

  • Martin Vingerling (Hamiplant), treasurer
  • Iris de Waal (The Floral Connection), general board member
  • Boudewijn Rip, general board member
  • Marcel Zandvliet (Dutch Flower Group), chairman
  • Martin van Rijn (Van Dijk Flora), general board member
  • Ronald de Vos (DFG Africa), general board member
  • Gerda Stokhof (Dutch Flower Group), secretary
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For more information about Dutch Flower Foundation, please contact us.

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