A look back at 2018

Wondering how much we raised in donations last year? And where this money gets spent? Then we’ve good news for you, as we look back at what we achieved in 2018:

  • Number of applications received: 77
    Of these, 59 were approved and 18 were rejected
  • There are projects in 13 different countries
  • ca. €190,000 given to support initiatives
  • 2018 building trip attracted 22 applicants
    Of which 12 participated in the building trip to Guatemala
Theme: Health | Funds raised through the Maasland Run go to the Avavieren Foundation

It is a Friday in June when the AVW team takes part in the tenth Maasland run. This year the proceeds from the team will go to the Avavieren foundation. Dutch Flower Foundation has donated an amount of 250 euros for this.

The Avavieren Foundation offers families with children or adults with a disability the opportunity to enjoy a carefree, affordable vacation in beautiful surroundings. The foundation spends the proceeds of the Maaslandloop 2019 in the regions to which the Maaslandloop is linked.

Board member Mark tells us about his visit:

"It’s really wonderful to be able to see this and how much it’s appreciated. Partly thanks to the donation, families with a disability can enjoy a carefree holiday here. It’s great that we’ve been able to make this happen!"

One of the projects in the region is Strandpark Vlugtenburg. During the festive gathering for Donator & Sponsor, our treasurer Mark visited us to see what the foundation was able to achieve. The park is equipped with all conveniences for children or adults with a disability.

There are nine adapted bungalows and a group room available at Strandpark Vlugtenburg in 's-Gravenzande.

Thanks in part to a donation from the DFF, 3 linked bungalows have been merged into one large bungalow with all the adapted facilities that are needed such as a hoist, a bathtub and a snoezel space. In addition, there are three detached bungalows that are equipped with a spacious bedroom adapted sanitary facilities. There is also a beach caterpillar that brings the holiday makers to the beach so that they can enjoy a moment.

Theme: Education | Horticultural Greenhouse for 'De Vosheuvel'

This year Dutch Flower Foundation donated an amount of 5000 euros to realise a new horticultural greenhouse for students - with an intellectual disability - from school 'De Vosheuvel' in Amersfoort, the Netherlands.

Why a Horticultural greenhouse for these students?

Until recently, 'De Vosheuvel' school complex in Amersfoort had a horticultural greenhouse where students with a (slight) intellectual disability were trained for a good job in the horticulture industry. When the old school building had to make way for new construction, the greenhouse was also demolished. The new school building will be delivered at the beginning of 2019, but without a greenhouse. To give their students the opportunity to learn about real trade, get a certificate and find a suitable job in the green sector, DFF has donated part of the amount to realize this project.

Official opening of the greenhouse

We were invited to attend the official opening, board members Elfrieda and Mariëlle visited to symbolically hand over the cheque.

Now that the horticultural greenhouse has been realized, thousands (140) of students with a (slight) intellectual disability can follow appropriate, practice-oriented green education. With the realization of the horticulture greenhouse:

  • All 80 students receive 'Green' lessons in the first 2 years;
  • Annually 12 students take part in the 'Green' certification course and around 10 pass;
  • 6 students with/without 'Green' certificate are looking for a job in green maintenance.
Theme: Health | Team Timmerman in action during King's Day

Every year Team Timmerman sells flowers on King's Day to realize a nice money amount for a charity. Team Timmerman is a team that consists of 25 members who are committed to various projects and charity organisations. They do this because the members of the team, unfortunately, lost loved ones in the fight against cancer.

This year, all flowers sold by the team during King's Day were donated by Dutch Flower Foundation. All the money they raised went to Mike Multi Foundation, a foundation dedicated to various projects that support physically and/or mentally handicapped people. For example, one of those projects is the support for this group during sports.

What exactly did the team do?

Even before the birds were whistling, members of Team Timmerman started building their market stand in the Zijdstraat in Aalsmeer. The first showers of rain came early in the morning. The Zijdstraat looked desolated, with only a few traders and less audiences. The team members were genuinely concerned about whether it would work out. After all, the stand was packed with beautiful flowers. Fortunately, the weather changed and even the sun came out. In no time the Zijdstraat filled up and there was a lot of trade. The buyers were enthusiastic about the nice offer and that the money goes to the charity gave the purchase extra shine.

Team Timmerman looks back very satisfied on last King's Day. A nice yield of 1500 euros has been raised for the Mike Multi Foundation.

Theme Education | KidsCare Kenia

At the beginning of 2018, Dutch Flower Foundation donated an amount to KidsCare Kenya. The funds were successfully used for the project: "Yes, We Can".

Lisette Geenen, KidsCare board member: "It is not the problems, but the possibilities that give children with a disability a future! Among other things, thanks to the donation from Dutch Flower Foundation we can make this possible for these children".

What happened with the donation to KidsCare Kenya?

KidsCare focuses on orphan children from the start. These children have to grow up in very poor circumstances with their grandparents, other family members or friends. When working for those children and their households, the social workers at KidsCare also encountered many children with a mental or physical disability. Often these children lived hidden in a mud house. For cultural and religious reasons, the caregivers were ashamed of these children.

The possibilities and usefulness of good (medical) care or education were often not seen. After all, they believe that children with disabilities cannot do anything or at least not much. In addition, care or special education was not available at all in this region. KidsCare has broken through that situation with many promotions and efforts. The awareness process is still continuing in the rural villages. Various facilities (physiotherapy, wheelchairs and other aids and even special education) are now being developed. Quite a challenge to make that sustainable, but KidsCare is also thinking about the possibilities. As KidsCare says: "This is how you can see the DFF donation as well: it makes the help of KidsCare possible!".

Theme: Education | Tania Integrated Rehab Centre officially opened!

Last year DFF, in collaboration with Chrysal, made a donation to the Tania Integrated Rehab Center in Kenya. This involved a donation for investing in classrooms and a computer lab so that the children can receive good education.

We had the honor to officially open the building. What chairman Boudewijn said about his visit: “In March I went to Kenya for a week and together with Chrysal we had the honor to officially open the project. I can say that it was a great donation: the project is well supervised by the local Chrysal representative and the children will receive good education. ”

What does Tania do?

The Tania Integrated Centre is a Community Based Organisation (CBO) which helps children with physical impairments and other disabilities. The Center is registered as a charitable children’s institution with the Ministry of Gender, Children, and Social Development. The Center currently hosts 165 children aged 2 to 17.