On Thursday, June 9, 2022, Her Majesty Queen Maxima of the Netherlands visited the Petje af Foundation in Amstelveen on the occasion of the foundation’s 50th anniversary.
According to RVD, the Petje af Foundation is committed to equality of opportunity for children in the Netherlands. The organization offers activities in addition to regular education for children ages ten to fourteen who need assistance:
“A locally organized, practice-oriented program is offered every week, in which the children meet with inspiring role models and various fields of work. In this way children gain valuable and refreshing ideas and new experiences. Petje af works together with local education and social organisations, but also with companies and municipalities.
The Petje af Foundation has participated in the Growth Program of the Orange Fund, a development process for social organizations that want to grow their initiative. The foundation now has forty-five locations throughout the Netherlands and thousands of children have participated in the intensive program.”
During her visit, Her Majesty Queen Maxima meet with various children involved with the Petje af Foundation who informed Her Majesty about their experiences with the foundation. Her Majesty also met with Peje af Foundation staff, board members and volunteers.