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Folding Surinamese headscarves

7 September 2006 – Leena Jaarsveld, former MTV VJ, will fold Surinamese headscarves on 16 September. She will come to the Czaar Peterstraat as part of a national activity organised by the Oranje Fonds. The foundation recently gave subsidies to neighbourhood boat Het Einde van de Wereld and to a project for released prisoners.

Het Einde van de Wereld is run by volunteers, who serve affordable and ecologically sound meals each Wednesday and Friday. As a result of the slightly brackish water of the IJ, the boat suffered from a specific type of corrosion. It will go to a shipyard for repairs on 23 October.

The Oranje Fonds awarded a 12,500 euro subsidy to pay for the repairs. Spokesperson Nancy Scheeve of the foundation: “The ship plays an important role in the neighbourhood. It is located at the Java Island, a unique place, with very few facilities”.

Another project that recently received a subsidy is ‘Help I am on the outside’, an internet helpdesk for released prisoners and people who deal with them. Bonjo, an organisation for detainees and their families, receives 29,000 euro for the project.

In prison everything is taken care of, but when detainees are released, they have to fend for themselves all of a sudden. Often, they do not know where to turn to for help. Social workers as well often have difficulties locating the services that are needed, says Bono’s Job Joris Arnold.

Last year, the Oranje Fonds supported 1,278 projects, 43 of them in Amsterdam. The amount varies, but the average subsidy is around 16,000 euro. “These are substantial amounts”, says spokesperson Scheeve. “That is in accordance with our aim to really make a difference”.

On 16 September, the Oranje Fonds organises a national event at which over 250 organisations will open their doors to the public and organise activities. Various social and neighbourhood organisations in Amsterdam participate.

Dutch celebrities will visit various organisations. Leena Jaarsveld will report at 3 pm to the Czaar 51 community centre to participate in a Surinamese head scarf folding workshop.

The Oranje Fonds was founded in 2002 as a wedding present for Prince Willem-Alexander and Princess Máxima. It merged with the Juliana Welzijns Fonds. Every year, the foundation spends about 20 million euro on social initiatives.

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