The Dutch monarch will be visiting the Society of Humanitarianism (Maatschappij van Weldadigheid) in Frederiksoord on Drenthe on 20 April.
By Traci White and Jelte Stol / Translation by Traci White
The 200th anniversary of the founding of the Frederiksoord colony by Johannes van den Bosch is the occasion for King Willem-Alexander’s visit. The king will start his visit at the Westerbeek house, which was the headquarters of the Society of Humanitarianism, a private organisation which helped impoverished families by providing them with farmland and training in the 19thcentury.
The site is currently nominated to become a UNESCO World Heritage site. The king will also visit the former agricultural school, where students and entrepreneurs will demonstrate several projects focused on modern living, working and learning. The king willl finish his tour at the new House of Humanitarianism, where a symposium about historic and contemporary poverty reduction efforts. RTV Drenthe will be broadcasting Willem-Alexander’s tour through the Drenthe site online.