The Humanitarian Foundation 2009

When Haakon and Mette-Marit married in 2001, they set up a foundation, and asked for gifts to be given to the foundation. The Norwegian government contributed to the foundation as a wedding present, with one Norwegian kr. per inhabitant in Norway. In total, the foundation received close to six mil. Norwegian kr in connection with the wedding.

The humanitarian foundation supports both projects in Norway and abroad.

It has become tradition for the foundation and the couple, to have their wedding day as the day when gifts from the foundation are given out. The recipients usually tie in with the causes the Crown Princely couple supports, such as the fight against racism, troubled youths, preventing AIDS or similar causes.

Last year the gift from the foundation went to Fundación Xochiquetzal in Nicaragua.

This year, it is sticking a bit closer to home. “Be Proud” (Vær stolt) a project dedicated to fighting racism in Holmlia, a borough in Oslo, received part of the money for 2009. The other part went to HYWA in Bærum, a youth organization against violence, racism and narcotics.

In the award ceremony, Mette-Marit said:

“The two projects that receive the funds for this year, have chosen to meet the challenges by letting youth work together to strenghten the local societies.”

Article in Norwegian from Aftenposten, including picture.

The Humanitarian Foundation

At the time of their wedding, Haakon and Mette-Marit started a Humanitarian foundation, which  gives out a sum of money to various cases, on their wedding anniversary.

 

Crown Prince Haakon has previously joked that this is a way for him to remember his anniversary.

 

This year, the board of the foundation decided that the money should go to the Fundación Xochiquetzal from Nicaragua. Crown Princess Mette-Marit visited this organization during her visit to Nicaragua last year.    The organization, which focuses on social project, received 500,000 NOK. The sum will be used for micro-credit loans, to help youths who have formerly been part of the sex-trade, to start their own businesses.

 

Pictures from BA