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Visit from the Dutch Ambassador and the Amsterdam Mayor

IMG_3325 On Tuesday 9 December, Donkey Bakery received some distinguished guests – Mrs, Nienke Trooster, the recently arrived Dutch Ambassador to Vietnam, and Mr Eberhard van der Laan, the Mayor of Amsterdam, the largest city in the Netherlands.

The Ambassador and the Mayor were treated to afternoon tea and a presentation by Marc Stenfert Kroese on the history and operations of Donkey Bakery, and its mission to provide inclusive employment opportunities. They also heard from Mark Sayer, Principal of BVIS, one of the schools to which Donkey Bakery provides canteen services.

The guests were interested to hear of the history and experiences of running a social enterprise offering opportunities to disabled people in Vietnam. They were also very interested to hear more about the cakes they were eating and even had suggestion for Dutch specialities the bakery could produce in future. The meeting ended with a promise to explore opportunities to share experiences between Donkey Bakery and some ofAmsterdam’s master bakers. Look out for more Dutch specialities from Donkey Bakery in the future…