Bel Foundation


May 2018

The Foundation gives its backing to 7 new projects:

At the meeting of the Board of Directors last April, the Bel Enterprise Foundation decided to support 7 new associative projects, to be implemented in 2018:

> Vietnam

The American foundation SPOON is comprised of a network of nutrition experts (doctors and nutritionists), responsible for training nurses in around a dozen countries and improving children’s nutrition.

Project supported: nutrition training for nurses in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi.
The aim is to improve the nutrition of children with disabilities and orphaned children.


SPOON has identified 170,000 orphaned children in Vietnam, the majority of whom have disabilities and eating disorders for which they are not given treatment.

The Foundation's grant will enable 100 Vietnamese nurses to be given training in nutrition and will provide nutritional support to 700 children, nearly 400 of whom are living in orphanages.

Social impact: 700 children aged under 18 will benefit from the project.



> Vietnam

Helen Keller International, a humanitarian organization, works to combat blindness and malnutrition in some 20 countries in Africa and Asia; every year, its work benefits millions of children and their families. For 20 years, Helen Keller International has been fighting malnutrition through a programme based around staple crops, known as “Enhanced Food Production”.

Project supported: deployment of the “Enhanced Food Production” project across six new municipalities in North Vietnam.
The aim is to help women ensure food security for their families and improve the nutritional status of their children, by setting up vegetable gardens.


Conducted in partnership with the Vietnam National Institute of Nutrition, under the authority of the Vietnamese Ministry of Health, the “Enhanced Food Production” programme provides production inputs (seeds, plants, small livestock, equipment) and women receive training in agriculture, nutrition and hygiene. Once they have been given training and support, they gradually take on a more active role in their community. The vegetable gardens produce micronutrient-rich fruit and vegetables that strengthen and diversify children's diets. The Foundation is renewing its support for this project for a second year. The grant will be used to set up three vegetable gardens, to supply food for three school canteens. Household farms will be available to 500 families and awareness workshops will be set up for mothers and teachers.

Social impact: 500 new families will be able to benefit from the programme.




> Senegal

The world's leading NGO for the sponsorship of children, VISION DU MONDE France acts to help and protect the most vulnerable children. Thanks to sponsorship in particular, the association implements development programmes around food, water, health and education. The programmes are conducted on a long-term basis, with the emphasis placed on involving and empowering the local population..

Project supported: deployment of a programme to combat malnutrition in Senegal. The aim is to improve the nutrition and hygiene of children, pregnant women and nursing mothers.


The programme consists in helping families detect and treat cases of malnutrition themselves.

The Foundation is renewing its support for this project for a second year. The grant will make it possible to build and renovate four nutrition sites: these spaces, dedicated to meetings with children and mothers, are used to organize sessions aimed at detecting malnutrition and raising awareness about better nutrition.

A food loft will also be built, in order to store foodstuffs for the children: collected from local farmers and supplied by the families in the villages, the grain and oilseeds are reserved for children suffering from malnutrition. This system of community contribution ensures that the foodstuffs remain accessible all year round and at a reasonable price. Thanks to the stocks in the food loft and the workshops, the women can make use of their knowledge to prepare enriched, nutritional flours that will meet the needs of their children.

Social impact: 2,000 children under the age of 5 and 700 women will benefit from the programme.


> Burkina Faso

The international development NGO GRET carries out operations in a wide range of areas (Health, Agriculture, Water, etc.) with the aim of providing sustainable responses for development in solidarity.

Project supported: consolidation of “ALLOLAAFIA”, a programme for personalised information and the raising of awareness about children’s health, through mobile phones (launched in 2016 by GRET and supported by the Foundation).
The aim is to improve the use of good nutritional and health practices by families and infants under the age of two in Burkina Faso.


Each week, the parents of under-twos will receive practical health and nutritional information that is useful and suited to their needs, in the form of text and/or voice messages via their mobile phones. There are regular messages about feeding infants and young children. By making this information accessible remotely, it is possible to reach those members of the population who are farthest away from health services and are therefore the most vulnerable.

The Foundation has decided to provide GRET with support for the third year running to consolidate the “ALLOLAAFIA” programme and ensure it is taken over by a local organisation in Burkinabe’s health community.

Social impact: 1,200 new families will be given free subscriptions.


> Italy

Orma is an Italian association whose mission is to encourage physical activity among young people in order to combat obesity and promote well-being.

Project supported: introduction of a programme of nutritional awareness-raising in Milan.
The aim is to reduce obesity among vulnerable urban families in Italy.

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ORMA is the partner of the FitforKids programme: launched in Denmark 15 years ago, this programme has already helped more than 2,000 children and their families. FitforKids is currently deployed in Greece, Portugal and Italy.
The Foundation’s grant will be used to organise digital coaching sessions about nutrition, as well as collective and customized sporting events for parents and children.

Social impact: 100 children aged 7 to 13 will benefit from the awareness programme and 50 families will receive coaching.


> France

For 20 years, Sport dans la Ville has been the leading organisation in France for professional integration through sport. Its range of programmes encourage the social and professional integration of 6,000 young people who have signed up.

Project supported: introduction of a nutrition programme for young people, in six French cities (Lyon, Grenoble, Chambéry, St Etienne, Lille and Paris).
The aim is to raise awareness about health and a balanced diet for children active on the association’s sports grounds.


For 20 years, the educators from Sport dans la ville have been involved on a weekly basis in the priority neighbourhoods, offering free sports sessions for kids. The association’s teams have noticed an upsurge in child obesity due to a restructuring of their food regimen, in terms of both meal-times and the food they consume.
The Foundation’s grant would be used to train the people in charge of around thirty sports centres, so that they, in turn, can raise awareness among young people and their families about proper nutrition and doing more physical activity. Workshops to raise awareness about nutrition will also be held, during camps and holiday stays.

Social impact: 4,300 children, aged 6 to 17 will benefit from the awareness programmes and 1,500 families will be monitored.


> France

Since 2010, PROGRAMME MALIN has been helping socially and economically vulnerable families to give their young children proper nourishment, from birth to age three, by offering them a range of very specific support tools. Programme Malin includes information and tips on food, practical advice and recipes for parents, and also early childhood professionals who are at their disposal in order to provide more personalised answers to their questions. In the experimentation phase, Programme Malin is currently deployed in 5 pilot regions in France.

Project supported: design of new digital materials. In the form of an easily accessible game that is simple and fun – the player composes the daily meals for their family; this application will help to complement the Programme’s activities on the ground and thereby strengthen their impact.


Fully funded by the Foundation and developed in partnership with the start-up C’Trop Food, a specialist in providing entertaining content about food, the game will help to circulate the Malin programme more widely.

Social impact: the association aims to reach 200,000 children by 2020.