9 grants were awarded to teams of employees
Their project: to contribute to the cost of transferring a sick Algerian child to France, his treatment and his return to Algeria.
Yacine, Sofiane and Zahira, volunteers from the Vols d’Espoirs association, help to facilitate the medical treatment of Algerian children under 18 suffering from heart disease by organising their admission to French hospitals.
YACINE, WHY ARE YOU SUPPORTING THIS PROJECT?
“Our greatest satisfaction is to see the smiles on the faces of these parents and the joy of the child who has regained his place as a child. Thanks to the Foundation’s support, we are now contributors to this project and we are very proud of it.“
Their project: to contribute financially to the education of a guide dog. After several months of training, the dog is given to a child between the ages of 12 and 18, and becomes an indispensable companion when travelling.
The Fondation Frédéric Gaillanne is the first guide dog training school in Europe and is exclusively dedicated to children who are visually impaired or have other forms of disability. Touched by the association’s mission, Philippe and Antonio decided to get involved.
PHILIPPE, WHY ARE YOU SUPPORTING THIS PROJECT?
“Supporting this project is quite simply a way of showing solidarity and helping children affected by the loss of individual autonomy to develop. This project gives meaning to our personal commitment on a daily basis: recognising our good fortune, remaining benevolent and helping others in their difficulties.“
Their project: to take part in a solidarity sports challenge: the WINTERTRAIL race. When sport and solidarity come together!
Aurélie, Sophie and Laetitia have been organising fundraisers for a solidarity and sports challenge and events within the Bel Group since May 2016, to help the Oxfam France association with its development programmes.
AURÉLIE, WHY ARE YOU SUPPORTING THIS PROJECT?
“It was a wonderful human and sporting experience, which enabled us to discover team-mates and supporters who were united in their efforts. The three values that Bel stands for – commitment, audacity and benevolence – came together in this solidarity event, thanks to the Foundation.“
Their project: to finance the printing of a comic strip on the theme of sustainable development. The result of a year’s worth of meetings and work with young primary school children to raise their awareness of environmental protection.
Véronique and Aurélie are involved in the Projet Action 60 association, which raises awareness among parents and children about disability, difference and sustainable development.
VÉRONIQUE, WHY ARE YOU SUPPORTING THIS PROJECT?
“This project has brought us a lot of personal enrichment. Nowadays, the environment is a very important subject, particularly waste sorting, with children in schools. We think it’s essential to raise children’s awareness of this issue“.
Their project: with the support of the Foundation, 14 young children suffering from this syndrome are receiving personalised support to help them learn and become more independent.
Biliana, Maria and Mario are volunteers with the Williams Syndrome association in Spain, working to improve the quality of life of children with Williams syndrome (a rare genetic disorder).
BILIANA, WHY ARE YOU SUPPORTING THIS PROJECT?
“As the mother of a child with Williams syndrome, I share the difficulties of the families supported by the association. I’m very proud to have taken part in this project and to have been able to raise awareness of this issue among Bel’s teams.“
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Their project: to launch a series of extra-curricular activities aimed at raising children’s awareness of the need to conserve water and train tomorrow’s responsible citizens.
Johanna and Ali are involved with Surge for Water to help the charity expand its work and raise awareness of the global water crisis by providing educational programmes on conservation and sustainable development.
Their project: through this BEL & MOM team’s commitment to sport and solidarity, the Foundation is supporting the American association, which runs initiatives to raise awareness of healthy eating habits among young people.
MOM has been working with the American association for several years, and the Bel Group teams were invited to take part in the New York Marathon to run in the colours of Action For Healthy Kids, an association that promotes healthy eating habits among young people.
Their project: financing equipment to enable children in their care to take part in motor activities despite their severe disabilities.
Lenka and Ludmila have been personally involved in the Rovnocenni association for the disabled for several years.
LENKA, WHY ARE YOU SUPPORTING THIS PROJECT?
“After several years of cooperation between Bel and the association, this project was an opportunity to provide real financial support. I had the chance to meet generous people, full of goodwill and always wanting to take on new challenges. I’m proud to be part of this project.“
Their project: setting up sports activities for children: swimming, hiking and table tennis.
This year, Monika and Rastislav have decided to make a commitment to Detsky Domov Michalovce, to support the association in developing sporting activities for children. The aim is to improve the children’s physical abilities, self-confidence and psychological resilience, and to guide them towards a healthy lifestyle.