5 new projects supported by the ENGIE Foundation
Since its creation in 2013, the ENGIE Foundation’s Belgian Selection Committee has offered support to 31 projects run by associations aiming to promote the integration of children and young people through education, sport and culture. Five new projects were added in 2017.
The ENGIE Foundation was launched in France in September 2010 and has already supported over 215 projects in 30 countries. It embodies the social, societal and environmental commitment of the ENGIE Group and its employees around the world.
The Foundation’s Belgian Project Selection Committee was set up four years ago. It has an annual budget of €500,000, which it uses to help associations aiming to promote the integration of children and young people through education, sport and culture. But the Foundation offers much more than just financial aid: it also gives associations the opportunity to benefit from ENGIE’s expertise and that of ENGIE’s 17,000 Belgium-based employees. ENGIE has carried out free energy audits, helped associations to lead energy workshops or organise press conferences, and put associations in touch with other sponsors, to name but a few of the actions taken so far.
Projects supported in 2017
Since 2013, the ENGIE Foundation has supported 31 projects across all three of Belgium’s regions and has impacted the lives of over 40,000 children. We won’t list them all here, but the associations the Foundation has helped include BX Brussels, SOS Villages d’Enfants, Justine Home for Kids, Schola ULB and TADA.
The Foundation decided to support five new projects in 2017:
This film production workshop trains young people who dream of making a name for themselves in the film world. The association also helps primary and secondary schools to set up educational projects and works with young people to make films about social, societal and environmental issues.
The ENGIE Foundation has decided to support ‘Ener-Jeunes’, a children’s film project that explains environmental issues and sustainable development.
The Sound of Home is a musical education project for unaccompanied child refugees living in reception centres in Belgium. Over the 2017-2018 academic year, it will give 200 children the chance to learn to play a musical instrument or simply continue their education.
The project is a joint initiative involving Festival van Vlaanderen Brussel, SOS Villages d’Enfants, Fedasil, the Red Cross, Minor Ndako, music schools, and Flagey.
Fondation A Stichting aims to explore the issues and contradictions of images and question the world we inhabit, where ‘everything is visible’. The ENGIE Foundation has decided to support the Découverte programme, which is a series of workshops geared towards children having problems at school, children from disadvantaged backgrounds and children from schools covered by ‘positive discrimination’ schemes. The programme will guide and support around 20 children per workshop (200 over the year).
Mons School Dropout Service (SAS Mons) offers social, educational and learning assistance to secondary-school pupils (from any school type). The young people it supports come from disadvantaged families. They have been excluded from school (or are on the way to being excluded), are affected by absenteeism, or have dropped out of school. Among other things, the ENGIE Foundation’s support will enable the association to buy the building it currently rents.
MW Fund hopes to make it easier for Belgium’s disadvantaged children to access sporting activities by covering their sports club membership fees, buying them sports equipment, registering them for sports camps, and so on. The association works with top Belgian sports personalities, as these athletes provide inspiration and raise the association’s profile. The ENGIE Foundation has decided to support the 2017 Hockey Days, which will give 50 children the chance to learn all about hockey with the Belgian team that won the silver medal at the 2016 Olympics in Rio.
Are you involved in a project that is close to your heart? And does the project target one of the Foundation’s action areas? If so, don’t hesitate to apply for support!