ENGIE Foundation supports three new projects
The ENGIE Foundation was created in France in 2010, and, since 2013, it has supported projects helping children and young people in Belgium through education, sport and culture. So far, 37 Belgian associations have benefited from the Foundation’s help. By the end of 2017, there will be three more: YouthStart, Sun Child and Fonds Victor.
Every year, the ENGIE Foundation spends 500,000 euros supporting projects that have an impact on tens of thousands of children in Brussels, Flanders and Wallonia. The associations backed by the Foundation also have the opportunity to benefit from ENGIE’s expertise and that of its 17,000 Belgium-based employees. As such, the Foundation offers much more than just financial support.
YouthStart develops entrepreneurial spirit
Belgians are often criticised for their lack of entrepreneurial spirit, so YouthStart wants to instil it among young people, who are tomorrow’s entrepreneurs. How? By helping them identify their talents, develop their competencies and gain self-confidence, and by giving them the basic entrepreneurial and computer skills that will help them to take the leap in the future. Thanks to the ENGIE Foundation, YouthStart will be able to set up 10 courses as part of its Entrepreneurial Class. Last year, 922 young people received training, with 85% obtaining a certificate of completion. Since 1998, more than 7,000 young people have taken a YouthStart course.
Sun Child, taking care of sick children
Sun Child aims to bring a little sunshine into the lives of sick children and their families to comfort and help them by means of social assistance or financial aid. For example, it offers a driver service to take sick children to their healthcare appointments and assists them with their education by facilitating their return to school or liaising between the school and the hospital. The ENGIE Foundation decided to support Sun Child to make sure that illness does not stand in the way of children’s education.
Fonds Victor encourages reading
The Fonds Victor aims to encourage 12 to 15 year-olds to read because “a child who reads will be an adult who thinks”. To that end, it organises specific events, for example Victor Day at Chevetogne Park during which teenagers can share their favourite texts with visitors. The Fonds Victor also rewards schools that develop projects encouraging children to read. Finally, every year, a Victor Prize will be awarded to both a French speaking author (chosen by young people) and the school that organises the most fun and imaginative event in relation to the shortlisted books.
Are you involved in a project that is close to your heart? Does the project target one of the ENGIE Foundation’s action areas? If so, don’t hesitate to apply for support.