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Puressentiel Foundation: the world tour of our projects

Committed to a fair and responsible approach, respectful of Humans and his environment, Puressentiel supports many causes and associations that share the same values.

Isabelle Pacchioni

Puressentiel strives to preserve the environment as a whole, to favor the ecosystem, by taking care not to punctuate a crop to the point of endangering it (no deforestation, no uprooting), or even to plan for plantations several years before possible exploitation. This, while respecting fundamental human rights, in particular the exclusion of discrimination, forced labor and the exploitation of children.

SO, TODAY, THE PURESSENTIEL FOUNDATION IS ACTIVE ALL OVER THE WORLD.

2020, THE PURESSENTIEL FOUNDATION MOBILIZED IN THE FIGHT AGAINST THE COVID-19’S PANDEMIA

SPECIAL COVID-19: Several concrete actions to help fight the Covid-19 epidemic have been carried out in Europe.

In coordination with the Puressentiel scientific committee, The Puressentiel Foundation has provided assistance to various hospitals around the world: Bichat Hospital in Paris, CHR in Metz-Thionville, CHU in Liège in Belgium, Hôpital Universitaire International Cheikh Khalifa Casablanca in Morocco, in the Center FMBA clinic in Russia as well as at Filatov Clinic in Moscow, Russia.

Thus, an important financing plan made it possible:

The purchase of intensive care or hospitalisation equipment,

Contribution to psychological support for healthcare teams,

Participation in specific research against Covid-19, jointly with the Léon Frédéricq Foundation of the University of Liège, the CHU de Liège and the Universit of Liège which were able to make 650,000€ available for 13 research projects against the Covid 19.

Finally, of course, several thousand antibacterial gels were shipped for their hospital staff.

The Puressentiel Foundation has also given its support to various associations:

By distributing personal hygiene products to homeless women and women victims of violence in the Paris region, with the association ZONTA PARIS;

By distributing Puressentiel Antibacterial lotion sprays with the association WORKING TOGETHER to the Ardèche firefighters, to nursing and administrative staff of Ehpad (retirement home in France), to primary and secondary school teachers from the Rhône Alpes and PACA regions

With MÉDECINS DU MONDE, by donating Puressentiel Antibacterial lotion sprays to people in precarious situations in Brussels.

2020, THE PURESSENTIEL FOUNDATION IS MOBILISED FOLLOWING THE EXPLOSIONS OF 4th AUGUST 2020 IN BEIRUT

The Puressentiel Foundation acts for the protection of childhood and Health and supports the Lebanese association 'Les Petits Soleils' founded by Doctor Noha Baz (member of the Puressentiel scientific committee) following the explosions which devastated part of Beirut on 4th August 2020.

Exceptional financial assistance was immediately released by the Puressentiel Foundation and paid directly to the association to help with the necessary care of the population.

'Many wounded and dead, destroyed and overloaded hospitals, people sewn up on the floor in the emergency kitchens, slit eyelids, eye wounds ... Families who already had little and who have nothing left. But the sun always rises at the end of the day.'

Dr Noha Baz, founder of the 'Les Petits Soleils' association in 1996 in Lebanon, which provides health care and education for children (and children of refugees) without medical coverage, all ethnicities and religious.

1,200,000 PROTECTED BEES AND WILD BEE SAVING

In France and Belgium, we have been supporting 12 beekeepers and 16 organic hives, in conversion, PDO, beginners ... from the "Un Toit Pour Les Abeilles" network, since 2018.

This network participates in the safeguarding of bees and in the development of colonies, in France and in Belgium, and thus, in the protection of biodiversity.

In particular, by protecting the Black Bee ("Apis Mellifera Mellifera"), a species that used to be dominant in Europe: in France today there are barely 10% of Black Bees. This is the ancestral bee, our original bee, the one that withstood the two periods of glaciation. Today it is threatened.

In 2020, The Puressentiel Foundation also protects wild bees and becomes a "pamper".

40% of wild bees are endangered. These bees live alone, do not make honey, do not bite but participate very actively in biodiversity by being champions of pollination. Without them, many flowers would not turn into fruit or vegetables.


PROVIDE ACCESS TO FREE HEALTH CARE IN HOSPITAL SHIPS IN SENEGAL AND LIBERIA, AND TRAIN LOCAL HEALTH PROFESSIONALS

With the association Mercy Ships Belgium

Mercy Ships is a global charity that has been chartering hospital ships to the poorest countries since 1978, in collaboration with the Ministry of Health of the host country, to provide free health and surgical care, training of health professionals, and assistance in the development of local projects to improve the health systems of the host countries.

The association has commissioned the largest private hospital ship in the world:

The Africa Mercy is in Senegal until September 2020.

In 2020, the mission will allow:

- to treat 2,000 to 3,000 patients with eye disorders;

- perform 1,350 operations onboard the Africa Mercy (including 55 pediatric operations)...

- training in pediatric anesthesia for 100 local professionals, first aid courses, courses in regional hospitals

The Puressentiel Foundation's endowment participates in a tailor-made program that specifically targets the medical relief of children and women.

15 HECTARES OF MANGROVES REPLANTED AND 600 HECTARES OF SENEGALESE MANGROVES MONITORED

With the Eclosio association

The mission of Eclosio is to strengthen initiatives that respect the human and the environment and to contribute to the exercise of the fundamental rights of populations.

Project 2020 consists of the restoration and protection of the Senegalese mangrove ecosystem in the commune of Joal-Fadiouth, Senegal.

Mangrove is an area located between land and sea, whose vegetation grows in fresh or saltwater. Senegal has some 185,000 hectares. It is one of the richest ecosystems in the world, the green lung of the earth. Numerous species of birds, monkeys, fish, crabs, shellfish... find refuge, feed and reproduce there.

If the mangrove is of capital importance at the ecological level, its safeguard is also essential for the populations which use its resources (fishing, firewood, traditional pharmacopeia...) to meet their needs. This ecosystem is threatened by various factors: conversion of land for aquaculture and agriculture, coastal development, pollution and climate change, drought and overexploitation of resources (overcutting for firewood and construction, overharvesting of oysters and other shellfish, etc.).

As a result, mangroves are disappearing at an alarming rate. A quarter of its total surface area has disappeared since the 1970s. The activities planned within the framework of this project focus on the reforestation of mangroves and the monitoring of the marine protected area, through the support of eco guards. Preserving biodiversity also allows women oysters and ark (shellfish found in Africa) producers to continue to live decently.

This project is part of a vast project, called DEMETER, carried out with the support of the European Union. It brings together 14 NGOs and local associations, which together share, improve and disseminate their tools, methodologies and good management practices to help local communities live better in mangrove areas. This project presented to the Puressentiel Foundation is submitted by 2 local women's groups ("Mbooga Yaay" from Joal, jointly with the "Women and shells" group from Fadiouth).

ACCESS TO WATER FOR MORE THAN 1000 CHILDREN IN 21 CRÈCHES

With the association La Froggies Family in South Africa

The association raises funds to finance long-term projects, supported by local structures, for the benefit of underprivileged children throughout the world. Our project is called "TeachLove Care Network".

Last year, rainwater harvesting tanks were installed in 21 crèches in the township of Bloekombos, Cape Town, supported by the organization. The water is now accessible for the crèches but outside so it needs to be transported inside for use. The Puressentiel Foundation's endowment will ensure the optimal and safe use of the rainwater collected, without transporting it from the outside to the inside, as well as the production of hot water.

The nurseries take in children up to the age of 5. They play a vital role in township communities and have been recognized as one of the most powerful tools for breaking the intergenerational cycle of poverty in South Africa, as long as the conditions are right.

Children who go there do better in school and are better integrated socially

However, in the townships on the outskirts of Cape Town, the very precarious situation of the families does not allow a decent functioning of a crèche. 

Thus, the Puressentiel Foundation's endowment will allow savings to be carried over to investments directly related to the children's education (educational materials, teachers).

This project is part of a global action of standardization and improvement of the children’s living conditions. Achievements since 2015 are, among others: installation of ceilings, kitchen, shower room, roof repair, change of windows, installation of toilets, installation of play porticoes, installation of off-ground vegetable gardens, construction of mezzanines.

SUSTAINABLE ACCESS TO IRRIGATION WATER FOR 300 PERUVIAN FAMILIES

With the association Eclosio

The mission of Eclosio is to strengthen initiatives that respect people and the environment and contribute to the exercise of people's fundamental rights.

The priority intervention zone of the project supported by the Puressentiel Foundation in 2020 is located in the Pescado River watershed, in the Black Cordillera of the Ancash region in Peru, between 1,500 and 5,000 meters above sea level.

The project will contribute to the resilience of the communities to climate change risks. In particular, irregular rainfall, prolonged periods of drought and the precarious nature of the gravity-fed irrigation system, are causing production and soil erosion problems in plots with slopes of up to 75%.

The Puressentiel Foundation will provide sustainable access to water for 300 peasant families in the region where agriculture and animal husbandry are the main activities.

A project that will also allow :

Better involvement of women in irrigation management (reduction of drudgery work) and production (interest for small livestock farming);The improvement of their incomes through improved nutrition (quantity and quality of fodder) from small-scale farming, particularly guinea pigs, which they are responsible for raising and marketing.Finally, it also makes it possible to diversify agricultural production and to offer a more balanced diet, an important element in the fight against malnutrition among children.

PROVIDING A DAILY MEAL TO 193 SCHOOL CHILDREN IN HAITI

With the association Ô Secours des Enfants Démunis Haïtiens (OSEDH)

Since 2015, the association has been supporting a school in Haiti, in one of the poorest rural areas.

The project financed by the Puressentiel Foundation consists of providing one meal a day to the 193 children attending free school (in the rural village of La Colline d'Aquin in south-west Haiti). The Puressentiel Foundation is also involved in the digging of a well-providing access to drinking water, as well as the implementation of a complete module on agro-economics ("Green education") for these 193 pupils. 

At the start of the school year in September 2019, the association observed a significant drop (-23%) in the number of children enrolled in its free school, compared to the 2018-2019 school year. In Haiti, children help their parents to earn money from an early age, which is why most children cannot go to school. The association pays the school fees for the children. Offering one meal a day to these school children helps reduce the dropout rate during the course of the school year.

The project also includes the digging of a well to provide access to water so that the children can hydrate themselves on a daily basis and have water access to water the fruit tree shoots planted as part of the "Green Education" program

Since May 2018, the association has set up a reforestation program to raise children's awareness to protect their environment. Although the school is located in a rural rather than an urban area, it is important to educate future generations on the importance of protecting their environment. Haiti is located in a seismic zone that is experiencing a number of natural disasters that destroy everything in their path and impact humans and their natural environment on a large scale.

On the other hand, the rural area where the school is located lacks vital human resources and facilities, such as electricity or even sewerage. Garbage management is a real problem due to the lack of sustainable infrastructure, which penalizes men and affects the environment on a daily basis where some garbage piles up in nature destroying the ecosystem.

The objective of this medium and long term project is to accompany children and therefore future generations in their education so that they respect and protect their natural environment.

EMERGENCY FOOD AID FOR 120 ORPHANED CHILDREN IN RWANDA

With the association Harmonious Initiatives

The association's mission is to contribute to the achievement of the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals, and in this case, access to education for children.

In Rwanda, more than 50% of the population is under the age of 15, and 10% of children are orphans. During its field visit to Rwanda, Harmonious Initiatives met with several categories of children under poverty, malnutrition, and lack of water. Orphans fall into the most vulnerable category.

Certainly, Rwanda has made progress in making school free and compulsory for every child in primary school. However, having all the materials is still a condition for access to school. Unlike other African countries, it is not possible to organize collections of school materials.

The initial project earlier this year was to provide access to education for 70 disabled and vulnerable orphaned children.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this project turned into emergency food aid over the year for 120 orphaned children in Rwanda.

Since March 2020, due to the lockdown, Rwandan schools have been closed and only a few schools have reopened depending on the levels (Primary 5 and middle schools) since November 2. Children from kindergarten to third grade will not return to school until September 2021….

For most children, schools were the only daily meal.

Without school, children find themselves in a situation of precarity, even begging and malnutrition.

Thus, with the urgency of the situation, we distributed along with Harmonious Initiatives' association food aid of more than 2 tonnes for 120 children. This distribution will be repeated before the end of the year. In total, we will have distributed nearly 5 tonnes of food to 120 orphaned, disabled and vulnerable children in Rwanda this year.

20,000 MORINGAS PLANTED

The Puressentiel Foundation participates in the fight against the dramatic deforestation in Madagascar with the Humada association by planting 10,000 endemic trees (moringas with a thousand resources) in the Mikea forest near Tulear in 2020, and by monitoring their exploitation as well as that of the 10,000 trees planted in 2019.

This project includes a plan to raise public awareness of nature protection and sustainable development. In particular, it includes the implementation of reforestation and training operations with schools in the Tuléar area.

The three main focuses of the Humada association are: health, children's education, and the environment, particularly in the face of new climate challenges. In 11 years, Humada has built 11 schools, colleges and high schools in this region, in partnership with the Malagasy education system.

In 2018, the "first generation" of students of a "Humada" school passed the baccalaureate!

PROVIDE ACCESS TO DRINKING WATER FOR 150 PEOPLE

In Haiti, with the association 'Un Enfant Par La Main', we are building a water basin in the northwestern part of the 'Chaîne des Matheux', which has only benefited from rare development projects for decades.

The difficult access to water is one of the most important issues in the area. Our project is part of a plan to build 3 basins.

Thus, local families will have easier access to water for agricultural use (watering market gardening and forestry nurseries, watering livestock) but also for domestic use, to facilitate daily life (cooking, laundry, personal hygiene, crockery).

By reducing water collection times for women and children, this facilitates education. Finally, these basins help to combat runoff, soil erosion and agricultural land degradation. 

This project, originally planned for 2019, could not see the light because of serious political and social incidents that have shaken the country.

TO PROVIDE ACCESS TO CARE FOR 5,000 CHILDREN

With Aromathérapie sans Frontières

In Madagascar, the 'Aromathérapie Sans Frontières' association provides access to healthcare in this under-medicated country, using traditional medicines, including aromatic medicine, with the full agreement of the health authorities.

The Puressentiel Foundation supports the association 'Aromathérapie sans Frontières' created by Pierre Franchomme, a world-renowned aromatherapy expert. A dispensary was opened in 2014 in Antsirabé, the country's third-largest city, to provide therapeutic follow-up for children in public schools.

...And works for the opening of infirmaries in public primary schools to accommodate 900 students.

The Puressentiel Foundation endowment guarantees the decent annual remuneration of the doctors and employees of the dispensary: 2 doctors, 1 nurse, 2 care assistants, 1 secretary, 1 anthropologist, as well as 1 pharmacy assistant.

PREVENT CHILD ABUSE

WITH THE ASSOCIATION Enfance & Partage

En France, avec l’association Enfance & Partage, en participant cette année à l’élaboration d’un programme de prévention contre toute forme de violence faite aux enfants, mis en place dans les écoles, collèges et lycées en 2020.

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