In France, we are fortunate to be able to benefit from a wide range of aid in many areas, particularly in the development of innovative and/or social projects.
Several months ago, we therefore discovered the Action Jeunes Tarn project carried by three actors: the federation Léo Lagrange, the Departmental Direction of Social Cohesion and Protection of Populations (DDCSPP) and the General Council of the Tarn. This project aims to help young people to realise their projects of social utility by providing them with both personal and financial support. Sophie and I having (partially) grown up in Albi, we decide to try our luck.
Sophie, the association’s deputy treasurer, took charge of the whole process: putting together the dossier, exchanging with the various players, presenting our project “Les locaux motiv’ in front of a jury. Thanks to her, therefore, we are happy to be one of the winners of the competition, and to receive significant financial support from these three structures.
The financial aid will be entirely used to renovate the school in 2016, and allow the students to work in good conditions.
New collaborations within the framework of our cultural exchange (Link project) are also to be followed, in particular with the Jean Jaurès College where Sophie and I went to school. We would like both to make the French pupils aware of the life of the children of Bohol — in particular through an art project “Draw me your life”, which is currently being developed — and to give the schoolchildren of Mandaug the feeling of being part of a larger community, that of the “schoolchildren of the world”.
Great things are on the horizon for our association, and we are more motivated than ever!