Mercy Ships – New mission in Benin – Hospital opening
On 18 August 2016, the Africa Mercy and its crew docked in their new home country for the next 10 months – Benin, in West Africa.
Mercy Ships chose Benin because of its very limited access to medical care – the country has only 10 hospital beds and 1 doctor for every 20,000 inhabitants. The country’s health care system is in crisis.
During its mission in Benin, more than 1,700 operations will be performed on more than 835 adults and children, around 8,000 people will be treated at a land-based dental clinic, and holistic health care training will be provided to local health professionals.
The first few weeks were given over to meeting potential patients at the patient screening centre set up in Cotonou. The five operating theatres on board the Africa Mercy opened their doors on 12 September to welcome the first patients.
Mercy Ships can’t wait to see all the lives transformed by surgery and training during its mission in Benin!
AN EDUCATIONAL PROJECT THAT SHAPES INDIVIDUALS FROM CHILDHOOD TO THE VERGE OF ADULTHOOD
This project supports underprivileged parents, mostly from foreign backgrounds, in the education of their children (aged from 6 to 15) by providing learning support, sporting and recreational activities and holiday camps. It aims to help parents facing various social integration problems (limited understanding of French, precarious employment, unemployment, single parent families) in their educational role.
To prevent the risk of marginalisation and the development of risk behaviour (dropping out of school, addiction, violence, breaking family ties …).
To foster a thirst for knowledge and love of learning.
To impart a taste for school work though an educational approach that focuses less on the academic performance of homework and more on the acquisition of knowledge and know-how through fun activities.
To instil values such as commitment, respect for rules and other people, and the value of hard work.
To grow and mature by sharing and building relationships of friendship and trust.
The beneficiaries are supported by an educational professional and a team of volunteers. Les Enfants du Parc places great emphasis on volunteering, particularly by its previously idle older students, who are now mobilised and trained to mentor younger students. La Fondation Apprentis d’Auteuil invested in this project because it reflects its values:
In education, no situation is hopeless: young people who regain confidence in themselves and in adults can express their potential and embark on a successful educational and career path.
Whatever their path in life, all children have potential, abilities and skills. It is up to the people around the child to enable him or her to express them.
Play is a powerful educational tool. Too many children do not know or have forgotten how to play, because their imagination has been suppressed. Les Enfants du Parc is working to rekindle children’s imagination and their ability to dream and create.
From September 2015, the Albatros Foundation will support the french association “Toutes à l’école” which, since 2006, freely send to school the most underprivileged girls from the peri-urban areas of Phnom Penh in it’s school Happy Chandara.
The founder, Mrs Tina Kieffer, has decided to give priority to girls education, willing to bring her contribution to the still important cambodian gender inequality: only 36% of the children going to school in Cambodia are girls.
The Albatros Foundation, will support 2 classes of 25 girls.
Currently, Happy Chandara welcomes 1000 girls from 6 to 14 years old. Every year, 100 girls start their education there.
The girls from the poorest families are accepted in priority (monthly income lower than 100 US$).
In addition to the khmer national programme, the schoolgirls study english, french and computer science.
A hairdressing vocational centre opened in September 2013.
The first class of high school students will start in September 2015.
With these two orientations (high school and vocational training), Happy Chandara gives the opportunity to choose between third education or a professional course. In this way, the young girls are accompanied until their admission at university or their first employment.
The Department of Security of the Canton of Geneva, represented by the International Solidarity Service, and the Fondation Albatros have forged a partnership to provide schooling to the poorest children in Vietnam. Fondation Albatros would like to express its gratitude to the Republic and Canton of Geneva for their trust.
The project being funded will provide schooling for 800 children from the provinces of Binh Thuan and Hau Giang during the 2013-2014 school year.
The overall goal is to increase the number of years that the poorest children from these two provinces spend at school so they can learn trades that will enable them to earn a decent standard of living.
The local partner in charge of carrying out the project is the French-Belgian NGO Mekong Plus, which has been working in Vietnam for nearly 20 years. Mekong Plus has made community development in the rural regions of Vietnam and Cambodia its main mission.
Its flagship programme is the fight against poverty. This includes educating the poorest members of the population, which is a mandatory step in the socioeconomic development of the communities where it works.
The Fondation involves itself further in Romania. It is committed to supporting “Hope and Homes – Romania” by assisting with the closure of institutions for children inherited from communist times, and to the development of alternative placement solutions to the state child care system for these children.
In partnership with other foundations and entrepreneurs, Fondation Albatros supports the 9th annual EVPA (European Venture Philanthropy Association) conference, which will take place in Geneva for the first time on November 26 and 27, 2013.
Auteuil Suisse to support its after school care and extracurricular activities in the Plainpalais area of Geneva. The centre, which is situated in the St François parish premises, is for children and adolescents from underprivileged immigrant families. It provides learning support and leisure activities.
This project is hosted by the St François parish and is non-denominational.
Women are still too often victims of gender discrimination.
Discrimination begins in the womb: many women – influenced by the culture and rituals of their country and subjected to strong pressure from their husbands – have an abortion when they know they are pregnant with a girl. If the pregnancy is carried to term, some baby girls will be killed at birth by their parents, who consider the birth of a girl to be a significant barrier to their economic advancement (infanticide is much less widespread than foeticide).
More worryingly, wealth and economic development do not reduce the preference for a male child.