FRENCH shipping giant CMA CGM's Corporate Foundation for Children has awarded eight French and Lebanese associations for projects aimed at improving the daily lives of 2,500 sick and disadvantaged children.
Since 2005, the CMA CGM Corporate Foundation for Children, has supported projects providing help for needy kids, supporting efforts to improve the lives of sick children in France and Lebanon, the mother countries of the Marseille company and its owners.
The charity also promotes equality of opportunity for young people from disadvantaged backgrounds and encourages personal development of children with disabilities.
During the past 10 years, the foundation has been of assistance to over 120 organisations and associations.
At the end of its second call for projects, the foundation selected eight projects from French and Lebanese associations responding to the theme "Improve the quality of life for sick children and child victims of trauma".
Said foundation president Naila Saade: "We received many applications and the selection was difficult. The eight associations that we have selected are mostly defined by their originality and their desire to improve the lives of sick children."
The money will go to the hospitalisation and accommodation for five African children aged 18 months to 15 years, the acquisition of musical instruments to develop the creativity of 200 hospitalised children, school supplies and enrolment related costs of 33 Gypsy kids in Toulon, a nutrition project to benefit 50 children in Marseille.
Money will also go for the acquisition of computers and furniture for 41 teenagers to further personal success of intellectually gifted, but in great distress, often social and school drop-outs.
And for Lebanon, money will go for computers, infirmary equipment and the purchase of a vehicle suitable for 640 children in Beirut, children aged 12 to 18 who are victims of physical and sexual abuse as well as workmanship and the acquisition of 30 pediatric services beds for 1,500 children and premature babies in Beirut).
Money will also go for surgical operations for children suffering from congenital heart disease for the association in Beirut.
Source : SN-TR.