On 4 October 2022, the Air France Foundation is celebrating 30 years of support for children in need. It is active in mainland France, in the French overseas departments and in all the countries served by the airline.
The Air France Foundation supports education, inclusion, social and professional integration, as well as cultural, sporting and artistic development for disadvantaged, sick or disabled young people. To do this, it provides financial support for numerous projects such as the construction of educational and social structures in Brazil and Dakar, the development of school support programmes and the distribution of IT equipment in France, the purchase of books, educational and creative games and sports equipment in Madagascar, as well as the purchase of medical equipment in the Dominican Republic.
The Foundation also supports actions to raise the environmental awareness of the younger generation. It relies on a vast network of associations and humanitarian organisations as well as NGOs with whom it shares the conviction that access to education, training, leisure activities and culture is the best way to develop.
It also takes action in case of emergency by taking part in initiatives aimed at rapidly assisting the most fragile populations affected by natural disasters, health crises or conflicts around the world, such as the recent clothing and basic necessities donation event for Ukraine and Lebanon.
To carry out its work, the Air France Foundation counts on Air France staff, among whom a vast network of over 4,800 "friends of the Foundation" volunteers et involved to help and participate in the actions it carries out and supports.
In 30 years, over 1,500 projects have been supported and financed in 80 countries. In 2022, the Foundation is financing 49 projects throughout the world. Among them, it is supporting associations fighting school dropout and the digital divide in France, taking part in environmental education in Senegal and helping disabled children to overcome exclusion in the Dominican Republic.
“Today, the Foundation is celebrating 30 years of action and commitment to children, in times of emergency, to build or rebuild, to support and to help with education and well-being. To celebrate this anniversary, I would like to associate Air France employees, friends of the Foundation or ambassadors, our donors, our administrators, the associations and their teams, with the great pride of everything we have achieved. Together, we will put our hearts and all our energy into ensuring we make a success of our future projects,” said Estelle Brice-Santos, Managing Director of the Air France Corporate Foundation.
About the Air France Foundation
The Air France Foundation, chaired by Air France CEO Anne Rigail, was created on 4 October 1992. A pioneer in the field of corporate foundations, it has chosen to support the cause of children in need, a cause dear to the hearts of company staff. For 30 years, the Air France Foundation has studied, selected and financed projects for sick, disabled or extremely vulnerable children in the countries served by the airline.
For more details go to fondation.airfrance.com