The Air France Foundation provides 52 computers for Lebanese schoolchildren
— La Fondation
Following the disaster in Beirut in August 2020, Air France and its employees rallied round to provide aid and support to the Lebanese people. A major "Solidarité Liban" fund-raising campaign collected close to 3 tons of donations*.
Six months after this tragedy, the Air France Foundation is also coming to the aid of young Lebanese schoolchildren by providing them with computers to enable them to continue their schooling. The Air France Foundation has acquired 52 computers for the benefit of the association LEM - Les enfants de la Méditerranée (Children of the Mediterranean), a humanitarian organization specializing in the development and protection of children through education and culture. In association with Air France Cargo and the Air France Division in Beirut, these 52 computers were shipped on the Air France Paris - Beirut flight on 27 January and handed over to members of the association.
Since 2016, the association LEM has been working in Lebanon to help Lebanese children and Syrian, Palestinian and underprivileged and abused refugee children, who are the first victims of the crisis the country is going through. The association LEM provides support, through its local partner AFEL - Association du Foyer de l'Enfant Libanais - for the rehabilitation of schools, the purchase of educational and school supplies, psychological support and the implementation of art therapy activities for children traumatized by the war. Following the explosions that destroyed several schools in Beirut, the association LEM helped to rebuild these schools.
* mainly basic food products as well as childcare articles, clothing, medical and hygiene equipment.
The Air France Foundation, a foundation at the service of children in need
The Air France Foundation, set up in 1992 by Air France and a pioneer in the field of corporate foundations, has chosen to support children in need, a cause close to the heart of company staff. For more than 28 years, it has financed educational projects helping children and young people who are sick, disabled or in great difficulty, in countries where Air France operates. The Air France Foundation is adapting its projects to respond to today's challenges as closely as possible. As part of its commitment to environmental education, the Air France Foundation also provides funding for educational and learning initiatives contributing to new behaviours and the understanding of climate issues, as well as preserving biodiversity. Since its creation, the Foundation has helped to further 1,516 projects in France and worldwide, thanks to the strong ties forged with associations and the commitment of Air France staff. The Friends of the Air France Foundation network has over 4,800 staff members.Find out more about the Air France Foundation
LEM: Les Enfants de la Méditerranée
A non-profit public-interest Mediterranean solidarity association, which takes action for the development and protection of children through culture and education. LEM's ambition is to build cultural, educational and solidarity bridges between all countries of the Mediterranean for disadvantaged and vulnerable children. Find out more about LEM
AFEL: Association du Foyer de l´Enfant Libanais
The AFEL aims to help children who have suffered abuse or who have learning or communication difficulties, to further their educational development and to contribute to their vocational training. The AFEL provides these children with tools to protect themselves and be independent, and helps to strengthen their resilience to ensure them a better integration into society. Find out more about AFEL