Results of the Orange Digital Solidarity Africa call for projects: support for 6 projects

Convinced that digital technologies are a key factor for development and integration of vulnerable populations, the Orange Foundation launched its first international call for digital projects last Spring 2012: 16 NGO projects were awarded financial support in countries where the Orange Group operates.

 

education en Cote d'Ivoire

 

The Orange Foundation renewed the Orange Digital Solidarity call for projects in November 2012 in two areas:

  • education, including literacy programs and vocational training;
  • access to culture, especially cinema, an area that the Orange Foundation has supported for many years in Europe.

The projects had to be located in one or several of the 20 African and Middle-Eastern countries where the Group operates: Botswana, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Ivory Coast, Egypt, Ethiopia, Guinea-Bissau, Guinea-Conakry, Equatorial Guinea, Mauritius, Jordan, Kenya, Madagascar, Mali, Morocco, Niger, Uganda, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Senegal, Tunisia.

Almost 40 projects were proposed by NGOs and examined by a selection committee that met on December 17th at the Orange Foundation headquarters in Paris.

The committee granted support to a total of 6 projects including 3 that cover several countries:

  • For almost 10 years, Aflatoun has been developing a social and financial education program for children (ages 6 to 18) to inform them of their rights and encourage them to develop economic activities. The NGO works in 94 countries and has more than 1.3 million beneficiaries. The Orange Foundation grant will be used to create and test an online platform of resource materials and a forum of exchange for the teachers involved in the program.
  • The objective of the Bibliothèques Sans Frontières association (Libraries Without Borders) is to provide access to knowledge worldwide. For instance, the NGO will translate into French and distribute the lessons of the Khan Academy to help children with learning difficulties wherever they are. The Orange Foundation will back this project in Ivory Coast and Cameroon; the project will eventually be extended to all French-speaking African countries.
  • Medical Aid Films works to improve the standard of living and health conditions of vulnerable women and children who have little or no access to essential health care. The strategy of the NGO is to create short films that deliver simple information to health workers, therefore overcoming the obstacles of language and illiteracy. The Orange Foundation granted its support for the production and the distribution of films on cervical cancer for an experimental phase in Uganda.

List of the other projects

  • Association pour une Solidarité Internationale Active et Durable (ASIAD): literacy and vocational training for women in the north of Senegal using digital tools.
  • Centre National de la Cinématographie du Niger: organization of a movie festival of children’s films in Niamey during the summer 2013.
  • Maison des Savoirs de Kinshasa : several actions designed to raise people’s awareness and train them to use digital tools in Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Through these projects, the Orange Foundation supports NGOs that provide vulnerable people with tools to contribute to improving their quality of life.

1 comment

Friday 15 March 2013 17:37 by Isabelle KL

c'est un exellent projet auquel chacun devrait contribuer selon ses moyens et ses outils. L'afrique en a cruellement besoin.

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