Alstom Foundation to support 29 projects from 21 countries

A project in Kadapa, India, that aims to improve access to basic education for children (especially girls) through supporting the enrolment and retention of children missing out of schools, is one of 29 projects to be funded by the Alstom Foundation.

The Alstom Foundation has selected 29 projects from around the world for funding from its 2020/21 budget.

Established in 2007, the Alstom Foundation supports and funds projects proposed by Alstom employees who team up with local NGO (non-governmental organisation) partners and not-for-profit organisations to carry out initiatives aimed at improving living conditions in communities located near Alstom’s facilities and project sites around the world.

The Foundation’s projects focus on four main areas: Mobility, Environmental Protection, Energy & Water and Socio-Economic Development.

For 2020/21, a total of 167 projects were submitted by Alstom employees for consideration, demonstrating their enthusiasm for philanthropy and for supporting local communities. Of these, 29 are to be supported by the Foundation, up from 25 last year.

Anne-Cecile Barbier,
Alstom Foundation.

Anne-Cecile Barbier, secretary general of the Alstom Foundation, said: “I am very impressed with the level of engagement shown by my Alstom colleagues.

“This year, the Foundation will have a budget of €1.9 million (£1.7 million), increased from last year (€1.5 million) so that it can improve its support for communities suffering from the Covid-19 fallout.

“This is important, as populations have been strongly impacted over these past few months due to economic difficulties, while NGOs have had trouble raising funds for their projects during this period.”

The 2019 ‘Viver de Bike’ project in Brazil taught bike mechanics and entrepreneurship, encouraging unemployed and underprivileged people to generate income through working with bicycles. ‘Driving Dreams’ will continue to encourage entrepreneurship in 2020/21.

The selected projects are:

  • Financing the education of Children in Manila, Philippines
  • Water for Life II – integrated water management programme, India
  • Enhanced mobility for ethnic minority people, Vietnam
  • Give the children a second chance to be in school, India
  • Kushaal Madhepura Phase 3, India
  • Strengthening of rural micro and nano-enterprises, India
  • TARA Outreach Centre, India
  • Rooftop rainwater harvesting and percolation pits at Anekal Taluk, India
  • Sustainably improve the living conditions in precarious urban areas of Cavite, Philippines
  • Every Step of the Way – improving walkability for women in Dublin, Ireland
  • Mentors make a difference – A brighter future for young refugees and asylum seekers in their new host communities, Italy
  • Providing support to children in crisis, UK
  • Digitising the duo for a job life cycle, France
  • Re-insert – a second chance for the disadvantaged, Romania
  • Vocational training for disabled, Peru
  • The New Generation of Coffee – a compromise between dignity, quality and environment, Ecuador
  • Entrepreneurship – Driving Dreams, Brazil
  • Bicycles for Educational Empowerment Programme (BEEP), Colombia
  • Recicla+, Dominican Republic
  • Energy Access for Santa Catarina, Mexico
  • Indigenous Economies – Vibrant forests for thriving communities, Peru
  • Mentorship Programme, Kazakhstan
  • Women Empowerment for the Safeguarding and Valorisation of the Mangrove, Senegal
  • Skills Development, Employment Advancement and Economic Empowerment for Underprivileged Women in Jerusalem, Israel
  • After School and Life Skills Project Phase 3, South Africa
  • +BiDown Independent Life and Career Education Programme, Turkey
  • Solar PV for Chance Children’s Home, South Africa
  • Najah – Large-scale training and professional integration project for young people, Morocco
  • Improve the living conditions of marginalized Egyptian youth through a decent employment and skills enhancement, Egypt

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