Educating Smiling Children (ESC) works in Cambodia.

Mission statement: to set up schools in remote areas of the country and ensure their operation.

ESC works in partnership with the Cambodian Department of Education to build schools in remote areas. ESC also takes care of the supervision and operating costs of these schools (teacher salaries, classroom furniture, learning material and school uniforms for the children).

At the start of the 2017 school year, 30 teachers and about 50 classes will host around 1,400 pupils in 14 schools, 10 kindergartens, 2 primary schools and 2 computer centres.

ESC also works in the sanitation area by building wells and toilets in public schools.

The Albatros Foundation has been supporting ESC since 2010.

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Maison Chance

The NGO Maison Chance works in Vietnam.

Mission statement: to help the most underprivileged children from Ho-Chi-Minh as well as handicapped people to become autonomous and integrated in society.

Maison Chance works in a very disadvantaged part of Ho-Chi-Minh. This is where it created a community for disabled people: the “Village Chance”. At the Village, these people have the opportunity to learn a trade which enables them to become financially self-sufficient and integrated in society.

The poorest children of the neighbourhood can attend the Village Chance elementary school for free. Upon leaving this school, they are supported financially to be able to continue their education in the public system.

Fondation Albatros supports Maison Chance since 2009.

The fact sheet for this organisation will be online shortly. In the meantime, Fondation Albatros is happy to answer any enquiries about it.

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Fondation Les Enfants de Huê

The Fondation Les Enfants de Hué works in Vietnam.

Mission statement: to provide the most disadvantaged children and young people from the Huê province (Vietnam) with human and intellectual training enabling them to build up their lives.

The Fondation Les Enfants de Huê currently provides 792 children and young people with scholarships. The latter are selected by the Amantes de la Croix religious congregation. Each child is given a scholarship until he graduates from secondary school. Scholarships can therefore last up to 12 years!

Fondation Albatros supports Fondation Les Enfants de Huê since 2009.

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PSE currently helps more than 6,000 children who where previously street and out-of-school children, abused or orphaned children, child labourers, scavengers, stone breakers, etc..

PSE has its own school in Phnom Penh where the remedial schooling curriculum it developed is taught to around 650 children.

In addition, more than 3,500 children are schooled with PSE’s support in Cambodian state schools.

Furthermore, 600 children benefit from specific educational programs: classes for children with a disability, day-care centers and infant welfare.

Finally, about 1,500 youngsters study at the PSE Vocational Training and Higher Education Institute in Phnom-Penh.They can choose between a preparatory class or one of the three curriculums: Hotel & Tourism, Trade & Technical* (construction, mechanics, audio-visual) and Business – the higher education level which deliver them bachelor diplomas.

Each year some 400 youngsters graduate and become cooks, mechanics, electricians, receptionists, salespeople, accountants, administrative assistants,  …They join the 4,000 graduates from the PSE Institute who already have successfully integrated the job market with a real qualified position. Thus they can live with dignity and help their family.

*the training courses give them qualifications recognised by the Cambodian Ministry of Work and Vocational Training

PSE aims to work like a “destitution-destroying machine”, as Christian des Pallières, co-founder, liked to say.

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In partnership with other foundations and entrepreneurs, Fondation Albatros supports the 9th annual EVPA (European Venture Philanthropy Association) conference, which will take place in Geneva for the first time on November 26 and 27, 2013.

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IRIS- International Resources for the Improvement of Sight

IRIS works directly in Cambodia, Nepal and Sri Lanka. It also supports programmes managed by other NGOs in India and Thailand.

Mission statement: to prevent blindness and restore vision.

IRIS was founded to meet the need for ophthalmological care in among the poorest populations of Cambodia. Over the years, the financial support was extended to ophthalmological care programmes in Nepal, Laos and Sri Lanka. .

Fondation Albatros supports IRIS from 2009 to 2013.

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Hopes and Homes for Children-Romania (HHC) works in Romania.

Mission statement: to be the catalyst enabling the complete eradication of institutional* care for children in Romania

*For HHC, this type of care means that a child becomes part of a very large institution (several hundreds of children), which does not leave room for creating the significant loving bonds essential to the healthy development of a child. During communist times in Romania, many such institutions were created, leading many children to develop severe psychological and psychiatric disorders.

HHC works simultaneously in three areas:

  • prevention of institutionalisation
  • deinstitutionalisation
  • reintegration of children coming from closed structures into their birth or extended family, a foster family, an adoptive family, a small family home

HHC has succeeded in considerably reducing the number of institutionalised children by facing the problem from all angles.

Fondation Albatros supports Hopes and Homes for Children-Romania since 2013.

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Phillip House Foundation

Philip House Foundation works in Romania.

Mission statement: to improve the physical, mental and emotional well-being of disadvantaged children and their parents in Bucarest, through educational and psychological support, social and medical assistance.

The Foundation’s main areas of activity are:

  • to facilitate the children’s integration in the school system
  • to prevent school drop-out
  • to improve parental education
  • to prevent family abandonment and child institutionalisation

Fondation Albatros supports Philip House Foundation since 2012.

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Involvement in Romania

The Fondation involves itself further in Romania. It is committed to supporting “Hope and Homes – Romania” by assisting with the closure of institutions for children inherited from communist times, and to the development of alternative placement solutions to the state child care system for these children.

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New Partnership

The Department of Security of the Canton of Geneva, represented by the International Solidarity Service, and the Fondation Albatros have forged a partnership to provide schooling to the poorest children in Vietnam. Fondation Albatros would like to express its gratitude to the Republic and Canton of Geneva for their trust.

The project being funded will provide schooling for 800 children from the provinces of Binh Thuan and Hau Giang during the 2013-2014 school year.
The overall goal is to increase the number of years that the poorest children from these two provinces spend at school so they can learn trades that will enable them to earn a decent standard of living.
The local partner in charge of carrying out the project is the French-Belgian NGO Mekong Plus, which has been working in Vietnam for nearly 20 years.  Mekong Plus has made community development in the rural regions of Vietnam and Cambodia its main mission.

Its flagship programme is the fight against poverty.  This includes educating the poorest members of the population, which is a mandatory step in the socioeconomic development of the communities where it works.


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