What we do

The foundation chooses projects mainly in zones suffering from political, economic, social, environmental or cultural conflicts. It is here that young people can play a decisive role in the transformation of the society around them using a process of dialogue and their own natural resilience.​

Kurdistan (2)

 

Psycho-social assistance and training for survivors of the Yezidi genocide.
 

 

  

Syria

 

Community center in the devastated Midan district of Aleppo.
 

Iraq (2)

 

Training of therapists and in traumatology and peace dialogues.
 

 

  

 

  

Jordan

 

Refugees, Resilience and Prospects for the Future at Amman, Jordan.

 

 

  

Kurdistan

 

Psycho-social assistance, education and vocational training for Yezidi genocide survivors (Governorate of Dohuk-Iraqi Kurdistan).

 

The project aims to defend and restore the dignity of displaced persons and refugees, to support the most vulnerable among them, and to give them hope for a better future.

 

The project focuses on Yezidi survivors of the August 2014 genocide in Iraq's Nineveh Plain. They took refuge in Kurdistan, particularly in the town of Sharya and its seven surrounding villages.

 

A voluntary, safe and dignified return to Sinjar, their region of origin remains uncertain.

 

The project consists of three main programs that comprehensively address some of the urgent needs of survivors:

(1) visits to families outside the camps, emergency financial assistance, food aid, legal advice and screening for mental health problems;

 

(2) a structured non-formal education program designed to help young people in critical stages of their schooling and to give a boost to very young children in their education;

 

(3) an adult education and vocational training program to strengthen financial autonomy and psychosocial support for women.

 

 

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2 years (2020-2021)

2020 : 1.075.000 € 

2021 :  1.128.000 € 

Kurdistan

 

This project revolves around the opening of non-profit Cafe in Dohuk run mainly by women from the Yezidi community.

 

It aims to offer a reintegration opportunity for Yezidi women who had been victims of ISIS violence, but at the same time to create a welcoming space for people coming from all backgrounds to share culture, time and a good cup of coffee.

 

Accordingly, on an individual level, the project addresses two crucial and mutually reinforcing aspects of life: mental health and livelihood. On a collective level, the Cafe is a space for people to meet, interact and rebuild a sense of community thanks to a tolerant and comfortable atmosphere. This will allow people from different ethnicities, religions and social circles to encounter, break stereotypes and move towards a greater social cohesion.

 

The profit of the initiative will be devoted to a health program which aims to help the most disadvantaged members of society address pressing healthcare needs.

 

Using the profits generated by the Cafe to help the most vulnerable members of the community will also help create a sense of empowerment for the community as a whole.

 

Employees will be chosen from beneficiaries of STEP-IN mental health services and a full training, including language courses, will be provided. Accordingly, the project will also be as sustainable as possible both in ecological terms but especially as a social initiative ideated to last.

 

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2020-2021

224.000 € 

Jordan

 

Refugees, Resilience and Prospects for the Future at Amman, Jordan

 

The project aims to provide refugees with a dignified, decent and integrated life in Jordan in the first instance. Then, with the help of the UNHCR, it accompanies these people by training them to make their migration project or their return to their country of origin possible.

 

Two local organizations (the Jesuit Centre, established in Amman since 1989 and the Jesuit Refugee Service established in Amman since 2008) have decided to join forces and skills to respond to this double challenge for refugees: to rebuild themselves psychologically, socially and intellectually and, on the basis of this human and intellectual baggage, to rebuild their lives in their country of origin or elsewhere.

 

The project brings together Jordanians and non-Jordanians, residents and refugees, migrant and established workers, Muslims and Christians, women and men to teach them to know, respect, appreciate each other and live together. This learning will enable the most excluded to discover their potential, regain self-confidence and face their future lives with hope and determination.

 

Learning to live together and to be open to others is a priority for the Middle Eastern society. This project aims to contribute to this by promoting learning and the organization of cultural and sporting events where young people can assert themselves, develop and rebuild.

 

 

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Syria

 

Community center in the devastated Midan district of Aleppo.

 

Since the end of the fighting in Aleppo, the inhabitants of Midan have helped to develop social projects involving the various communities. The neighborhood quickly became a center of reference by also developing recreational and educational activities. Thanks to these programs and training, we are today witnessing the successful integration of several Christian and Muslim communities, which is still quite exceptional in Aleppo.

 

The project consists of purchasing and rehabilitating a building in a war-torn neighborhood.

 

The project team helps rebuilding the life of the neighborhood by restarting useful activities for the economic and human development of the inhabitants. All faith communities in Aleppo are invited to take part in the project and to rebuild links between people regardless of their faith or origin.

 

English, music and computer classes are provided for children and vocational training that meets the needs of the neighborhood is provided for adults.

 

Social assistance is provided to the families most affected by the conflict.

A mental health component contributes to recovery from war trauma.

Training and peace education workshops are organized to encourage coexistence between people of different religions and make it an example for the city of Aleppo.

 

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2 years (2020-2021)

40.000 €

Iraq

 

Training of young people for peace and dialogue (Kurdistan and Iraq)

 

The project helps to promote social cohesion and peaceful coexistence in Iraq through dialogue and training.

 

It focusses on different target groups: children and adolescents, youth activists who wish to engage in peace dialogue within their communities, adult community members who have been affected by violence and trauma, community and religious leaders.

 

The project provides participants with information on human rights and the importance of tolerance and dialogue for a democratic and peaceful society, support the creation of a network of young activists and empower them to become active in their communities.

 

It facilitates the creation of meeting spaces for members of communities affected by violence and trauma.

 

 

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2020 - 2021

427.277 €

Iraq

 

Capacity building for trauma therapists and counsellors in Northern Iraq.

 

The project is assisting survivors of serious human rights violations in Iraq, Kurdistan-Iraq, and Syria, including victims of torture, genocide, political persecution, domestic and gender-based violence or terrorist attacks.

 

Twenty-five local professionals with training in psychology will be trained to provide appropriate therapeutic support to traumatized individuals and their families and to facilitate their reintegration into a non-violent society.

 

Six other participants, who have already completed previous training in trauma therapy, accompany the new training group as co-trainers/facilitators and will thus acquire in-depth knowledge and skills in the field.

 

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2 years (2020-2021)

55.685 €

2020 - 2021

2020 : 600.000 €

2021 : 600.000 €

Lebanon

 

An alternative to youth emigration from Lebanon : an innovative and sustainable agricultural production model      

 

The situation in Lebanon is dramatic : the country tipped into a serious crisis as early as October 2019, triggering massive protests by the population.

 

The explosion of the port of Beirut in August 2020 and the staggering devaluation of the Lebanese pound (more than 500% of its value in 6 months) have wiped out the country's economy. Prices have more than tripled for basic commodities.

 

The massive influx of Syrian refugees has shaken the country's demographic and labour market balance. Unemployment has skyrocketed and the country is facing unprecedented social inequalities. More than half the population now lives below the poverty line (including 70% of refugees) and the middle classes are threatened by accelerated impoverishment.

 

In this context, more and more young people are trying to leave the country permanently to ensure an acceptable socio-economic future for their families.

 

Faced with this great socio-economic challenge in Lebanon, we have been thinking about the best way to support civil society to rebuild itself, to empower itself, to create jobs and to enhance its exceptional heritage. Youth will have to play an important role in this process and we will be able to help them by involving them in innovative social and entrepreneurial dynamics.

 

After a feasibility study in 2020 and 2021, we are about to launch a new prototype of energy autonomous greenhouses integrating the production of plant and animal biomass (fish).

 

Designed by a Chilean university, this technology simulates the symbiotic relationship between plants and aquatic life, requires no additional chemical inputs, produces virtually no waste, requires little energy and water to produce vegetables. This type of greenhouse creates jobs and provides vegetables to more than 300 people per year.

 

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  • 1 year for the implementation of the prototypes (2022)
  • 3 years for the development and extension of the project to other microclimatic zones of Lebanon (2023-2025)

 

160.000 € in 2022

Lebanon 

 

Series of integrated education, protection and advocacy intervention.

 

  

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Antoine de St Exupéry

Transforming post-conflict societies through the education of young people