Sensorial Handicap Cooperation's mission is to promote the integration and development of children who are blind or visually impaired, deaf or hard of hearing, through the establishment of a suitable, qualitative and accessible educational environment. To this end, it contributes to the long-term strengthening of local structures in the field of sensory disability, by training educators and setting up infrastructure and equipment adapted to this type of disability. In order to fully contribute to the integration of these young people in society, Sensorial Handicap Cooperation also uses medical, paramedical, social, environmental and economic components in its projects.
In this context, SENSE Foundation Brussels’ grant enables Sensorial Handicap Cooperation, through its local partner, INEFJA, to support the education of blind and visually impaired children in 4 regions of Senegal through 15 inclusive schools.
Oeuvre de Suivi, Education et Protection des Enfants de Rue "OSEPER" (Democratic Republic of Congo)
OSEPER assists more than 2,660 children and young people in the streets of Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, with its ambulances, and welcomes more than 300 of them in day centres and temporary accommodation centres. Its main objective is the familial and social reintegration of these street children and young people.
With the support of SENSE Foundation Brussels, OSEPER intends to awaken the artistic and sporting talents of these homeless children and young people. They aim to empower up to 100 children and young people through socio-cultural and artistic activities, as well as introducing them to computer science.
TECHO brings together young volunteers and families living in poverty to transform slums into thriving communities across Latin America. To date, TECHO has built more than 150,000 emergency homes for families in need, engaging 1.5 million volunteers in its construction efforts. To respond to COVID-19's impact, TECHO has launched the Empathy Pact, a global movement to support vulnerable families affected by the pandemic via the distribution of emergency kits.
SENSE Foundation Brussels’ support to the Empathy Pact helps scale the distribution of emergency kits to vulnerable families throughout the region, allowing these families to find new job opportunities without having to worry about basic needs such as food and hygiene.
Association Aurore’s mission is to welcome and support people in precarious or excluded situations to regain autonomy through accommodation, care and professional training. Recognised as a public utility organisation since 1875, the association uses its experience to offer innovative forms of care, adapting to the evolution of precariousness and exclusion.
Based on their values of solidarity, integration and circular economy, the Ressourcerie Project in Tours (FR) is structured around 4 workshops, allowing 90 people to gain work experience. The objective is the recycling of objects and waste, collected from individuals and local businesses.
Thanks to the support of SENSE Foundation Brussels, Association Aurore is able to purchase a professional shredder, making for a more efficient recycling process.
The non-profit organisation Les Oeuvres de la Mie de Pain supports the most vulnerable people in Paris and the surrounding region, through a day centre, a men's accommodation centre, two women's accommodation centres, a youth workers’ hostel, a boarding house, social housing and work reinsertion projects. The support of SENSE Foundation Brussels is directed towards the health centre, ensuring a medical presence within the Refuge, and making it possible to refer people in precarious situations to existing official healthcare structures.
SENSE Foundation Brussels also supports the project L’Arche d´Avenir, Paris’ largest day centre. L’Arche d’Avenir offers physical activities to homeless and isolated women. Mixed and female-only workshops are offered to promote physical and mental health, through a comprehensive approach.
Entrevues aims at improving the mobility of visually impaired people with the help of certified guide dogs, so they can reach the highest possible level of autonomy and independence. The organisation’s main activities are: dog training; training visually impaired people how to behave with the guide dog, how to use a white cane and with spatial orientation technics; and public awareness.
SENSE Foundation Brussels' support contributes to the training of one guide dog, who will then be matched with a visually impaired person.
For the past 60 years, in Brussels and Wallonia, L’Ilot’s mission has been to answer the needs of homeless people, providing a wide and diversified offer of services, all adapted to the particular situations of these individuals or families. Thanks to individual, tailored psychosocial support, L’Ilot seeks to build sustainable solutions, allowing people to leave homelessness for good and to care for themselves in the future. L’Ilot works around 5 pillars: emergency shelter, temporary accommodation, housing, training and employment, and food health. In 2018, L’Ilot welcomed and accompanied more than 1260 homeless people, among whom 101 were able to find stable housing.
In 2019, SENSE Foundation Brussels' support was oriented towards the project Les Pots de L’Ilot, that professionally trained 15 homeless people in the food and hospitality sector. The support also enabled l’Ilot’s sustainable food axis to develop considerably through the project C.A.B.A.S,. combatting food waste. SENSE Foundation Brussels also supported the renovation and refurbishment of L’Ilot’s day centre.
In 2021, the Foundation is focusing its support specifically on this project.
Since 1978, Le Bateau Ivre – Maison d’accueil asbl welcomes children and teenagers who have encountered serious difficulties in their family environment. This small shelter offers a welcoming environment to boys and girls between 18 months and 18 years old, where the key values of attention, respect and support are shared by the children, the pedagogical team and the volunteers. In the home, the children can find the serenity and strength to try and rebuild their lives. The team also works with families to maintain the link with their child, preparing, if and when possible, for their return to the family. When this is not possible, the Bateau Ivre team accompanies the young person until they come of age, before helping them settle into adult life. In this warm and welcoming home, a strong focus is put on children’s health and schooling, the main assets that will allow them to succeed in life.
In 2019, thanks to a SENSE Foundation Brussels’ grant, the organisation installed its own playground, compliant with safety standards, and offered children a holiday in the Belgian countryside.
In 2021, SENSE Foundation Brussels is supporting Le Bateau Ivre to achieve one of its biggest goals: acquiring its own accommodation in Brussels so the oldest children can live in semi-autonomy after they leave the home.
Launched in 2006 by Emilie Meessen et Sara Janssens, this non-profit organisation fights for the end of homelessness, working for the sustainable reintegration of homeless people, mainly addressing their hygiene needs and nurturing their talents.
Street work is complemented by the collaboration of different agents working to improve their medical, psychological and social wellbeing. The organisation provides long term support, ensuring that the person has stable housing and a support network. This integral approach ensures the durability of the organisation's actions and prevents a return to the street.
Infirmiers de Rue's vision is of a society without homelessness. They are convinced that it is not inevitable, neither for the person nor for society.
In 2019, SENSE Foundation Brussels supported the newly launched Liège (BE) branch and its activities in the region. Infirmiers de Rue supported 14 homeless patients in Liège, including 6 requiring a more intensive approach, aged between 31 and 66. Thanks to the organisation’s “housing first” approach, 3 patients are now back in a long- term home, while 2 others have found temporary accommodation.
SunChild is a nonprofit organisation which helps financially disadvantaged families who have a seriously ill child.
SunChild has established partnerships with hospitals and medical institutions in Belgium which refer appropriate families in need of support.
Keeping in regular contact with social workers, SunChild's mission is to meet the needs of vulnerable families living in Belgium.
In 2019, SENSE Foundation Brussels supported the association to cover the costs of transporting up to 50 children to health care facilities, as well as art therapy workshops and volunteers' trainings.
SOS Children’s Villages works to protect and care for children who have lost parental care, or who stand at risk of losing it. They believe that every child has the right to quality care, and a safe and caring environment for the child to grow and reach their full potential.
An estimated 220 million of the world’s children are growing up without adequate parental care. This mean they lost so much: not just having people around, but being listened to, having a supportive community and friends, feeling connected, and knowing that you have someone who cares for you.
To support them, SOS Children’s Villages provides holistic support and high-quality services in 136 countries and territories, including in Belgium.
In 2019, SENSE Foundation Brussels supported the CREA-CULTURE Project, aiming to strengthen the physical, social and mental capacities of 52 children, through sporting, artistic and cultural activities. The grant helped cover the children’ subscription fees to sports clubs and cultural academies, the procurement of the necessary equipment and the transportation costs.
The Société Royale de Philanthropie supports disadvantaged communities in Brussels by granting microloans with 0% interest rates.
This financial support is never given directly to the beneficiaries but is used to pay their daily bills.
The SRP also donates to the elderly who do not earn a sufficient retirement pension to live decently. In addition, volunteers spend time with them, so they do not feel lonely, and have someone to talk to.
In 2019, SENSE Foundation Brussels provided a grant to the SRP to help them support single-parent families, children, teenagers and disabled people with school fees and/or vocational training.
In addition, the grant enabled the organisation to provide monthly support to a food bank.
Since 1919, La Lumière’s mission has been to provide social and medical training to visually impaired or blind people, enable them to find autonomy, social inclusion and active citizenship.
The association welcomes, listens to and accompanies its beneficiaries, helping them to fulfil their life goals through both individual and collective solutions. All their actions aim to empower blind and visually impaired people of all ages.
La Lumière gathers a whole team of professionals and provides all the technical aids available today, as well as organising cultural activities. For La Lumière, it is crucial that the visually impaired can access ordinary schooling and education, employment and autonomy, ultimately finding inclusion and happiness.
In 2019, SENSE Foundation Brussels supported La Lumière with the digitisation of their library in braille and with audio support, thus promoting a wider access to culture for people who are blind and visually impaired and/or have a disability that hinders their access to reading.