blueEnergy aims to sustainably improve the living conditions of marginalised communities in Nicaragua and Ethiopia. Its programmes include providing access to drinking water, improving sanitation and health, ensuring food security through agroecological methods, implementing waste treatment and supporting access to renewable energies.
SENSE Foundation Brussels supports the improvement of food security and economic opportunities on the South Caribbean Coast, where people are particularly affected by malnutrition, which can lead to chronic deficiencies, anaemia, and obesity. This is due to inadequate nutritional practices, lack of food diversity and poverty (90% of the population is either poor or extremely poor). The project also seeks to protect biodiversity through bio-intensive methods, in particular mixing seed species to create new hybrids adapted to their environment.
Target beneficiaries are disadvantaged families, mostly led by women, people with disabilities, caregivers, elders, and agroforestry students from indigenous communities.
The Bayon School supports 400 beneficiaries in Cambodia through education, a primary school which is free of charge, social and family support, sustainable agriculture, professional training, hygiene, health and food.
SENSE Foundation Brussels’ grant enables the Bayon School to invest in sand filters for 85 families and train families to use them through a partnership with the Water For Cambodia Association. With this grant, the Bayon School will also install 45 toilets for families who have no access to latrines.
Centre KASALA is a non-profit organisation providing medical, psychological and social support in Bukavu, Democratic Republic of Congo. The centre contributes to sustainable development and the fight against poverty in the region, by supporting school projects through holistic interventions.
Thanks to the support of SENSE Foundation Brussels, Centre KASALA is providing water to SAIO primary school, allowing the school’s 1200 students to have access to drinking water at school. In addition, the project supports students with psychosocial and socioeconomic difficulties so they can stay in school and keep learning, thanks to the support of psychologists and volunteer social workers.
World Duchenne Organization/UPPMD is the largest, most influential and impactful patient organisation in Rare Diseases. It’s dedicated to improving quality of care, the development of medicines, and access to innovative therapies for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy/Becker Muscular Dystrophy (DMD/BMD) patients.
SENSE Foundation Brussels supports World Duchenne Organization/UPPMD in empowering patients with DMD and their families in South America, South Asia and Africa, educating and mentoring patient advocates while supporting the launch, development and sustainability of new Patient Organisations.
La Vie-là is the "patient house", open to all cancer patients treated at the Clinique Saint Pierre in Ottignies, Belgium and at hospitals nearby. This healing house provides comprehensive care according to the principle of integrative medicine.
SENSE Foundation Brussels’ grant supports La Vie-là’s work to improve patients’ quality of life by reducing stress, depression and chronic pain and by improving their tolerance to treatments, while also encouraging social interactions through the many workshops and meetings in the house. This holistic approach aims to reduce the cancer recurrence rate by improving compliance with treatments, encouraging healthy behaviours (such as exercise, healthy diet, mindfulness, relaxation therapy) and thereby improving immunity.
SOS Faim acts as an incubator for sustainable agricultural projects, promoting an agroecological transition and strengthening the economic and food autonomy of rural area. Together with partners, SOS Faim builds a more sustainable future globally where people participate in a healthy and virtuous food system.
With the support of SENSE Foundation Brussels, SOS Faim enables the energy and ecological autonomy of rural families in Burkina Faso, by constructing nearly 200 biodigesters, technical devices which use the natural fermentation process to transform animal excrements or other organic residues into biogas. This biogas replaces wood for cooking and can also be used for lighting. The collected compost is used as natural fertilizer, with a double benefit: it’s free and allows for better crop yields.
The NGO Autre Terre contributes to improving the quality of life of disadvantaged populations all over the world, through the development of social entrepreneurship initiatives in agroecology and waste management.
SENSE Foundation Brussels provides a grant to the project led by Autre Terre and its local partner, Le Baobab, enabling 4,000 vulnerable producers in Burkina Faso to fight climate change through the creation and protection of natural areas, restoration of degraded land and technical training.
The MARE Foundation protects marine ecosystems through social and political changes, promotes the sustainable use of the coastal and marine resources and raises public awareness on environmental matters. It carries out projects on sustainable fisheries, shipwreck management, and marine litter as well as other topics related to marine environment, education and raising society's environmental awareness.
With SENSE Foundation Brussels’ support, the MARE Foundation is working to reduce the possibility of ecological disaster in the Gdansk Bay through the preparation of an environmentally safe oil recovery plan for the Franken shipwreck. The Franken, which may still contain up to 1.5 million litres of oil, is considered to pose the biggest ecological threat in the region and was thus chosen as a model case for the pilot project.
PermaFungi is a pioneer underground urban agriculture project, utilising a circular economy, founded in Brussels in 2014. This social cooperative recycles coffee grounds into a variety of products products: oyster mushrooms, innovative organic material and compost.
PermaFungi’s global mission is to make our cities more food-resilient while creating meaningful jobs for unemployed people, promoting the local economy and eventually becoming independent from fossil energy sources.
SENSE Foundation Brussels’ grant enables Permafungi to improve its production rooms’ layout to ensure financial autonomy. With an increased production capacity, Permafungi will demonstrate that their model is sustainable, without compromising on their social and environmental impact, and operating on a participatory governance model.
The Urban Ecology Centre aims to increase Brussels’ food-resilience by boosting its social innovations and facilitating complex partnerships with a diversity of stakeholders through numerous transformative projects in Brussels, including soil decontamination, the circularisation of urban green waste, and participatory fruit tree planting. The Centre also aims to provide education through debates, radio broadcasts, guided botanical walks, etc.
SENSE Foundation Brussels provides funds to their Citizen Nursery (Pépinière Citoyenne), a participatory project aiming to (re)connect Brussels’ inhabitants with fruit trees. As well as widespread planting of fruit trees in Brussels, the project also provides training to manage fruit trees and shrubs
A non-profit social enterprise, la Ferme de Froidmont Insertion tackles the challenges of training and work, environmental protection and energy-efficient housing. Each year, 30 adults are trained to become kitchen assistants or organic gardeners. In order to meet Belgian demand, a dozen more market gardeners need to be trained. This will enable the organisation to self-finance the training in the long term.
The support of SENSE Foundation Brussels will allow for the installation of a third greenhouse and its irrigation, making it possible to grow and train there every year from February to December.
The Lebanese Hospital Geitaoui, UMC, one of the first hospitals in Lebanon, is a multidisciplinary care hospital, with a mission to treat all patients regardless of race, class or creed.
SENSE Foundation Brussels supported The Lebanese Hospital Geitaoui to face difficulties encountered following the explosion of August 4, 2020 at the port of Beirut. Just 1.3 km away from the blast location, this hospital was one of the worst affected by the explosion. SENSE Foundation Brussel’s support helped with the overall operations of taking care of the wounded, cleaning the site and purchasing emergency equipment.
For many hospitals in Africa, offering quality healthcare is a major challenge. There are various reasons for this: lack of facilities, limited training opportunities, a restrict supply of medicines, and more. But everyone should have the right to quality healthcare.
This is why Medics Without Vacation, a Belgian NGO, is entering into sustainable partnerships with 37 hospitals in five African countries: Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda. Medics Without Vacation assist their partner hospitals in the long term, so that they can offer high-quality healthcare to their patients.
SENSE Foundation Brussels supported the procurement of medical equipment, following an outbreak of the Ebola virus in the region in August 2019. The organisation was able to purchase and use 50 thermometers to quickly detect fever outbreaks, 56 large parasols and tents to shelter infected patients, including at the Kavumu airport and at border checkpoints, as well as 50 handwashing devices. These devices have been set up in public areas like open air markets to encourage hand washing among the local population.
This equipment has also proved useful in the fight against the COVID-19 outbreak in the region in 2020.
Re-Source is the first comprehensive support centre for cancer patients and their loved ones in the Brussels Region.
The centre offers a warm space where they can be listened to and receive psychological support.
Through a broad program of activities complementing conventional oncology care, the association encourages the patient to become an active participant in their own healing process.
This support, inspired by the principles of integrative medicine, revolves around 4 main pillars: Being, Moving, Eating, Sharing.
In 2019, SENSE Foundation Brussels supported Re-Source in the refurbishment of its holistic support centre in Brussels.
The mission of the Fondation ULB is to support innovative research projects at the Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB) and to help researchers at the forefront of their discipline to achieve significant scientific progress.
In 2019/2020, SENSE Foundation Brussels supported the research project CLEAN. While the world’s reliance on combustion is set to continue, it is crucial that we advance combustion science to develop new technologies that can handle carbon neutral fuels efficiently, and without producing pollutants. Some examples of new combustion technologies have been proposed recently, but they are very complex and difficult to predict, making it impossible to transpose solutions from one industrial configuration to another.
CLEAN combines the most recent advances in computer science and high-performance computing to develop new models that can be used, with confidence, to develop fuel-flexible, efficient and clean combustion technologies.