KIYO focuses its work on youth empowerment in Belgium, Burundi, Brazil, Democratic Republic of Congo, Morocco and the Philippines. KIYO works with local partners who are experts in empowering young people between 12 and 25 years old through sports, inclusive theatre, formal education, and more.
SENSE Foundation Brussels’ grant enables KIYO to support 240 excluded youth from North and South Kivu (DRC) towards economic empowerment. Together with its local partner ADED, KIYO wants to promote agriculture as a sustainable source of income for young people, especially girls, by organising training on agro-entrepreneurship.
Geomoun supports local projects focused on respecting children's rights in Haiti and Peru. It aims to strengthen all agents of civil and state society. In Belgium, Geomoun promotes the right to children’s participation through projects encouraging reflection, openness and commitment to be an agent of change.
For example, SENSE Foundation Brussels supports Geomoun in the professional training of 30 vulnerable young single mothers in South-East Haiti. The objective is to reduce unemployment, help them build self-confidence and improve their physical and mental health.
Lively Minds is an NGO working to get rural pre-schoolers in Ghana and Uganda “school-ready”. The first six years of a child’s life are vital in developing skills needed to succeed in school and in future life. But rural children in Uganda do not get the care and education they need to build these, and this adverse start has knock-on effects throughout their lives.
SENSE Foundation Brussels supports their 2021 objective to train 10,000 marginalised parents in 290 rural communities in the Mayuge District in Uganda and to run free educational Play Schemes for all pre-schoolers. Parents will also be given monthly parenting workshops, where they learn simple, free ways to provide better care for their children at home, using locally available resources. The expected outcome is that this will lead to improved health, and cognitive and socio-emotional skills in 34,000 children aged 3-6 years old.
Right To Play is an international humanitarian and development organisation that pioneers a unique play-based approach to protect, educate and empower children and young people to rise above adversity. Its mission is to use the transformative power of play to overcome the challenging effects of poverty, conflict and disease in disadvantaged communities. Founded in 2000, Right To Play works with over 2.3 million children and young people in over 15 countries in Africa, Asia and the Middle East.
SENSE Foundation Brussels supports Restoring Hope for Education (ReHopE), a two-year program implemented in provinces in Mozambique hit by cyclone Idai in March 2019. The program aims to improve the access to and quality of education, as well as school safety for over 26,250 children aged 3 to 11.
The Rural Water Supply Network is a global network of more than 12,000 rural water professionals from 169 countries and 90 organisations. It facilitates access to the information needed by professionals to provide a sustainable and reliable water supply. The network’s objective is to provide sufficient, affordable and safe water within a reasonable distance of rural homes, so that everyone, everywhere can live a dignified and healthy life.
The Mentoring Programme supported by SENSE Foundation Brussels connects young and senior professionals worldwide from the water sector. In 2021, the programme is focusing on women’s participation, as they are underrepresented in the water sector.
L'École à l'Hôpital et à Domicile brings together and supervises approximately 450 volunteer teachers who are ready to help sick children to continue their schooling despite being away from school. With the support of the Federation Wallonie-Bruxelles, volunteers go to the hospital or to the young person's home, free of charge for the families.
Thanks to SENSE Foundation Brussels’ grant, l’École à l’Hôpital can help more children to keep up-to-date on their studies and maintain their cognitive skills. Furthermore, it allows these children and their families to think of something other than their illness.
Jeunesses Scientifiques’ objective is to inspire young people with an interest in science and the world around them. The organisation contributes to the training and scientific culture of tomorrow’s adults by giving them the means to be active and informed citizens. The association is open for everyone to participate, regardless of their financial resources or difficulties. The activities are inclusive, from a social and gender perspective, thus participating in the fight against prejudice and social exclusion.
With SENSE Foundation Brussels’ support, the Expatriation Classes Project offers schools with limited financial resources the opportunity to enroll their students in a community life project including scientific activities, for up to 5 days.
TAJO is a non-profit organisation offering hundreds of disadvantaged young people in Ghent, Belgium, a three-year journey of Saturday experience workshops. TAJO aims to broaden their network and help them acquire self-knowledge, confidence and resilience. These engaging workshops are taught by guest lecturers from a diverse range of disciplines such as health care, law, nutrition, safety, STEM, entrepreneurship, and culture.
SENSE Foundation Brussels is providing funding to TAJO to broaden the access to the organisation's activities to two additional underprivileged neighbourhoods, allowing them to reach out to more motivated young people.
The University of Oxford is one of the world’s leading universities and is internationally renowned for the quality of its research and teaching in Medical Sciences and Biological Sciences, Chemistry and Materials Science. Academics undertake both fundamental research and cutting-edge applied work. Research conducted at Oxford tackles major societal and technological challenges. It also holds the Athena Swan Awards, illustrating their commitment to ensuring good practice to encourage gender diversity in science at all levels.
Oxford’s Medical Science researchers work across the full range of biomedical and clinical sciences, seeking to drive forward research into both basic science and translational medicine. Through close collaboration with the UK National Health Service, researchers’ seek to develop clinical solutions to urgent healthcare needs such as improved cancer treatment.
Oxford’s researchers in Chemistry, Materials Science, and Biological Sciences are known for their excellence and expertise across a wide number of innovative areas, from addressing antibiotic resistance, to understanding plant pathogens, to drug discovery and nanochemistry.
SENSE Foundation Brussels renews its support to Oxford University by providing Mobility Awards and hardship funds for students enrolled in the Division of Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences and in the Division of Medical Sciences.
Imperial College London is an exceptional university with a global reputation for teaching and research across four disciplines: engineering, medicine, science and business. Consistently ranked within the top three universities in the UK and Europe, and the top ten worldwide, Imperial attracts the very best students and academics from across the world.
Imperial’s Department of Life Sciences is one of the largest departments of its kind in Europe, with over 100 academic staff, 180 research fellows and post-docs, and over 1300 students. Ranked 2nd in the UK, the department’s undergraduate and postgraduate teaching activities run along two strands – biochemistry and biological sciences – and support a diverse student body comprised of approximately 60% female students and over 60% from outside the UK.
Over the next few years, SENSE Foundation Brussels’ support will include a scholarship for undergraduates, individual and group prizes for undergraduates and postgraduates, and a hardship fund – a vital lifeline for students struggling to meet the costs of living whilst studying.
For example, in 2020, SENSE Foundation Brussels awarded 3 undergraduate prizes to students demonstrating outstanding performance and contribution to Life Sciences.
CentraleSupélec, a public institution specialising in scientific, cultural and professional studies, was created by the merging of École Centrale Paris and Supélec in January 2015.
Today, CentraleSupélec consists of 3 campuses in France. It has 4,300 students, 3,200 of which are engineering students, and includes 16 laboratories or research teams.
CentraleSupélec is a reference centre in the field of engineering sciences and systems and a leading school in higher education and research, ranked among the best institutions in the world. CentraleSupélec is a founding member of Paris-Saclay University and chairs the École Centrale Group.
Since 2019, SENSE Foundation Brussels funds 2 Sebastienne Guyot grants, which support female students in their engineering degrees at CentraleSupelec.
They target motivated candidates facing financial difficulties and provide them with the best conditions possible to succeed in their studies.
TADA is a 100% bilingual (NL/FR) non-profit organisation that offers weekend classes to children aged 10 to 14, living in Brussels' most socioeconomically disadvantaged neighbourhoods.
The objectives of TADA are to help these children improve their prospects and open up to new opportunities, to acquire self-confidence, life skills and a sense of belonging within Belgian society.
In 2019, SENSE Foundation Brussels’ support helped TADA open 2 new weekend schools, one in Molenbeek and one in Schaerbeek, thus reaching and coaching 122 new children in the TADA’s network.
The grant also helped TADA in its work to prevent young people dropping out of school: among the young people supported, 9 out of 10 continue in their education, and show clear progress in their development and learning. This is much better than the average estimated in various studies of their peers in similar socio-economic circumstances.
This Public Interest Foundation works in the field of education, set up by experienced professionals from the business world. It champions quality education that inspires, trains and motivates young people to combine professional success with a positive impact on society, ultimately contributing to solving our major environmental and societal issues. Make It Happen is implementing a program in high schools to enable students to imagine solutions to societal and environmental concerns, based on the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This program, based on collective intelligence methodology, provides students from both privileged and less privileged backgrounds with the skills and attitude required to play a positive role in society.
In 2019, SENSE Foundation Brussels supported the Make It Happen Trophy, a competition for innovative projects proposed by young students, expressing their vision of tomorrow’s society.
Thanks to the grant, Make It Happen Foundation was able to hire facilitators who guided more than 250 young people in imagining, defining and presenting their project, aligned with the UN SDGs.
AgroParisTech is a higher education and research institute (“Grande Ecole”) which aims to address some of the main global challenges of the 21st century: feeding a growing population while sustainably managing territories, preserving natural resources, supporting innovation and integrating the bioeconomy.
The AgroParisTech Foundation puts the work of AgroParisTech into practice. The Foundation brings a financial and educational sponsorship to projects through three programs: Apprendre! S’Engager! Entreprendre!
In 2019/2020, SENSE Foundation Brussels supported the Learners' program (Apprendre) through 2 grants for international students from Brazil, 2 mobility grants for French government grant holders, as well as 4 emergency grants, which aimed to support students during the COVID-19 pandemic.
With 31,000 students, the UCLouvain is the largest university in French-speaking Belgium and ranks in the top 15% of universities worldwide. Its 21 research institutes, 38 technology platforms, two university hospitals and three science parks home almost 300 companies and are a testament to its research prowess. UCLouvain contributes cutting-edge research and innovation in collaboration with both the corporate world and broader society.
In 2019/2020, SENSE Foundation Brussels supported staff at the Louvain Institute of Biomolecular Science and Technology. SENSE Foundation Brussels also provided the UCL with emergency grants for students facing hardship, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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.
Created in 1962, INSAS is a public university college in performing arts, specialising in audiovisual and theatre studies.
In 2019/2020, SENSE Foundation Brussels provided bursaries for the new Certificat en Danse programme that started in January 2020, organised in partnership with La Cambre (ENSAV) and Charleroi Danse. The Foundation also created a ‘Fond Coup de Pouce’, providing financial support to Master’s students finishing degrees in sound engineering, image, editing/scripting, film directing, theatre and communication techniques, to help them get their next project off the ground.
La Cambre is one of Belgium’s leading art and design schools. Founded in 1927 by the architect and designer Henry van de Velde, the École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Visuels of La Cambre (ENSAV) has nearly 650 students in 18 different departments: ceramics, animation, drawing, urban design, printmaking, painting, photography, sculpture, and fine art conservation & restoration. Its design departments include industrial and textile design, book design and bookbinding, interior design, set design, fashion and accessories design, as well as graphic and visual communication and typography.
SENSE Foundation Brussels supported the school's International Fund, enabling students to pursue projects abroad. In January 2021, students from the ENSAV La Cambre completed a month-long mission in Deir el Medina, Egypt, to work on the restoration of several ancient tombs.