By extending its commitment beyond French borders, the Fondation de France has strengthened the bond between French solidarity and international solidarity. In 2003, it will intervene on three levels:
Action Plan for Democracy: Everyone is aware of the fragile state of democracy around the globe. The Fondation de France is supporting and enhancing local association networks in charge of waging the daily struggle to safeguard democracy. This effort is backed by local offices set up in Antananarivo (Madagascar), Bamako (Mali), and Rabat (Morocco). Among other associations, the Fondation de France also assists the International Federation of Human Rights Leagues (FIDH), Coordination sud, etc.
Conflicts and natural disasters: Of the nearly 50 million people on our planet who have been forced to seek asylum in other countries or to abandon their homeland, 60% are children. In societies plagued with conflicts, natural disasters or lack of resources, it is the family unit that enables the population’s youngest members to survive and that passes on positive moral values.
Since 2000, the Fondation de France has been maintaining 30 teams in Rwanda, Chechnya, Colombia and Bosnia whose task is to rebuild these social and familial bonds. In May 2002, these teams gathered at a conference in Paris to share their experiences. The proceedings will be published sometime within the first half of 2003.
In addition, the Crimes de guerres/France association and Fondation de France have granted the French publishing house[sinon on se demande ce que c’est...] Autrement the right to publish Crimes of War in French.
Lastly, in 2003, the Fondation de France will be launching "L’Europe en plus large" [A Broader View of Europe], a new project directed at countries interested in joining the European Union.
State of Emergency: The Fondation de France intervenes in the event of natural catastrophes or armed conflicts, lending its support to emergency and post-emergency operations on behalf of the most vulnerable members of the population (e.g., the AZF factory explosion in Toulouse, the rebuilding of French secondary schools in Kabul, in co-operation with France Culture).
It is noteworthy that the Fondation de France is a private and independent non-profit association and receives no subsidies from the French government. For 33 years, it has been fostering and developing projects in every field of endeavour serving the public interest: national and international solidarity, health care, medical research, culture and the environment. It also offers any person or business desiring to support a worthy cause an opportunity to create their own tax-sheltered foundation, make a donation, or plan bequests. At present, 503 foundations have been formed under the aegis of the Fondation. Thanks to its donors, the Fondation de France was able to distribute 5,800 subsidies, prizes and grants in 2001-a total of 58 million euros.
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