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Sickness, disability, economic difficulties, advanced age and unemployment all disempower the individuals grappling with these issues. Fondation de France pledges to meet their basic needs: housing, healthcare and work – but it also endeavours to help them remain active members of their communities, sharing their interests, feelings, and projects.

Social and economic exclusion

Fondation de France is committed to resolve the material and social difficulties facing society's most vulnerable through projects that help to forge social ties. These include accessing and maintaining stable housing, developing socially mixed housing initiatives with an active community life, supporting participation in neighbourhood activities, and making the return to gainful employment a common right.


Supporting parents and helping them to solve their problems, helps their children to grow and learn to live with others. That gives them a better shot at their future. Fondation de France looks for ways for provide specific support to benefit children, whether in their family life or during their playtime or at school.


The elderly

Fondation de France encourages endeavours that respect the right of the elderly to make choices and decisions regarding their lifestyle, and to take risks regardless of their state of health. This includes providing alternative housing choices and convenience services, forging community ties, giving the elderly a voice, and combating isolation and loneliness. All these initiatives also help narrow the generation gap.

The disabled

Fondation de France aims to positively influence society’s perception of the disabled, and to act for equal opportunity. This involves helping all citizens access the services of a typical city, such as healthcare, housing, education, employment, leisure, sports, culture, clubs and politics.


When sickness attacks the body or mind, even if it is not chronic, people become vulnerable and in some cases, isolated. To improve human relationships and change mindsets for the better, Fondation de France funds initiatives for sick individuals and their families and friends, such as palliative care, pain management, and social activities for troubled youth and for people suffering from mental disorders.


For Fondation de France, solidarity goes beyond its national borders. It views it as a duty to create ties and share knowledge with the most vulnerable populations in developing or crisis-stricken territories. Our priorities are dialogue between France and countries on the southern edge of the Mediterranean, as well as the fight against AIDS in the West Indies, Guyana and French-speaking sub-Saharan Africa.


Disasters and relief work

For over 20 years, Fondation de France has been known for its relief work in that transitional time when the first disaster workers leave a scene but development programmes are not yet up to speed. Relying on local NGOs with in-depth knowledge of the disaster area, it supports reconstruction, psychological support, and economic recovery programmes.

Some Concrete Actions

Participatory housing

Participatory housing was created by a group of people with shared values who, no longer wanting to live in isolation, came together to pool their resources: they built and manage together a housing project that shares common spaces and bonds of solidarity.  The Habitat program has sponsored approximately 30 projects that promote social and generational diversity, openness towards the community and long-term management. In 2013, a member of our committee participated in the working groups created by the Housing Ministry in order to include this innovative type of housing in the “Access to Housing and Urban Renewal” Bill.

Building together an enduring project

Emotional, Sexual, and Parental Wellbeing

Despite notable progress in the accessibility of cities for disabled people, a lot remains to be done for their emotional relationships, parenthood, and sexuality. These very sensitive issues were the subject of discussion and reflection by a group of experts from our committee as well as outside figures, including, of course, disabled persons. In 2013, this initiative led to the publication of “Sexuality and the Disabled: Let’s Discuss,” which describes the practical experiences of the disabled, as well as and the ethical questions that they raise.

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Solidarity with the Philippines

Following the typhoon that struck the Philippines, a committee was formed in order to allocate funds to projects directly benefiting the most vulnerable affected populations living on the islands of Leyte, Samar and Panay. Taking a post-emergency approach, the projects prioritize reviving the economy (e.g. fishery, agriculture, small businesses) and rebuilding houses in a way that respects local lifestyles and materials.

A message from the Philippine Ambassador to France