This year’s first Selection Committee meeting for subsidy applications made to the Societe Generale Foundation was held on 3 March 2017. The Selection Committee chose to support four projects promoting integration or education through sport and culture as well as professional integration for people in difficulty.
SOS Urgence (emergency)
Formed in 2004, SOS Urgence promotes Human Rights in Mauritania. The association works with women and adolescents by:
- training and integrating young people who have dropped out of school, as well as those who have recently come out of the Nouakchott detention centre for minors,
- raising awareness about education.
The programme creates groups of fifteen young women to form a cooperative. There will be six university-trained teachers qualified in sewing clothes for men and women, and eight girls on apprenticeships. The girls will be supervised by a workshop manager. The eight girls will undergo a three-month traineeship to complete their training and begin sewing clothes for sale under the guidance of their teachers. They will attempt to make their business profitable to gather the resources they need for the individual sewing workshops for each member. The project is divided into three phases:
- Setting up the sewing workshop,
- Recruiting 15 young women via the SOS Urgence network,
- Recruiting two sales managers to sell the items produced by the cooperative.
Part of the earnings will be distributed among the beneficiaries for their daily needs, while the rest will go to the community fund to organise future workshops. Once the eight girls have developed their own workshop, they will give up their place for other girls to benefit from the programme.
The Foundation is proud to support SOS Urgence. We will tell you more about their fine work shortly!