Natixis supports employee projects
Via its fifth call for projects, Natixis is sponsoring four new projects presented by employees involved in a non-profit organization. From Vietnam to Africa via Nepal, read about all those projects.
Natixis supports its employees’ humanitarian actions
In 2011, Natixis launched “The Boost”, a call for projects to support the humanitarian actions of its employees involved in an NGO or a non-profit organization.
Employees who are personally active in humanitarian, environmental, cultural, artistic or sports projects can present their project to Natixis to obtain financial support.
The projects presented are voted on by company employees.
Since its creation, The Boost has supported 21 projects, both in France and abroad.
In 2016, 4 projects out of 22 projects were selected by employee vote.
Their choice was based on:
- social utility and public good;
- involvement of the employees concerned;
- social ethics;
- uniqueness and feasibility
The four projects supported by Natixis
- 1/ Du Bessin au Népal
Provide help to move a village in Nepal due to lack of water and climate change
Located in Upper Mustang at more than 3,800 m in altitude, the village of Dhye is extremely difficult to reach. The life conditions for the inhabitants are very harsh and the situation is getting worse due to global warming. The villagers’ subsistence farming (cereal crops) is threatened by the lack of water. Because their production no longer meets the needs of the population, the people of Dhye have had to move their village to a new site near a river located half a day’s walk away.
The organization Du Bessin au Népal is setting up a hydro power micro-plant to operate a pumping station that will provide water to the villages and irrigate the crops.
Setting up the irrigation system and water supply is expected to be completed before the end of 2017. The organization has planted 6,000 fruit trees to help develop the village. Once the water issues are settled, it will help build the villagers’ 26 houses.
- 2/ Enfance Partenariat Vietnam
Water purification and improving hygiene conditions in a village in the North of Vietnam
The purpose of the project is to improve the water quality and hygiene conditions by installing water filters and setting up a soap factory (cold process soap making) in the village of Sang Ma Sao. It will benefit 700 families, i.e. approximately 3,500 people, and will help decrease the number of infections. The population of the village is very poor and many do not even have electricity.
The project will be implemented in several phases:
Since August of this year, nurses on a humanitarian mission have carried out preparatory actions: building of a wall around the health care center, hygiene education. The first water filters were also installed at the health center.
As of July 2017, five other water filters will be installed at the health center and neighboring schools as well as a small soap factory and lavatories. Hygiene education will continue.
- 3/ The African Institute of Risk Management
Promote deserving young Africans via education
The project is based on networking expertise to provide deserving students in Africa access to high-end learning for a successful professional integration.
Its purpose is to pool, moderate and ensure the influence of African scientific research in the areas of finance and insurance, and more specifically applied economics and new technologies.
The project includes organizing a conference, setting up a prize for best Master’s thesis and a digital campus (online interactive training). It will begin in the third quarter of 2016 and will run for 15 months.
- 4/ Partenariat Centre Ardèche/Burkina Faso
Help four villages in Burkina Faso reach food autonomy by repairing farm equipment
Creation of a welding shop in Magnimasso, Burkina Faso. The organization has been supporting four villages since 2002. With the welding shop, the village will become self-sufficient by manufacturing and repairing farm equipment for the region. It will improve working and living conditions and food autonomy for this farming region.
The shop will be built with the help of the villagers and using local resources. The project will create three permanent jobs and will make farmers and families more independent.