Fly with Air France


Friday 2 December 2016
After several weeks of waiting and photos of the different stages of its construction, Air France’s first Boeing 787, registration FHRBA, arrived in Paris this morning at 9 am.

Programs for street children have been a Foundation priority since 1992.

A new boost was given in 2002 when the Air France Foundation organized an exhibition of photographs and an international conference on the theme of street children, in partnership with UNESCO.

The “children in distress” colloquium provided an opportunity to understand and analyse the problems facing street children. The participating professionals stressed the need for exchanges of practices and training for those actually working in the field.

In 2003, the Foundation’s Board of Directors approved support for a new initiative: an exchange between educators in the Bayti association (Morocco) and Krousar Thmey, in Cambodia. The Bayti social workers went to Cambodia to meet their counterparts, after which the Cambodian educators went to Morocco. This first experiment enabled educators on both sides to compare practices and collaborate to develop a series of working tools, including a manual that can be adapted to different street situations.

In 2004, the Air France Foundation continued its work to the benefit of street children by financing a new exchange program between Ashalaya, in India, and the Virlanie Foundation in the Philippines.

Both associations have worked for years with street children: after many hours of talking and listening, the social workers try to encourage the children, who are often very young – some are barely 5 years of age – gradually to come into the association’s shelters. If they cannot be taken in by a family, all steps are taken to see that they achieve some stability and that their rehabilitation is begun. This involves treatment for drug addiction, building up self-confidence and trust in adults, and a long process of socialization. Later, the educators will suggest that children return to school or take up vocational training. In recent years, associations have been particularly attentive to the needs of children as they leave a shelter, helping them to be come independent and integrated in the socio-professional world.

In March / April 2005, the Virlanie educators visited Ashalayam and in May, the Indian social workers learned about the programs of their counterparts in the Philippines.



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Many associations work to help children: the Foundation can lend its support. The associations that wish to present their project can do so from 1st december 2014 to 2nd March 2015 through our online form.


The Foundation finances only projects conducted by non-profit associations. All proposals must include administrative and legal documents proving the not-for-profit status, as well as a copy of the financial statements.

The Air France Corporate Foundation contributes only to projects which correspond to its field of activity: education and training for children and young people who are ill, disabled or in distress.

The geographical location of the project must b

Either in a country where there is an Air France station,
Or in the French region chosen by the Board of Directors of the Foundation for its annual program.
The Foundation’s support can jumpstart a new project initiated by an association or enable broadening the scope of an existing project.

The Foundation follows a project for one year and can renew its support only to enable grounding the association´s work more firmly in its socio-cultural context.

The Foundation encourages the involvement of Company personnel in associative projects. Projects presented and supported by Air France staff are given particular consideration.

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