This youth centre, which is one of the largest of its kind in Peru, comprises a school, an orphanage and a clinic. Through the brand new Fellowship programme, based on skills sponsorship for the most underprivileged people in society, five volunteers provided the community with key support in accounting, marketing, and equipping premises, in particular, with running water. They also organised cooking, cinema and even hip-hop activities with the children, and, above all, they gave a lot back. A truly rewarding experience and one that they will never forget.
Volunteering for solidarity is thriving in the Asia-Pacific zone
In Japan, in 2019, BNP Paribas employees took part in several collective initiatives for the protection of the environment. In May, with the Arakawa River Clean Aid Forum which organises clean-up operations of the Arakawa River in Tokyo, they collected and sorted different plastic waste whose microparticles do not decompose in water shoes and cigarette butts, etc., helping to raise awareness among football and base- ball players who often visit the river banks.
ADDITIONAL VOLUNTEERS ANSWERED THE CALL IN JUNE
from the NGO Earthwatch Japan, supported by BNP Paribas since 2012, to assess and measure along the Futtsu coast, the volume of seagrass beds, the natural habitat of numerous species of marine life currently under threat due to global warming and human activity.
IN AUSTRALIA, A TEAM OF VOLUNTEERS FROM
BNP Paribas Sydney joined the Sydney Streetlevel Mission of the Salvation Army, which prepares and distributes meals to the poorest people living near to the Central Mission District. According to Aksay Maharal, Head of the APAC Treasury Se- curities Service, this time spent working alongside the people who come to this help centre was a rewarding and particularly informative experience.
IN SINGAPORE, TWO COMMUNITY PROJECTS TO HELP
people with disabilities, have benefitted from the active partici- pation of the Group s employees. 50 employees lent their support to the Disabled People Association (DPA) in order to map the accessibility of the Central Business District. 20 other volunteers attended the study tour to the urban farm at the Edible Garden City with students from MINDS Fernvale Gardens School, which supports people with intellectual disabilities by encouraging in- teraction and social integration.
A PPLY ING SK IL L S T O CH A MPION S OL ID A RI T Y C A USE S In agreement with the Group, some employees are offered the opportunity of being seconded to a public interest association for two years before their retirement. Martine Gernez,former head of the IT department, has applied her skills for NGO HAMAP-Humanitaire, which is fighting for access to water, education and mine clearance in a number of countries: Our activity is vital because a third of the planet s population does not have access to safe drinking water. Working to defend these causes which are directly related to world peace is an amazing job, it is the high-point of my career in an international environment.
Working to defend these causes which are directly linked to world peace is an amazing job.
M A R T I N E G E R N E Z FORMER HEAD OF IT DEPARTMENT
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