Fonds A&A Ulmann
The A&A Ulmann Endowment Fund was created at the end of 2018 by Agnès and André Ulmann to support a wide range of charitable projects aiming to improve the life and well-being of vulnerable populations.
The A&A Ulmann Fund supports Asedeme, which provides assistance to children suffering from mental disabilities in Dakar, Senegal. This support will enable the construction of three additional classrooms to welcome more children in the Grand Yoff Aminata Mbaye centre in Dakar. The Embassy of Luxembourg, the Stewart Macmillan Foundation, Patrick Thélot, CEO of Armonia, the Vicat Group, Sococim Industries, and Gécamines, are also involved in this project.
Since summer 2019, the A&A Ulmann Fund has been supporting, alongside other partners, the “SAVE” project (Support in the identification and Assistance of Victims of trafficking in human beings for labour Exploitation). Led by the CCEM – Comité contre l’esclavage moderne (committee against modern slavery), and six Moroccan civil society organizations, SAVE’s objective is to reinforce the ability of partner organizations to identify victims of slavery, and to provide them with material and legal assistance in Morocco. To date, nearly 50 people have received assistance through the SAVE project.
The A&A Ulmann Fund supports a permaculture project in Burkina Faso led by the Laafi association.
The Laafi Village association, in existence since 2001, undertakes projects focused on education, training, and beekeeping. Its activities take place in a single location, Laafi Village, in Koudougou, Burkina Faso. The association owns a plot of usable land of more than 2,000 m2, and makes it available to train the region’s farmers to new agricultural methods.
The project supported by the A&A Ulmann Fund consists in the creation of a solar-powered borehole on the association’s land, and the building of a reservoir to support and develop permaculture and agroforestry projects. This access to water means water can be routed to the restaurant to cook for the pre-school children and develop fun and educational activities related to permaculture for the children.
The A&A Ulmann Fund, alongside the Designing Hope association, is committed to supporting the Halfway House in Roosboom, South Africa. This house, which every day welcomes 30 to 40 AIDS orphans after school before they go back to the orphanage. It is a welcoming, lively space, so these children can get together and share a friendly moment, play, practice sports, study for their classes, draw, read, and especially, eat a warm meal which is often the only one they will have in a day. The initial project financed by the A&A endowment fund was to restore an abandoned space and turn it into a hen house for 40 laying hens. Now, children’s meals are accompanied by eggs several times per week. A part of the space has also been converted to allow children to eat their meals with a roof over their heads. With the remaining budget, about 50 books on biodiversity and the environment have been purchased to enhance the house’s library.
Since 2019, the A&A Ulmann Fund has been supporting the Champ Libre association and its mission to reintegrate prisoners. The Champ Libre association fights against the social exclusion of prisoners and people living in reintegration centers by providing them access to culture, education, and information. These initiatives allow them to maintain or create social connections, and pave the way for the citizenship of imprisoned persons. To that effect, Champ Libre organizes workshops in detention facilities as well as information and awareness-raising actions related to imprisonment issues through events such as public meet-and-greets (the “Apéros POPulaires”) and training sessions prior to the interventions.