Since the beginning of the first lockdown, the Decathlon Foundation has remained mobilized during the Covid19 crisis and has already supported nearly a hundred projects in France and abroad. These projects are aimed at our beneficiaries in fragile situations who have particularly suffered from the crisis, in order to enable them to engage in physical activities.
The Decathlon Foundation has supported several types of establishments: Hospitals, Ehpads, IMEs, associations for the homeless, isolated women, migrants, children from sensitive areas…
Today we have decided to highlight 4 associations that the Foundation supports during this period:
- APEI Chambéry
“The Chambéry’s APEI is a recognized as an association of public utility which manages 17 establishments and services for children and adults with mental disabilities in the Grand Chambéry. Following COVID, our two balneotherapy centers have stopped their activity, we are considering reopening them because balneotherapy for the children and adults we accompany is an interlude of comfort and well-being, it reduces pain and anxiety, improves clinical condition and allows multi-sensory stimulation.”
Wearing a surgical mask is not advisable in swimming pool-type spaces, but the dependence of the people creates a constant and important physical proximity. The only means at our disposal is to equip our professionals with Decathlon snorkeling masks.
The Decathlon Foundation donated 50 Easybreath masks to enable the young people at the centre to continue balneotherapy.
- Sentinel Ocean Alliance
This project enables young children in the suburb of Hout Bay near Cape Town to learn how to surf, swim and respect the oceans.
Testimony of Delphine, working at Decathlon for 16 years
- Humanity Diaspo
This project makes fight against hygienic precariousness and to support women victims of violence in the Paris region.
Testimony of Rana, founder of Humanity Diaspo
“We are fighting against hygienic and menstrual precariousness among homeless migrants, refugees, precarious mothers and women victims of domestic violence.
For a month now, about a hundred isolated minors have been sleeping in tents in the Jules Ferry square in the 11th arrondissement of Paris.
Associations such as Les Midis du Mie and volunteers take turns to accompany and support these young people who live in very precarious sanitary conditions.
We wanted to support these young people by offering them all backpacks, water bottles, towels, hygiene products and hydro-alcoholic gel.
This emergency and solidarity action was made possible thanks to the support of the Decathlon Foundation & L’Oréal Paris Foundations and our donors, whom we thank for their commitment.
Thanks to Les Midis du Mie who facilitated this distribution”.
- LP4Y, India, Philippines
LP4Y trains excluded Youth to become Entrepreneurs of their lives. Via the Professional Training for Entrepreneurs, an educational program offered in the Life Project Centers such as the Green Villages, they develop professional skills and know-how, and gain self‐confidence in order to find a decent job that suits them.
Following the Covid19 crisis, LP4Y and its beneficiaries approached the Decathlon Foundation to maintain sports sessions in communities and develop their actions in new geographical areas in need.
The Foundation team
19 November 2020