The Dekeyser&Friends Foundation supports different initiatives and organizations, who are a good fit with the Foundation’s mission. Currently the Foundation is engaged in two major areas: a development program in the Philippines, which offers new perspectives to scavenger families; and the DO School – an innovative educational institution.
RE-HOUSING IN THE PHILIPPINES
The Dekeyser&Friends Foundation is helping to fund the construction of a village on the Philippine island of Cebu offering scavengers from local dumpsites a new perspective and standard of living. The Compostella Village project is being implemented in collaboration with JPIC-IDC (a local NGO), the German Karl-Kübel Foundation, DEDON Philippines, and through the support of the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, the BMZ.
The Compostella Village project includes the construction of new houses as well as livelihood initiatives for 50 families who have previously lived and worked on a nearby garbage dump. A new architectural concept was developed between architects Jean-Marie Massaud and Daniel Pouzet. As part of the construction efforts, some beneficiaries had the chance to learn the skill of weaving in a training with DEDON Philippines, which will then help them to secure employment. The goal of this project is to offer these families, and especially the children of these families, a new life with enhanced access to education resulting in a brighter future.
The Compostela village project was started in 2010 and is currently under construction. The first 40 of the total 50 families were able to move into their new homes in autumn 2012 and spring 2013.
EMPOWERING SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURS
The Dekeyser&Friends Foundation is a supporter of the DO School, an innovative educational organization, which offers learning experiences that create real global impact. The DO School offers a unique one-year educational program that enables talented young adults to launch their own innovative and sustainable social ventures. The program allows emerging social entrepreneurs to learn from passionate peers, engage with current leaders and experts, and create change by implementing these social ventures in their home countries. www.thedoschool.org