The students’ association won over the Student Solidarity Award judging panel last June with their plans to create an educational and psychosocial support initiative for vulnerable children in Ouallam. As the Veolia Foundation award winner, the association has laid the foundations for its initiative by identifying the children aged 6-17 who will receive support.
The 20 or so students trained in October then dispersed throughout the area to identify at-risk young people who could benefit from the programme’s activities (literacy classes and vocational training so that they learn a trade). The students have already identified and approached 40 children who will receive training. This first phase is all about validating the approach and continuing the programme which has the long-term aim of supporting 200 children.