Helping Hand 2018: Crédit Agricole CIB helps to make children aware of environmental issues with Laurence Grimoud
Laurence Grimoud, who works at Crédit Agricole CIB in Paris, has been dedicating her time to the NGO Terre de sens 07 since October 2017. The project she presented to the jury of the Helping Hand programme aims to raise awareness among children on environmental issues through workshops, the practice of permaculture and family games. Discover the NGO and the project supported by Laurence in her interview:
What is the purpose of the charity you presented?
Laurence Grimoud: Terre de sens 07 is an NGO in Ardèche (France) that brings together men and women from all walks of life with a shared conviction: that nature and humanity need to be central to all our actions. The organisation offers extracurricular activities for children and their families to learn about nature and implement simple solutions to reduce their impact on the environment. Terre de sens 07 organises activities around issues such as waste reduction, water management, and the importance of food quality. It works in partnership with Zone 5, an organisation for the promotion of permaculture.
What is the nature of your involvement in the charity?
Laurence Grimoud: I have been a member of Terre de sens 07 ’s board of directors since its creation in October 2017. I work on designing educational workshops for children (search for facilitators and “logistics”), and do fundraising.
What is the scope of the project you presented?
Laurence Grimoud: The funds donated by Crédit Agricole CIB were used to purchase teaching materials and gardening tools for the children, who are frequent visitors to the greenhouses and gardens landscaped by Terre de sens 07 . The funds also enabled regular workshops for the exploration and practice of permaculture, and co-operative family games.
What has your involvement in the Helping Hand programme brought you?
Laurence Grimoud: I was very touched by the enthusiasm of the Solidarity team after I sent in my application, and I wanted to thank them for their availability and commitment to supporting the employees’ projects.
I am pleased to be able to spread the word about Terre de sens 07, which I care a lot about. I am convinced we need to make young children aware of the importance of respecting the environment and encourage co-operation in finding concrete solutions to problems that are often so much larger than we are.
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