Children’s and Parents’ Support Bus, Samu Social de Paris

Children’s and Parents’ Support Bus, Samu Social de Paris background

Overview

  • GOAL : REACH OUT TO MARGINALISED FAMILIES TO PROVIDE THEM WITH BASIC MEDICAL CARE AND PSYCHOSOCIAL SUPPORT
  • COUNTRY : France (Europe)
  • DATE : Since 2014
  • COMMITMENT : Social inclusion of children and young people through health
29,000 beneficiaries

The project

Ten per cent of children aged 6 to 10 in the families accommodated by the Samu Social humanitarian emergency service in the Paris region are not in school. A third suffer from anaemia. These sad statistics prompted Samu Social to develop an innovative project in partnership with the ENGIE Foundation: a Children’s and Parents’ Support Bus that tours the various emergency accommodation centres in the Paris region.

On board, a doctor, psychologist, social worker and nurse refer families to local support providers. The medical team identifies any health issues and delivers essential care.

Role of the ENGIE Foundation

The Foundation is a long-standing partner of Samu Social de Paris (since 1994) and has supported the bus project since its launch in 2014. In 2017, the Foundation’s support enabled the purchase of lighter, more mobile vehicles to replace the outdated bus. In the same year, the Foundation decided to renew its commitment for another three years.