- A prize that rewards SESOBEL for its commitment to children with disabilities and their families
- 3,200 children benefited from the Foundation’s support in 2017, in Lebanon and in France
On this occasion, Naïla Saadé, President of the CMA CGM Foundation, said: “The work done by SESOBEL for more than 40 years is absolutely remarkable and we have been particularly touched by its commitment to children and young people with disabilities. SESOBEL has become an institution in Lebanon in the field of disability management through a global and humane approach. Each child is given special attention to help him develop, along with his family, his autonomy and lead a happy and fulfilling life.” Founded in 1976, SESOBEL helps children and adolescents with physical, mental or invasive disorders and works with their families for better support. A multidisciplinary team of professionals, specialized educators as well as hundreds of volunteers supervise daily these children and young people from all over of Lebanon, for medical follow-up, rehabilitation and an educational program aiming to develop their capacities and to make them autonomous.
Thus, a help center through work allows these young people to find jobs according to their abilities. In addition, a large center for children and young people with autism has been under construction since 2015.
Each year, the CMA CGM Foundation Prize recognizes, in Lebanon and France, two associations for their commitment in the social and humanitarian field. In France, the SOS Children’s Villages association received the 2017 Foundation Prize. In addition, the CMA CGM Corporate Foundation has rewarded, as part of its 2017 call for projects, 13 Lebanese and French associations working to improve the living conditions, well-being and development of children who are ill or victims of trauma. Since 2012, the Foundation has also been running the Containers of Hope operation, which enables French non-governmental Organizations to deliver humanitarian material free of charge thanks to the CMA CGM Group’s shipping services.