COVID-19: Help the most vulnerable
Acting locally within communities to help the most vulnerable individuals is another of the Air Liquide Foundation's long-standing priorities.
Since march 2022, in response to the current health and humanitarian disaster caused by COVID-19, the Air Liquide Foundation has supported 34 emergency aid projects from organizations that are already partners of the Fondation. Located on every continent, these projects helped the vulnerable populations that have been hit hardest by the pandemic. They delivered food or protective equipment and educated people about COVID-19 and ways to prevent the spread of the virus.
Number of supported projects since March 2020
34 social projects
"We have two responsibilities in the face of the health crisis: in the long run, we need to better understand the Covid-19 virus to learn how to protect ourselves from it, and in the short term, we must support those who are most vulnerable to it. In an unprecedented context, the Air Liquide Foundation has very rapidly launched the Covid-19 Initiative to commit to these two major issues, with the support of the Group’s expertise."
Jean-Marc de Royere, Chairman of the Air Liquide Foundation - Senior Vice-President of Air Liquide
Supporting projects that help vulnerable and at-risk groups
The Air Liquide Foundation supports projects
- Supporting housing organizations and shelters in Italy, Spain, France, Brazil and India and a healthcare center in the United States
- Donating food, medical supplies and hygiene products in Morocco, Senegal, Togo, India (Delhi, Noida and Chennai) and the Philippines (Manila and Cebu)
- Combatting isolation for vulnerable people in France
- Promoting awareness campaigns about COVID-19 and ways to prevent the spread of the virus in India and Togo
- Offering educational and job placement support in France
As with all Foundation projects, this work is monitored by Air Liquide employees
"The early days of the pandemic were incredibly difficult from an emotional and organizational point of view. We care for people with autism, intellectual disabilities and relational issues. During lockdown, nine of our sixteen facilities were still open, so we had to keep 367 people safe and cared for every day. It was during this extraordinarily challenging time that the Air Liquide Foundation gave us a helping hand. A ray of hope! We were able to buy gloves, masks and a lot of protective equipment. With all that we have learned, we are now better prepared to face what's coming next."
Maurizio Ferrari, communication and development director for the Renato Piatti Foundation