About us

The people&baby Foundation for Childhood

As part of its desire to make its social responsibility commitments more concrete, people&baby created a foundation for childhood in 2012 under the aegis of the Fondation de France.

Chaired by people&baby founders Odile Broglin and Christophe Durieux, the people&baby Foundation for Childhood has a mission to research educational and pedagogical practices around the world and offer financial support to childcare centres in developing countries.

people&baby Foundation Mission

Researching educational and pedagogical practices

  • Visiting Early Childhood organisations around the world,
  • Recognising and encouraging a diversity of educational and pedagogical practices,
  • Communicating good practices and favouring professional openness in early childhood education.

Financial support for childcare centres in developing countries

  • Facilitating the creation of early childhood facilities
  • Supporting Early Childhood facilities facing financial hardship: administrative and financial support for balancing budgets and maintaining long-term financial health

Major people&baby Foundation Projects

2020: Project with the association Solidarity Batoto France-Congo

  • In the Democratic Republic of Congo, the People & Baby Foundation is creating a daycare in the Mitendi district (municipality of Mont-Ngafula) in partnership with the Solidarité Batoto France-Congo association. Opened in February 2021, this structure welcomes children of young unmarried mothers who wish to undergo training to learn a trade.

2019: Project with Les Enfants du Soleil in Madagascar

  • Creation of a community childcare centre in Antsirabe, Madagascar: including architecture, funding, and designing the centre.
  • Skill sharing initiatives.

2018: Project with the NGO Mamère and the Ivoirian government

  • Creation of a centre with 70 spaces in the village of Aboudé-Kouassikro (second community childcare centre in the country): architecture, funding of major construction, and centre design.
  • Training for early childhood professionals in health, first aid, and education.

2016/2017: Project with Les Enfants du Soleil in Madagascar

  • Childcare centre design for four centres operated by “Les Enfants du Soleil”, located in work assistance centres.
  • Development of an educational mission based on the senses and free access to play spaces.
  • Training for mothers’ assistants and young mothers to improve health, safety, and education for children.

2015/2016: “Baby Ivoire” Project in partnership with the Institut National de Formation Sociale (INFS)

  • Co-financing of a pilot childcare centre with 50 spaces within the INFS, the only school in the country that trains students to become Early Childhood Development professionals.
  • Assistance in bringing the project to term thanks to knowledge sharing: optimisation of architecture, building a business plan, and designing an appropriate educational mission.

2014: Project in partnership with Make a Wish

  • Making hospitalised children’s wishes related to their interests and career dreams come true.

2013: “Babylonia” Project with Sorriso no Moro

  • Funding a childcare centre in a favela in Rio de Janeiro.
  • people&baby staff trained the educational team
  • Hosted the centre director in France so she could learn about people&baby educational and pedagogical practices.

2013: “Etudiantes Saint Honoré” Project in collaboration with the Centre de Formation Saint-Honoré

  • Study and report on social and family policies in Sweden.
  • Meeting with local Early Childhood professionals.
  • Learning about Reggio Emilia.

people&baby Foundation news

16 March 2021: The People & Baby Foundation inaugurates a daycare in Kinshasa, Congo

18 June 2019: The People & Baby Foundation for Children inaugurates its crèche in Madagascar

2 October 2018: The people&baby Foundation opened a centre in the Ivory Coast ...

18 May 2018: The people&baby Foundation helped create a national childcare centre in Cambodia

27 October 2017: The people&baby Foundation helped support the Malagasy organisation “Les Enfants du Soleil”

12 January 2017: The people&baby Foundation provided assistance to Sorriso no Moro

8 November 2016: Sophie Failles gave an emotional presentation of the people&baby Foundation’s initiatives for children in Madagascar

1 October 2016: The people&baby Foundation in Madagascar to support “Les Enfants du Soleil”  

12 May 2016: The Abidjan centre is coming along …