2017 Veolia Student Solidarity Award

On June 20th 2017, the Chairman and CEO Antoine Frérot presented the 2017 Student Solidarity Award to the 4 winning associations.


The 4 winning projects in 2017:

PSE 2017 - Rés'eau ENG

The team of RES'eau with Antoine Frérot, CEO of the Veolia group.


The first prize was presented to RES’eau, an association of engineering students from TecomahISTOM and ENGEES, for their project to supply drinking water to a district in the city of Tacloban, in the Philippines. In an area where more than 80% was destroyed by typhoon Yolanda in November 2013, RES'eau and the local NGO Kaloob, have established a water source and built a gravity distribution drinking water system to supply 20 litres of drinking water - to quality standards that comply with World Health Organization (WHO) requirements - per day per person. Created in 2012, RES'eau undertakes international solidarity projects in the area of water and sanitation in Africa and Asia.
Award: €7,000 for the purchase of cinder blocks, PVC piping, bacteriological analysis kit, standpipes, and tanks.

PSE 2017 - Le Baba ENG

The Baba team with Jean-Marie Lambert, General Manager of Human Resources of Veolia (first from left), and Patrice Fonlladosa, Director of Veolia's Africa and Middle East activities (4th from the left).

The second prize went to the Sciences Po Paris student association, Le Baba, for the creation of a travelling "canteen market" in Paris. The principle is that refugees and immigrants share their culinary culture with people in the Ile-de-France. Eventually, the association could become a cooperative which will create business and jobs and offer the chefs the status of employee-entrepreneur. The students recruit chefs in reception centres in conjunction with the social inclusion association Aurore, and have established partnerships with cookery schools to train them. Since it was set up Le Baba has been supported by the NGO Enactus France.
Award: €4,500 for the purchase of materials needed build 3 canteen trailers. 

PSE 2017 - Yokoumi ENG

Yokoumi team with Thierry Vandevelde, Executive Officer of the Veolia foundation (2nd from left), and Boris Efremenko, coordinator of the biological waste processing business at Veolia (right).


The 3rd prize was won by the student association of Sciences Po Toulouse, Yokoumi Founded in March 2017, it helps a women's cooperative in the village of Kelizio in Togo, which makes shea butter cosmetic products using traditional methods. Yokoumi will set up sales channels in France and Togo, including the works councils of large groups and hotel chains in West Africa. A percentage of the profits will go to Solidarité Enfance et Vie, a Togolese microcredit NGO that has enabled 350 Togolese women to develop an activity.
Award: €3,000 to finance dermatological tests.

PSE 2017 - OAN ENG

Javier Martin Sanz, technical manager at Veolia Spain (on the left), Thierry Vandevelde, Executive Officer of the Veolia foundation (right), and Fanny Trap, director of communication at Veolia Spain.


Public Award: through the online voting campaign open to all, the Public Award was given by Internet users to the OAN International association set up by students at the Universidad Politecnica in Madrid.
The Anour Clinic and the Sounon Sero Hospital, which look after 300,000 patients from Benin, Nigeria and Burkina Faso every year, suffer from frequent power cuts, making it difficult to sterilize medical equipment. OAN International will install two solar powered autoclaves and train medical personnel to maintain them.
Award: €2,000 for the purchase of solar concentrators, pressure receptacles, and maintenance equipment.

The first prize was presented to RES’eau, an association of engineering students from TecomahISTOM and ENGEES, for their project to supply drinking water to a district in the city of Tacloban, in the Philippines. In an area where more than 80% was destroyed by typhoon Yolanda in November 2013, RES'eau and the local NGO Kaloob, have established a water source and built a gravity distribution drinking water system to supply 20 litres of drinking water - to quality standards that comply with World Health Organization (WHO) requirements - per day per person. Created in 2012, RES'eau undertakes international solidarity projects in the area of water and sanitation in Africa and Asia.
Award: €7,000 for the purchase of cinder blocks, PVC piping, bacteriological analysis kit, standpipes, and tanks.