Orange Romania Foundation announced the winners of the “World through color and sound” financing programme. NGOs were invited to join the programme with educational, cultural or health projects meant to help out persons with visual, hearing or speech impairments. With a total budget of EUR 350,000, the competition attracted 110 projects presented by associations or foundations, educational institutions, medical institutions and cultural institutions throughout the country. Of those, the Directing Council chose nine projects. The evaluation criteria consisted of: innovative character, digital component, relevance, durability, impact, the candidates’ contribution (financial or in kind) as well as the possibility of involving volunteers. The Orange Foundation will give to the winning projects grants whose value ranges from EUR 10,000 to EUR 50,000.
The following winners were designated: the Association for Urban Development (for the “Feel the art in 6 museums” project), the Romanian National Art Museum (“ART Touch” project), the Romanian National Library (“DReam – Digital Resources – easy to access and manage” project), the Traveling Book Foundation (“Accessible courses for visually impaired students” project), the Cluj-based “Iuliu Hatieganu” University of Medicine and Pharmacy (“HEAR-RING” project), the Audiosofia Association (“Sounds of the future” project), the Special Kindergarten for Hypoacusic Children number 65 in Bucharest (the “Fantastic Workshop” project). Likewise, the Directing Council has selected two other projects that the Orange Romania Foundation will sign up for its competition of projects. These projects were declared winners on March 28 and will be co-financed by the two entities. The projects selected are: the French Institute in Romania with the “Favoring access of persons with sensorial handicap” project and the “Kozmutza Flora” Special Gymnasium School for Hearing Impaired Children with the “Learning scenarios based on PC tablets” project.
“The Orange Foundation supports philanthropic projects in 30 countries in Europe, Asia, Africa and Middle East. As a strategy, in Romania, the philanthropic activities will be directed primarily to the benefit of persons with sensorial disabilities, namely of those with visual, speech and hearing deficiencies,” Christine Albanel, Executive Director – Events, Cultural and Institutional Partnerships and Solidarity within France Telecom Group – Orange, explained in a communiqué issued by the Orange Foundation.