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Playful breaks for sick children
With 50 €,
1 half-day(s) of respite for a sick child
"L'ENVOL is a double challenge, medical and human. The aim of the stays is above all to rbreak the infernal circle of illness : the marginalization and isolation to which seriously ill children fall victim, to give them a change of scenery, to experience the joys of relaxation, carefree fun, games with friends... In just a few days, L'ENVOL restores their self-confidence, the desire to live and the strength to fight. The message every child takes away with them after their stay is "I'm capable, I can do it, I can conquer my fears "."
Christina Tézenas du Montcel, co-founder of L'ENVOL
Christina Tézenas du Montcel, co-founder of L'ENVOL
L'ENVOL welcomes seriously ill children, aged 6 to 17, suffering from various pathologies (cancers, rare diseases, chronic illnesses...) to its multipathology stays, free of charge, who enjoy a truce from illness and take part in adapted, varied and fun activities.Supervised by recruited and trained volunteers, including doctors and nurses, sick children become children again, gaining in autonomy and resilience, and their caregivers benefit from respite time. They learn about the stays via a network of 72 partner hospitals, which identify children in the weary phase of illness.
For 25 years, 23000 sick children and caregivers have regained strength and confidence at L'ENVOL!!
L'ENVOL has organized more than 200 staysand designed 3 new programs to meet their needs in hospital or on a daily basis. L'ENVOL has become an expert in supporting sick children and their caregivers.
The money will be used for
Each donation guarantees the free stays, unique in France for sick children and their families! Transport, medical supervision, catering, adapted activities... So many complex arrangements to be made to welcome this vulnerable public on residential stays, for whom going to summer camp is usually unthinkable!
In 2023, L'ENVOL aims to support more than 6,000 beneficiaries through its stays and other programs, and to deploy its hospital-based actions outside the Île-de-France region.
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May sick children remain children, and may their families regain strength and confidence.
As an association recognized as being in the public interest, L'ENVOL organizes programs tailored to young patients aged 6 to 25 and their families. Since 1997, it has helped them find the strength and self-confidence to live better during or after illness, and break their isolation. L'ENVOL provides free support to over 5,000 beneficiaries a year through its adapted stays, hospital workshops, recreational outings and activity kits.
Matteo and Pierre-Hugo, a brothers' holiday to forget illness
Pierre-Hugo and Matteo were born prematurely at 7 months' gestation, which is when the doctors realized that Matteo was born without an anus. The diagnosis was made a few days later, Matteo had Vacterl syndrome*.
The two brothers grew up separately: Matteo in hospital between Necker, Bullion and various rehabilitation centers and Pierre-Hugo at home. The parents had to divide up the management of the children due to hospitalizations in Paris, the family residing in Essonne. Pierre-Bruno looks after Pierre-Hugo, while Nora looks after Matteo.
Nora discovered L'ENVOL when looking for a summer camp for Matteo. Conventional structures refuse to welcome him, as his illness requires a lot of daily care. It was the first time that Matteo could go on vacation with other children and discover new activities that had remained inaccessible to him until that first stay at L'ENVOL.
A few months later, Pierre-Hugo joined a L'ENVOL stay dedicated solely to brothers and sisters of sick children. He talks about it with emotion, it was an opportunity for him to feel understood, to find his place again, to laugh a lot, to surpass himself, to have more self-confidence and above all to be happy.
Pierre-Bruno and Nora are unanimous: their children return metamorphosed, full of strength to face their daily lives punctuated by Matteo's illness. In October 2023, the two brothers came together for the first time on one of L'ENVOL's Fratries stays, enabling them to strengthen fraternal bonds tested by illness!
A happy child!
Where illness prevents, L'ENVOL opens up the field of possibilities 🎈
After enjoying their vacation days at L'ENVOL, our 142 youngsters returned home with their heads full of memories! On the first day of each stay, everyone arrived with their own challenge: spending several days away from their parents, meeting new people, discovering new activities, new places.... And yet, at the end of each week, the goodbyes were difficult, a sign that they had accomplished much more than simply attending a summer camp. In addition to offering them high-quality medical care, this multi-pathology stay enabled them to gain in confidence, autonomy and resilience. Small victories that they will return to in their daily lives, and which will help them to live better with the disease, the better to overcome it.
L'ENVOL does the impossible for Liloo!
The L'ENVOL team will have worked for 2 years to ensure that 12-year-old Liloo would be welcomed on a L'ENVOL stay without taking the slightest risk to her health. Living with a small intestine twice as short as average, Liloo spent most of her childhood in hospital and can't feed herself. Every other day, therefore, the amount of nutrients she needs must be administered directly into her bloodstream. The little girl remains hooked up to her feed for 12 hours each time.
For Liloo, attending summer camp is quite impossible. But L'ENVOL has risen to the challenge.
Frequent exchanges with the hospital's referring doctors to understand medical needs, recruitment and training of volunteer doctors and nurses able to administer care, adaptation of activities such as climbing or theater so that Liloo can excel in the same way as any other child, setting up the route to reach the place of stay... The L'ENVOL team has been mastering these necessary steps for over 25 years.
Although Liloo's case is particularly complex, it is not an isolated one. The L'ENVOL team prepares to accompany each child for an average of 6 months before his or her stay. It's a medical and human challenge that the association's educators, nurses and organizers take up every year, so that sick children find strength and confidence in their fight against illness.