Our first site visit in France was at Rêves (means “dreams”), the French version of Make A Wish Foundation, at their offices just outside Lyon. We met with two staff members, Aurélie and Virginie, who showed us photos from many of the dreams that have been realized. Like in the US, the most common request is Disney (though of course here it’s Euro Disney in France). Some of the other interesting requests are to meet celebrities (Eva Longoria, Robert Pattinson), or are related to animals, like feeding a baby tiger or swimming with seals or dolphins. Rêves grants wishes to children and teens up to the age of 18, but they work with other groups and are able to refer the cases they can’t take.
Their project on our site is to help a teenage girl with a terminal illness meet a famous horse trainer, and it has already been fully funded. We are always glad to see a successful project, and we can’t wait to see what they’re going to post next!
Read more about this GlobalGiving project here (but no more donating, since it has been fully funded!): http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/meet-frederick-pignon-equine-handler/
Aliza is in Morocco, Spain and France as a part of GlobalGiving’s In The Field program. Follow along at alizainthefield.tumblr.com or on Twitter @alizaapp.