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Charity Spotlight: Foundation of the Grand Duke and Grand Duchess of Luxembourg

Throughout the month of December, we will be highlighting various foundations and charities of the royals in the spirit of the giving and festive season. Happy Holidays!

The Foundation of the Grand Duke and the Grand Duchess of Luxembourg was born in 2004 and is under the Presidency of Grand Duchess Maria Teresa. Its board of members is made up of Their Royal Highnesses, The Grand Duke, the Grand Duchess, the Hereditary Grand Duke and the Hereditary Grand Duchess.

The main work of the Foundation is essentially dedicated to supporting people with specific needs to facilitate their integration into society, whilst also undertaking the mission of supporting people facing material challenges and difficulties in Luxembourg or in disadvantaged regions of the world. This work is guided by the three principles: “Solidarity, integration and respect for human dignity” which also guided the Foundation’s parent organisations, the ‘Prince Henri-Princess Maria Teresa Foundation’ and ‘The Grand Duke and Grand Duchess Foundation’.

The ‘Prince Henri-Princess Maria Teresa Foundation’ was launched in 1981 on the occasion of the marriage of the then Hereditary Grand Ducal Couple. This was followed by the creation in 2001 of ‘The Grand Duke and Grand Duchess Foundation’, a new foundation launched upon the ascension of Prince Henri and Princess Maria Teresa as Grand Duke and Grand Duchess of Luxembourg, respectively. It was from the merging of these two foundations that the ‘Foundation of the Grand Duke and Grand Duchess of Luxembourg’ was born. As a result of the merging in 2004, these two foundations have been able to pool their resources and their areas of intervention so as to become even more efficient in helping people in distress.

The Foundation has three objectives:  to respond to requests for assistance and help made to the Grand Duke and the Grand Duchess by residents of Luxembourg who were not able to have their requests satisfied through the public institutions within the existing legal or budgetary framework, to allow people resident within the territory of the Grand Duchy or abroad who have a physical, psychological, mental or social disability to live with self-respect and human dignity and to facilitate their integration into society and to contribute financially to development projects and humanitarian aid in other countries.

The Foundation is active in several areas in Luxembourg, particularly in the areas of social assistance, the physically or psychologically challenged and children’s rights. On a more international scale, an example of the Foundation’s work can be seen in the ‘Projet de la Main Tendue à l’enfance’ (The Project of the Extended Hand towards Children). The project was created at the beginning of 2010 at the initiative of Her Royal Highness, The Grand Duchess with support from both Burundian and Luxembourgish partners and is concentrated in Burundi. The project aims to release minors from prison and offer them support (making them feel valuable and providing medical and psycho-social assistance, scholastic or professional training, securing lodging, etc.) all while reintegrating them into local society.

You can find out more information about the great work of the Grand Ducal couple and their foundation here.

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