Pia in France

Pia spending a month this summer in Cannes, France, on a Richter Research Fellowship to investigate the relationship between the popular, wealthy city and its local, national and international charities.

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Secours Populaire Francais

Another good interview, but still not what I thought I would hear!

I met with Elaine Fraisse, the lady in charge of Secours Populaire Francais in Cannes, a nonprofit organization that helps those in need – specially single mothers and the homeless – by mainly giving them clothes and food.
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In Cannes, Secours Populaire receives financial support from the community, but not in extraordinary amounts.

When I created this project, one of my hypotheses was that charities’ revenues increased as tourists flooded the city. But Madame Fraisse told me that this is not true. For example, during the Film Festival the needy (and not-so needy) demand even more help from the organization.

So…this project (so far) is going in the opposite direction of where I thought it would go…

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