Le Projet Imagine is spreading its wings in 2020!

Le Projet Imagine is spreading its wings in 2020!

Le Projet Imagine is spreading its wings in 2020!

”Dear Friends,

As you know, at Le Projet Imagine, we are determined to believe in the best of things, as we are taught so well by the example of our Humble Heroes. Which does not mean that this is an easy thing to do, and covering our eyes when difficulties become obvious is out of the question. 

Our hope lies in a balancing act between refusing black-and-white explanations, in looking for that touch of color, in other words, in embracing the sometimes bittersweet flavor of the poetry of our lives. 

If there is any one person who expresses this subtlety of thought to perfection, it is my dear friend Philippe Courbon, lecturer and founder of the firm Cabinet IDEE. I like to say that Philippe is an enlightened humanist. He has truly devoted his life to chiseling the word HUMANITY in golden letters.

And so I cannot resist sharing with all of you, Dear Friends of Le Projet Imagine, the wonderful wishes that Philip sent me a few days ago. They express so perfectly what I have in my own heart that I am taking the liberty of sharing them with you as they stand. Why share a clumsy paraphrase of something said with such perfection?
Thank you, dear Philippe, and a very beautiful 2020 to all!”

Frédérique Bedos

”Allow me to share with you the following challenge: living in timelessness! Choosing that which is sufficiently beautiful, true, awake, that is becomes worthy of being lived always –  so nothing less than “eternalizing your life”!

I feel it is urgent to discern what we need to “despond” in order to truly understand what we need to “respond” and hope for.

And to do this while being present in the world, open to the fraternal human condition that binds us all. I therefore wish us all, for this new decade, hope, brotherhood, loyalty and the very fuel of our lives – Love!

Looking forward to this together with you, and with all my heart

Philippe Courbon

Imagine Schools program in Vietnam: Session 1

Imagine Schools program in Vietnam: Session 1


Session 1

Le Projet Imagine is coming to Vietnam!


Nhan Dao School - Tuesday, December 17th

On Saturday, December 14th, the team from PE&D (Planète Enfants & Développement) organized the first session of the Imagine Project in Vietnam at Hung Vuong Public Vocational Training Centre in Ho Chi Minh City District 5. 29 students from four different study programs participated, and jointly developed the framework for the class.

First, a few words about the Vocational Training Center in Hung Vuong: this center welcomes 1000 students each year, between the ages of 13 and 18, who can take a variety of training courses ranging from graphic design to metallurgy, precision machining and electronics. Since 2013, PE&D has been working in partnership with the Hung Vuong center to implement its projects for vulnerable young people.

This being the case, it is only natural that PE&D worked with this school to launch the Imagine Project in Vietnam. The Imagine Schools Program aims to promote the development of younger generations through personal involvement and by enabling them to discover their capacity to act for a more inclusive and sustainable society. The first 7 sessions will be held from December 2019 to March 2020, and should enable students to become aware of certain social issues such as climate change, gender inequalities and migration, while at the same time developing social skills and better self-knowledge. Students will then be asked to complete a project for the next 13 sessions on a topic they will have chosen.


During this first session, we presented the project: goals, expectations and purpose! PE&D teams also announced to the students that they were in contact with GameLoft to organize the ceremony to reward the students’ projects, and this news boosted their enthusiasm.

After a personal presentation by every student, they organized into 4 groups, choosing to name them Phoenix, FBI, Marvel and The Men Who Colored Life. Then they worked together on developing an Imagine School Charter. They were very creative in sharing their ideas and were aware of the fundamental principles of savoir-vivre. Every group has added certain rules that are important to them:

The first group, Phoenix, wants all members to be courteous, avoid using their mobile phones in class, collect waste and maintain their clean work environment. They added that if a person felt tired, they could rest, but out of sight of the other students so as not to disturb the class. FBI shares the ideas of their comrades and for them, it is important not to browse malicious sites in class. Members of the Marvel Group have a definite social conscience and suggested banning plastic, turning off the engine of their motorcycle when entering school premises, and wearing a helmet on the road. Finally, for the last group, vulgar behaviors (swearing, scratching their nose, etc.) should be banned and conflicts avoided.

Every person is then given a role: cleaning the class, making sure rules are recorded and complied with, buying fruit or biscuits for tea break, contacting Professor Danh (club manager) if necessary, etc.


The students then performed the “coat of arms” exercise. This game pushes them to think about current and social issues that directly affect them: which cause is important to us? Why? What is stopping us from working for this cause? How can we overcome obstacles in order to act?


They then exchanged on the topics close to their hearts and we noticed that this kind of discussion is relatively new for students. At the beginning of the session, it was difficult for them to express their point of view, but now they are more easily able to put words on their ideas and share them.


Students are then invited to reflect on the hummingbird legend:


“While a fire was burning up the Amazon rainforest, all the animals were fleeing. All of them, except the hummingbird. The hummingbird would go fetch a few drops of water in its beak, pour the water over the fire, and then start all over again. An armadillo shouted out, “What are you doing, hummingbird? You won’t be able to put out the fire by yourself. And the hummingbird replied, “Maybe, but at least I will have done my part.”

Some groups show a strong interest in environmental issues: they are very concerned about environmental pollution and in particular about the problem of waste in the city. They are also very concerned about the use of addictive substances and road safety.

At the end of the session, 24 students signed up to become regular members of the club.

First session in Nhan Dao 17th December

This Tuesday 17th December PE&D team organized our first Imagine session in Nhan Dao Vocational Training School on Establishing the framework for Imagine sessions. The event was attended by 24 students from 2 majors: Graphic Design and Information Technology. We began the session with some warm up games: students took turn to introduce themselves and name the food they like. After that Mr Hoa introduced the project Imagine, the story of Madame Frédérique Bedos and how Le Projet Imagine was conceived. The students then learned about the prize ceremony to be held at GameLoft, which picked their interest because they have all heard of the company. 

Mr Hoa then presented the Commitment Shield and have students brainstorm on the social issues they care about. The topics they thought of were very diverse: road safety, littering, robberies & thieves, sexual abuses, HIV/AIDS, unplanned pregnancies that resulted from early sexual intercourses…

It came the time for students to make individual presentations of their ideas. Through pass-the-ball game Mr Hoa selected 3 students to present on their chosen topics: Can (nickname Shiro) introduced the issue of sexual abuse, especially in public spaces – which result in social disorder. Can has not thought of the challenges to resolve this issue but this was a good start. Next, Tuong Vy presented the topic of environmental pollution. This leads to rising risks of diseases among the population. The challenges Vy suggested was lack of commitment from the public, which can be overcome through more awareness raising activities. Up next, Ngoc Son discussed the issue of robberies & thieves.

According to Son, the prevalence of this issue might degrade Vietnam’s reputation. He proposed to have more volunteers to catch thieves, as people believe catching thieves is the job of the police force. Son believed that in order to overcome this issue we need to make the public understand that this social problem is of the whole community. After the activity everyone listened to the story about the Humming Bird, and repeated the commitment phrase “At least I will do my part” while passing a ball around.

The students then write the charter for Imagine Club together. The whole class discussed among each other to finally came to the agreement on 9 rules: 1) members should respect each other, 2) should not do other thing not related to class activities; 3) not using cellphones during class, 3) not littering, 4) not swearing, 5) go to the toilet too many times; 6) not stealing stuffs from the library and 7) mocking one another; instead one should 8) respect the speakers and 9) collaborate with each other. 

Members then divide themselves into group of 4-5 to brainstorm the names & slogans and elect a leader for their group. At the end of this activities, we had 5 groups: The three musketeers and a horse (Increase your personal value), The Happy Spies (Everyone is a friend), the Ba Roi Beo (Slogan: For a greener, no-toxic work), the Wibu Never Life (Every creature is a friend, except social evils) and the Whatevers (As long as we are happy). Finally, they signed their names to the membership list and wrapped up the session with a song.


Jean Vanier, the Sacrament of Tenderness finally available on DVD and VOD!


Jean Vanier, the Sacrament of Tenderness
finally available on DVD and VOD!

23 octobre 2019

You were waiting for it, here it is! The film Jean Vanier, the Sacrament of Tenderness is finally available on DVD and in video on demand, after an exceptional movie presence with 7 months in movie theaters in France, Belgium and Luxembourg, and a total so far of some 53,000 viewers. This is a record. And it is well-deserved, because this film, which highlights Jean Vanier’s compassion and his fight for a more inclusive and more humane society, shows how this great man, literally and figuratively, challenged taboos and got personally involved to enable people with intellectual disabilities to live with dignity. Until his last breath, Jean remained convinced of the need to convey his message of peace and love to as many people as possible. And when Frédérique Bedos showed that she would be faithful to his message, he then entrusted her with the task of making his voice resonate for a long time.




935b1661-1be1-4346-bc22-1baf562a8f21▶ Box – limited edition
A perfect gift for others… And for yourself… 

DVD 1 : the full feature version (1h33)

DVD 2 : More than 2 hours’ bonus: Several conferences, interviews, testimonials about Jean Vanier, the film and associations supporting people with disabilities. With the director Frédérique Bedos, who delivers us some secrets of the shooting, but also the participation of many other personalities.

Order here!

▶ Video on Demand (VoD).
for those who want to see the movie right away

Watch it online!

A film acclaimed by the public and the press


A powerful film that will grab you, and a great man who inspires respect. handicap.fr

A magnificent moment with the founder of the l’Arche homes. Le Figaro

From Calcutta to Bethlehem, this powerful footage conveys the ecumenical message of an exceptional man. Télérama

This testimony, filmed by the warm and inspired camera of Frédérique Bedos, is as captivating as an exciting adventure. FigaroScope


Jean Vanier, an Imagine Hero


e65afc11-3e5d-44f6-be20-474faf69a585In 2010, when Frédérique Bedos created The Imagine Project, she set out to meet Humble Heroes from around the world. One of them, with his extraordinary stature, moved her in a special way: Jean Vanier. While she had originally come for an interview, their talks continued. And despite almost 50 years difference in age, they developed a wonderful bond!
                                                       Looking back at a long friendship


An impressive track record 

World preview at the UN in New York


Looking back at the presentation of the film at the United Nations in New York


A viewing at the National Assembly


Read the article

And it doesn’t stop there…
The film premiere in Asia!

418fde89-26ed-41ad-950e-93ebccb606c8The adventure continues for our film! It will be presented in Singapore as part of the 35th edition of the French Film Festival which will be held from November 4 to 17.

Organized by the French Embassy in Singapore in collaboration with local distributors and partners, the festival will offer a program of 27 films including comedies, romances and dramas.

Each edition addresses topics that reveal the vulnerabilities that make us human. From first love to lost love, from personal identity to compliance with society’s expectations, from growing pains to crises in one’s forties, the festival will be giving viewers a real experience of emotional introspection.

Learn More about the Event

Le Projet Imagine back in Singapore!

Le Projet Imagine back in Singapore!

In mid-November, Frédérique Bedos landed in Singapore for a brief but intense stopover: a festival, conferences, a television interview… Her mission: to continue to build awareness among residents in Southeast Asia about Le Projet Imagine’s message. 
▶ A look back at this beautiful adventure  

     “Jean Vanier, the Sacrament of Tenderness” for the closing of the Voilah! French Film Festival     


Our film “Jean Vanier, The Sacrament of Tenderness” was given the honor of closing the Voilah! French Film Festival, which was held from November 4th to 17th in Singapore. As producer and director of the film, Frédérique Bedos was invited to present it to a very enthusiastic audience: in just 2 days, every seat for the screening was sold out!

Among the guests were His Excellency Mr. Marc Abensour, Ambassador of France in Singapore, Mr. Anthony Chaumuzeau, Advisor for Cooperation and Cultural Action at the Embassy, Mr. Kelvin Koh Chi Wee, CEO of MINDs, and Mr. Sherman Ho, Director of Partnerships of the Singapore Film Society. As further proof of the interest shown in this film, we also noted the presence of members of the Ministry of Education.

At the end of the screening, our founder was able to have a prolonged exchange with the audience. The attendants were particularly receptive to the story of the great man, as well as to the singular philosophy of L’Arche, where empowerment of disabled persons is at the very heart of the organization. In Singapore, the expression used is “self-determination”.


     A Privileged Screening with French Citizens Overseas    

The film was also shown at a special viewing for French Citizens Overseas, with the support of AFS (an organization that welcomes French nationals in Singapore) and UFE (Union of French Citizens Overseas). Once again, it was a very moving moment!

These special moments with the Singaporean audience that came in large numbers to discover our film were an excellent opportunity to convey the message of this great man far beyond our borders. And this is also a good sign as concerns the international distribution of the film, which should begin very soon. We will let you know.

  Le Projet Imagine on the BBC  

During her stay, Frédérique Bedos had the opportunity to respond to various media requests. She was interviewed by the famous Asian journalist Sharanjit Leyl for BBC Asia Business Report and BBC Newsday.

     Conference on the power of the media     


On the strength of her intuition regarding the urgency of using media power for better purposes, Frédérique was led to give a lecture at the FCA (Foreign Correspondent Association) and Club 1880. The debate was moderated by Sharanjit Leyl, BBC journalist and CFA President, on the topic of the role of the media and the power of hope. Founded in 1956, the Singapore Foreign Correspondents Association is one of the oldest and most important foreign media organizations in Asia.

As always, enriching exchanges followed! This moment of sharing also earned Frédérique a standing ovation (a rare occurrence for conferences organized at Club 1880, despite this venue being specialized in inspiring debates). This event also enabled us to build relationships with other NGOs, such as Women on a Mission or Her Planet Earth.

     Our volunteers in action: A noteworthy talk at Edenred Asia     
You may remember that last June, Frédérique went to Brazil for the Ideal Day, a day of international solidarity organized by our partner, Edenred Group.

Our team of volunteers based in Singapore rallied to participate in the launch of the Edenred Heroes Challenge 2020, building awareness in Edenred teams about the values of our NGO.
We extend our gratitude to our entire team of volunteers in Singapore, with special thanks to Anne, Laurence, Florence and Christine. You are amazing! 
See you soon for new Imagine adventures!
A look at our international news

A look at our international news


A look at our international news


Now that it’s “back to school” time, Le Projet Imagine is offering you a review of our latest international news…

Frédérique Bedos was a guest of honor at the 30th anniversary of the European Foundation Center in late May, and then went on to Brazil to meet Edenred employees for The IdealDay.

Happy Anniversary
to the European Foundation Center (EFC)!


61029613_2236854729697566_7093991237920751616_nFrom 22 to 24 May, the European Foundation Center (EFC), which includes 650 European foundations, associations and institutions, organized its annual congress in Paris in rather exceptional circumstances. The fact is that the organization came back to the French capital for the first time in 20 years for its 30th anniversary. Organized by the Fondation de France, which is also celebrating its anniversary this year, its 50th, this event was exceptionally prestigious: it brought together some 850 members in a symposium for a theme that was directly inspired by the motto of the home of human and citizens’ rights: “LIBERTY, EQUALITY, PHILANTHROPY”.

For three days, prominent figures such as Robert Badinter (former Minister of Justice and former President of the Constitutional Council), Plantu (press cartoonist and President of the association Cartooning for Peace), Lionel Zinsou (former Prime Minister of Benin), Dhananjayan Sriskandarajah (Director General of Oxfam, Great Britain) and Ghada Hatem (Ob-gyn and founder of the House of Women) took to the podium to discuss all the issues that European foundations are engaged in: freedom of expression, the migration crisis, new forms of solidarity and inclusion… Many workshops and plenary sessions gave delegates an opportunity to share, debate and reflect on new ideas and approaches to address the challenges of our time: inequality, climate change, the rise of populism…


Frédérique Bedos was given the privilege of delivering the closing speech for the event. In front of this audience of committed actors, she presented Le Projet Imagine, the Humble Heroes Project, recalling in particular the importance of journalism as a pillar of democracy. The audience, being particularly attuned to the topics that our NGO is committed to, namely otherness, social justice and world peace, was enthusiastic, giving her speech a prolonged standing ovation.

See you next year in Vienna, for the 31st edition!

Ideal Day in Brazil with Edenred


Every year, Edenred’s 8,500 employees in 46 countries dedicate a whole day to supporting local communities to help improve their quality of life: it’s called “Idealday”. Replanting trees, helping underprivileged youth or developing digital inclusion programs for the elderly… there’s no shortage of ways to help! Above all, the aim for employees is to engage in solidarity actions by contributing their skills to serve the community. An initiative that the Humble Heroes Project warmly supports.

25612df3-a0e9-4955-912a-3201a6e733b4As part of the three-year partnership we signed last April with the world’s leading payment solutions company in the world of work, Frédérique Bedos was invited this year on IdealDay to meet the Edenred teams in Brazil, which account for almost a quarter of the Group’s employees.

This stay in Sao Paulo was particularly intense: Idealday here lasts three full days! Not only did Frédérique speak to various audiences, but she also went along with different Edenred teams as they engaged in their charitable activities.

For instance, some had chosen to provide support to young people in need of social integration at the Instituto Familia Barichello, a karting track created by the famous Brazilian Formula 1 driver by the same name. Frédérique met William Boudakian De Oliveira, the Institute’s Executive Director, a wonderful person who has worked for more than 20 years with young people in serious difficulty (to the right, next to the image).


Several talks by Frédérique were organized both within the company – with the presence of Edenred Brazil’s Senior Management in their premises in Sao Paulo, and the employees of the Repom site in Alphaville – and outside of the company.


fffOur founder was invited to speak on gender and diversity issues at the University of Sao Judas, and met with keen interest with the members of the Instituto Ser (Be More), an NGO that helps young people (16/25 years) who are socially vulnerable to pursue specific studies and training in order to develop their potential and promote their professional integration.

Find out more (article in Portuguese)


On this occasion, she was able to experiment with a board game that was especially developed by the Edenred Brazil CSR* and Innovation Teams in order to raise awareness of gender equality. A great way to talk about sensitive issues in a relaxed environment.

*Corporate Social Responsibility


A video of this Brazilian trip:

miniature video idealday

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