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US News Lyon: "1 bag for 1 student", a platform for mutual aid in the face of student precariousness

15:35  17 february  2021
15:35  17 february  2021 Source:   20minutes.fr

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Put online on February 8, this platform, which connects sponsors and students in order to offer them shopping, will be extended to all of France in a few weeks

Un panier de légumes et fruits de saison. (Illustration) © A. GELEBART / 20 MINUTES A basket of seasonal vegetables and fruits. (Illustration) SOLIDARITY - Launched on February 8, this platform, which connects sponsors and students in order to offer them races, will be extended to the whole of France in a few weeks

A success well beyond their hopes. Launched eight days ago at Lyon , the support platform "# 1cabaspour1étudiant" is a hit. And the two founders are overwhelmed by membership requests. "To the point of no longer having time to eat," confesses Marion Dolisy Galzy with a laugh. More than a thousand people have already registered on the site, which consists of connecting a “sponsor” and a student from his neighborhood in order to regularly give him a basket of commissions. And help him get through the crisis.

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"It goes way beyond what we imagined," continues Marion Dolisy Galzy. Requests are even pouring in from all over France ”. This mother and her accomplice Anne Wuattier came up with the idea "in three hours". “We had lunch together on February 4, the next day we started to create the site,” she continues.

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"The idea came from my mom. She regularly prepared shopping bags for people in difficulty who lived in our neighborhood. My parents also regularly used to welcome foreign students at their table on Sunday lunch, "says Marion, who thus wished to perpetuate this" legacy ". The current crisis, which made it possible to focus on student precariousness , was the detonator. Anne Wuattier, already very involved in the field of solidarity, saw this as obvious.

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"We realized that people wanted to help. They wanted to respond individually to the crisis by doing their part, but they did not know how to do it. We simply provide them with a turnkey solution, ”explains Marion. So far, more sponsors have come forward than students. This is the case of Christelle, a 41-year-old Lyonnaise.

"My vision of sponsorship is also to invite my godson to eat"

"I remembered my period of study, a period of hardship, recalls this nurse anesthetist. My family couldn't help me financially. I had to fend for myself. I worked alongside, looking after the elderly. Sometimes they would ask me to stay with them to eat. It was a great helping hand. "

" When you are a student, you don't necessarily dare to ask for help from others. I have never done it. Sometimes I swallowed my pride by accepting food stamps, "continues Christelle, aware that the current period offers" little possibility "for young people to" do odd jobs ". The assistance it will offer will not be limited to a basket of groceries offered every fortnight. Nor to a package of pasta. "My vision of sponsorship is also to invite my godson to eat hot dishes from time to time at home, to share because we have a lot to learn from others".

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Marion Dolisy Galzy is not asking as much. "For baskets, there is no rule to set, or minimum amount established," she says. Not even a term of engagement. Volunteers will pay out as much as they want at the pace they want. Simply, the help provided can take other forms as well. "In the basket, you can put bus tickets, school books, novels or a train ticket to go see your parents", details the co-founder of the platform, posted on February 8, which should be extended to all of France "in a few weeks".

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