Last week Voxbone teamed up to continue the project we started last year, at la Flèche, the Brussels home for children in need, to brighten up the rooms for the children living there.
La Flèche, or la Maison d’Enfants Reine Marie-Henriette, is located in downtown Brussels and caters for children from troublesome circumstances. Some of the children spend their entire childhood there, moving from one section to another as they grow older. The Voxbone Charity Project has so far focused on one section that houses 12 children between the ages of four and 12.
Last year we renovated five bedrooms in that section, repairing massive holes in the walls, fixing a humidity problem in one room and creating five colourful rooms for 10 delighted children. But there were two bedrooms left to renovate in the section; two sad looking rooms with tiles on the walls. In one, the little girl living there had drawn flowers on the wall – making the room look even more miserable.
The staff at la Flèche was very eager to have the Voxbone team back to renovate these rooms, and repair and paint the hallways leading to the rooms. Their experience working with companies for charity projects has been mixed in the past; most companies want all staff members to come in for one day and all work together. The crux is that, during one day it isn’t possible to complete a full renovation project, as plaster has to dry before painting on top of it, paint needs a day to dry properly, and it is really necessary to paint two layers to make sure the colour covers the walls.
At Voxbone we worked out a formula that worked for us – and for them. During four consecutive days four different teams would go in to repair and prepare, paint a first layer, then a second layer, and finally decorate the rooms and create something truly magic for the children. This means that for us – we could keep the office running, a little low on staff and a lot of catch up for the people participating, but all running as normal, and for la Flèche it meant that they knew they would have a finished product in the end.
At Voxbone this team project is creates a great synergy between departments and colleagues. The different teams are involved in a friendly competition, where each team tries to outshine the other. At the same time they are completely reliant on each other, as every team depends on the other teams to be able to do their work properly.
Our charity project is truly inspirational as we get to discover new sides of our colleagues; we now know who are the silicon experts, cement gurus, professional painters, the true handymen, and our aspiring interior designers. Without these unexpected skills from telco professionals, the job could not be done with such an excellent result. The children inspire us too – their reactions and comments are worth all our efforts, and we can only agree with them when they say “Wow that looks AMAZING!”
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