Here in Reunion, and I assume in mainland France, they love their "Associations"! An association is a formal group that is registered with the local government, as far as I can tell it can be set up of any reason (except sports) and can apply for subventions from the local government.
In the last year we have become members of a few different associations, the kids do Indian dancing with one association (which I've mentioned before), Aurelie has been involved in the set up and running of another to run child minding at Sam and Ela's school before and after school hours.
But the association we have been involved with the most is "Les Coeur de Mont Vert Les Bas" (the Heart of Mont Vert Les Bas), it's an association to bring the people of the locality together in various activities.
A friend of ours, Isabelle, is the president (and founder) of the association and keeps it humming along.
|Arts and crafts for the kids|
Over the last few months we've had: weekly kids activities over the school holidays, weekly games sessions (cards, Uno, Dominoes type games), seaside picnics, book and plant exchanges and a meal at a restaurant/smallholding (with complimentary pony rides!) and this week Aurelie has started a weekly English conversation meetup at our place! Its been a wonderful way to get to know people beyond our little impasse* and to tie into the Mont Vert Les Bas community.
|Bunny love at the smallholding|
* Oddly enough the French don't use the phrase "cul-de-sac" but rather "impasse" which makes me wonder why the hell we ended up using a French phrase that isn't used in French!