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GDF SUEZ

COMPANY OVERVIEW

GDF SUEZ, an international industrial Group, designs sustainable and innovative solutions for the management of public utility services as a partner of public authorities, businesses and individuals. The Group aims to meet essential needs in electricity, natural gas, energy services, water and waste management.

GDF SUEZ' activities have a direct impact on the daily lives of over 200 million individuals, 500,000 companies and 3,000 local authorities worldwide. Every day, GDF SUEZ employees work actively to meet such major challenges as safeguarding of resources, control of energy consumption, reduction of greenhouse gases and access to essential services. In parallel, they ensure ongoing control of risks that could have an impact on the health and safety of the world's population.

HIV/AIDS Profile

François-Xavier Bagnoud Association
Since 2006, the GDF SUEZ Foundation has supported an after-school program for AIDS orphans and HIV-infected children. The program was established by the François-Xavier Bagnoud Association in connection with a community development program in the South African townships of Soweto, Alexandra, and Witbank.

Homehak Center for children afflicted with AIDS
Since 2004, the GDF SUEZ Foundation has assisted in operating the Homehak Center for children suffering from AIDS, or orphaned by it. The Center is located at Yasothon, in northeastern Thailand, Issan Province, near the Laotian border.

This center is operated by the Children of the Mekong, which was created in 1991 by a Thai woman, Suthasinée Noiin, known as Pi Tiou. Her initial vocation was to help young drug addicts dry out and find jobs again. Very quickly she found herself confronted with the problem of AIDS which had begun to ravage Thailand, and afflicting some of the young people she was treating. This led her to change the mission of the center, which now receives children suffering from AIDS. In May 2000, the center was given tax-exempt status and the Suthasinée Noiin Foundation was created.

The Homehak Center treats 67 children, from 22 months to 18 years of age, 17 of whom have come down with AIDS. All of them, orphans and patients, find refuge there where they can finally lead a child's life. In addition, many other children in the region who suffer from AIDS also find help at the Center, thanks in particular to a referral program organized by Children of the Mekong.

After considerable struggle, most of the Center's children have been accepted in schools. For those with highly visible sores, however, integration has been more difficult; they stay all day at the Center. Today, thanks to MSF ("Médecins Sans Frontières"), located two and a half hours from Yasothon, children with AIDS are receiving tri-therapy.