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The Fragrance of Life, Light & Love For Children in Need 

Community Development & Education Programs to Equip Future Leaders

equipping kids at-risk through

Education &
Literacy Center 

Kids Clubs &
Teen Mentoring

Outdoor Camps &
Retreats

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“…For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in… Truly, I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me…”
Matthew 25:35-40

EMPOWERING AT-RISK CHILDREN IN GRASSE, FRANCE

Although France is world-renowned for its scenic charm and culinary richness, far too many disadvantaged children grow up in French culture excluded from the resources to succeed and with a lack of hope for their future. 

“Parfums de Vie” means “fragrance of life”.

Parfums de Vie provides a compassionate response to the poverty, exclusion and neglect faced by many disadvantaged children, youth and their families in Grasse, France, the historic perfume capital of the world.

BRINGING THE FRAGRANCE OF LIFE, LIGHT & LOVE TO CHILDREN IN NEED

Nicole & Vincent Derieux founded Parfums de Vie in 2008, after moving to Grasse, France and witnessing the poverty and exclusion faced by children in their community. It started from humble beginnings as a weekly kids club in their home.

Now Parfums de Vie Includes

  • A Community Center, open 7-days/week
  • Weekly Kids Clubs
  • Teen Mentoring & Youth Groups
  • Quarterly Retreats & Camps
  • Community Outreach

Parfums de Vie provides hope, new life and a better future through educational opportunities. We focus on providing spiritual, social, emotional, and practical care to those in need.

BRINGING THE FRAGRANCE OF LIFE, LIGHT & LOVE TO CHILDREN IN NEED

Nicole & Vincent Derieux founded Parfums de Vie in 2008, after moving to Grasse, France and witnessing the poverty and exclusion faced by children in their community. It started from humble beginnings as a weekly kids club in their home.

Now Parfums de Vie Includes

  • A Community Center, open 7-days/week
  • Weekly Kids Club
  • Teen Mentoring
  • Quarterly Retreats & Camps
  • Community Outreach

Parfums de Vie provides hope, new life and a better future through educational opportunities. We focus on providing spiritual, social, emotional, and practical care to those in need.

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FROM AT-RISK CHILDREN TO FUTURE LEADERS

THROUGH THE POWER OF EDUCATION & MENTORING

See How Parfums De Vie is Helping the Community

HELPING AT-RISK KIDS TO SUCCEED DESPITE THE ODDS

Many Children in Grasse, France, Face These Discouraging Realities

65%  in Poverty

These families are living on less than $700 a month

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Poverty Is On The Rise

According to a 2019 report, Poverty and Inequality are continuing to rise in France

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Dropping Out of School

25% of kids in France living below the poverty line will drop out by age 15

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Missing Out on Education

16% of young people in France are not in school, training, apprenticeships, Higher Education or Employment

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A Safe & Stable Place With Healthy Relationships Makes All The Difference

Your Impact: Meet Narjes

Narjes began to fail during grade school because of the difficulty of her precarious living situation and complicated family circumstances.  She entered the Parfums de Vie program eight years ago and soon went from failing to being the top student in her class. By 9th grade, her grades were so good that she qualified to enter an elite French boarding school, where she earned a Science Baccalaureate (the French High School Diploma) in 2020 and graduated with honors.

Now 18, Narjes speaks English fluently, in addition to French and Arabic, and has been accepted to study neuroscience and psychology at St. Andrew’s University, the top university in Scotland!  Her dream is to come back to work alongside the Parfums de Vie team and to use her degree to help children who have suffered similar trauma, to help them heal and develop into healthy adults.

Today, Narjes is a mentor and a leader to younger students at Parfums de Vie.  The children look up to Narjes and the other older students who are excelling and begin to imagine a better future for themselves.  It is wonderful to see a child realize that his or her future can be so much more.

Narjes is the first young person that Parfums de Vie will sponsor through her university education.  You can become part of our story and help Narjes to continue her education by making a donation to Parfums de Vie.

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Make an Impact By Purchasing Our Perfume

In 2019, we launched the Villa des Parfums brand to help fund the work on Parfums de Vie. Proceeds from every purchase help to support the life-changing educational projects of Parfums de Vie.

 

WHAT IS VILLA DES PARFUMS? 

Villa des Parfums is a unique, elegant and luxurious fragrance brand that changes lives around the world by addressing injustices and providing educational opportunities to marginalized kids and those in need

3 WAYS TO SUPPORT THE LIFE-CHANGING WORK OF PARFUMS DE VIE

Your generous support makes our impact possible. Give directly or particiapate in one of our two social enterprises.

Give
Directly

Become a 1-time or monthly supporter through our partner organization, Communitas International. All donations are tax deductible.

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Purchase
Fragrances

Proceeds from every purchase of Villa des Parfums fragrances go back to fund the work of Parfums de Vie in the community.

2

Stay At
Our Villa

Book a luxury vacation on the French Rivera with a purpose! Check our vacation rental site for availability.

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Your Impact: Meet Momo

When Momo first came to Parfums de Vie, he suffered sleeplessness and night terrors as a result of the trauma of his early childhood. Since coming to Parfums de Vie, Momo has found a safe place to learn, grow, and be accepted. We’ve witnessed such a transformation in his emotional well-being and he is now able to befriend and encourage other kids who have experienced trauma.

Like Momo, so many of the children we serve at Parfums de Vie go to bed at night with more worries and fears than they should have to carry at their age.

Having a peaceful and loving environment they look forward to going to each day, with supportive friendships and kind adults provides the ability to heal from the trauma they’ve experienced.