The story of Home Summit Home, begins with the story of two brothers from the Vercors, in France: Pierre and Etienne Gignoux.
Pierre Gignoux, former alpine skiing champion, winner of the Pierra Menta in 2001 with teammate Stéphane Brosse, with whom he then set the first record for a round trip summit of Mont Blanc in 5 hours and 15 minutes from the Place de l’Eglise de Chamonix.
He retired from high-level competition in 2005 and has since dedicated himself to the development of his own products, for which he tests prototypes above his home, in Chamrousse in the Belledonne mountains.
Etienne Gignoux, epidemiologist for a large medical humanitarian organization, has worked since 1997 in over 25 countries in numerous humanitarian crises (Kosovo, Darfour, Haiti earthquake, malnutrition in the Sahel, the Ebola epidemic).
He has been a member of ALIMA’s board of directors since 2013.
Together, they noticed the shared values of mountain climbers and humanitarian aid workers: respect for the places in which they operate, teamwork, pushing one’s limits to help others. They came up with the idea to support ALIMA, a medical humanitarian NGO founded in 2009.
For help, they turned to Fred Dubois, director and founder of SA EVENTS, a communications agency specialized in events that, for 25 years, has designed and organized events in France and abroad: conventions, seminars, team building events, incentive trips, races and sporting challenges. Social engagement is one of SA EVENTS primary values.
From these three people, the 2017 Home Summit Home project was born, with the purpose of supporting ALIMA’s activities.
And so finally, ALIMA, a medical humanitarian NGO that today operates in 10 countries in Africa to treat 2,500 patients every day, of which 80% are children under 5.
ALIMA joins the medical expertise of international humanitarian aid workers to national medical NGOs and research institutes from around the world to provide quality medical aid to the most vulnerable and to conduct research projects that will allow for the improvement of humanitarian medicine.
Fred Dubois, Etienne Gignoux, Guillaume Le Duc (ALIMA), Pierre Gignoux, Hélène Rousseau (ALIMA)