Pierrette Renard has been working at the Fondation for some 30 years. Needless to say, she knows the nooks and crannies of the building! Head of the cleaning staff, she makes sure there are enough sheets for everyone and that the building is kept clean. Alongside Jean, she is responsible for the left-luggage area in the basement and she is also a member of the Staff Committee. Stop for a chat, Pierette has some fascinating stories to tell!
Maria Ferreirinho arrived in France at the age of one, but she has not lost touch with her Spanish roots. Maria has been working at the Fondation for 25 years, and among many other tasks, she is responsible for the kitchens on the second, third and fourth floors. You will recognize her by her warm, friendly smile, so be sure to greet her and have a chat. She, too, knows the Fondation like the back of her hand!
Jean Adelson, originally from Haiti, has been in France since his teenage years. Before joining the FEU team some 22 years ago, he worked at two other houses at the Cité: Deutsch de la Meurthe and Maison des Etudiants Canadiens. Jean is in charge of maintenance and knows how to fix almost anything! Known as « Jeannot » to some, he also manages the left luggage area with Pierrette.
Josephine moved from the Democratic Republic of Congo to France sixteen years ago, and has spent 12 of these years working at the Cité international universitaire de Paris. In fact, she has worked at every residence at the CiuP, so she really knows this campus off by heart! At the Fondation, amongst many other tasks, she is responsible for the kitchens on the first and fifth floors. Josephine will be able to tell you all about the houses and history.
Upon leaving Nigeria, Waibi Abiola lived in several countries – including Italy and England – before settling down in France almost thirty years ago. He has been working at the Fondation for 21 years. Very meticulous, he works with Jean on all aspects of maintenance. He is also in charge of cleaning the Rectangle and BBQ area – please don’t make him pick up your cigarette butts!