Enel Cuore Onlus was founded in 2003 by Enel’s desire to express its commitment to social solidarity in a transparent manner, support to communities not just through philanthropy but as part of a broader concept of the corporate social role towards which Enel aims. The year 2017 was one in which natural events, in Italy and abroad, had a decisive influence on the choices of the non-profit organization. Faced with the earthquake that hit Central Italy in August 2016, the earthquake in Mexico and the devastating flooding of Peru, Enel Cuore has immediately committed itself to supporting the affected populations, combining its economic contributions with those of the Enel Group for the reconstruction of schools and meeting places for the affected communities. Enel Cuore’s commitment to the issue of unaccompanied foreign minors arriving in Italy on the run from countries at war was strongly felt. As part of the European EPIM (Europe an Programme for Integration and Migration) initiative, Enel Cuore committed to enhancing and innovating the methods for taking care of minors and unaccompanied young foreigners in Italy in collaboration with the European foundations and the leading Italian banking foundations, through the “Never Alone, for a possible tomorrow” campaign to support non-profit organizations. Below are some examples of projects. For further information, please see the website www.enelcuore.it.

“Fare scuola” Project

Intervening and improving the quality of some places related to different school environments over a period of 3 years in 60 nurseries and primary schools in Italy. The territories are identified in such a way as to favor those schools which, in a context of major economic, social and cultural disadvantages, represent a point of reference for the communities. The project was developed in the 2015-2017 and achieved the intended objective through the implementation of interventions aimed at improving and qualifying the school environments in 60 schools distributed throughout Italy. Furthermore, new types of interventions were started in the schools identified in 2017. These interventions involved children with severe disabilities and children with special educational needs.

Project carried out in collaboration with the “Reggio Children Foundation - Loris Malaguzzi Centre”.

“Viva gli anziani! Una città per gli anziani, una città per tutti” Project

Preventing and combating social isolation and improving the care and quality of life of the elderly. The project developed in 2016-2017 was aimed at an elderly population aged over 75 in 15 cities. The project aims to offer an alternative to traditional residential solutions. In particular it intends to promote the use of the sharing economy as a multiplier of resources, to enhance mutual aid systems and to create an integrated network of services, which are an important resource for the quality of life of the elderly.

The growing response received meant the project was extended for 2018.

Project carried out in collaboration with the Comunità di Sant’Egidio.

2 calls to action to invest in disability:

“Mettiamo su casa” and “BES - Bisogni Educativi Speciali”

Support and stimulate the third sector in collaboration with other partners by launching two campaigns on their site. The first campaign “Let’s make a home!”, in collaboration with FISH Onlus (Italian Federation for the Overcoming of Handicap Onlus) and with the National Council of Architects, Planners, Landscapers and Conservatories, aims to build active and positive customized life paths which will gradually accompany the person with intellectual and relational disability towards living and working autonomy, involving the whole family in this delicate process. Enel Cuore and its partners have given priority to the proposals that envisage innovative and participatory living life models (for example, flexible residency, co-housing, condominium) with attention to home automation, design and the social context of reference. With the second campaign, “School inclusion of children with special educational needs (BES)”, Enel Cuore has decided to support and promote the third sector in partnership with schools throughout Italy to promote and implement projects that specifically deal with children with special educational needs.