Five new initiatives
offering assistance to women, and educational and employment opportunities to disadvantaged
youth from all over Italy.
In the environmental
field, a new project kicks off for the recovery and reuse of marine litter.
Genoa – July 21, 2016
Costa Crociere Foundation (www.costa-crociere-foundation.com) has concluded the
annual selection process reserved for Italian non-profit organizations and has
chosen six new social betterment and
marine environmental protection projects for funding.
During the period of the call for proposals – from January 18 through
February 14 – around 240 projects were submitted by non-profit organizations
and associations working in either of the Foundation's areas of interest. The selection criteria used by the
Foundation's Advisory Board and Board of Directors prioritized candidate
projects capable of satisfying the individual's basic needs, offering
initiatives directed at women and at "NEETs" – young people who are Not
(engaged) in Education, Employment or Training – and introducing best practices
associated with the "circular economy" applied to the sea.
The projects in question are managed by associations and organizations
operating all over Italy. Thanks to the
financial support provided by Costa Cruises and its partners, and also to the synergies
generated by other projects already in progress, the successful candidates can
achieve their aims of offering assistance, providing training for disadvantaged
youth, and raising awareness with regard to marine litter and pollution. More specifically:
"Un dentista per
amico" ("A Caring Dentist"): proposed by the Associazione
ARKÈ Onlus from the Province of Genoa, this project will provide dental care free
of charge to young people from disadvantaged backgrounds living in foster care
or shelters and in deprived families.
"Le vie del Mare"
("A Vocation for the Sea"): presented by
the Associazione Non solo vela Onlus,
this project is addressed to youth at risk of social exclusion in the Genoa metropolitan
area and will provide vocational training for various trades linked to the sea
and seafaring; the professionals teaching the courses will include staff members
from the Costa Campus. The apprentices taking
part will learn how to become galley chefs, skippers, lifesavers and so on and,
at the end of their period of instruction, each participant will have a 3-month
internship with a business selected on the basis of personal preference and
local opportunities. This will give the
trainees valuable on-the-job experience while the companies concerned can assess
the interns and decide whether to offer them permanent employment.
Bottega dei miracoli" ("The Shop of
Miracles Sea"): the aim of
this project, submitted by the Cooperativa
Sociale Alzaia, is to facilitate social inclusion and employment
opportunities for people with Down syndrome and for NEETs, by opening
and running a retail outlet selling typical regional products in Pisa's famous
Piazza dei Miracoli. The project will
also involve the creation of a permanent training laboratory, with places for
at least 4 NEETs and 5 young people with Down syndrome
every year; after the course they will be able to take part in
internships assigned individually according to each person's talents and aptitudes.
"Women In Technology": this project, based on an idea conceived by
the Fondazione Mondo Digitale headquartered
in Rome, has the objective of helping young female NEETs enter the world of
work by setting up their own ICT entrepreneurial ventures. The pilot phase involves experimentation in
three high schools in Campania, Calabria and Sicily, plus provision of project
design and development support services for a total of 150 young women.
"La casa senza
violenza" ("A Safe Haven"): this project, presented by Il
Cerchio delle relazioni - Cooperativa sociale onlus in Genoa, provides
support for women who are victims of domestic violence and who make the crucial
decision to leave home. The initiative
aims to extend the range of essential services offered in such situations; this
includes emergency shelters and medium-to-long
term accommodation for battered women and their children.
In the environmental field, the Costa Crociere Foundation is supporting
the initiative proposed by the Scuola di
Robotica of Genoa, with the goal of recycling plastic to make items using a
3D printing process. More specifically, the
plastic waste recovered by Ligurian fishermen selected through their trade associations,
from the Marine Protected Areas of Liguria, by the Ligurian Observatory on
Fishing & Environment (OLPA) and by the Costa Crociere Foundation itself, for
example thanks to the Collavoriamo project
run by the Cooperativa "Il Laboratorio"
in Genoa, will be recycled to make educational kits enhancing the marine
environmental awareness of visually impaired children.
The Costa Crociere Foundation is an
independent organization which was set up in October 2014 with a mission to
promote the social and environmental betterment of Italian communities. Italy is the country where Costa Cruises was
established and where it is headquartered.
Since its inception, the Foundation has selected and funded some 15 social
and environmental projects (including those chosen this year).
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