Projects

Francesca Rava Foundation

Location: Italy

The Francesca Rava Foundation represents in Italy the Nuestros Pequenos Hermanos international charitable organisation which has taken care of orphans, or abandoned or in desperate need children, in its Homes and hospitals in nine countries in Latin America since 1954: Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Peru, Bolivia, Mexico, Dominican Republic and Haiti.

NextEnergy Foundation supported the Francesca Rava Foundation in rebuilding schools in central Italy following the 2016 earthquake in L’Aquila. We have not only contributed a donation, but also our expertise in projecting a PV plant on the roof of a nursery for 40 children in the town of Pieve Torina, a town where 90% of the buildings remain unusable or were destroyed by the earthquake. The plant is 11.16 kWp and covers approximately 60% of the nursery’s electric consumption. The construction of the nursery was completed in October 2019. The aim is to give the community a beautiful, safe, low environmental impact building, as well as to involve local professionals and families to re-build the territory’s activities.

Location: Italy

NextEnergy Foundation has also funded the construction of a solar plant on the rooftop of a reception centre for women and children in difficult situations in Cagliari, Sicily. The centre intends to contribute to significantly reduce the number of children aged between 5 and 14 in conditions of social hardship and educational poverty that live in the neighbourhoods with a low social inclusion rate in Cagliari. This is being done by harnessing existing local resources and activating prompt and innovative responses to prevention and management, especially with regard to the phenomena of abuse, mistreatment and serious negligence.

Location: Italy

The Francesca Rava Foundation represents in Italy the Nuestros Pequenos Hermanos international charitable organisation working at the frontline of emergencies concerning children.

NextEnergy Foundation (NEF) previously partnered with Fondazione Francesca Rava on two projects in Italy, one in l’Aquila (2018) and one in Sicily (2019). In order to respond to the home schooling requirements brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, Fondazione Francesca Rava established the project SoScuola. The project aimed to ensure that children across Italy have the necessary equipment to be able to effectively undertake their studies from home. Fondazione Francesca Rava estimates that in the Lombardy Region alone, an estimated 31,000 children (1.9% children) cannot follow their lessons from home because of a lack of access to a computer, laptop or tablet.

The NextEnergy Foundation contributed to this project with a donation which enabled the acquisition of 20 laptops and support to be provided to set up the laptops and ensure good broadband connection. The children were identified in collaboration with 668 organisations across Italy.

Location: Italy

Following the 2016 earthquake in central Italy, NextEnergy Foundation funded the installation of an 11kWp solar system on a nursery in the town of Pieve Torina in partnership with Fondazione Francesca Rava (FFR). In 2019, the Foundation also installed a solar plant on the rooftop of a reception centre for women and children in difficult situations in Cagliari, Sardegna.

This year, NextEnergy Foundation renewed its partnership with FFR in Pieve Torina where a 14kWp solar system was installed on a seismic-proof community/sports centre. The centre is composed of an indoor gym hall and includes volleyball and basketball courts. It will accommodate community initiatives and school activities for the 1,300 inhabitants of Pieve Torina. The installation was completed last month, and Fausto Pappalardo and Letizia Petracci attended the inauguration ceremony. A huge thank you to both, and to Gianluca Boccanera, who took the reins on the solar installation and oversaw the project from start to finish.