Who we are
In Africa VIS Foundation supports these solidarity projects:
– Rwanda: “Cité des Jeunes de Nazareth”. This Centre was founded in the Mbare area according to St. John Paul II wish after the 1994 genocide. This Centre accommodates and trains orphaned boys and girls or those in a state of social exclusion. Nowadays, in the Centre, more than 300 children live and study. It’s several years that VIS Foundation supports them sponsoring some of them.
– Tanzania: “Village of Joy”. About an hour from the country’s capital, Dar Es Salaam, this institution welcomes 125 orphans, boys and girls, that have been adopted by an Italian priest, Fulgenzio Cortesi. Moreover, he has created a Passionist missionary school for about 800 students. VIS Foundation helps the Centre by providing pumps to extract water from the wells.
– Kenya: “Tabaka Mission Hospital.” This mission is managed by Camillians Order is in the area of Kisii and it also counts on a University of Nursing that our foundation is supporting since years. Concretely, VIS Foundation pays the studies to the students who have no chance. Once these students become nurses, they will primarily assist children and young people infected by AIDS.
– Madagascar: “Children of Manina”. It is an organization that helps the poor that live on the island of Nosy Be, in the north of the country. This Centre meets the needs of the sick, the elderly and prisoners, but especially children and young people to whom it provides compulsory and specialized schools of various kinds. VIS Foundation supports the kindergarten that has 300 children in extreme poverty so that they can begin studies that allows them to build themselves a better future.
– Uganda: “Mulagi Vocational Training Institute”. For several years VIS Foundation funds scholarships for the needs of poor girls to allow them to study and stay in the vocational training school created by the “Servants Eucharistic” in rural zone of Mulagi, one of the poorest of this country in East Africa devastated in the past by dictatorships and wars.
In other countries in the world, the Onlus VIS Foundation works no profit, in the field of International solidarity and of the development cooperation. It is lay and independent and promotes International activities of aid, education, training and support of childhood, adolescence and young people who suffer from material and social unease because of familiar, economic or social conditions or from environmental underdevelopment or from their belonging to poor countries or staying under a state of emergency, as expression of the moral value of human solidarity and social Justice.
What we do
VIS Foundation is engaged in the creation of aid centers and of schools in the world’s places where a particular social emergency is needed and supports the already existent institutions that work in this field. Furthermore, the Foundation is engaged in the organization of cultural, social and educational activities; training volunteers and trainers; spreading the solidarity culture; promoting human rights; creating scholarships; promoting International exchanges and relief funds; facilitating distance adoption and so on.
The logo of VIS Foundation has in its background the green colour, the colour of hope. The three stylized little statues represent the children of all the world’s races . They are in a hand that, binding itself, symbolizes aid, protection, care; three words meaning solidarity. The open book is the house’s roof, meaning aid accompanied by instruction, fundamental instrument for the growth and development. The slogan is: “The power of Charity”, because VIS means power in Latin.
The name “Villaggio for International Solidarity” is intended to indicate that now the world has become a “global village” and that all men, even those further away, are our brothers. This concept is putted in evidence by the word “International” inviting us to build bridges and not to build walls, overcoming prejudices and racial or ethnic exclusivism, in search of peace and progress of all people. In addition, “Solidarity” clearly defines our mission which is the promotion and consolidation of solidarity among people activating projects in favour of those who suffer marginalization, poverty or any form of social disadvantage. “Villaggio”, finally, was written in Italian to point out the national identity in which our Organization was born and where it later spread among different continents of the world.