Here below the most recent press releases about OTB Foundation’s initiatives.
EMERGENCY OTB FOUNDATION AND UNHCR IN SUPPORT OF THE TURKISH AND SYRIAN PEOPLE AFFECTED BY THE EARTHQUAKE
Four days after the devastating earthquake that shook Turkey and Syria causing, to date, 15,000 confirmed victims, in particularly severe weather conditions, UNHCR has already mobilized its operations in the field to come to the aid of refugees and refugee camps in the two countries
With the help of the OTB Foundation, UNHCR will ensure safe emergency shelter tents and the distribution of emergency goods kits, to concretely respond to the urgent need of families in need of relief and shelter, a need made even more imminent by the adverse weather conditions of these last hours
On this occasion, OTB Foundation wants to support the brave organizations that deal with those who live in disadvantaged situations, in Italy and in the world. Given the difficult historical period we are going through, punctuated by continuous national and international emergencies, OTB Foundation wants to be present and support non-profit organizations that are facing growing and complex challenges, increasing its commitment through the launch of two different Calls.
The Foundation will provide a grant of € 300,000 for: ▪️ Development of solidarity emporiums in Italy ▪️ Women and youth empowerment projects abroad
From now until 26 January 2023, associations can apply by submitting their project at the following link: BRAVE ACTIONS FOR A BETTER WORLD GRANTS 2022-2023
On this occasion, our vice president addressed the hot topics in which the OTB Foundation focuses its activities: the improvement of education, culture, integration, care for the environment and sustainability, as well as the attention given to women.
The Family Economy Week stands as a catalyst event of the best ideas in the economic, financial, cultural, social and entrepreneurial fields to instill in our country, and not only, an authentic wave of change.
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For the fifth year in a row, Forbes Italia has selected 100 female professionals that in 2022, with their commitment and leadership skills, have added value to sectors such as art, lifestyle, finance, science, and sport, contributing to the growth of the country.
Our vice president Arianna Alessi has been included by Forbes Italia in the list for her commitment, along with other philanthropists, researchers, creatives, and managers at the helm of international realities.
The collaboration between OTB Foundation and Nove Onlus continues, with a targeted action aimed to rescue Kapisa’s children.
The orphanage of the province houses 50 children orphaned: the project aims to provide children with a welcoming and safe place that also provides for their education, saving these children from the street, exploitation, and from possible abuse.
This project assures them 3 meals a day, supplies of materials, as well as incentives to the operators of the orphanage to ensure assistance to children housed. In fact, these children enjoy better conditions in orphanages than at home, where they are often exploited or in any case hardly have access to education.
OTB Foundation supports ItaliaHello in the Job Clinic Online project, an innovative digital tool created to answer the needs of refugees and asylum seekers, connecting demand and supply of work, promoting social and economic integration of migrants and foreigners between 18 and 45 years.
After winning the OTB Foundation call, the platform has been made accessible to external users since February 2022, and in the last 4 months has allowed the upload of 314 curricula, with an average of 25-30 requests per week. During the reference period, 94 interviews were held, 33 of which were successful. The beneficiaries, represented 20% by women, have found work in catering, tourism, goods storage, cultural language mediation, family and domestic care and construction.
But that’s not all: the project allowed 41 people to attend vocational training courses and several training seminars focused on improving their skills, writing their resume or knowledge of the job market in Italy.
Around 1,000 families in Odessa, Dnipro, Kramatorsk and Kyiv, have already received assistance thanks to the collaboration between OTB Foundation and Zegna Foundation who have teamed up with Cesvi to help people in Ukraine.
Targeting pregnant women and mothers with children under five, as well as elderly and disabled people who couldn’t flee the country, the organization is providing them with linens, pillows, warmers and hygiene kits.
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The European Business Publications Association (EBP) announced the Entrepreneur and Philanthropist of the Year, chosen annually by publishers and editors, on Friday in Milan. This year, this title is dedicated to two people – our President Renzo Rosso and our vicepresident Arianna Alessi
EBP is the association that includes the publishers of economic and financial media of the major European newspapers, 42 belonging to 27 countries
OTB Foundation was awarded the “Philanthropy and Society Award” during the ceremony of the CNMI Sustainable Fashion Awards 2022 at the Teatro La Scala in Milan.
The prestigious jury of the award, chaired by Dame Ellen MacArthur, founder of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, with whom the National Chamber of Italian Fashion (CNMI) continuously collaborates internationally to promote a new approach to the circular economy of the fashion system, has awarded the prestigious award to the Foundation of the OTB Group, recognizing its extraordinary work and the concrete and constant commitment for the benefit of women and children in situations of need, as well as in the management of international emergencies.
After first accepting the urgent appeal of UNHCR to support people and families forced to flee within national borders and to neighboring countries, the Foundation activated a support network for people leaving the country
From the organization of buses to bring fleeing Ukrainian refugees to the country, to the collection of materials to cope with emergencies (drugs, medical supplies, clothing and toys), to the organization of transport to Ukraine of the collected material.
The Foundation was then activated to manage the reception for Ukrainian citizens who will find hospitality in the territory of the Province of Vicenza, taking charge of the management of the COVID procedure for arrivals, with constant contact with the Prefecture and the associations of the territory, as well as for the accommodation of reception facilities on the territory (families or entire buildings).
Given the number of arrivals, also the recruitment of professional figures essential for the performance of the reception (mediators, psychologists and social workers) and the tracking of all the availability both in terms of hospitality and in terms of job placement were necessary activities taken over by OTB Foundation
Charity Sshop “Il Cedro” was created thanks to the collaboration between OTB Foundation, Schio (Vicenza, Italy)’s Municipality, and a network of territorial associations, and it will welcome 250 families.
In addition to the free market area, the store provides a multifunctional space for first reception and empowerment.d.
Inside the shop, there is a listening center helping people find a job, look for the right services in the territory, manage the family budget, and a counselor/ psychological support service with a professional dedicated to the people in need.
The collaboration between OTB Foundation and Alice Onlus Association gave life to “Only The Brave Chiama Alice”, a free call service for kids aged 12 to 20 years old.
Discouragement, isolation and loneliness, doubts and fears are frequent in pre-teens and adolescents. For this reason, Alice Onlus and OTB Foundation help provide experienced professionals offer a free listening and support service.
The number will be active on Thursday, from 3 to 6pm and from 6 to 7pm, and on Friday from 4 to 6pm.
Access will be free by reservation:
– by writing to email@example.com indicating one’s Skype username. The operator will indicate the time and day of the interview
– by connecting to Skype and calling the firstname.lastname@example.org account. In case the operator is engaged in another conversation, it will call back according to the received calls.
Although addressed to minors, the service will not require the usual request for consent from parents and/or legal guardians
OTB Foundation and Bocconi University join forces to shape the future female executive class: with a first investment of 280 thousand euro, the Foundation will finance the costs of the two-year master’s degree at Bocconi University for the selected students who will have the possibility to choose among four courses that allow entering two key areas, Public Administration and the top management of large companies, in which a higher presence of women is necessary and needed.
The social development and preservation of the Italian artistic heritage have always been a key priority for the OTB Group and its founder Renzo Rosso, who, through the OTB Foundation, enhance the cultural heritage of our country and support the most fragile with social-oriented projects. These convictions led, on September 7, to the inauguration of a fully restored Rialto bridge.
The financial support granted by OTB to Venice has involved an investment of 5 million euros, and the OTB Group has directly followed the process of restoration, which began in 2014, supporting the experts of the City of Venice and the workers to obtain the best result. Thanks to the excellent collaboration between the public and private sectors, the works ended six months earlier than expected allowing, thanks to the careful management of the budget, also the restoration of the paving of the Rialto galleries
The restoration has seen the involvement of more than 130 people among restorers, workers, and technicians who, in about 80,000 hours of work and thanks to the installation of 5,500 square meters of scaffolding, have brought back to their ancient splendor a total area of 5 thousand square meters.
OTB Foundation was the first to respond to the urgent appeal launched by UNHCR to support people and families forced to flee within their national borders and to neighboring countries.
Less than a week after the start of the armed operations, it is very difficult to pinpoint the number of internally displaced people in Ukraine, but it is estimated that over 100,000 people had to flee their homes to take shelter. More than 600,000 refugees have already crossed Ukrainian borders in search of safety in neighboring countries, but the numbers are growing by the hour.
Thanks to the help of OTB Foundation, UNHCR will be able to ensure initial direct economic support to fleeing families to help them cope with the most urgent needs.
Instant Network Schools (INS) of UNHCR is a relevant multi-country program that allows the transformation of refugee camps and most isolated villages’ spaces into real multimedia learning centers connected with the world, to the Internet, maintained sustainably with solar energy
Thanks to the contribution of the OTB Foundation, UNCHR will create a new INS school in Mozambique, offering the opportunity to study to over 2,000 children
OTB Foundation immediately takes action to support UNHCR, which has chosen to stay in Afghanistan to keep providing humanitarian assistance to the civilian population that has lost everything escaping: emergency housing, direct economic support, sanitation, and health kits are necessary, as well as life-saving goods.
Thanks to the significant donation received from our Foundation, UNHCR will ensure that more than 300 families can have first-aid accommodation finding themselves safe, under the protection of the UN Refugee Agency. Considering an average of 5 people per family, over 1,500 people will have a place to sleep and be with their loved ones.
The commitment of the OTB Foundation continues: We won’t allow them to be invisible again #Saveafghanlives
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The brave ladies, who drove the “pink shuttles” in Kabul – women-driven buses used to transport other women that would not be allowed to travel and move in cars with men – have now been welcomed in Italy.
Girls who, when the political emergency made things harder, organized – again thanks to the shuttles they had learned to drive – a social service for those who were more in need.
OTB Foundation is now willing to not give up these women and their children but to make them the protagonists of integration projects that can guarantee them a future
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For the second year in a row, the Gardaland amusement park and the OTB Foundation join forces to give a day of delight to some of the Foundation’s little friends
Thanks also to Melissa Satta, the creator of the idea, 140 guests of associations supported by the OTB Foundation joined the initiative and enjoyed all the magical attractions that the park can offer. Admission will continue in the coming weeks!
Thanks also to the collaboration with the local authorities, OTB Foundation supports several “Empori Solidali” (‘solidarity emporiums’), such as the Corte del Forner in Venice and the Casa dell’Ospitalità in Mestre.
The Foundation is now committing to open two new emporiums in the province of Vicenza, with the ambition to extend the intervention to other regions of Italy in the future, and the idea of opening OTB Foundation solidarity stores. These emporiums are multifunctional spaces that provide the distribution of basic necessities organized as a real supermarket, within which the beneficiaries can find free food and other products. There is a reception area where beneficiaries are followed by professionals and addressed, according to needs, to the various competent offices in the territory with the ultimate aim to facilitate their reintegration in society through a multi-faceted support.
The projects we select meet three specific selection criteria: innovation, direct social impact, sustainability. We follow each of our social development initiatives at every stage and it must be well-accountable.