Non-profit organisation Butterfly Foundation was created in 2002 by Claudio Maneri, after the loss of one daughter triggered in him a change of life priorities. Claudio’s goal is to transform the pain of a father into love for people struggling for their own survival. On January 22nd 2004, the foundation was registered as ‘non-profit organisation’ in Italy and the ‘Butterfly’, chosen as the symbol of this process of transformation, quickly took off on a journey of love, guided by invisible hands.
Over the years, the Foundation has fought to meet the primary needs of underdeveloped regions, in order to lay the bases for self-sustained growth. The main areas of intervention are: access to water, access to education, health care and distant support families and children in need.
Water is the founding element of life and in some parts of Ethiopia, people still struggle to access it on a daily basis. Since 2003, Butterfly Foundation funded and built over 300 water wells, mainly in Tigray region in Ethiopia, securing access to clean water for several thousand natives. Primary beneficiaries of these interventions are women, as they are traditionally in charge of providing water to their families, and children, as their health is most vulnerable to unclean water.
The second area of intervention is education. In some parts of the world, the opportunity to attend school is still considered a luxury. Building primary and secondary schools can make the difference in the life of children by giving them the possibility of building a better future for themselves and their communities. As of 2018, Butterfly Foundation has built over 25 ‘Schools without Borders’ in Nepal, Myanmar, Madagascar and Ethiopia. These institutions strive to promote the value of education beyond ideological, territorial or religious barriers and aim at establishing learning culture in the local communities.
People in third-world countries often have to walk for days to access healthcare. In 2013, Butterfly Foundation upgraded an existing warehouse in Mokonissa, Ethiopia, and built a Health Care Centre. The facility assists over 25.000 disadvantaged people living in the area, offering basic health care as well as assistance during child delivery. Right next to the hospital we have built a guest house to provide a place for volunteering doctors to train local staff.
The last activity undertaken by Butterfly Foundation is distance support in Ethiopia and Nepal. This area of intervention can take the form of financing specific projects or direct support of families. At the present time, 150 children are supported by the foundation.