"Banca del Tempo Sociale" - I Bambini delle Fate - € 40,000
The UniCredit Foundation supports the social enterprise I Bambini delle Fate (Fairies' children) because it plays a fundamental role in furthering projects aimed at promoting inclusion and autonomy, to improve the lives of all families who live every day with the challenge of disability
In 2020, the UniCredit Foundation decided to support the I Bambini delle Fate Association in performing a truly innovative social inclusion initiative. The "Banca del tempo sociale" ("social time bank") initiative aims to offer children with autism and disabilities opportunities for inclusion. For high school students it offers the positive experience of getting to know non-profit work at a structured organization. The project aims to create a group of students from the same school to help a classmate with disabilities, thus moving beyond the one-on-one interaction, which too often places the person in need of help in the spotlight. It operates on the theory of involvement.
That same classmate might appreciate team games and a positive atmosphere that is created not just for him or her, but around him or her. For high school students, it is an opportunity to have a positive experience and to get to know non-profit work at a structured organization. Furthermore, their school will recognize the time they spend as educational credits. In fact, every month a tutor from the association sends an assessment to the school. The assessment is given significant weight during the application process for the scholarship offered by I Bambini delle Fate to outstanding students involved in the program. The program has been reproduced in a number of other Italian provinces. With the contribution of the UniCredit Foundation, the Banca del Tempo Sociale's many inclusion projects, as of now present in 12 provinces and with 460 participating children, can continue on.
I Bambini delle Fate
Since 2005, the I Bambini delle Fate has been involved in providing financial support to local social inclusion projects and initiatives to aid families dealing with autism and other disabilities.
To this end, the organization has been involved exclusively in innovative, regular fundraising activities by training groups of supporters throughout Italy. They share the stories of the children's potential and their families' great strength. The purpose of I Bambini delle Fate is to continuously support the ability to schedule services, as well as projects aimed at inclusion and independence that will improve the lives of families living with the challenge of autism and disability every day.