The Andrea Bocelli Foundation (ABF) was born in July 2011by the will of Maestro Bocelli and of his family to give back a bit of that affection and closeness that they had received in the course of his career traveling across the world. Believing that union is strength and that alone you can do a lot, but that together a lot more can be done, it was natural to turn this idea into a structured approach, creating an Institution that could, this way, channel all these forces and turn them into a concrete help towards the others.
The Andrea Bocelli Foundation wants, therefore, to be a living laboratory, a support column made up of many members who, from every corner of the world, get united working generously “so that even the less fortunate or weak can have the possibility to have a better future full of beauty and opportunities, and those who deserve it can find energy and real opportunities to give the best of themselves expressing their potential.”
Joining forces is the winning slogan of such an exciting project: concretely help our neighbors, through the priceless privilege of being useful, in the certainty of the quality of intervention.
WHAT WE HAVE DONE
October, 2015 – ABF and MIT as civil society participants in EXPO 2015 in Milan together for a workshop entitled “Working together to grow food for the body, the mind, the heart. The resources of the human potential
September, 2015 – Andrea Bocelli Foundation in Philadelphia for Pope Francis and the World Meeting of Families.
September, 2015 – 2nd edition of the Celebrity Fight Night. Over a hundred donors and many international guests together to support the projects of the Andrea Bocelli Foundation and the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center.
June, 2015 – Inauguration of St. Augustin school giving access to education for more than 750 children.
May, 2015 – The development of “3.COM” project started in Haiti with specific intervention in the communities of Kenscoff, Croix-des-Bouquets and Abricot with the aim of giving access to water, electricity and agri-economic development.
April, 2015 – ABF and its Founder inaugurated in Haiti the schools of St. Philomene and Notre Dame du Rosaire.
January, 2015 – Andrea Bocelli received, in Davos, for his humanitarian work with the Andrea Bocelli Foundation the World Economic Forum’s Crystal Award.
December, 2014 – ABF responded to the International appeal of UNHCR in support of refugees from Iraq contributing to the purchase of electric blankets and tanks to transport water.
December, 2014 – Andrea Bocelli and Veronica Berti received from the Secretary-General of the United Nations Ban Ki-Moon the UNCA prize for their humanitarian commitment through the Andrea Bocelli Foundation.
November, 2014 – ABF continues its project of drinking water distribution in the slums renewing the project “ABF Water Truck” and increasing the number of trucks from 1 to 2.
October, 2014 – Second day dedicated to the Volunteers ABF in Forte dei Marmi with the attendance of the Vatican Almoner Monsignor Konrad Krajewsky.
September, 2014 – The Andrea Bocelli Foundation welcomed in Italy the delegation of the Fondation St. Luc and together they participated to the events organized by Celebrity Fight Night Foundation in Florence.
June, 2014 – Laying of the foundation stone of the new school of St. Philomene in Kenscoff.
April, 2014 – ABF opened along with the Fondation St. Luc in Haiti the EDU project for the conversion of the street schools of St. Augustin, St. Philomene and Notre Dame du Rosaire into functional structures with large classrooms, computer labs, a library, and canteens, in order to raise the level of education and services to that of national and international standards.
6th December 2013 – An evening dedicated to the partnership MIT-ABF and to the 10th Anniversary J-Pal (The Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab) at the Grey House, the MIT President home, in Cambridge, Boston.
6th December 2013 – The Andrea Bocelli Foundation and the MIT presented in Boston two seminars related to the two intervention programs Challenges and Break the Barriers. For their cultural, innovation, and development value, they were included in the official Program for the celebrations of the Year of Italian culture in the United States. Web link
24th October 2013 –The President Laura Biancalani received the ARNo award for solidarity.
September, 2013 – The Foundation opened the first day of the ABF Volunteers.
25thJuly 2013 – Andrea Bocelli received in Hamburg the Humanitarian Award of the Lions International for the Andrea Bocelli Foundation.
July, 2013 – As a part of the Break the Barriers Program opened the project Wheat 2013-2014, Haiti by means of which the Foundation supports the work of teachers in the schools of St. Philomene, St. Agustin and Notre Dame du Rosaire as well as the drinking water distribution service in the slums of Citè Soleil.
26th June 2013 – The Andrea Bocelli Foundation and the Founder’s family met Pope Francesco on a private audience, and started a collaboration with the Papal Charities Offices related to common projects in Italy to support people in need.
June, 2013 – A delegation of the Foundation went on a mission to Haiti to identify and plan new development projects. Then the President Biancalani visited the MIT in Boston to supervise the progress of the project “MIT 5th Sense”.
May 1st, 2013 – The Foundation participated to the opening of the childhood school Sacro Cuore” in Finale Emilia rebuilt after the earthquake thanks also to the contribution of its Founder Maestro Bocelli.
April, 2013 – The Foundation responded to the International humanitarian appeal to send help, to the Syrian people on the run and cooperating with UNHCR supported the purchasing of basic necessities for the refugee camps.
24th December 2012 –At the reception shelter San Paolino in Florence, in collaboration with Caritas the Andrea Bocelli Foundation organized Christmas Dinner for homeless guests.
October, 2012 – A delegation of children coming from Haiti accompanied by Father Rick Frechette met the Andrea Bocelli Foundation and the Founder and his family in Forte dei Marmi.
September, 2012 – The Foundation inaugurated the Virginia project conceived to implement the department of Neonatology of the Pediatric Hospital of St. Damien in Tabarrè, Haiti.
July, 2012 – For the occasion of the Teatro del Silenzio, the Foundation launched its first fundraising initiative in the favor of the Day Center for people with disabilities “La Lucciola” of Stuffione di Ravarino, badly damaged by the earthquake in Emilia in May of that year.
6th and 10th July 2012 – The Foundation organized in Pisa the first two days of work related to its intervention programs: Challenges and Break the Barriers. International exponents of the world of scientific and technological research, as well as of the social business.
November 2011 – The Foundation officially launched , during its visit in Los Angeles, and gave the start to the program Challenges with the “MIT 5th Sense”.
July14th 2011- In Lajatico was founded the Andrea Bocelli Foundation. The President’s role was entrusted to Dr. Laura Biancalani.