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Enel Cuore Community Empowerment Program


In March 2012 Architecture for Humanity initiated a partnership with Enel, Europe’s second largest utility company and a pioneer in sustainable energy around the world, through its foundation Enel Cuore Onlus. The program, which is designed to build capacity in rural and urban areas affected by considerable poverty and social disadvantage, aims to build 7 community infrastructure projects in 7 countries in Latin America and Europe. Through sustainable practices and community empowerment, this program will promote innovative development for local communities and build social infrastructure for the long term.


Enel Cuore Onlus is an association founded with the purpose of promoting social solidarity in welfare and social services, health care, charity, amateur sport and the protection of civil rights of the disadvantaged, especially the disabled, the sick, children and the elderly. Enel aims to conduct its activities supporting social projects proposed by other nonprofit organizations.


The role of Architecture for Humanity is essential throughout the whole project development process. Assessing the feasibility of projects, design development management, tender process, construction and post occupancy are some of the main duties to be undertaken for each of the projects located in diverse countries within Latin America and Europe. During the project implementation Architecture for Humanity makes emphasis in sustainable practices and community participation in order to generate long term solutions and letting the communities to take full ownership of their new facilities.


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Recomeçar Project - Morro do Bumba
Location: Niterói, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Status: In construction
Number of beneficiaries: 93
Cost: $ 138,675 est.
Size: 230 sq.m
Ruka Llallin Domuche Center
Location: Ralco, VIII Region de Biobio, Chile
Status: In development
Number of beneficiaries: 70
Cost: $ 145,360 est.
Size: 100 sq.m
San Francisco de Asis Educational Institute
Location: Cartagena, Bolivar, Colombia
Status: In construction
Number of beneficiaries: 1,445
Cost: $ 150,233 est.
Size: 278 sq.m
Santa Elena de Piedritas School
Location: Talara, Piura, Peru
Status: Completed
Number of beneficiaries: 100
Cost: $ 144,700
Size: 376 sq.m

Rehabilitation of the Centro Polisportivo in San Felice
Location: San Felice, Emilia Romagna, Italy
Status: In construction
Number of beneficiaries: 1,100 (population of San Felice gaining improved access to community and sports facilities and public space)
Cost: $ 413,712 est.
Size: 320 sq.m
Izvoarele Medical Center
Location: Chiriacu, Giurgiu, Romania
Status: In development
Number of beneficiaries: 3,804 (entire Izvoarele community will benefit from improved access to dental services).
Cost: $ 110,681 est.
Size: 143 sq.m
Roškovce Roma Settlement
Location: Dol’any-Roškovce, Prešov Region, Slovakia
Status: In development
Number of beneficiaries: over 150
Cost: $ 117,558 est.
Size: 55 sq.m



Project Details

NAME: Enel Cuore Community Empowerment Program
PROJECT LEAD: Architecture for Humanity
START DATE: March 11, 2012
CURRENT PHASE: Design development
COST: $1400000 USD (Estimated)
BENEFICIARIES: Local communities living in rural and urban areas, affected by significative poverty and social disadvantage.

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