The Human Safety Net is delighted to welcome a new partner in Spain, the Balia Foundation, expanding our global NGO community.
Founded in 2000 and based in Madrid, the Balia Foundation provides educational and life experiences to children in vulnerable circumstances, perfectly mirroring the aim of The Human Safety Net’s For Families programme.
Together, Balia and The Human Safety Net will help foster healthy and secure bonds in families to generate self-confidence and enhancing emotional development. They will also educate parents about their children’s development between the ages of 0 to 6 years, as well as providing socio-educational care for children from 3 to 6 years in vulnerable situations.
Balia's mission is to compensate for any academic, personal and social inequalities these young children face, so that they can develop their individual talents and skills and become fulfilled, integrated and happy people – and so break the cycle of poverty.
Today, Balia supports more than 2,500 children every afternoon in disadvantaged neighbourhoods. It has its own centres, but also works in schools that request support. In addition, it runs programmes during school holidays so that children from families with limited resources can enjoy leisure activities, excursions, and have regular meals – and their parents can continue to work.
The Human Safety Net’s global community now includes 56 partners in 23 countries. It has so far touched the lives of almost 150,000 people around the world.