In a society where many people don’t know where their next meal will come from, the Costa Crociere Foundation intends to wield the many unique resources at its disposal to help house the homeless, feed the poor and propel the young into education and employment.
In Italy’s biggest economic downturn in decades, hardship, hunger and homelessness are real problems happening to real people. Incomes have been squeezed and homes lost as people struggle to make ends meet. A job, a dignified standard of living and a secure future are no longer the status quo. Relief schemes are under strain, healthcare and education have been cut and investment in social welfare reduced. It is a social crisis on our doorstep.
The Costa Crociere Foundation responded to some of Italy’s most severe social problems with a multi-faceted solution addressing the main elements pushing people into poverty. By offering humanitarian assistance and investing in education while leveraging both the company’s own resources and that of its network of like-minded partners, we aim to save livelihoods, build stronger, healthier communities and free vulnerable people from poverty.
In our social program, we aim to address the main causes of poverty by giving people the tools they need to lift themselves out of hunger and homelessness in the long term, and ease the main burdens it inflicts on their lives in the short term. By targeting both causes and consequences, investing in the future through education and in the here and now through humanitarian assistance, we can give disadvantaged groups in our target communities the resources, the opportunities and the education they need to live a healthy, productive life.