Energia per i Diritti Umani is an international organisation made up of people from different cultures, religions, languages, aspirations, beliefs, economic and social background. All united by the desire to cooperate and boost the creation of the Universal Human Nation.
It is a non-religious, self-financed association with ongoing initiatives in Italy (since 1998), Senegal (since 2000), Gambia (since 2002) and India (2003).
It was founded in December 1998 in Rome with the aim of protecting human rights in the world. The association is inspired by and adheres to the ideas and the proposals of Universalist Humanism since its foundation.
In 2003 it was established as a non-profit organization and it took part in the following activities:
- “La Gabbianella – Coordinamento per il “Sostegno a Distanza” (Distance Sponsorships coordination) (2004), subscribing to its Charter of Principles and Charter of Quality Criteria;
- the Forum Sad Italia (2008);
- International organisation “Convergenza delle Culture” (2009);
- Comitato Cittadino per la Cooperazione Decentrata di Roma (Public Committee for Decentralized Cooperation in Rome) (2010).
In 2003, Energia promoted the campaign Sostieni un Bambino ed il suo Villaggio (Sponsor a child and his/her village), which has contributed in these first 15 years to the construction of 8 nursery schools in Senegal, 2 in Gambia and 2 in India and helped thousands of children receive basic education. www.sostegnoadistanza.eu.
From 2001 to 2012, Energia was one of the supporters of the international campaign Stop Malaria, significantly contributing to the eradication of malaria in many villages in Senegal. www.stopmalaria.it.
Between 2005 and 2009, besides working on an irrigation system, Energia promoted the Energia dal Sole (Energy from the Sun) project, which contributed to the installation of solar panels in 3 schools in Senegal and 1 in Gambia.
From 2010 to 2012, Energia promoted the project Attraverso l’Educazione verso la Nazione Umana Universale (Through education towards the Universal Human Nation, through education) in schools in Rome and in many villages in Senegal. This project has been co-financed by the European Commission through the Europe Aid initiative.
In 2013, Energia promoted the nursery schools support campaign in Senegal Tutti a scuola con Energia (All at school with Energy) with the aim of ensuring permanent access to education for over 700 children who attend schools.
In 2014, the construction of the Keur Marietou house for women and children started in Pikine (Senegal).
In 2015, the Energia dalla Terra campaign was promoted, with the aim of providing all the humanist centres of the rural areas with community vegetable gardens, supplying the 350 nursery school children of the centres with food. Furthermore, thanks to the Chiesa Valdese 8×1000 funds, the new project Per la Scuola Serve Energia (schools need Energia) started. The initiative wants to provide the Pikine nursery school children with approximately 20,000 meals.
In 2016, the Keur Marietou house for women and children is opened in Pikine Est (Senegal). The facilities are now complete and running, such as the nursery school, the canteen and the library, managed by the young humanist women volunteers of Keur Marietou.
In 2017, the construction of the eighth humanist nursery school Luisa Lorena Caputo in Senegal was completed. The nursery school was established in the village of Bandoulou, near Kaolack, with the help of the Istituto Comprensivo Bozzaotra in Massa Lubrense, the Municipality of Massa Lubrense and the Italian Waldensian Church funds.
In 2018, Energia per i Diritti Umani became the organizing partner of the Second World March for Peace and Nonviolence.
In 2019-2020 Energia has won 2 calls for funding from the Italian Waldensian Church and reactivates the Stop Malaria campaign in Senegal and Gambia.
In 2020, Energia launches the “Stop Coronavirus” campaign, aimed at raising awareness among the population of Senegal and Gambia about the prevention methods for Covid-19. Personal protective equipment and sanitizing gel are distributed and hand washing stations are installed. Thanks to funding from the Municipality of Pino Torinese (Italy), support is given to the Pikine Est medical center and food is purchased for the population affected by the lockdown.
In 2020 Energia wins a call for funding from the Italian Waldensian Church for the construction of a third classroom at the nursery school in Sossop and for the supply of running water to the building.