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The Foundation

The Enriqueta Villavecchia Private Foundation for Child Oncology, constituted in Barcelona in 1989, is a non-profit organization with charitable and welfare aims to provide integral care for children and youngsters undergoing oncological treatment in Catalonia and give support to their families.

"We work to drive progress in Pediatric Oncology, to offer new welfare proposals, to improve quality of life in sick children and youngsters and to achieve their full psychosocial integration".

Our Foundation has an active presence in all Catalan hospitals offering Pediatric Oncology and Hematology care:

  • Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau
  • Hospital de Sant Joan de Déu
  • Hospital de la Vall d'Hebron
  • Hospital de Sabadell / Corporació Sanitària Parc Taulí
  • Hospital Germans Trias i Pujol

History

The organization resulted from the initiative of a group of people from the Catalan civil society who, sensitive to the needs of children suffering from cancer and the hardships for their families, inspired the creation of an entity to address the problem.

It all started in 1989, when the first summer camp for children undergoing cancer treatment and hospitalized at the Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau was organized. The venue was the medieval town of Monells and the experience was readily accepted, with very positive results for the children attending it.

A journalist from La Vanguardia, Mr. Josep Maria Puig de la Bellacasa, wrote an article about the adventurous event. Many people read that article and found the initiative so very commendable that they decided to promote an entity that could offer continuity and help to sick children and their families. There were many aspects to consider in order to improve their quality of life and take care of fundamental needs.

That's how the Enriqueta Villavecchia Private Foundation for Child Oncology was born a few months later, in February 1989.

Mission statement

The purpose of the Foundation is to provide integral care to children and youngsters suffering from cancer and other long-term serious diseases, to give support to their families along all the stages in the process and to drive progress in the field of Pediatric Oncology and Hematology.

Vision

"We work to achieve the best possible quality of life for children and youngsters undergoing treatment, in all the stages of the disease, to guarantee support and the necessary accompaniment to their families, as well as to promote and drive progress in medical care, research and training in the field of Pediatric Oncology and Hematology."

Our actions are meant to provide integral  care of the needs the sick children and youngsters may have, whether from a physical, family, social, psychological, emotional and/or spiritual point of view. We aim to see their fundamental rights respected and the children and youngsters fully integrated in society.

Goals

Provide social help to the families of children and youngsters undergoing cancer treatment by means of economic and social help in the case of families with scarce resources as well as accommodation to families temporarily moving out of their homes  to secure their children's hospital treatment.

 

Achieve a better quality of life for our young patients by adapting the hospital surroundings to their needs, by being with them in the hospital and at home along the whole process and by organizing activities meant to keep up their hopes and self-esteem.

Drive progress in the field of Pediatric Oncology and Hematology by promoting research and medical training in this specialization.

Raise social awareness on the reality of child cancer and other long-term serious diseases by providing information on problems that require immediate solutions.

Awards

Third "Solidarity City" Award 2015 given by Radio Onda Cero Catalonia and the Free Trade Zone Consortium for the social work of NGOs, acknowledging care offered to children and youngsters undergoing cancer treatment.

Creu de Sant Jordi Award 2014 given by Generalitat de Catalunya autonomous government acknowledging our fight against child cancer and our ongoing support to their families, the effort to make progress in research, training and the drive to implement participation and volunteering programs.

Active Citizens of Europe Award 2010 to NGOs awarded by VOLONTEUROPE international network for success in improving life for their communities, whether local, regional, national o international.

National Volunteering Award 2008 given by the Government and Public Administration Department of the Generalitat de Catalunya autonomous government for the project called "Voluntariat de suport a nens i joves amb malalties de llarga durada" (Volunteering to provide support to children and youngsters suffering from long-term diseases).

Horta-Guinardó Award 2008 for work leading to improving quality of life in the field of child healthcare and for services rendered to the community.

Golden Cross 2008 awarded by AEFE (Agrupació Espanyola de Foment Europeu), foundation promoting European unity and values.

Foundation "Solidaritat Carrefour" 2006 Award

Asekor International Foundation Award 2005, third place for the project called "Hospital volunteering".

Telva 2004 Award. First prize in the National category for our project providing care at specialized centers and at home to children sick with cancer and  support to their families.

Communications and Public Relations Award 2000 given by the Catalan Association of Communications and Public Relations acknowledging our ongoing support to medical activities against cancer.

International Book Club Award 1996 and 1997 for the work carried out by our volunteers in 1996 and 1997.