The Nuria García Foundation was founded by the García family in memory of Nuria García, with the objective of improving living conditions for children worldwide. Its founding capital comes from the contribution made by long-standing TFWA member Air Val International, a family-owned company that distributes gifts and children’s items to the duty free & travel retail industry.
The Nuria García Foundation works with like-minded organisations around the world on projects that bring lasting benefits to underprivileged women and children. It is active in the following areas:
- healthcare: pre-natal and paediatric assistance, providing vaccines, antibiotics and incubators etc
- disease prevention: adoption of hygiene practices, improving breastfeeding practices and providing insecticide-treated nets
- improving access to drinking water: creation of clean water wells and improved sanitation
- fighting malnutrition: food shipments, micronutrient supplements and nutritional assistance for children
- providing humanitarian assistance to emergency zones after natural disasters.
Project in 2016
The devastating earthquake in Nepal in April 2015 left many in Kathmandu homeless and the city without vital infrastructure. The Nuria García Foundation’s partner in Nepal, Foundation Okume AZ, plans to secure and convert a surviving building into a medical centre and residence for elderly people. The centre will treat around 25 orphans and 60 elderly people, and fund medical care for over a thousand local people.
TFWA Care’s support in 2016 will enable the reconditioning of the building to be completed.
Project in 2015
TFWA Care’s support helped the Nuria García Foundation and its partner in Nicaragua, the Asociaciόn Familia Padre Fabretto, to build and equip a health centre to treat pregnant women, mothers and their children in San José de Cusmapa in the Madriz region. The initiative was designed to promote maternal health, positive stimulation for children in early infancy and the prevention of early childhood malnutrition.
The construction of the centre vastly improved Fabretto’s ability to address nutritional issues in children from infancy to six years of age. Through Fabretto’s own nutrition program, the centre provides the infrastructure and equipment to facilitate training and distribution to parents and families, particularly mothers, to promote physical and cognitive development in infants and young children in Cusmapa and surrounding areas.
Construction of the centre was completed in summer 2015, with the purchase and installation of equipment to begin immediately afterwards.