The Esther Koplowitz Foundation co-operates financially with other entities, associations, foundations and NGOs in the implementation of their humanitarian and assistance actions, among which the following highlights are included:

Aid for social reintegration


    Extreme poverty, situations of loneliness and abandonment often lead to marginalisation. A lack of resources for social reintegration means that people are barely able to integrate in a sometimes very hostile society. The Esther Koplowitz Foundation aids people deprived of their liberty, the homeless, battered women and women at risk of social exclusion, immigrants, and those living in underdeveloped countries.

    • Santa María de la Paz Hostal

      The home run by Brother Zarzosa welcomes more than 100 "homeless" men each day who, in the words of Brother Zarzosa, “have spent many nights in the open, have fasted because they had nothing to eat ... and when they are taken in at the Hostel, they have a chance to perhaps start a more dignified life”. In addition to food and a roof over their heads, they receive affection and moral support.

    • Cáritas

      The objective of this charity is to address the social inclusion of impoverished people. To achieve this goal, it undertakes various lines of action such as building awareness and sensitising the general public to prevent situations of poverty and marginalisation, as well as sponsoring channels of reintroducing outcast people. In addition, Caritas has an extensive network of volunteers and is widely active through church-based actions.

    • The Family Promotion Community of Nazareth

      This Association is dedicated to assisting children, adults, the elderly or entire families at risk of social exclusion. It organises various activities, especially leisure and free time activities, such as summer camps for children. Specifically, the Esther Koplowitz Foundation has collaborated with them by purchasing a motor vehicle.

    • The ADECCO Foundation

      The main objective of the ADECCO Foundation is to achieve the full employment of people with special difficulties to find a job, such as those aged over forty-five years, women with family responsibilities, people with disabilities and former sportsmen and women. The ADECCO Foundation was established for the benefit of the most disadvantaged members of society and attempts to design specific employment plans for such groups, for example, by forging partnerships with companies that implement policies of corporate social responsibility.

    • ARED Foundation

      The purpose of this Foundation is to provide job opportunities to women who are at risk of social exclusion. Through dressmaking workshops, it provides employment and vocational training for women on parole. Furthermore, it offers a number of support programmes, such as facilitating immigration procedures, literacy programmes, and shelters for battered women and financial scholarships.

    • The City of Hope and Joy Foundation

      As a result of the meeting, over twenty-five years ago, between Dominique Lapierre and Mother Teresa, the extraordinary love-story was born between Dominique and those most in need that has led him to work with the poorest of the poor in India. The City of Hope and Joy Foundation, through its various projects, supports women and the elderly it champions education as well as offering microloans and healthcare.

    • The CODESPA Foundation

      It was founded with the purpose of contributing to the development of people and Communities. Although they perform extremely important work in developing countries trying to improve living conditions there, they also work at a local level in slum areas. The Foundation’s main objective is to strengthen the generation of employment by facilitating access to microfinance, markets and education.

    • The Realiza Foundation

      Its goal is to achieve social integration through work of groups of people in a position of social exclusion. Although one of its most important foundational purposes is the reintegration of former female prisoners through workshops and Occupational Centres, it also directs its action towards people with mental and physical disabilities.

    • The Father Garralda Foundation - Open Horizons

      “Not one child in jail, not one prisoner without hope” is the motto that all the people working with Father Jaime Garralda try to realise each day through an extensive network of projects that are recognised by the Directorate General of Penitentiary Institutions. These projects take place both inside prison (Kostka Project: caring for children whose mothers are in prison by organising games and outings at weekends, baptisms, etc), and outside prison (Javier Project: a home where inmates can enjoy their weekend leave when otherwise they would have nowhere else to go)..

    • Missionaries of Charity

      In the spirit of its founder, Mother Teresa, to “serve the poorest of the poor”, the sisters continue to help the most marginalised members of society. Specifically, in Madrid, they open the doors of the Home of the Immaculate Heart of Mary residence to terminally ill AIDS victims who have been rejected by their families or society and those who suffer loneliness for any other cause. Here, in addition to health care, they also find understanding, care and affection.

    • Profís

      This is an Immigrant Education Programme carried out by the Francisco University in Vitoria which seeks, through a series of specialised courses in different work environments, to enable foreign immigrants to look for their first job. The programme attempts to achieve not only integration in employment but full social integration by Training each individual’s full range of personal skills.

Aid for the handicapped

    • Afandice

      Afandice are the Spanish initials of the Association of Families with Different Children requiring Special Care.

      It is a non-profit making association created by a group of parents, whose purpose is to improve the lives of children with physical, mental or sensory disabilities through rehabilitation and prevention programmes and social and labour integration. It also organises leisure and free time programmes, the purpose of which is to enable their children to enjoy nature without missing any of the specific and permanent care they require. The Esther Koplowitz Foundation collaborates in this Leisure and Free Time programme.

    • AFAP

      AFAP are the Spanish initials of the Association of Families of Adults with Personality Problems.

      This Association was created to foster the social integration of people with mental illness, especially schizophrenia. These types of disorder affect 1% of the world population. AFAP seeks equal rights and opportunities for those affected by such diseases.

    • ANDE

      Non-profit making association aimed at human and social care for people with mental disabilities and the elderly. Its primary objective is to contribute to the full integration of these groups through welfare, cultural, entertainment and free time programmes, as well as promoting respect for senior citizens. Other projects include: the creation of four homes, occupational centres, and the services of five thousand volunteers.


      ATIPADACE is the Association of Parents of Children with Cerebral Palsy from the Bobath Special Education Centre. It was the parents themselves from the Association that set up the school with their own funding. Apart from their economic contributions, their personal involvement is very high as they seek to achieve the highest quality of life possible for these children. The school has the most advanced facilities and they are now proposing to launch an Occupational Therapy Centre, the programme which the Esther Koplowitz Foundation has channelled its collaboration to.

    • CAMF

      Care Centre for the Physically Handicapped

      This is a centre for people with physical disabilities located in Leganés (Madrid). At the request of social workers in the Centre, the Esther Koplowitz Foundation has provided specific technical assistance for residents.

    • CEPRI

      A non-profit making Association formed by parents of people with autism and professionals working in the field. It runs a school for children and a Vocational Training Centre, where they are taught social relations, communications, autonomy, and leisure skills. CEPRI also has a day centre for adults where they learn to bind, photocopy, and laminate books. Specifically, the Esther Koplowitz Foundation collaborated in the launch of a new school in Majadahonda (Madrid).

    • The Spanish Federation of Down Syndrome

      This is a non-governmental, non-profit organisation that brings together all the Spanish institutions working to improve the quality of life for people with Down syndrome. Members of the Federation are entities that provide services to people with Down’s Syndrome and it is represented in all the Autonomous Communities or Regions. The Spanish Down’s Associations collaborate through agreements with the government to provide specialist services to people with Down’s Syndrome.


      The Catalonian Association of Integration and Human Development.

      The Association aims to provide comprehensive care to people with slight intelligence and/or mental disabilities and other social constraints. Among other projects it runs: in Education: a school for special needs education, a school for adult education and a leisure club; in Housing: five residential homes; in Labour and Employment: an occupational insertion service, two special work centres and a job integration workshop. It also has a legal section to handle guardianships, a Research section, and a Psychology section.

    • The Projimoproximo Foundation

      The intended purpose of this Foundation is to improve the quality of life of people with any kind of physical disability, by financing technical assistance to provide them with maximum independence. Simply by funding motorised wheelchairs, moulded seats, and prostheses many people can travel independently and enjoy a life that is not restricted to a limited environment. At the request of Prójimopróximo, the Esther Koplowitz Foundation has collaborated on several occasions, by providing special aid for various disabled persons.

Disease control by supporting scientific research and the development of pharmacological treatment for various diseases and assistance to sick people without financial resources

    • ADELA

      The Valencian Association of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

      This organisation works to combat the consequences of this severe illness by providing research in all fields, support for affected families, specialist information, and building social awareness and sympathy. Furthermore, the Association offers self-help groups, family relief, educational workshops, volunteer work and specialist holidays.

    • AMREF

      The African Foundation for Medicine and Research, based in Nairobi (Kenya) is the main African international health NGO operating in Africa. Its aim is to improve the health of the underprivileged, in order to alleviate poverty and improve quality of life. They work in sub-Saharan Africa, one of the most impoverished areas of the planet, and run permanent offices in Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and South Africa. For them, health education is the key to development in those countries. Their line of work is education and prevention.


      Health Action and Social Development

      An Institution that carries out development programmes in the least developed countries. Their dedication is focused on supporting human and material development for the underprivileged, as well as in emergencies caused by natural disasters. Special mention should be given to their health programmes aimed at eradicating leprosy in the world, in particular the Culion Island leper colony in the Philippines, where they battle wholeheartedly against this terrible disease. The Esther Koplowitz Foundation collaborates in the programme..

    • The Multiple Sclerosis Association

      A non-profit organisation that brings together people affected by this disorder and their families. It also has the professional support of healthcare and other specialists. It aims to improve the quality of life for people suffering from multiple sclerosis. Its aims are: to provide information about the illness, to train professionals, to encourage and create self- help groups, and to enhance both basic and clinical research. The Esther Koplowitz Foundation helped to establish a rehabilitation centre and meeting place for MS patients.

    • Spanish Fight Against Cancer Association

      This non-governmental, non-profit organisation aims to combat all forms of cancer. It is made up of volunteers, collaborators and hired staff. Its primary objectives, among others, are: to reduce cancer mortality, improve the quality of life of cancer patients, and strengthen research./p>

    • Spanish Red Cross

      Present in all areas of the world where it is needed. The Red Cross has many different areas of action: the elderly, the most marginalised sectors of society, children, women with social difficulties and disabled people their help comes through a wide network of doctors, nurses, volunteers and collaborators who have selflessly joined this great universal project. The Esther Koplowitz Foundation collaborates with the Red Cross Hospitals in San Jose and Santa Adela.

    • Cystic Fibrosis Association of Catalonia

      The main objective of this association is to improve the quality of life of those affected by this illness. Its purpose is to develop, promote and fund research into the disease, especially the research of gene therapy. Another of its aims is communications by developing educational programmes including conferences, support groups and fund-raising campaigns. The Association is a member of the Spanish Federation against Cystic Fibrosis.

    • The Queen Sofia Foundation - Alzheimer Project

      This non-profit making Foundation is both a charity and a cultural institution and is responsible for the “Alzheimer Project”. The project consists of a residential home and a training centre that will become a benchmark in research into the disease. The Esther Koplowitz Foundation has collaborated in the Alzheimer Project.

    • Fontilles – the San Francisco de Borja Sanatorium

      Its aim is to put an end to leprosy and its consequences. Its role in eradicating leprosy in Spain has been instrumental, so that it now uses its means and experience to combat leprosy across the planet. Projects are underway in America, Asia and Africa and its work focuses on healthcare for the sick, international cooperation and volunteerism, research and education for development.

Care for the elderly with no financial resources

    • AFAMEC

      Association of Relatives of Alzheimer Sufferers in Medina del Campo

      The Association cares for more than 250 elderly patients in the town suffering from the disease by providing home support services and family relief programmes. The Foundation has provided support for them by implementing a Specialist Centre for Integral Stimulation in Alzheimer’s disease.

    • Casal Benèfic Premianenc

      This is a home for elderly people without financial resources in the town of Premia de Mar. With a background of over 70 years, it is a highly emblematic and well-known institution in the area. They requested assistance from the Esther Koplowitz Foundation and were thus granted funding for 14 new places.

    • The “Marxalenes” soup kitchen (Valencia)

      The City of Valencia’s Department of Social Welfare started a soup kitchen for people aged over 65 with limited financial resources in an area of the city where the ageing rate reaches 145%. Following an assessment of the area, further institutional support was found to be of increasingly vital importance because of the very underprivileged population there. The Esther Koplowitz Foundation collaborated by equipping new air conditioning facilities that had not been included in the refurbishment of the building.

    • The Vianorte Foundation – La Laguna Palliative Care Centre

      Its constitutional purpose is to provide medical and hospital services to people who are financially in need of them, seeking permanently to ensure individual patient care. The La Laguna Palliative Care Centre aims to create a complex comprising a day care centre, a home care service, and a training and research centre for both the elderly and terminal patients. The Esther Koplowitz Foundation collaborated in the Home Palliative Care Project.

    • Hermanitas de los Pobres

      In the spirit of its founder, Jeanne Jugan, the mission of this Order is to provide charity to the impoverished elderly and care to all those who suffer because of age, poverty and loneliness. This mission takes the form of the Nursing Homes they currently run in numerous cities around the world. They receive no institutional support, they live off their work and donations from good and generous people who choose to collaborate in maintaining the homes.

    • Mercedarias de la Caridad Nursing Home in Lora del Río

      The Mercy of Charity is an active religious order that attempts to respond to the social problems that arise in today's world. Their commitment to the Church and mankind takes the form of living with and for the most underprivileged: the elderly, the sick, drug addicts, prisoners, battered women and broken families. Specifically, the Esther Koplowitz Foundation collaborated in the home the Sisters run in Lora del Río for elderly people with limited resources.

    • The Montserrat Nursing Home

      Benedictine Brothers run this home for the elderly poor in Madrid. Numerous needs arise in the daily care of the elderly: specialist technical resources, adapted furniture, and many others. These needs are not always served by economic funding, so the Esther Koplowitz Foundation collaborated with the Brothers by purchasing various items of equipment for the convenience of the residents and the refurbishment of the sickbay.

Protection for Children and Youngsters

    • SOS Children's Villages

      A private and international organisation helping children, their goal is to offer children a family, a stable home and a solid education in order to achieve an independent life. Their mission is to achieve social and family integration for the children entrusted to their care to make them feel loved and looked after and to encourage their development on an equal footing with other young people.

    • ASEFA

      The Spanish Association for the Family Care and Support and Adoption

      This Association is dedicated to processing international adoptions. It has signed an agreement to perform the mediation duties for international adoptions with the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy. As part of the Agreement, they also monitor adopted children to see how they evolve, how they adapt to the new family situation and any other incident.

    • The Civil Guard Pro-Orphan Association

      The Civil Guard Corps has a school for the orphans of deceased members who are awarded scholarships and grants by the Association. They asked the Foundation to support an English language programme abroad to facilitate students’ language learning. For this collaboration, Esther Koplowitz, President of the Foundation, was awarded the Silver Cross of the Order of Civil Merit from the Civil Guard.

    • The Laetitia Association

      This is a Colombian association which, like Nuevo Futuro in Spain, is dedicated to setting up homes for neglected children or children at risk. Every year it organises a Flea Market to raise funds to support current homes and to open new ones.

    • The Nuevo Futuro Association

      This Association specialises in setting up homes for children who have no home or who need to be kept away from problematic family environments. Between six and eight children live in each house with two carers who exercise the functions of mother. Their efforts aim to provide the children with a life similar to that of any other child with no such family problems. Nuevo Futuro has been staging an annual Flea Market almost since it was founded 30 years ago to raise funds for their homes, provide schooling for children and offer them better living conditions.

    • The Association of Victims of Terrorism

      The AVT is a Spanish nationwide charitable/welfare organisation whose goals, in broad terms, are: to bring together the families of victims and provide them with support, to stage public events, seminars and conferences to encourage a spirit of solidarity towards victims of terrorism, and to undertake the necessary legal actions on their behalf. Among other important work, the AVT provides psycho-social services and the Esther Koplowitz Foundation wanted to participate in that area of work that focuses on monitoring victim families to provide advice and guidance, organising educational and cultural programmes as well as leisure and free time activities for young people.

    • The San Vicente Paul Parish Nursery School

      This is a School-Nursery charity that cares for 150 children of predominantly immigrant and low income working mothers.

    • The Anar Foundation

      This is an NGO aimed at protecting Child Rights. It offers homes to children who lack an adequate family environment, and it also runs the ANAR helpline for children and adolescents at risk where minors can receive help and support for their problems every day, at any time, confidentially and free of charge.

    • The Foundation for the Defence of Life

      This Foundation is the result of an initiative of a group of individuals in favour of human life. It has several lines of action: women, directed especially at pregnant mothers in need by providing guidance and support. It also offers help to mothers who have serious difficulties in bringing up their children, and a Child and Youth Section, which provides extra teaching, educational workshops and recreational activities.

    • Orphans of the National Police Corps Foundation

      This institution provides social and economic aid to the orphans of National Police officers and contributes to improving their welfare. In addition to regular financial support, it has created ad hoc grants including a programme named “Encouraging Study”, which is directed at people over the age of 18 who wish to continue their education and no longer receive regular funding. The Esther Koplowitz Foundation, highly sensitive to the needs of young people today to acquire high quality training in order to qualify for a job, collaborated with the project by giving a number of scholarships to these students.

    • The San Rafael Children's Hospital

      This charity hospital in Madrid, run by the Hermanos Hospitalarios de San Juan de Dios religious order, specialises in children’s diseases. The Esther Koplowitz Foundation helped finance reforms to various parts of the building.

    • o Mensajeros de la Paz (Messengers of Peace)

      This Association was founded with the aim of creating homes for abandoned children or young people that have been deprived of a family environment. It eventually spread its attention to other sectors, such as drug addicts, the disabled, abused women and the elderly. In response to the actual circumstances of many senior citizens, different projects were launched, such as day centres, the Golden Telephone or Alzheimer Centres. At present, the Edad Dorada Mensajeros de la Paz (Messengers of Peace Golden Age) Association is planning to set up the “Montserrat Caballé” complex with 160 places for residents with Alzheimer's. The Esther Koplowitz Foundation, forever sensitive to the needs of the elderly, has collaborated in the project.

    • Consolata Missionaries

      These missionaries are settled in Ethiopia and direct almost all their missionary work at young people. They have several primary schools and several workshops for teenagers who no longer attend school in order to teach them a trade. They also run a rehabilitation centre for homeless children, as well as nurseries and kindergartens for toddlers.

    • Mundo Cooperante

      An association founded with the primary objective of moving children off the streets of the town of Bucaramanga (Colombia). When left to fend for themselves, these children fall easily into crime and drug addiction. A comprehensive solution was forged that includes a diagnosis, referral and care centre (a therapeutic unit for higher level drug dependents) and several foster homes. It also runs printing and bakery training workshops.

    • UNICEF

      True to the slogan: "For every child, Health, Education, Equality, Protection; and thus Mankind Progresses", UNICEF's priorities are child survival and development, AIDS prevention, protection of children at all levels, the right of all children to receive basic and equal education. If the above premises were fulfilled and basic measures taken, 6 million of the 10 million child deaths that occur in the world each year could be prevented.

Religious orders

    • The Abbey of Santo Domingo de Silos
    • The Convent of Saint Clemente
    • Hermanas Clarisas de Cantalapiedra convent
    • Hermanas Clarisas de Carrión de los Condes convent
    • Hermanos Hospitalarios de S. Juan de Dios brotherhood
    • Iglesia de la Milagrosa
    • The Archbishop Claret Institute
    • The Bishopric of Alcalá de Henares
    • The Apostolic Movement of Schoenstatt
    • Servants of Jesús

Emergency situations

  •   True to its constitutional purposes, the Esther Koplowitz Foundation takes a permanent place alongside those who suffer for any reason, and what worse suffering is there than being a victim of a natural disaster, an earthquake, a flood, a fire. The Foundation has always been quick to mobilise aid for victims of disasters, like the earthquake that devastated Turkey or the floods in Extremadura, Spain, demonstrating its readiness to offer assistance and its ability to react in situations that call for urgent help.