The Bernard van Leer Foundation is an international grantmaking foundation based in The Hague.
Our mission is to improve opportunities for children up to age 8 who are growing up in socially and economically difficult circumstances. We see this both as a valuable end in itself and as a long-term means to promoting more cohesive, considerate and creative societies with equal opportunities and rights for all.
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The Bernard van Leer Foundation is recruiting an administrator to assist our communications department with tasks including event logistics and social media outreach. Applicants must be fluent in Dutch and English. The deadline for applications is August 20th. For more details, including how to apply, download the pdf.
When young boys witness domestic violence, how does it impact them? New research sponsored by BvLF shows that the effects are profound and long lasting. Those boys are more likely to grow into men who have problems with self-esteem and depression, who beat their own partners and children, and who are violent in their communities.
For more, download the report pdf - Bridges to Adulthood Understanding the Lifelong Influence of Men's Childhood Experiences of Violence. The research is based on data from the International Men and Gender Equality Survey (IMAGES) in six countries (Brazil, Chile, Croatia, India, Mexico, and Rwanda) and published by the International Centre for Research on Women (ICRW).
By Lisa Jordan, Executive Director, 17 July 2012
June has been an incredibly busy but wonderful time for the Bernard van Leer Foundation. We had over 500 children in our office in The Hague. We witnessed wonderful results in Brazil where a € 3.7 billion federal programme to scale up services for young children in poverty was launched, and where 30 private and corporate foundations pledged their commitment to ‘invest in young children’. Read more
On July 8, the Bernard van Leer Foundation’s partner organisation INFANT organised the “biggest hug in the world” in Lima, Peru. Hundreds of children, adolescents and adults joined in a public display of affection to raise awareness of the issue of violence and humiliating physical punishment suffered by Peru’s children and adolescents, and to promote non-violent parenting.
The event was supported by a range of private, public and civil society organisations including Save The Children Peru, organisations of children and adolescents in Lima, the city's municipal authorities and Peru's Defensor del Pueblo (Public Ombudsman) Eduardo Vega Luna.
The latest edition of Early Childhood Matters explores the links between the living conditions that children grow up in and their health and development. It includes articles on air pollution, accidents, nature and child-friendly cities, and contributions from four continents. You can download the pdf, read on issuu.com or order a free printed copy.
We are happy that you will be joining us for the new media music experience on the 15th of June 2012.
This Friday June 1st, the European Network for Children of Imprisoned Parents (EUROCHIPS) are launching their 3rd annual European Prisoners' Children Week (1 – 8 June) to raise awareness about this vulnerable group of children and their specific set of circumstances.
This year, the campaign is entitled Not my Crime, Still my Sentence; which was inspired by the various experiences of which these children are vulnerable, including stigma, bullying, social isolation, developmental (as well as financial hardships), and separation anxiety. Read more...
A film portraying the long term impact of child abuse is breaking through taboos.
People who grew up with abuse and neglect find it difficult or impossible to process their feelings and they often experience life as a fight. The lack of safety, security and love brings about a long search for processing, recognition and acceptance.
In the film Bas van Hout, a Dutch crime reporter, and Hameeda Lakho, the Pakistan born author of 'Hitting Home' and founding member of 'Stichting Geheim Geweld', talk about their traumatic experiences and the long impact of child abuse. Read more...
By Lisa Jordan, Executive Director, 16 May 2012
Investing in young children is not rocket science. It’s actually neuroscience, with a little bit of molecular biology and genomics thrown in for good measure.
There is a revolution occurring today in neuroscience. What we are learning about children’s development is nothing short of a new paradigm. Everything you have always wanted to know about brain development and early childhood has been brought together in the latest Early Childhood in Focus #7.
Brain research is not telling us what to do with our kids. It is helping us understand why we do certain things with our babies and toddlers and what impact it has on their development. Read more