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.
Latest news from the Bernard van Leer Foundation
The Bernard van Leer Foundation has made a €40,000 grant to Partners in Health to support those affected by the earthquake in Haiti. PIH has been working on the ground in Haiti for over 20 years, and we have previously supported their work to improve maternal and child health in rural areas. You can donate here.
The Bernard van Leer Foundation has announced it will commit €300,000 to support the United Nations’ Special Representative of the Secretary General on Violence against Children. With this contribution, the Bernard van Leer Foundation is the first private foundation to commit financial support to this new UN effort.
"On October 18 2009, Rio de Janeiro drug traffickers shot down a police helicopter during a gun battle between rival gangs in the favela Morro dos Macaco..." In a new message Lisa Jordan, the foundation's executive director, introduces the foundation's new goals and other important changes. Read more
On 26th November 2009, a long-standing partner of the foundation in the Netherlands, celebrated its 20th anniversary. Accompanying the occasion was the launch of their latest publication, (Permanent learning: From self reflection to team reflection), one of the outputs from the foundation-funded Parents and Diversity project.
At the recent, held in Senegal, five partners of the Bernard van Leer Foundation were among the winners of cash in two categories: ANPPCAN Kenya, and their local partner LACCDAP; Health Child in Uganda; FOST in Zimbabwe; Lesedi Educare Association in South Africa; and MAA (Maasai AIDS Project) in Kenya. The foundation sends congratulations to all.
On November 20th it is 20 years since the signing of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. The foundation's flagship journal, Early Childhood Matters, marks this anniversary with a new edition on the subject of Realising the rights of young children: progress and challenges, featuring articles discussing various aspects of the CRC and General Comment 7 on implementing child rights in early childhood. Download the pdf or order your free printed copy today.
The Rural Family Support Organisation is set to receive aof seven million Jamaican dollars from the Jamaica National Building Society for its Roving Caregivers Programme, implemented also in partnership with the Bernard van Leer Foundation, which supports disadvantaged children aged 0-3 in the Caribbean region.
"Last week, to mark 60 years of the Bernard van Leer Foundation, we held two very special events in The Hague...": Lisa Jordan, the foundation's executive director, reflects on outreach to corporate leaders, the inaugural Oscar van Leer Fellowships for journalists, and the arrival of Sinterklaas in The Netherlands. Read more
Equity and quality? Challenges for early childhood and primary education in Ethiopia, India and Peru is a Working Paper which forms part of the "Studies in Early Transitions" series. It is based on Young Lives, a 15-year longitudinal study of childhood poverty in diverse majority world contexts, and addresses the challenges of achieving equity and quality in early childhood programmes. Order your free printed copy or download the pdf.
Congratulations to the foundation's South African partner, which has been announced as the winner of the Bloemfontein Institution of the Year run by Ons Stad, the Mimosa Group of the Troskie family and Absa Bank. Among the runners-up was Lesedi, another foundation partner.