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

Enrichment centre featured in Israeli media 19-08-2008

"An amazing, enchanting world of excitement, creativity, games, sounds, laughter, sports and many more surprises await Jerusalem’s children at the early childhood enrichment center, a place that our children could only dream about until now" - Mercaz Beth Jacob provides this English translation (pdf) of a feature article run by Israeli newspaper Yated Ne'eman describing the Early Childhood Enrichment Centre built with foundation support.

No small issue: Children and families 19-08-2008

The latest in our series of Online Outreach Papers is the text of Linda Richter's plenary presentation at the XVII International AIDS Conference in Mexico City on 6 August 2008. No small issue: Children and families Universal Action Now argues that children and families have been severely neglected in our responses to HIV and AIDS.

Latest newsletter from Hand-in-Hand 15-08-2008

829 Jewish and Arab children now attend Hand-in-Hand schools. Read all the latest news from our Israeli partner here.

IRC aid workers killed in Afghanistan 15-08-2008

The staff of the Bernard van Leer Foundation would like to share our deepest regrets with the families and colleagues of the four aid workers that were killed while working for the International Rescue Committee in Afghanistan on August 13th, 2008. We are shocked and saddened by this event - and we are reminded of the senseless violence affecting so many people around the world. Read more

Children in the news at AIDS 2008 conference 11-08-2008

At the recently concluded XVII International AIDS Conference in Mexico City, the issue of young children affected by HIV/AIDS took centre stage thanks to a plenary address by Linda Richter, as outlined in the official press release and picked up by news outlets such as the New York Times.

Training for Turkish women microentrepreneurs 04-08-2008

Former foundation partner KEDV is now helping young children through training Turkish women in microentrepreneurship skills, with the support of Citibank.

Annual Report for 2007 02-08-2008

The Bernard van Leer Foundation's Annual Report for 2007 is now available, featuring an in-depth look at public policy advocacy activities and new updates on the effectiveness of selected previous grantmaking.

EUROCHIPS art exhibit wins new converts 22-07-2008

EUROCHIPS email with a positive update on the exhibition of art by children's prisoners held in Paris in March, and covered by Libération: "subsequently exhibited in the lobby of the Justice Ministry/Prison Administration Building... All in all, it has been a great success, with a snowball effect: a small paints workshop for children waiting to see their imprisoned parents has been set up in one Paris prison. The director has agreed to transmit the drawings regularly to the parents; and to exhibit the works inside the prison and during the special extended visits for the end of the year holidays and Father’s Day."

Towards making a difference in diversity 08-07-2008

Read Jacqueline Hayden's keynote presentation to the Diversity in Early Childhood Education and Training (DECET) Conference in Brussels, Towards making a difference: Promoting social inclusion and respect for diversity. Dr Hayden manages the Bernard van Leer Foundation's Social inclusion and respect for diversity programme.

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