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's "Hand-in-Hand" schools and preschools, in which young Arab and Jewish children learn together, were featured in the Dutch newspaper (Dutch language, registration required).
To celebrate the presentation of the Oscar van Leer Award to Kenya Orphans Rural Development Project (booklet. It describes in text and photos how KORDP's community-based work, supported by the foundation, improves the lives of HIV/AIDS orphans and vulnerable children in rural communities in western Kenya.), the foundation has published a 54-page
In a session co-chaired by the Bernard van Leer Foundation's executive director, Peter Laugharn, the Salzburg Seminar discussed early childhood development in a week-long conference earlier this month. The Salzburg Seminar is a non-profit organisation which aims to bring future leaders together to discuss global issues.(link to Salzburg Seminar site opens in new window).
Mexican partner Melel Xojobal has a new(in Spanish). The foundation works with Melel Xojobal to improve the lives of street children in San Cristobal de las Casas.
The Oscar van Leer Award for 2005 has been awarded to the Kenya Orphans Rural Development Programme (KORDP) for its Community Support to AIDS Orphans project. The award will be presented at a ceremony in The Hague on 3rd November. Presented every two years, the award honours 'excellence in enabling parents and communities to help young children realise their full potential'. Read more
Bernard van Leer Foundation partner Children in Europe will hold a major international conference,, in Edinburgh on December 8-9. Among the speakers is Alison Clark from another foundation partner, Thomas Coram Research Institute, who will talk on children's participation.
The Bernard van Leer Foundation's Annual Report 2004 can now be ordered or downloaded.
Foundation-funded project Kinderwelten has launched a(German language only). Kinderwelten works to promote respect for diversity in childcare services in Germany.
The Union of Mothers Centres in Slovakia now has an expandedon its website.
Eric Gottesman, graduate of theprogramme supported by the Bernard van Leer Foundation, has from George Soros's Open Society Institute to continue his photographic work documenting the lives of people living with HIV/AIDS in Ethiopia. The grant will enable Gottesman to take an exhibition of banners and photos around Ethiopia.