Cesvi is a secular and independent NGO, participatory Foundation, established in Bergamo in 1985.

With its 26 overseas offices, Cesvi works in all continents to face any sort of humanitarian crisis and to restore the civil society after wars and natural calamities.
Cesvi’s challenge is that of turning emergency relief into an occasion to build up medium and long-term projects able to promote the self-development of local communities. Cesvi believes strongly that helping the underprivileged in developing countries, or those in difficulty due to war, natural calamities and environmental disasters, does not help only those who suffer, but contributes also to the well-being of all of us on the planet, our “common home” to be looked after for future generations. The organization bases its philosophy on the idea of giving the recipients of aid a leading role, working together for their own natural benefit. It is for this reason that Cesvi is strongly committed to making sure that international aid does not become mere charity, and nor is it influenced by the donors’ self-interest. 
In Italy and Europe, Cesvi carries out information and awareness activities in order to foster a culture of world solidarity, in particular amongst young people and for the integration of the migrant communities.
International website: www.cesvi.eu
Italian website www.cesvi.org