The Rafa Nadal Foundation is supported by Endesa to help the families affected by COVID-19 crisis
Thanks to a donation made by Endesa, the Rafa Nadal Foundation will increase and reinforce its actions of attention to vulnerable populations, assisting the children and families whose situation has been aggravated due to the COVID-19 crisis. Specifically, the electricity company has donated 400,000 € which will be allocated to the Rafa Nadal Foundation Centers in Palma and Valencia.
In Palma’s center, the plan is to increase the number of professionals —educators, sports technicians, psychologists and social workers—, and thus be ready to assist and give individual support to the growing number of beneficiaries, regarding the different areas of work —education, sport and psychotherapy—, as well as other direct needs related to food and hygiene. As for the Rafa Nadal Foundation Center in Valencia, besides expanding staff, and consequently the number of assisted children and young, a psychotherapeutic department will be created from scratch, since this kind of care wasn’t still available.
“Those families who were already in a vulnerable situation are now suffering even more severely due to the consequences of the pandemic. Besides the economic and employment difficulties, emotional and social impact has now been added, which can affect the children’s personal and educational development negatively”, explains María Francisca Perelló, director of the Rafa Nadal Foundation. “We have been in contact with the families on a daily basis since the crisis started, so we were able to continue the assistance online. We could also attend new needs, giving direct economic aids to the families worst affected or donations of school material and tablets. Now, thanks to this contribution from Endesa, we can go a step further and not only meet their basic needs but also improve the well-being of the children and their families in the long run”, adds Perelló.
Since the outbreak of the crisis, Endesa has launched several initiatives to combat the effects of the crisis within the vulnerable populations. The donation given to the Rafa Nadal Foundation is part of the public responsibility plan implemented by the company, worth EUR 25 million and intended to alleviate the social and health consequences of the COVID-19 crisis.
“Our society needs that companies such as Endesa lead towards the exit of this health, economic and social crisis we are currently going through. We are well aware of the need to help every group that is part of it so the country can come out stronger, without leaving anybody behind”, claims José Bogas, managing director of Endesa. “In this case, we are lending a hand to those who are more experienced in helping the neediest, so they can expand their work and benefit more families. Something that this pandemic has taught us is that we can only overcome difficulties if we stay united”.