COVID-19  Italy Project #45676

Coronavirus Emergency in Italy

by Fondazione La Stampa Specchio dei tempi onlus
Coronavirus Emergency in Italy
Coronavirus Emergency in Italy
Coronavirus Emergency in Italy
Coronavirus Emergency in Italy
Coronavirus Emergency in Italy
Coronavirus Emergency in Italy
Coronavirus Emergency in Italy
Coronavirus Emergency in Italy
Coronavirus Emergency in Italy
Coronavirus Emergency in Italy
Coronavirus Emergency in Italy
Coronavirus Emergency in Italy
Coronavirus Emergency in Italy
Coronavirus Emergency in Italy
Coronavirus Emergency in Italy
Coronavirus Emergency in Italy
Coronavirus Emergency in Italy
Coronavirus Emergency in Italy
Venice Again
Venice Again

Dear donors, 

as you know the sanitary crisis isn't over yet. Even though the numbers are growing at a much lower pace compared to the ones of this spring, the situation is still drammatic. While the virus spreads the businesses are stuck and are having a lot of issues in gettting back up given to the economic crisis that has followed the lockdown.

This is why Specchio dei tempi, through the project Spcchio d'Italia has launched tenders to help the small businesses in difficulty.The situation in Venice is infact drammatic as the city not only has been struck by the consequences of Covid-19, but before that the area was strucked by a flood back in november. This made even more difficult for samll enterprises to get back on their feet.

Our Foundation has made availble 60.000 euros to help the small businesses, but this is not enough. We need your help to raise more and help as many enterprises as possible. Keep supporting our work to help the Venetian community and economy get back on their feet after this tremendous year! 

You can discover more on our website.

Stay tuned for new initiatives and keep supporting us!

Best regards,

The Team

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Dear supportors, 

we wish to thank you one more time for your help. Your contributions have helped us to aid the hospitals, enteties, families and schools during the peak of the emergency. 

Once the situation has stabilized, we had the chance, thanks to the contribution of big donors, to extend our aid to help families and elderly outside the Piedmont regions, reaching out to 5 new territories. This lead to the development of a new national project: Specchio d'italia. Through this project we aim to help not only families and single individuals, but also small businesses that during this time are facing serious difficulties and risk closure. This is why we have launched different tenders to help small enterprises in Turin, Cuneo and Sassari. Now it's Venices turn.

Venice, know for her art and historical beauty, has been struggling a lot in the last year. Striked by a flood back in November 2019, and by the lockdown in March, the city is having a tough time to get back on her feet. 

This is why we have launched a tender to help those small business that are at risk of shutting down. We are currently raising money to have the opportunity to expand the tender and help as many enterprises as possible. You can learn more about the initiative by clicking here.

Continue to support the Foundation and help us sustain the Venitian business and give the the possibility to overcome this tough time! 

We are very grateful to have you on board during this difficult historic period. 

Thank you again for your support!

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10 million euros raised. This is an incredible record as this is the most conspicuous fundraising organized by a private foundation in Italy. This outstanding milestone has been possible that to 15.827 single donations also thanks to the many donors who have tipped in from over 100 countries.

Specchio’s team took action immediately in the first week of March in the healthcare sector. We committed to help doctors and nurses in distress during the violent emergency. Our focus was on finding PPE materials and other medical equipment that have all of a sudden become impossible to find. During the 60 days following the subscription, we have donated two CT machines and 146 avantgard machineries and equipments for 19 hospitals in the Piedmont Region. These include 68 pulmonary ultrasounds and monitors, 41 bed for the intensive care units, 27 equipments for the different units, 6 software instruments, 2 radiology systems. We have also supplied 1.013.752 PPEs that inclus, masks, coats, gloves, goggles, visors and she covers for 136 healthcare structures.

This intervention has absorbed almost half of our resources, while the rest of it has been strategically divided within different sectors such as the schools,the families and elderly in need. In the education sector, we took concrete action by donating one thousand tablets to 30 schools in Turin. This initiative was thought to help those children in need to keep up with the program and stay connected. We have also donated 300 sanitizing kits and billboards with the safety instructions to the schools in order make sure that they are ready to welcome the students back.

 On a social scale we have assisted, together with the staff of our front office Specchio Point, thousand of families and elderly in need. In March we have started organizing the distribution of numerous grocery bags that have been delivered directly on the doorstep of these families.  This project is now evolving into the project of Specchio d’Italia.Thanks to the contribution of Reale Group and the Group Cassa di Risparmio di Asti, we will continue with this service in 18 cities in 5 different Italian regions. In the next weeks we’ll be distributing up to 16.800 grocery bags.

Given the situation it is essential for us that our territory gets back on track. This is why we have launched a grant to help 220 small business in the area of Turin. The same initiative was thought for Cuneo, in the world known Langhe area, together with the support of the local banks and enterprises. The support that has and keeps on arriving from abroad is still incredible. Donations keep on arriving from Germany, Bangor (Maine), Norway. All with different amounts but always accompanied by words of support.

In 80 days the foundation has raised over 200 thousand euros from 67 different countriesfrom all over the world. To name some: Puerto Rico, Pakistan, Spain, Norway, South Africa, Brazil, Canada Japan, India and  Iraq. This is probably due to the 65 years of tradition dedicated to hard work in helping in case of natural disasters all over the world, but also thanks to the contagious solidarity that has been spread on the internet.  Our website, in fact, has been translated not only in english, but also in chinese. This gave us a chance to tell our story also in China and touch the hearts of many generous people who have donated over 10 thousand euros. Germany and the UK have been, up to now, the most generous countries after the United States who have reached almost 600 donations and 90 thousand euros mostly through the  GlobalGiving platform. This sums up to 10%  of our donors.

What has touched our hearts is not only the outstanding numbers, but the words arriving from all over the globe. Forbes has listed Specchio as number one Onlus Foundation for donations in Italy. Which is a great honor. We can’t get enough of the incredible heartfelt messages that we keep on receiving from the donors that are doing the best they can to help.  A man from Thailand sent s a heartwarming letter: “Dear Italians, I am sending you love, light and hugs. Especially to the sick, to those who have lost their dear ones during the pandemic and all of those who are fighting daily against this virus”. Another man promises to send 600 euros from Bahrain and says: “Don’t ever think that the world is turning their back on you. We are here to support you in the best way possible. Stay strong Italy, you’ll win against Covid”.


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Doctors and nurses arriving at Caselle airport
Doctors and nurses arriving at Caselle airport


On Monday, 13th of April, at 9 am, a team of 21 doctors and 17 nurses have landed at the Caselle airport of Turin in order to help the Piedmont Region fight Covid-19 until the sanitary crisis requires them to. The “brigade”, who has been immediately tested, is made of highly competent operators that are specialized in dealing with emergencies, and will be operating in the new temporary sanitary structure of Turin designated for Covid-19 patients. This is an incredible act of solidarity and international collaboration.

The major of Turin, Chiara Appendino, the President of the Region Alberto Cirio, the Prefect Claudio Palomba and the Cuban Ambassador Josè Carlo Rodriguez Ruiz welcomed the team this morning when the plane first landed. Everything has been possible thanks to the team of Specchio dei tempi, who has organized the trip, and the support of Lavazza.

The Ambassador, Josè Carlo Rodriguez Ruiz explains: “Solidarity is ingrained in our culture. Our sanitary brigade has arrived in humbleness, in order to support the Italian doctors during this emergency. We have sent brigades in 21 countries across the world because we believe that we need to face this challenge together in order to win it. This is all that Cuba has to offer. Now, we need to get to work. Our doctors will be offering their experience and knowhow in support of the Italian healthcare”.

“We are extremely grateful to Cuba and the doctors and nurses that have volunteered to help during this harsh time”, states the Alberto Cirio.

This only one of the amazing news of this week!

More great news coming up on the next report, stay tuned!

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Thanks to your amazing support and the generous contribution of donors such as Lavazza, who donated 3 million euros to our Foundation, and other supporters with donations with five zeros have we are able to bring our mission one step further. 

Yesterday we managed to help more hospitals and the Region's Crisis Unit by delivering medical supplies such as: gloves, thermometers, oximeter, masks, sanitizing gel and coats. We've order pulmonary ultrasound machines for the Maria Vittoria and Rivoli Hospitals. 

But we wont stop here. We have a great responsibility towards our donors and our society. This is why we want to extend our mission outside of Turin in order to support the medical structurs around the Region. This will be done in coordination with the Institutions, in order to optimize all our strengths and respond to all the demands. 

We are always thinking of the weak minorities such the elderly. This is why we are thinking about new initiatives that will involve 3000 over-80 people in need. 

We still need your help, so please help us spread the voice. 

Stay tuned and keep following all of the updates on our website:

All the best!

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Fondazione La Stampa Specchio dei tempi onlus

Location: Torino, Italia - Italy
Facebook: Facebook Page
Twitter: @specchiotempi
Project Leader:
Angelo Conti
torino, Italy
$127,783 raised of $200,000 goal
538 donations
$72,217 to go
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