"We are faced not with two separate crises, one envitonmental an the other social, but rather with one complex crisis which is both social and environmental.
Strategies for a solution demand an integrated approach to combating poverty, restoring dignity to the excluded and at the same time protecting nature."
Laudato Si', 139
Social Ecology Education Fund is a micro impact fund. It aims to accompany deprived communities in transition countries in their social and ecological emancipation.
That is done through responsible education, based on respect for the diversity of all people and for their environment.
The Fund adheres to the Sustainable Development Goals towards 2030 of the United Nations.
Social Ecology Education Fund offers educational and financial support in countries where economic growth and changing consumption patterns reinforce inequalities and ecological stress.
The objective of the Fund is to locally set up greenfield educational initiatives or to assist existing organisations.
The microfund cooperates with partners that are active in education, gender equality, social or environmental policy, microfinance, corporate social responsibility or with any other relevant partner who can contribute to the achievement of its objectives.
Social Ecology Education Fund was created in 2017 by Patrizia Civetta (°1968, Italy) and Frederick De Gryse (°1972, Belgium).
Patrizia can rely on 30 years of experience as an expert in education and social integration in Italy and Belgium.
Frederick has gained experience in Belgium, Luxembourg and Italy over 25 years in ethical financing and in managing a poverty organisation.
They have been traveling frequently to India and its surrounding countries since 2009.
The founders observed that many NGO's are dedicated to specific primary aid in Africa and South-East Asia (hunger, alphabetisation, health and gender equality). Their microfund however focuses on selected areas in the South with an integrated approach through education. Southern continents are faced with social and ecological challenges as exclusion, pollution and migration. Especially for BRIC-countries like India, it often remains underexposed by international observers, who tend to rather focus on successful macro-economic growth.