Cuomo Foundation



School doors finally open again just after Pongal festivities

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Foundation continues to support the vibrant art of Aziz N’Diaye

The Scream (2020), Aziz N'Diaye, mixed media, 120 x 120 cm © Cuomo Foundation The Cuomo Foundation recently purchased Senegalese artist Aziz N’Diaye latest artwork. Entitled Le Cri (The Scream), it is the socially politically conscious artists’ creative response to...

Professor Gilles Dreyfus hosts the first in a series of medical video conferences

Photo : Professeur Gilles Dreyfus animant la conférence Zoom® au siège social de la Fondation Cuomo, le 09 février 2021 à Monaco The Cuomo Foundation headquarters was the location for its first live-streamed medical video conferencing hosted by the renowned cardio...

Germaine Acogny awarded the Venice Biennale Golden Lion of Dance 2021

The Senegalese and French dancer and choreographer Germaine Acogny, renowned around the dance world as “the mother of contemporary African dance” has been awarded the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement in Dance 2021.

Community Hall Restoration and Reopening Funded by Cuomo Foundation

The renovated St Thomas Community Hall was officially reopened on 13th Febuary, 2021. Located in Little Mount, in the district of Chennai, State of Tamil Nadu, the multi-purpose community centre is administered by the Archdiocese of Madras-Mylapore. The original had...

School doors finally open again just after Pongal festivities

All schools in Tamil Nadu were shut from March 25,2020 after the Covid-19 pandemic broke out. However in the last couple of months the number of Corona virus cases reported in the state of Tamil Nadu has steadily continued to decline. Due to this fact, the government...

Foundation awards a start-up grant to online local news initiative in Burkina Faso

In the southern region of Burkina Faso, in the province of Nahouri, a group of local journalists and citizens have established the ‘Nahouri News’ as an online -only news site. It was launched in June 2020 by Abatidan Casimir Nassara the president of the Dizénidani...

India: While schools remain closed, teachers offered specialist training to manage and prepare students for reopening’s

On 21 November ,the Cuomo Foundation launched an online academic initiative to support ‘confined at home’ teachers working for Cuomo Foundation secondary schools in the villages of Kovalam, Mambakkam and Sendivakkam. Although a few key states have begun a gradual...

“An extraordinary initiative in response to an extraordinary situation”

These were the words of praise used by the Mayor of Fontan, Mr Philippe Oudot, in recognition of the compassionate gesture made jointly by the Monaco Red cross and the Cuomo Foundation in response to Storm Alex, which recently badly affected the Alpine...

A Donation to Mark World Children’s Day !

Photo: Beneficiaries of the Covid-19 urgent food aid programme run by the Cuomo Foundation in Tamil Nadu, India World Children’s Day was first established in 1954 as Universal Children's Day and is celebrated on 20 November each year to promote international...

Honouring the Fight against the Pandemic

Photo : Eric Mathon / Palais princier / Manuel Vitali / Dir. Com. / Nice-Matin H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco decreed that those who have been particularly involved in the fight against the pandemic should be honoured with a special Covid-19 award ceremony to mark...

Our Projects

from around The World 

The Cuomo Foundation is a philanthropic organisation based in Monaco with a global outlook.

Its aims are to empower the young and enable the disadvantaged through supporting actions and creating partnerships in education, medical and socioeconomic development, environmental research, culture and the arts.

Its current activities are in Asia, Africa, Europe and South America with thousands of beneficiaries.


The Foundation headquarters were established in Monaco in 2001 and supports many of the Principalities’ charitable organisations and activities.


The Foundation began in Tamil Nadu with its first educational actions in 1999 and continues to be central to its work today.


The Foundation has a long history of support for Arts & Culture especially in the City of Rome.


The Foundation in collaboration with key partners has achieved its most ambitious medical and social welfare project until now.


The Foundation is actively involved and supports actions in the fields of educational and social welfare, environmental research, arts and culture in Asia, Africa, Europe and Latin America.

Evolving with

An Ever-changing World

The Foundation was established in 2001 in Monaco by an Italian couple, Alfredo and Maria Elena Cuomo, who originally had one simple vision—to help support vulnerable children in India to gain access to educational attainment and better life chances.

Alfredo Cuomo, born in Rome, was a Fulbright student scholarship recipient who made his reputation as a producer in the international film industry. Maria Elena Cuomo, also a Roman, graduated from La Sapienza University of Rome with a special interest in Latin and Greek culture and enjoyed a successful career in the global banking business. 

Both enthusiastic art collectors and adventurous explorers, in particular, of India and Africa, they had reached a point in their lives where they wanted to affirm and create positive philanthropy to those less fortunate.

In early 2000’s, working in the Tamil Nadu state of Southern India, the Foundation built schools, dormitories and sanitation buildings in Chennai, K.G.Kandigai, Kovalam, Mambakkam and Sendivakkam. 4,600 primary and secondary school-age children attend the schools daily. Since 2001, over 500 scholarships have assisted students to attend colleges and universities.

Other initiatives and partnerships were launched and upheld aplenty in Monaco, Europe and in many parts of the world. 

Following the passing of Alfredo Cuomo in 2009, Maria Elena Cuomo challenged the Foundation and herself to evolve and further expand its aims, achievements and partnerships.

Since its beginnings in India, the Foundation has extended its outreach and is now active globally in the fields of education, social welfare, environmental research and the arts.


A brief presentation
of our actions worldwide