Cuomo Foundation


A young Senegalese boy, Djibril, undergoes lifesaving heart surgery at the Cuomo Cardio Paediatric Centre in Dakar.

The centre was founded by La Chaine de L’Espoir, the Cuomo Foundation and the CHNU Fann and is dedicated to the care and treatment of children with heart disease in West Africa.

A feature produced by TV5 Monde.

Latest News

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...

The President of the Cuomo awarded Senegal’s Highest Honour-the National Order of the Lion

The President of the Republic of Senegal His Excellency Mr Macky Sall awarded the president of the Cuomo Foundation, Mrs Maria Elena Cuomo with the National Order of the Lion and the rank of Commander at a special ceremony held at the Presidential Palace in Dakar on...

Foundation Funded Brazilian Researcher Receives Honourable Mention at CAPES Thesis Award 2020

The Capes Thesis Award was created in 2005 by the Brazilian Federal Government and its Ministry of Education to promote high standards for post-graduate courses in Brazil. The Awards reward the best PhD theses and its respective scientific papers across each of the 48...

The Foundation attends young pianists concert held in historic museum by the FCA of Rome

The Fryderyk Chopin Association of Rome resumed its live musical events with the start of a series of concerts held at the Museo Nazionale delle Arti e Tradizioni Popolari in Rome. The first concert was held on the 4th of October and the National Museum of Folk Arts...

The CCPC Resumes Cardio-Paediatric Procedures

The Cuomo Cardio-Paediatric Centre in Dakar has begun performing treatments and procedures for its cardio-paediatric patients again. Since March, with the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic, the centre was converted into a temporary intensive care unit for coronavirus...

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