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Image © Alfredo Cuomo – Taken from his photo journal of the four countries of South East Asia; Mysterious Suwannabhumi – Land of Gold – First edition published 2006

Nothing in the world is single;
All things by a law divine
In one spirit meet and mingle.
Why not I with thine?—

From Love’s Philosophy
Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822)

The benevolent half-human, half-bird creatures known as the Kinnara and Kinnari, which are thought to have originated in the Himalayas, are two of the most well-loved mythological figures in Buddhism and Hinduism. They frequently watch over people’s safety in times of trouble or danger and continue to be a symbol of the strength of love and loss. The figures are frequently included into temple design in Thailand and Cambodia.

Our Annual Report 2021 is out

Nobody could have guessed that after the last two devastating years of the worldwide Covid epidemic, we would now be facing the serious possibility of a third world war in 2022.

How can we make sense of everything that has occurred?

As I write this introduction and try to focus on our positive actions in 2021, I would also like to take this opportunity to reflect on what the Cuomo Foundation has managed to accomplish in its 20 years of service globally…”

Maria Elena Cuomo
President – Cuomo Foundation

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Cuomo Foundation is guest of honour at award ceremony for 31st Roma International Piano Competition held at the Roma Tre University

On November 16, the gala finale of Maestro Marcella Crudeli's 31st International Piano Competition "Roma" was held in Rome. The Cuomo Foundation actively took part in the closing ceremony and presented the six top prizes to the winning finalists. The Cuomo Foundation...

Innovative Senegalese Artist unveils his latest work at the Presidential Palace in Dakar

To honour the country's "Armed forces Day" celebrations, His Excellency Mr. Macky Sall, the President of the Republic of Senegal, commissioned a commemorative artwork from Manufactures Sénégalaises Des Arts Décoratifs, MSAD. For the second year in a row, the...

The Monaco Government and the Cuomo Foundation commit to assisting vulnerable children in Burkina Faso

The Department of International Cooperation of the Government of Monaco and the Cuomo Foundation have signed an agreement to assist children and young people in Burkino Faso who are living on the streets and are at risk of family breakdown.

Dr Cataldo, guest speaker at international medical conference in Venice

Professor Dr Daniel Cataldo, a renowned specialist in facial reconstructive surgery, was a featured speaker at the international medical conference « Dermatology in Venice » which took place from October 27 to 29 at the Hotel NH, Laguna Palace in Venice. Dr Cataldo’s...

The Cuomo Foundation funds “Entreparents” a digital resource for new parents

"Entreparents" is a new model of pre- and post-natal support and information for parents in the Principality of Monaco and the surrounding area. The service, which includes regular meetings, is also envisioned as a digital tool. A self-help forum project is currently...

New Scholarship support for courageous young Senegalese student accepted into the University of Nantes, France

In 2012, the Cuomo Foundation, in collaboration with La Chaine de L'Espoir, travelled to Dakar, Senegal, to conduct a medical humanitarian mission. Awa Gueye, a young Senegalese girl with a severe cardio condition, was among those who directly benefited from this...

Foundation funds international distribution of special edition of ‘Facial Reconstructive Surgery’ by Dr Daniel Cataldo

The Cuomo Foundation has agreed to fund and promote the distribution of limited special edition copies of 'Facial Reconstructive Surgery' to prestigious medical institutions and universities across Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America. The author, Professor Dr...

The Foundation continues its commitment to the arts by supporting the 20th edition of “Premio Roma Danza” at the National Academy of Dance in Rome.

The prominent international dance competition "Premio Roma Danza" was held at the National Academy of Dance, located in Aventino hill, one of the seven hills on which ancient Rome was founded, from July 8 to July 12. All the numerous prizes were funded by the Cuomo...

Foundation supports new research in the ‘Third Pole’ by Chinese IPCC Scholarship awardee

[Photo: Dr Dongfeng Li collects data in the Tibetan highlands using a drone and real-time kinematics © Dongfeng Li] Dr. Dongfeng Li of China is a previous recipient of the 2017-20 IPPCC Scholarship Programme, having received funding from the Cuomo Foundation for his...

Cuomo Foundation principal sponsor of 8th edition of “Les Itinéraires Artistiques de Saint-Louis 2022”

Founded in 2013 by the artists association Ndar Creations and under the auspices of the Senegalese Ministry of Culture, this annual Saint-Louis cultural exhibition has quickly established itself as a major event on the Senegalese art scene.

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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