Pianoterra works in Naples, Rome and Castel Volturno, in areas with high records of disadvantage and marginality. Here women and children are the weakest links of a social chain that is fragile, precarious and often unseen.
Campania is among the Italian regions with the worst records regarding life conditions for families. The percentage of families living in absolute and relative poverty is among the highest in Italy, with worrying levels of unemployment or under-employment especially among women and young people, inadequate or unhealthy housing, poor family and educational services. In Naples we have our main office in Piazza San Domenico Maggiore, in the historical centre: here we welcome families with children aged 0-6 coming from other districts and suburbs, offering them services to strengthen parental skills, help them with other local services and support them with material aid. In the Sanità district, we manage an Educational Center where we run activities to tackle educational poverty among children and teenagers and help their families. We also manage a helpdesk called “Fiocchi in Ospedale” (Babyribbon in hospital) in the city hospital “A. Cardarelli”, part of a national program launched by Save the Children Italia to help vulnerable pregnant women and new parents. In the Materdei district we managed for three years (2018-2021) an educational hub for the project NEST, where we offered services to tackle educational poverty and support families of children aged 0-6 years.
In 2019 we launched a service of low-threshold helpdesk in Castel Volturno (province of Caserta, near Naples) for pregnant women, new parents and children up to 6 years old, with special attention to women and families of migrant origins. The service is part of our 1000 Days program and is carried out in collaboration with other partners who have been working in this territory for many years (Centro Fernandes and Emergency). In 2021 the service becomes permanent.
The territory of Rome is vast and densely populated, marked by deep gaps of living standards which become lower and lower as we move from the centre to deprived suburbs. The city is divided into several administrative districts; among them, the V and VI show the highest level of social and economic disadvantage, with a high rate of families living in absolute or relative poverty. Here we begun our operation in 2015 when, in collaboration with other organizations rooted in the territory, we launched our 1000 Days program in the Tor Sapienza district. Here we offered our services of support to pregnant women, parents and children aged 0-3 to families coming from the whole eastern suburbs. In 2021 we started our work in the Tor Bella Monaca district, always in the same area, with a program of activities to tackle educational poverty and support families in need.
In 2020 we also launched another 1000 Days service in the Esquilino district, quite close to the central railway station of Termini, which is also a public transport hub and is easily reached from all suburbs.