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Who we are

Who we are

El Desafio Foundation is a Non Government Organization (NGO) based in Rosario Argentina & The Netherlands. We fight the roots of poverty and promote initiatives in the public space. Our social programs are focussed on children living in undeveloped neighbourhoods. We form a team of professionals & volunteers working from our workshop rooms and the public space in Rosario. In The Netherlands we mainly focus on creating awareness and fundraising events.

Mission & Vision

El Desafio Foundation makes a social change in the streets of Rosario Argentina. We work with children and their communities to stimulate interaction and civic participation. Our mission is to build an inclusive society with equal and safe development opportunities for all children. We truly believe they are the actors of social change.

Our history

They said we were dreamers wanting to change the world. That it could not be done. In 2001 Mario Raimondi & Jorn Wemmenhove started to work their ideas into forming a small NGO. And look at us now! In 2015 we will celebrate the 10th anniversary of El Desafio Foundation. We want to give a big ‘thank you’ to the talented professionals & volunteers who already accepted the challenge to make the social change.

What we do

El Desafio Foundation develops innovative social programs focussing on the development and inclusion of children. Every day we meet the children in our workshop rooms and the public space of Rosario. Our programs are developed by professionals, paying attention to specific needs and issues children deal with in daily life. We also run our own Academy. Here we train future NGO leaders and share knowledge on all themes related to social innovation.



Children participating in our social programs since 2006


Children that stayed at school while participating in our social programs


Years of experience


Percentage of all our income spent directly on social programs (2007-2013)

Upcoming events at El Desafio Foundation

  • jorn-blueJorn Wemmenhove


    "The statement 'Realists change nothing' is our reaction to what seems to be a common belief in Argentina. When we talk to people about social change we often get the advice to be realistic because, 'Argentina has always been like this, it will never change!' We believe in order to change things we need to be unrealistic and think outside the box." - Jorn Wemmenhove
  • mario-websiteMario Raimondi


    "Claritas est etiam processus dynamicus, qui sequitur mutationem consuetudium lectorum. Claritas est etiam processus dynamicus, qui sequitur mutationem consuetudium lectorum."