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Who we are

Who we are

El Desafio Foundation is an NGO based in Rosario, Argentina & The Netherlands. We challenge poverty and social exclusion in Argentina by investing in innovative social programs, creating public spaces that bring people together & training our future leaders.

Women Power

At El Desafio Foundation we strongly believe in the power of women. We believe that they play a crucial role to create social change in the streets of Rosario, Argentina. We support those women by helping them unleash their inner strengths.

Our history

They said we were dreamers wanting to change the world, that it could not be done. In 2001 Mario & Jorn started to work their ideas into a small NGO. And look at us now: this year we will celebrate the 10th anniversary of El Desafio Foundation.

What we do

We develop innovative social programs focussing on the development and inclusion of children in Rosario, Argentina. All our programs are developed by professionals, paying attention to specific needs and issues children deal with in daily life.



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."