We work for the rights of people with intellectual disabilities so that they can participate in our society.
We design innovative, quality supports, which help build bridges wherever there are barriers.
Continue to be a benchmark in the area of intellectual disability.
Being a transparent, responsible, ethical management model, striving for excellence in the work with people with intellectual disabilities.
A growth that helps us keep all those who form part of this family together and guarantee our future.
The origins of the Foundation go back to 1948, when Carmen Pardo-Valcarce paid heed to the petitions of individuals stricken with leprosy, who were living in the Trillo Leper Colony in Guadalajara. They asked her to help their children grow up and be educated in a leprosy-free environment.
Carmen Cafranga Cavestany, the granddaughter of the founder and the current President of the Carmen Pardo-Valcarce Foundation, was quick to realise that, if her grandmother and mother had dedicated themselves to children and young people faced with social upheaval, she had to continue on with their work. She has committed herself to helping people with intellectual disabilities participate in society.
In memory of her grandmother she set up the Carmen Pardo-Valcarce Foundation, which, in just a few years, has become a reference point throughout the world in its sphere of activity.
International recognition came in 2007 when the United Nations added the Foundation to its Business Guide—a list of the 85 most reliable NGOs around the world with whom companies can form alliances.
Almudena Martorell Cafranga, Carmen’s daughter, is currently the Director of the Foundation. Thanks to her dedication and extensive training, the project that was started over half a century ago by her great-grandmother, continues to grow today.
The Carmen Pardo-Valcarce Foundation is a sustainable, transparent and socially responsible organisation, which in modern-day life, has to reinvent itself constantly and find new lines of business, new means of cooperating with public and private entities and innovative management systems to improve productivity.
She believes in the company and the corporate social responsibility of businesses, and she now works on a permanent and regular basis with more than 100 private Spanish and foreign companies; she has signed different agreements and arrangements with the Community of Madrid, the City Council of Madrid, the Spanish Government and the European Union.
Its services begin with education, the Niño Jesús del Remedio Special Education School, which has almost 200 students enrolled every year and a track record of more than 25 years. It was a pioneer of its time and nowadays it is one of the leading schools for people with intellectual disabilities.
Later on, in 1991, the Pardo-Valcarce Occupational Centre was set up, to get students who had just finished school ready for the working world, and acquire the necessary skills to get a job. There are currently 140 places and it is one of the very few centres that manages to get around 4% of its students a job a year.
Many of them go through one of the three Special Employment Centres that have been set up over the years, and jobs have already been found for more than 100 individuals with intellectual disabilities in different business areas; its social action includes trying to find new sustainable job niches for them.
It also tries to find job positions in ordinary companies, which is why in 2005 the Employment Office was set up. On average it finds 50 job positions a year for people with intellectual disabilities, one of the highest figures in the Community of Madrid. Its efforts are always enhanced through our specialised training programmes and our university CAMPVS.
We are pioneers in defending the fundamental rights of people with Intellectual Disabilities. The victims of some kind of abuse find support and help through our Support Unit for Victims with Intellectual Disability (UAVDI).
Moreover the Foundation always strives to be sustainable and raise money to help maintain its charitable work by means of ventures such as: the Paddle Club, Fundaland, La Muñoza.
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