Centro Italiano di Solidariet√° don Mario Picchi/ Italian Centre of Solidarity (CeIS)

ECOSOC Status: Special Consultative
Type: NGO working on Drugs
Address: Via Attilio Ambrosini, 129
00147 Rome

Country: Italy
Region: Europe
Website: http://www.ceis.it
UN Languages: English
Other languages:
  • HIV/Aids
  • Counselling
  • Education
  • Prevention
  • Rehabilitation
  • Research
  • Training
  • Drug Treatment
Short description:
CeIS is a non-profit organization founded in 1960 by the priest Mario Picchi with the aim of solving marginalization issues and help youth with family hardships. Although at the beginning the organization was more oriented to issues like wars, famine, and poverty, the increase of drugs demand gained attention and the fight against drugs abuse became a central challenge for the NGO. A project was therefore developed, called "Progetto Uomo" (Project Humanity.
CeIS has an particular philosophy based more on idea exchanges,rather than a rigid structure,offering a friendly service system. The NGO provides different programmes focused on several target group, for example workers, teenagers, children, students, and professors. Strong point of CeIS is the use of media, under which are remembered the magazine "Delfino" (Dolphin), the study center and the library Agor√°, the newsletter and the website.
The understanding of cultural differences suggested the research of collaboration with other organizations, instead of the reproduction of the NGO method abroad. The School of Training of CeIS played a central role in setting this process and in training operators from a number of countries.
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