GEA is a non-profit social cooperative, founded in Padova in 2004. The main mission of the cooperative is the promotion and the implementation of activities and programmes aimed at facilitating integration and active citizenship of migrant people, families, communities, with specific attention to women, youth and vulnerable groups.

Over the years, the organisation has developed strong partnerships with public and private social services, particularly in the fields of health and social care, education, contrast to discriminations and promotion of human rights and social cohesion, promoting multi-stakeholder and multi-professional networking and cooperation between public authorities and the organizations of the civil society.

GEA has developed experiences and skills in the field of health protection, integration and intercultural education and training, active citizenship, and anti-discrimination.

The Cooperative carries out its activities through diversified work tools such as planning and direct management of projects at national and European level, support and advice to institutions and cooperative and associative realities, multi-level and multi-professional networking between public institutions and the third sector, and the promotion of territorial participation.

The work of the Cooperative’s professionals is also aimed at promoting hospitality and direct support of vulnerable groups as asylum seekers and refugees, through cultural and linguistic mediation, social activities such as sport, culture and art to increase social inclusion.

The realisation of activities at community level and the participation in national and international programmes contributed to develop a wide network at local and European level, with stable partnerships and cooperation with national and international organisations and networks in different fields of intervention.