The Andrea Bocelli Foundation (ABF) was founded in July 2011 by Andrea Bocelli and his family to give back some of the affection and closeness that they experienced while traveling across the world for Maestro Bocelli’s career. The ABF’s mission is to empower people and communities in situations of poverty, illiteracy, illness and social exclusion by supporting projects that help those in need overcome these barriers and reach their full potential. ABF currently runs two major programs: Challenges and Break the Barriers. The Challenges program operates in the field of scientific and technological research to find innovative solutions to help people cope with and overcome limitations imposed by disability. The Break the Barriers program supports communities in Italy and in developing countries facing poverty, illness, malnutrition and complex social situations that reduce their life expectancy.