In 2008, three friends – Sophie, Henrietta and Maurice – came together to create the SHM Foundation. Sophie was a filmmaker, Henrietta an anthropologist and Maurice an academic.
They wanted to draw on their different skillsets and build a community of people who would work together to drive positive social change through projects that foster care, creativity, and human connection.
The SHM Foundation has grown steadily in the years since into a multidisciplinary team of based in 6 countries. We have designed, implemented and funded projects with vulnerable communities across 19 countries, spanning mental health, education and the arts.
Today our mission is to support people and communities in developing solutions to the challenges they face, in ways that work for them.
Our support helps people and communities to:
We believe firmly in the ripple effects that are felt in communities, organisations, societies, when people feel supported, cared for and capable to exercise agency in their own lives.