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Carol Brumer, founder, tells the story of City ZEN:

“I had celebrated 50 years, my children were growing and becoming increasingly independent adults. For me it was time to embark on a new journey. I started as a volunteer for the Francesca Rava Foundation – NPH Italia Onlus, working on some of the many projects they have developed and implemented worldwide in support of disadvantaged children.

In these years I met many talented people who are dedicated to helping others and have effected change to improve the lives of people living in poverty, abandoned to themselves and in situations of extreme need.

During the same period, I began to approach yoga, meditation and healing arts which helped be in many ways and made me a stronger person; I wanted to share these newfound tools with others.  

With my background in business, I thought that a better way to support the Rava Foundation might be to create a Social business whose mission would be to generate sustainable profits in support of the Foundation’s projects internationally. This is how City ZEN was born, an oasis of peace in the heart of Milan; a place to find individual wellbeing, which is then transformed into a service to others. City ZEN donates 100% of its profits to the Francesca Rava Foundation – NPH Italia Onlus.

Well-being is contagious; I am deeply convinced of it. “


The Francesca Rava Foundation helps children in difficult conditions in Italy and around the world, through distance adoptions, sustainable projects, children’s rights awareness initiatives, and voluntary work. It is a non-denominational and apolitical foundation that also acts as the Italian arm of N.P.H. (Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos (Our little brothers and sisters), a humanitarian organization founded in 1954 by Father W. B. Wasson. Over the past 60 years, NPH has saved thousands of orphaned and abandoned children with his homes, hospitals, schools and vocational facilitites in Latin America and the Carribean, also in close collaboration with the Saint Luc Foundation in Haiti.