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Archive - March 2016

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Goal #6: Water and Sanitation – World Water Day
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Join and take action against gender-based violence
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Nicequest and its users continue with their social commitment
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Hospitals are full of smiles thanks to PcComponentes customers

Goal #6: Water and Sanitation – World Water Day

At the beginning of 2016 we talked about the Sustainable Development Goals, 17 goals created by 193 UN’s member States and which are within the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development. You can read more about the Sustainable Development Goals here.

Today all the world celebrates the World Water Day and we want to take this day to talk about the goal number 6 which is based on ensure access to water and sanitation for all.

The water is an essential element of sustainable development, in other words, clean and accessible water for all is an essential part of the world we want to live in. Water resources and the range of services offered by them have a key role in the reduction of poverty, the economic growth and the environmental sustainability.

According to UN’s data, water scarcity affects more than 40% of the global population and is projected to rise. Although since 1990, 2.6 billion people have gained access to improved drinking water sources, the decreasing availability of safe water is a big issue that worries all continents.

If in 2030 we want to ensure the global access to safe and affordable drinking water, we should implement the adequate investments in infrastructure, provide health facilities and encourage safe hygiene practices at all levels.

In order to reduce water scarcity, we have to protect and recover the water-related ecosystems including forests, rivers or the mountains. Also, a strong international cooperation is necessary to stimulate the water efficiency and add treatment technologies in development countries.

World-Water-Day

This year, the World Water Day has the motto “Better Water, Better Jobs”. According to United Nations, almost half of the world’s workers work in water related sectors and nearly all jobs depend on water and those that ensure its safe delivery. Yet the millions of people who work in water are often not recognized or protected by basic labour rights. The theme in 2016 — water and jobs — is focusing on how enough quantity and quality of water can change workers’ lives and livelihoods – and even transform societies and economies.

Today is a day to reflect about water function and propitiate improvements for the population who suffer water-related problems. To end this post, we show you the World Water Day 2016 official trailer.

We can take bold action to address water inequity as part of our efforts to realize the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.” – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

The Worldcoo team.

Join and take action against gender-based violence

The phenomenon of violence against women is a constant in human history. Despite public administrations and civil society efforts, gender-based violence remains a reality. Globally, every year between 1.5 and 3 million of women and girls lose their life as a result of gender-based violence.

In Spain, despite of in the last years there have been significant changes in the field of the fight against domestic violence and gender-based violence, this kind of violence remain a daily reality and affects a higher number of women, especially if these women are strangers.

Cepaim Foundation has the mission to promote an inclusive and intercultural society model which facilitate the full access to citizenship rights of the most vulnerable people in our society. The NGO has created the “Adelante Program” to increase the social and labour situation of women who are in the most vulnerable groups. For do that, they make activities with the aim to foment gender equality and the conciliation for private and working lives in order to avoid multiple discrimination in terms of gender.

gender-based violence

From today, our e-commerce with a cause PcComponentes, will collaborate with Cepaim Foundation to create preventive measures to combat gender-based violence against women. These measures will be joined with other actions of direct intervention to the victims made by different entities and State administrations.

Thanks to the solidarity of PcComponentes customers, 2 workshops of prevention and awareness on gender-based violence will be developed. These workshops have a duration of 36 hours and their content will be organized through 3 different modules:

  • Module 1: Violence awareness and its dynamics
  • Module 2: Empowerment
  • Module 3: Doors to a new life

With 8.000€ donated, 30 women from Murcia and Madrid will be benefit with these two workshops and they also will receive personalized attention. These workshops also help these women to improve their living conditions and their love relationships.

The Worldcoo team.

Nicequest and its users continue with their social commitment

In Europe, a disease is considered as rare when it affects 1 in every 2.000 people. Nowadays, there are more than 6.000 rare diseases which affect to 30.000 million European citizen. The 80% of rare diseases have a genetic origin and often these diseases are chronicles and put at risk the life of the person who suffer it (source: EURORDIS).

Primary Immunodeficiency diseases (PIDD) are a group of rare diseases caused by alterations in the immune system of people suffering from them. Patients who suffer PIDD are susceptible to suffer infections and, if these infections are not treated appropriately, they can be fatal or can cause permanent effects that will reduce the quality of life of those suffering from them.

At the Hospital de la Vall d’Hebron- Institut de Recerca (VHIR) Foundation investigate about 200 kinds of rare diseases of 26 different clinical areas. One of the kinds of rare diseases which are investigated by VHIR are the primary immunodeficiency diseases and, in order to improve the techniques of identification and characterization of the mutations of the patients, VHIR has created a Biobank. There is where the researchers collect and preserve blood samples of patients with PIDD.

Nicequest-funded-project

At the end of November, Niquest began to collaborate with VHIR to help in the investigation of this kind of rare diseases and achieve the following objectives:

  • Optimize the diagnosis and offer genetic counselling to the closest relatives.
  • Reach a definitive diagnosis offering a new opportunity for treatment, due to the possibility of case revision.
  • Encourage collaborative research together with other research centres, nationally and internationally.

Once again the socially committed users of Nicequest have changed their mollusc shells for donations. Thanks to their solidarity, the investigations and the discoveries will be expanded internationally in order to make possible the diagnosis and the cure of rare diseases.

Nicequest new project

Many indigenous women from communities in north-eastern Cauca in Colombia have huge difficulties in selling their crafts. The reason is that these communities are suffering the consequences of armed conflict and, this situation of vulnerability together with the market ignorance and the lack of organization and planning of the production cause this situation.

In its new project, Nicequest will collaborate with CODESPA Foundation to help strengthen the socio-organizational and business processes of 5 associations of indigenous and peasant women of 5 municipalities in north-eastern Cauca.

Nicequest-new-project

To obtain the aim of Nicequest and CODESPA, different activities focused in guarantee the trading process of artisan products made by benefited women will be carried out:

  • Designing a business plan and annual operating plans
  • Identifying new markets and participation in national fairs
  • Creating an advertising campaign, a communication strategy and a network corporate image
  • Implementing a purchase fund for developing their productive activities

With the help of Nicequest users, 74 indigenous artisan women from five different ethnic groups (guambianos, pots, ambalueños, kiswueñas and mestizo), will see strengthened their socio-organizational and business processes to commercialize their products.

The Worldcoo team.

Hospitals are full of smiles thanks to PcComponentes customers

For many people who live a hospital admission, the health centres are associated with fear, pain, sadness and tension. If for an adult the fact to stay hospitalized during a long time is a hard experience, for children is worst, because to this feelings we have to add fear for the unknown and the concern of their parents.

Children routine completely changes when they are admitted into hospitals. This change in their daily life may make children feel stress and/or anxiety. With Christmas on the way, this situation is aggravated, apart from the change in their routines, sick children can’t celebrate Christmas period with his family and this fact may cause a feeling of loneliness, anxiety or uncertainty caused by the cold hospitable environment.

Pupaclown Association and Theodora Foundation are NGOs with the same aim, make better the stance of children and youth in hospitals during their hospitalization process. For this reason, this Christmas, Theodora Foundation and Pupaclown Association joined with PcComponentes in order to support sick children and youth in order to break their hospital routine through the magic, storytelling, music and the art of clowning, and give them a reason to smile.

hospitals-smiles

PcComponentes customers have wanted that the paediatric floor of the hospitals Virgen de la Arrixaca (Murcia), Gregorio Marañón (Madrid) Germans Trias y Pujol (Badalona) y Marqués de Valdecilla (Santander) are full of smiles. For this reason, in just 3 months, they have donated 20.000€ to help both NGOs to obtain the following aims:

  • Humanizing hospital stay and reduce stress and anxiety of children who are forced to remain hospitalized by creating an atmosphere of relaxation and joy through laughter.
  • Release tension of hospitalized children and their families and mitigate the negative effects of long hospitalization.

Thanks to help of PcComponentes customers, 2.820 children and youth, of one of the 5 hospitals we have mentioned before, will receive a weekly visit of one artist from Theodora Foundation or Pupaclown Association for 5 months.

Together we can do big things!

The Worldcoo team.

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