Archive - January 2013

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Fundació Campaner has helped 25 children to solve the cleft lip
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Worldcoo is looking for Sustainable Energy projects!
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Deforestation near the Kukra River has provoked increasingly troubles to cover population basic needs
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The richness of the Kukra region has declined in recent years because of the deforestation
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The “Emergency program to support child’s school meals" has been removed
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Where’s Diffa?
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Nicaragua lacks manpower
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What Intermon Oxfam is really doing with my donation?
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Eradicating Noma in Diffa is closer thanks to Eva Cosmetics
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Eva Cosmetics, our first sponsor

Fundació Campaner has helped 25 children to solve the cleft lip

The cleft lip is a birth defect lip fissure consisting of a crack or separation in the upper lip. It is estimated that some environmental factors (such as certain medicines, drugs, lack of vitamins,…) can react with certain specific genes and thus infect the normal procedure of the palate and lip creation. The embryo’s head is formed during the first six to eight weeks of pregnancy.

In Niger there is a considerable number of children suffering from this malformation. In this case it is likely to be caused by malnutrition of the mother in gestation length.

In 2012, Fundació Campaner subsidized surgery to solve this disease for 25 children, who are often discriminated by the society due to Noma.

These interventions have been carried out by Nigerian doctors. Health services in Niger are payable, which means that most parents of the children suffering from Noma have no possibilities to pay the surgery. Through collaborations like the Fundació Campaner conducted in the area, these children may have a more dignified life and are prevented from social discrimination.

Source: Fundació Campaner’s Report.

Worldcoo is looking for Sustainable Energy projects!

Worldcoo wants make the World a better place to life. This is why we are very interested in projects related to Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency. Our aim is to make the Earth a more sustainable place, so this is why we need your help.

Worldcoo is supported by KIC InnoEnergy Iberia, which has specific premises devoted to incubating new companies in Sant Cugat del Vallès (Barcelona area). KIC InnoEnergy helps entrepreneurs and companies to turn their ideas, researches or developments into successful products and services, thereby creating new and innovative businesses.

If you have a project related to this thematic area, please do not hesitate to submit it. We will do our best to find the funding you need to make it possible.

Deforestation near the Kukra River has provoked increasingly troubles to cover population basic needs

In “La Aurora”, Kukra River, every day the difficulties to cultivate and eat are increasing. Don’t miss the second part of a documentary (the first part, here), made for Desos NGO, about the real situation in the Kukra River side, in Bluefields, Nicaragua.

Languages: Spanish and English. Catalan Subtitles.

The richness of the Kukra region has declined in recent years because of the deforestation

In “La Aurora”, in the Kukra River, the difficulties to cultivate and eat are increasing day by day. Deforesting has reduced pastures and has provoked increasingly complications for the population to cover their basic needs. The natural richness of the region has declined substantially in the recent years.
This video presents a documentary about the situation in the region and its inhabitants:

Languages: Spanish and English. Catalan Subtitles.

On Monday, the 2nd part!

The “Emergency program to support child’s school meals" has been removed

We are sorry to announce that for reasons beyond Worldcoo, the “Emergency program to support catalan child’s school meals with economic difficulties” of the Red Cross has been removed from the Worldcoo platform.

For further information about the project you can visit the Red Cross Project Website.

Thanks for visiting us.

The Worldcoo Team.

Where’s Diffa?

Diffa is a region situated in the southeast extreme of Niger. Its capital it’s also called Diffa and it’s near the country’s border with Nigeria. In 2010, the region had a population of 473,563 people, 51 % of men; in a country where the same year the population was more than 15 million people.

Niger is a relatively young country, the average age in 2011 was 15 years. This is due to the fact there is a significant number of children per woman in the country, 7.1. The mortality rate is no one of the highest in sub-Saharan Africa, as life expectancy for both men and women is around 60 years.

The economy of Niger, and also Diffa’s Region, is primarily agricultural, based upon pastoralism and farming. The major crop, grown both for subsistence and sale, is Millet, especially drought tolerant varieties.

Nicaragua lacks manpower

One of the majors Nicaraguan newspapers, “El Nuevo Diario”, published today about the hard situation the Nicaraguan coffee is going through. According to this paper, the coffee growing in Nicaragua has now another enemy than the rust fungus: the lack of manpower. Now still remains to be harvest up to 45% of grain production in the 2012-2013 cycle. Farmers and industry professionals warn it can provoke millionaire economic losses.

“Investments are leaving, the coffee is falling and the quality is losing. Nicaragua has a bigger problem than the rust, we have 40 to 45% of the crop still in the bushes and there are no people to pick it up” warned Henry Hüeck, one of the most important coffee producers of the country.

According to producers, the lack of manpower in the coffee is due to several reasons, among which are mentioned the migration of lot of people to Costa Rica and the heavy rains which doesn’t stop in the north of the country. It prevents the cutters to go and pick up the ripe coffee.

What Intermon Oxfam is really doing with my donation?

Intermon Oxfam says that their objective in this project is “to improve the health status of 4.703 people in Yegobecha, by providing safe water access and the improvement of their hygiene habits”. But how is it possible? What they need to reach their aim?
The construction for the water prevision consists in different masonry structures to ensure clean water access within 20 minutes walking distance, and a minimum quantity of 15 litres per person and day. This masonry structures they want to build will be 9 water points where communities can go to get water; 9 anchor blocks to protect the pipeline system in steep terrains; 9 valve chambers to measure used water; and 8 km of trenches and water canalization.
Although, the project Intermon Oxfam is presenting in Worldcoo is the continuation of a different parts project, so there are things already constructed. This water supply system is an extension of a pipeline system financed by the Catalan Agency for Development Cooperation (ACCD).
Also, this project, promotes basic hygiene and sanitation habits for disease prevention, and trains the community on management for sanitation and hygiene issues.

Eradicating Noma in Diffa is closer thanks to Eva Cosmetics

Eva Cosmetics has become Worldcoo’s first sponsor. This company, who has passed Worldcoo’s ethic code, has decided to give one euro for each euro given by their customers. If you are one of their costumers, when buying through their web platform, we will find the option to give one euro to the project they have selected, in this case is the one we have in Niger, “Construction of a fenced for crops”, from Fundació Campaner. If the costumer does it, the company will double it.

Eva cosmetics takes care of the environment, as well at it’s a company who cares about health and beauty of people. They have decided to support this project because it tries to eradicate Noma, the disease against children, by building a fenced area for crops.

Worldcoo feels proud to have this dynamic and interesting company as a sponsor.

Eva Cosmetics, our first sponsor

Eva Cosmetics is backed by 90 years of history, guided by the constant drive in innovation and growth in hair care products, in search of cutting-edge fashion solutions and constant costumer’s satisfaction. Their mission is “to produce exclusive products with unique benefits at the same time as pushing their production model towards sustainability”.

The relation between Eva Cosmetics and Worldcoo starts with our web launching, and consists in, since the first day, Eva Cosmetics will give 1 euro for each euro given by their customers. If you are one of their costumers, when buying through their web platform, we will find the option to give one euro to the project they have selected, in this case is the one we have in Niger, “Construction of a fenced for crops”, from Fundació Campaner. If the costumer does it, the company will double it.

Worldcoo has a very specific ethic code which done with the top NGO’s support, which specifies the correct behaviour the companies needs to have for being sponsors of Wordcoo’s projects. Eva cosmetics became our first sponsors because they work in an ethically way, as well they take care of the environment.

Worldcoo feels proud to have Eva Cosmetics as a sponsor and wants to thank the company for it!

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