Archive - May 2013

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How important are ambassadors of peace?
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They require electrical equipment
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Jean Ziegler, an ambassador for hunger
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FAO helps Gambian farmers to face climate changes
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Provide a scholarship for a student from an impoverished country
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Nicaragua tries to attract private investors
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Ethiopia: A battle for land and water
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Sinergiaycredito also fundraises for the project
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Red Cross 150th Anniversary
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The West Africa’s Fouta Djallon region

How important are ambassadors of peace?

As Vicent Martínez Guzmán, founder of the Master’s program says : “There is not only one way of understanding peace. There are many ways of making peace, as there are diverse people and cultures”.

Indeed, to understand and to be able to reflect about peace, a specific and strong program has to be followed. That is what the Master program of the University Jaume I provides. The faculty staff come from prestigious and internationally recognized renowned universities and institutions of peace. In this way, they promote education in Co-development, Communication of peace, Conflict, Democracy, Gender, Humanitarian aid, Human rights, Peace cultures, Peace theories, and Post colonial studies among others.

An ambassador of peace has to be a representative of his state. His mission is to disseminate informations in order to keep peace and establish good relationships with other states. But the peace knowledges are not easy to get. The program that the Peace Master UJI is trying to finance is the one which can teach these knowledges.

A student from an impoverished country needs you, because his country needs you, and because we are all concerned about the peace in the world. Donate for the Worldcoo project to engage in one of the most important causes of our beautiful world (yes it is!), or just share the project with your friends, your family, and your community!

Help us spread the peace!

They require electrical equipment

The Jane Goodall Institute has a nice program to complete. Indeed, the association wants to create a center of research and training for Agroforestry Dindefelo School of the Community. Therefore, they need certain materials in particular.

Already funded some extent, part of the project has already been completed. It is the construction and structural work part. Now, to achieve their goal, they must equip school with electrical equipment.

In its budget, the project provides a very important part dedicated to energy. This is due to the fact that electrical installations are necessary for people to benefit from the basic equipments. We thus find in the list of stuff : solar panels, batteries, regulators, transformers, and various electrical installations.

Benefiting people are in full work, they can finally enjoy new equipment, but they still lack electrical installation. Help them to realize the project by talking about them and supporting the project on Worldcoo.

Jean Ziegler, an ambassador for hunger

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Jean Ziegler is a Switzerland politician and professor. During his life, he held several posts : Member of Parliament in the Federal Assembly of Switzerland, professor of sociology in Genava and Paris, and member of the Advisor Committee of the UN Human Rights Council. He also had some responsibilities within the United Nations as Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food.

He tracked Noma which touch malnourished children, and ravages their faces. To end this problem, Ziegler has worked with states and UN institutions to make them aware of this disease and push them to join the efforts of NGOs.

In February 2012, he presented a study from the Human Rights Council to the Advisor Committee. That study reports that Noma can be prevented by tracking malnutrition, moreover Noma is certainly a neglected disease. Finally, a global approach is needed to monitor the incidence.

Today, Jean Ziegler is well know for this sentence :
“A child who dies from hunger is a murdered child.”

Ziegler believes  in a better world and dedicated a huge part of his life to human rights. What do you think about that, are you going to follow the steps of this great man ? If yes, just donate for this Worldcoo project!

FAO helps Gambian farmers to face climate changes

Gambia is subject to severe weather condition. In 2012, many areas were touched and that affected the productive capacity of agriculture.

In this way the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), under the Emergency Assistance Project for the fourth time, set training programs to help Gambian farmers adapt to climate changes. Thus, farmers will be able to better manage the weather risks in order to preserve their productive capacity.

The objective of these programs, according to the FAO assistant rep, is to ensure that they build the capacity of communities and targeted vulnerable households and people, to enable them tackle hazards like drought and floods.” says an article from Allafrica.

It is important to point out that the main target of all helps for Gambia is to learn them how to be autonomous. They need to face problems by themselves to evolve and reach a better level of development. In an other hand, they need materials to work in acceptable conditions and many others stuff to handle such a development.

At last, those aids are in line with the Worldcoo project which consist to give workshops, materials and building material. Furthermore, Gambian farmers would be able to face to bad wether conditions with greater ease and safety.

Provide a scholarship for a student from an impoverished country

The Universitat Jaume believes that impoverished countries needs agents of peace to promote development, humanitarian aid, peace culture, democracy, human rights, and of course communication of peaceful means.

Located at Castellón, in Spain, the university provides a two years academic program composed in three main subjects. The first one is Peace and Culture, then Peace and Conflicts, and Peace and development. To complete the program, two options could be chosen, Research Track (which give access to the Doctorate International Studies in Peace), and Professional Training Track (which contain an internship in an institution or organization).

Today, with the economic crisis, some budget cuts reached the education and the cooperation. Due to that, they don’t have money to afford a scholarship for a student from an impoverished country.

Nevertheless, the Master program decided to keep going by starting a crowd funding campaign on Worldcoo to finance a complete scholarship for one student.

Nicaragua tries to attract private investors

Nicaragua expects to help the economy by accepting a new law to attract investors.Nicaragua’s economy needs evolve. In that way, the National Assembly approved a new law which allows private and state-private ventures to invest in port infrastructures. The deputy director of Water Transport report that this is the solution.

With this new law, private investors will be able to support existing ports or to create new ones. Today, Nicaragua’s ports handle the least cargo. In 2012, it represented 2,80% of the cargo flow in central america (according to the National Port Company). It represents 3.6 million metric tons of wares.

Moreover, the President of Nicaragua may help this development by enter into association, or grant concessions, for the construction of new ports. Beyond that, the law still needs reviews from National Assembly and is subject to change. An important thing is that after the expiry of the operating license of the ports by the private sector, all the equipments will be the property of the State. 

Processing cocoa in the rural communities of Kukra River could benefit of those private investments. This law would match with the Worldcoo’s project because a part of the budget is dedicated to warehouses. Thus, Bluefields port could increase or modernize. That would help cocoa farmers to produce more and manage the wares easier in order to export more.

Ethiopia: A battle for land and water

The Aunak people of the Gambela region are affected by government decisions. Since 1980s theEthiopian government carries out a program called Villagization. Last year, according to the government, the Anuak people would be relocated to areas with better access to clean water, health and education and with the promise that they would find plenty of corn and other food in the new place where they were moving. But, the Anuaks say, they were forced to move under false pretenses.

The Anuaks are going through a complex battle over landownership and water rights between farmers, the government, and foreign investors. It’s a battle that is being fought in many African countries.

The Ethiopian government officially owns title to all the land there, but farmers have the right to use it. The government calls this land abandoned because it’s so sparsely populated. But Anuaks need it, some for grazing, some to lay fallow, and because it’s the best farmland in the country.

Over the next two years, 1.5 million people in four regions of Ethiopia will be relocated. The government insists that the Villagization program is voluntary. But Human Rights Watch ensures Anuaks are being forced to move so that the government can lease the land to investors. The rights group recently documented cases of violence and arbitrary arrest.

Water is the driving force behind many agricultural deals on the African continent. To attract investors to this area of the Nile River Basin, the Ethiopian government puts few, if any restrictions, on water usage in its contracts with foreign companies. The Anuaks say they are not seeing the benefits of the country’s investment strategy, they believe that the only beneficiaries are the companies and government, while the Anuak people have been moved to drier areas where farming is more difficult.

According to Human Rights Watch, many of the relocated communities could face endemic hunger as early as next year.

Unfortunately, this kind of problems happen not only in Ethiopia, in fact, they are becoming common in the African continent.

The Worldcoo Team.

Sinergiaycredito also fundraises for the project

Sinergiaycrédito is an online tech platform which aims to foster social and local economy as well as development cooperation, solidarity and human ethics.

To ensure these goals the platform generates synergies when using its own technology based in trades between users. The trades don’t have to be between same users or at the same time. The system balances all the offers and bids allowing a fairer trade.

Also, Sienrgiaycrédito, integrates social and cooperation projects in the trades. For each 10€ given to a social cause, the user gets a reward of 200€ in credits to spent in trades within the platform.

Here, is where the relationship between Worldcoo and Sinergiaycrédito takes place. The project “Construction of a fenced area for crops” is now listed also inside the Sinergiaycrédito’s platform allowing users to fundraise it.

We expect that this collaboration helps the project in its funding needs and allows Fundació Campaner NGO to bring the needed help to the beneficiaries of Diffa.

 

The Worldcoo Team.

 

Red Cross 150th Anniversary

Henry Dunant, founder of the Red Cross, was born on May 8 in 1828 Geneva. In 1863 he conceived the idea of relief societies in peacetime (in response to the suffering of injured soldiers abandoned on the battlefield of Solferino in northern Italy), whose purpose is to care the wounded in wartime by enthusiastic volunteers fully qualified for the job.

This idea was picked up by a group of four Swiss citizens belonging to the Geneva Society, which together with Dunant was later known as the “Committee of Five”: Moynier, Dufour, Appia and Maunoir. This committee was the one who drove Dunant’s ideas gave rise in 1863 to the International Committee of the Red Cross.

The Movement was born to alleviate suffering in the battlefields, but soon made ​a commitment to prevent and relieve suffering in all times and places. This caused an evolution that can be divided into three stages:

– Humanitarian action for the victims of armed conflicts.
– Humanitarian action for the victims of natural disasters and other peacetime.
– Preventing for social welfare and quality of life.
With seven basic principles which should be shared by all parts of the Movement:
– Humanity
– Impartiality
– Neutrality
– Independence
– Voluntary Service
– Unity
– Universality
Today, the International Committee of Red Cross (ICRC) celebrates his 150th anniversary, and has become a worlwide movement with approximately 97 million volunteers, memebers and staff in all the world, that continues are helping every day.
Worldcoo fully shares the principles of the Red Cross and wants to congratulate all the people that made this possible in his 150th anniversary.
The Worldcoo Team

The West Africa’s Fouta Djallon region

As you may know, the Solar equipment for the Agroforestry School of the Dindefelo Community project is located in southern Senegal. But, its impact area is much bigger. In fact, the project aims to preserve apes in all the Fouta Djallon region. That’s why Jane Godall Institute recently decided to name the school as Fouta Djallon Biological School.

Fouta Djallon covers the western African nations of Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Senegal. The majority of people live in Middle Guinea and they speak a Niger-Congo language called Futa Jalo.

The region consists mainly of rolling grasslands, at an average elevation of about 900 m. Erosion by rain and rivers has carved deep jungle canyons and valleys into the sandstone. It receives a great deal of rainfall, and the headwaters of three major rivers, the Tinkisso River (major upriver tributary of the Niger), the Gambia River and the Senegal River, have their sources on it. Some authors also refer to Fouta Djallon as the Switzerland of West Africa.

Here, in this amazing environment, we find one of the biggest chimpanzee’s reserves in West Africa, and the Fouta Djallon Biological School mission is to preserve its natural biodiversity.

The school will start its activities very soon. Thanks to the help provided by the Universidad de Alicante, the construction is almost done, and now, one of the few remaining points is the solar equipment needed for the electrification.

Are you helping Fouta Djallon?

The Worldcoo Team

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