Archive - September 2013

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Barcelona’s 18th ‘Mostra d’Associacions’
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The Honduran Moskitia
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End of the campaign "Water Bank in Ethiopia"
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Belinda, Kobi and Lydia are our first success story
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The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
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New sponsor : Cottet

Barcelona’s 18th ‘Mostra d’Associacions’

The Mostra d’Associacions of Barcelona is a large event that takes place in Plaza Catalunya during the festivals of Mercè (21 to 24 September). Many NGOs take advantage of this event to promote their projects and associations. One NGO in particular, Desos, were there promoting their project ‘Processing cocoa in the rural communities of Kukra River, in Bluefields, Nicaragua’ which is also a project listed inside Wordcoo.

Desos is an NGO which works to assist economic development through the productive sector. Their goals are for farmers to achieve sustainable methods to earn their income. Their new project will focus on enlarging their facilities for the collection and processing of cocoa. Working with a producers cooperative called COOPMULKRI, they are hoping to expand production and transform the economy. Farmers will be given the requisite training and a cocoa fermenter machine will be constructed.

This project will benefit 3,665 people including 316 farmers and their families. Many of these people including farmers and ranchers have restricted resources and will gain much from the help of DESOS.

by Sally Rice.

The Honduran Moskitia

Wampusirpi is a small village located in the middle of the Honduran Moskitia. The inhabitants of this area are mostly Miskito and the population is as little as 1,500. With neighbouring villages around the Wampusirpi the population totals 6,000.

The Miskito inhabitants have faced decades of extreme conflict and sadly there are still problems that the Miskito face. The majority of young and adult Miskito are illiterate. This is due to there not being schools in the small villages and so students need to travel to surrounding villages to attend school. The students who are fortunate to attend school, often have to leave because of the high cost of education to join their parents in low paid work.

For the Miskito Indians the typical jobs are manual work, farming and cultivation, however there is a lack of work, which when found is poorly paid and of temporary duration. Many children assist their families within the household and manual work.

A more substantial future is wanted for the young people of Moskitia, where they will be able to gain the education that they deserve thus allowing them to develop a career in their home town.

by Sally Rice.

End of the campaign "Water Bank in Ethiopia"

Hi,

We are sorry to announce that today we reached the end of the crowdfunding campaign and that we could not reach the funding target to fully develop a Water Bank in Yegobecha.

Our team believed in this project, as we felt it was very necessary and that the project had great potential. We know that we are a young company trying to change big things, and this is not always easy. We take this situation as an opportunity to learn and to improve for future projects around the globe. Also we would like to appreciate the efforts done by Intermon Oxfam to promote this project. It’s been a nice experience to work with such a big NGO.

All the donors of the project will find their donation converted into Worldcoo credits equivalent to the donation amount. An email with further instructions has been sent to all of the donors.

Again, thank you so much for your participation, we will keep working to offer new amazing projects in order to foster cooperation.

 

The Worldcoo team. 

Belinda, Kobi and Lydia are our first success story

Worldcoo is extremely pleased to report that we have completed our first project!

This project was focusing on three children, Belinda and Kobi, from Ghana, and Lydia from Nigeria. They spent the summer integrating within a Catalan family, being immersed into a different atmosphere, experiencing the culture that Catalunya has to offer and forming ties with another family.

We are thrilled to express that the children thoroughly enjoyed their time here and the bonds they made with their Catalan families were a joy to see. They have now made the safe journey back to their countries where they were overjoyed to find cases that their Catalan families made, containing clothes, food and sweets! The NGO and the families are still involved and will take care of their development, schooling, and their health through financial support and scholarships.

We would like to thank all that were involved within this project and we are looking forward to making our next project as successful!

by Sally Rice.

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Since 1966 The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has been working within countries of need, so that they can individually become sustainable and the livings of those populating these countries are improved. Today the UNDP is aiding 177 countries and territories providing understandings to help lives and develop resilient nations.

An intention that the UNDP share, are the ‘Millennium Development Goals’ which achieved by 2015 would see:

  • An eradication of extreme poverty and hunger
  • Achievement of universal primary education
  • Promotion of gender equality
  • Deduction of infant mortality
  • Improvement of maternal health
  • Combating HIV/Aids, Malaria and other diseases
  • Assurance of  environmental sustainability
  • Development of global partnerships for development.

The UNDP teaches these countries how to use aid effectively so they can become sustainable. The UNDP has many ongoing projects, in countries like Gaza, South Sudan, Somalia, Afghanistan, Zambia, Indonesia, Haiti and Mali. A large proportion of these projects are focused on health especially relating to HIV/ Aids where their goal is to fight it globally, give aid quicker and strengthen hospitals. Other projects are based within the police force, fighting poverty, aiding refugees, improving transport and working with Law and Order to help prevent corruption.

This is a mission that is also shared with Worldcoo with the fundamental end goals of helping people’s lives, through educating about diseases, health, gender equality and basic human rights.

Like the UNDP, Worldcoo has been investing time into many projects like Agronomic Engineering in Diffa, Niger, where they aim to build a fence around the crop area to protect from animals during the harvest, which will be a benefit to many who are malnourished. Other projects are based in Vietnam, Senegal, Gambia and Nicaragua where there is an intention to improve sanitary conditions, aiding territories to become economically advanced and educational developments within schools.

The UNDP and other like-minded charities have a considerable task ahead of them to achieve the ‘Millennium Development Goals’, however seeing the achievements of the UNDP over the last 47 years the following two years are sure to be extremely productive.

 

The Worldcoo Team

 

 

New sponsor : Cottet

Cottet Optics is the third group to join Worldcoo as a sponsor.

Cottet Optics, founded in 1902, is a revolutionary company focused on optics / opticians. At the moment, they have more than 37 shops.

You can read more about their history here (in Spanish; in Catalan).

As a sponsor, they decided to support the project Out of sight, out of mind, in Maputo, Mozambique, carried out by the NGO Ocularis. We thank them a lot.

Website of Cottet : http://shop.cottet.es/

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