Archive - 2015

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SIGEF Projects Awards 2015
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School Lunchroom 2014-2015 final report
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Breast Cancer: investigation to improve its treatment
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Generate solutions for the problems in the world
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Reduce child malnutrition in the community of sopachuy
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Therapy for youth with addiction problems
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Syrian refugees: emergency help
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Report of funding and monitoring of the project Giggle Doctors
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Emergency relief for the refugee crisis
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We have reached 100.000 donations — THANK YOU!

SIGEF Projects Awards 2015

This weekend we have posted different images in Twitter and Facebook about our participation in SIGEF Projects Awards. Today in our blog we are talking about all the things that we did during this three days.

SIGEF is an annual international event that gathers non-profit organizations, renowned speakers, social entrepreneurs and the general public. For three days we have been able to attend plenary sessions, make networking related with the social change, the NGOs have been able to be disclosed and social entrepreneurs have been able to explain their projects through their participation in SIGEF Projects Awards.

SIGEF Projects Awards are an awards that take into account the following values in the projects:

  • Originality and relevance of the project
  • Global reach / applicability
  • Positive impact for society
  • Facilitate and create links between citizens
  • Bring positive consciousness about key topics for sustainability
  • Innovative

The selection process was in three phases. On the first one, the participants had to post their project in Horyou, the social network for people and organizations concerned about social good. The jury chose 50 from all presented projects and the selected ones were exposed on Friday or on Saturday at SIGEF and then, the jury chose 10 finalist projects.

SIGEF_Projects_Awards

In our case, we explain our project on Saturday. On Friday we attend to conferences about social entrepreneurship, gender equality through financial empowerment and we met new initiatives with a social purpose in their business modelWe also met other interesting projects that were participating in the awards and we also met NGOs.

On Saturday, we talked about what is Worldcoo and how our widget could help to the companies and to the society and the social impact that our widget had generated until the date. Unfortunately, at the ending of the day the jury informed us that we weren’t one of the 10 selected projects.

Finally, on Sunday we attended very interesting conferences about youth that worries for social change and we listened different experiences about people that use the culture and the art to generate changes in the society.

To summarize the experience we have lived this weekend, we only want to say that it has been very gratifying explain in SIGEF what is Worldcoo and what we do because there were many people that worries about how to improve the problems in the world and they could meet us and could know how we have helped to improve the situation of many people. We also met people with big values that had made very interesting project and we wish them best of luck for the future and, finally, we could visit an amazing city full of beauty in every corner. We recommend it to 100%.

For finish, congratulations to the three winners of the SIGEF Project Awards: Human Relais, Lensational y Kmerpad and thanks to Horyou for give us the opportunity to attend at SIGEF 2015.

The Worldcoo team.

School Lunchroom 2014-2015 final report

At the beginning of September 2014, the e-commerce Redcoon became a new sponsor of Worldcoo. It meant that, since then, their customers had the possibility to donate 1€ in every purchase that they made to help fund a high social impact project.

The first project with which Redcoon began to collaborate was the School Lunchroom Program of Educo. Two months after the project started, Redcoon decided to enlarge the term to continue to get fund for the cause of School Lunchroom of Educo. From there, the alliance between Redcoon and Educo grew stronger and they decided to make a new project in every season in the year with the aim that the Spanish children could have a school lunchroom all the year. One year after, Redcoon and Educo have served their purpose. They haven’t stopped distribute School Lunchroom to Spanish children.

One of the commitments of Worldcoo is to support transparency of the donations, for this reason, today we show you an annual report where you can see in which things Educo has distributed every donated euro by Redcoon customers.

The projects that have been funded this year by Redcoon customers are the following:

  • School Lunchroom Program: 4.510€
  • This Christmas, School lunchroom program: 6.000€
  • Spring – School lunchroom program: 8.040€
  • Summer Lunchroom program: 6.000€

With the donations made by Redcoon customers, 24.550€ have been collected and it has been distributed in 46 school lunchrooms during the school year and 36 school lunchrooms during the summer. Educo has been able to distribute 9.820 meals in 21 school from 9 Spanish regions.

school lunchroom 2014-2015

Finally, we want to thank all the people that have helped to fund the four projects and we remind you that a new school lunchroom project has started. We encourage you to continue helping these children that are living at the risk of poverty.

The Worldcoo team.

Breast Cancer: investigation to improve its treatment

Breast cancer is the most frequent tumor among women. In Spain, more than 22,000 new cases are diagnosed annually. The positive part is that the cancer mortality rate has decreased in the last years.

Breast cancer is a malignant tumor that it originates from the mammary gland tissue and it has the capacity to invade the surrounding healthy tissues and spread into other organs.

According CRIS CONTRA EL CANCER foundation, from a clinical-pathological point of view, we can classify breast cancer in three groups:

Tumors with hormone receptor expression.

We find the hormone receptor in the membrane of the cell and this hormone receptor transmit signals inside the cell.

Tumors overexpressing HER2 protein kinase transmembrane.

This protein stimulates the growth of the cell and it can do that these cells don’t stop of multiplying. This kind of tumors are characterized by present an aggressive clinical course and unpleasant prognosis. The 25% of breast cancer tumors are of this kind.

Tumors that lack high expression of these markers and are classified as triple-negative tumors.

These tumors not responding to the treatments, they are more aggressive and the patients can suffer relapses. This kind of tumors are 15% of all breast cancer tumors and only the chemotherapy slowers their growth speed.

breast cancer

CRIS CONTRA EL CÁNCER is an independent organization dedicated to the promotion and development of research to eliminate cancer. This research foundation wants to deepen in the knowledge of the mechanisms responsible for the resistance to anti-HER2 therapies and then propose alternative treatments and develop new medicines to improve the prognostic and the curation rate of the breast cancer patients whose tumors are tough to current anti-HER2 medicines.

The research team of Dr. Alberto Ocaña and Dr. Anastasio Pandiella are responsible to execute this research. With the aim to help to develop this research and develop new medicines to improve the prognostic and the curation rate our e-commerce with a cause Pc Componentes will offer to his clients the option to make a donation to this project.

Thanks to the solidarity of the Pc Componentes customers this research team will make a detailed analysis of the mechanisms responsible for the resistance to anti-HER2 therapies, they will generate in vitro and “in vivo” models of resistance to anti-HER2 therapies and they will execute all of them with one aim: identify the causes associated to resistance of certain treatments and develop new drugs to improve the prognosis and cure rate.

A decade ago, if one doctor diagnosed a HER2 breast cancer to a woman it meant that she could die in less than 20 months. Thanks to the researches that cute this kind of cancer, the life of women who have this cancer has been extended and, according to ESMO (European Society of Medical Oncology) if the cancer hasn’t been extended to other organs, this kind of tumor will be able to be cured in 90% of cases.

We want to give our support to the research to fight for breast cancer and we want to encourage that you do the same.

The Worldcoo team.

Generate solutions for the problems in the world

A few months ago we gave you good news about Worldcoo: we were officially a Certified B Corporation and we explained to you how much it meant for us. Today we are talking about what it means to be a B Corp company.

Perhaps you don’t know what it means to have this certification, don’t worry about it in the following sentences we will tell you the definition. According to B corporation website, “B corp is the first certification of a company that guarantees the organizational sustainability and allows the company to comply voluntarily with high social and environmental standards as well as comply with transparency commitments and corporate responsibility.

It seems easy but it isn’t. B corp companies have to have a continuous improvement process to generate positive impact for the society and for the environment. The company has to take into account that it always has to fulfill the following requirements and commitments:

1.       Commitment of purpose: the companies have to have a business model focused in order to create a positive impact in the society and environment.

2.       Commitment of responsibility: the company must protect the interest of the workers, environment and the community.

3.       Commitment of transparency:  the companies with Certified B Corporation have to publish an annual report about their social and environmental impact. This report must be comprehensive and transparent and it must be certified by an external and independent organism.

generate solutions for the world

Many citizens of the world are conscious about social and environmental problems that exists in the world and all want to be a part of the solution of these problems. We not only want to pay our bills and satisfy our basic needs, we also want to have integrity and we want to feel our lives are meaningful.

Best of all is that to create the solutions for the problems there are in the world, we don’t need heroes, we must change the way to we make many things. For instance, in 2011 when the Spanish government approved the new law about smoking many people thought that it was a madness but nowadays we have changed our habits and now it would be rare to see someone smoking, for example, in a restaurant. Changing our habits can generate solutions for many of the problems that exists in the world today.

If citizens can change their habits, companies can also change their habits. Many companies will think like many citizens, they will think that it is a madness and that they will not receive anything, but what these companies don’t know is that their success is in to make everybody be able to live better.

If you are a person or company and you had doubts about B Corp movement, we hope that this post helps you and remember BE THE CHANGE YOU WANT TO SEE IN THE WORLD.

The Worldcoo team.

 

Reduce child malnutrition in the community of sopachuy

Sopachuy community is located in Bolivia and, together with Alcalá and El Villar, be a part of Alcalá Territorial Development Area (ADT Alcalá). ADT focus its attention in promote the welfare in childhood and adolescence in these municipalities.

The main source of income and foods in Sopachuy is farming. The population of Sopachuy lives in a situation of poverty and vulnerability. For example, the 37% of the population haven’t secure water, in other words, obtains water from rain, rivers, slopes or ditches.

Sopachuy has one of the poorest IDH in Bolivia, it ranks in 286 from 327. The child malnutrition rate in Sopachuy is high, for every 100 children, 24 have chronic malnutrition. Definitively, in Sopachuy there are social inequalities that negatively affect, physical and emotionally way to children and to the general population.

In order to solve this inequalities, ADT Alcalá with Ayuda en Acción, has created a project that will allow to articulate the resources and efforts of three micro-projects: Food Security and Revitalization of Local Economies, Quality Schools and Social Health Management.

child malnutrition

Netquest wants to continue generating positive social impact and is going to work together with Ayuda en Acción to help to reduce child malnutrition in Sopachuy. Thanks to Nicequest users, the following aims will be achieved:

  • Increase the availability of diversified foods in families and schools.
  • Consolidate healthy eating habits in families.
  • Increase the family incomes from crops and improving access to irrigation water.
  • Reorientation of local health system, articulating in efforts to reduce malnutrition and in the health promotion.

In this project, the money raised by the Netquest users through the exchange of their points will be designated to transport, materials, personnel, training and others. The biggest beneficiaries of the project will be 67 children and youth from an educational unit, but other 55 adults will be also benefited, for example, 10 teachers. With the improvements made by ADT Alcalá project other 165 people will be indirectly benefited.

The Worldcoo team.

 

Therapy for youth with addiction problems

In June, the National Committee of Smoking Prevention, warned that more and more youth start smoking cannabis before tobacco. According to the memory of activities of Proyecto Hombre, one of ten people attended in centers for treat drugs addiction is under the 16 years.

The Household Survey on Alcohol and Other Drugs 2013/2014 reflects that in Spain, 168.677 people had started to consume cannabis and, of these, the 36% were under 18 years (they were between 15 and 17 years). Cannabis effects are devastating for health, in addition, smoking cannabis increase the possibility that one of these people will consume other dangerous substances or may have a mental illness. Apart from Cannabis, youth under 20 years are also consuming alcohol and tobacco.

The consumption of alcohol, cannabis and other substances by youth under 20 caused the creation of Young Program of Proyecto Hombre. It is a prevention program indicated for youth and teenagers that have a problem behavior because of the consumption of substances and need an educational-therapeutic intervention.

Youth with addiction problems

From Young Program different activities are performed in order to help youth with addiction problems to generate a change and they will be able to think in have a future where drugs will don’t exist and also help families whose sons are addicts and need support to change their situation. The activities are the following:

  • Individual interviews with young people and teenagers.
  • Group therapy sessions with young people who need it.
  • Training workshop for families.

In order to help to 47 youth from the centers of Proyecto Hombre located in Barcelona, Logroño, Madrid, Málaga and Murcia and help to 90 families, in early July our e-commerce with a cause PcComponentes gave to their users the possibility to make a donation for this project. About 3 months later, we are glad to announce that thanks to Pc Componentes consumers we have 10.000 euros to give help to all these youth and their families.

With this project we have 36 funded projects!

The Worldcoo team.

Syrian refugees: emergency help

The situation of Syrian refugees is not improving. Syrian people continue to come to Europe to flee from the situation they are having in their country and the number of people who have died trying to cross the Mediterranean has increased. Refugee reception centers are scarce, winter is coming and the government does not respond with the celerity and solidarity that this situation requires.

Many people that are arriving in Europe from Syria are children, most of them are traveling alone and they may be exposed to become victims of violence, human trafficking, corruption or extortion. Aldeas Infantiles SOS, are focusing on attending to children that have lost their parents or that are separated from them. They are also focusing on mothers with young children. They are giving food supplies like products for babies, blankets and diapers and they are increasing childcare places.

Nicequest, the online platform that converts the participation in opinionated studies in a new pleasant and remunerated experience, wanted to contribute with Aldeas Infantiles SOS. Their aim is to help children traveling alone, young mothers and mothers with young children with malnutrition and protect them from the effects of war and displacement, offered to its users the possibility to change their points for donations.

Syrian Refugees: emergency help

In only two weeks, Nicequest users have donated 10.000 euros and, thanks to them, Aldeas Infantiles SOS will provide emergency kits with food and basic hygiene and food products to address the most pressing needs of Syrian children.  They also will provide kits with basic products of sanitation and hygiene, raincoats and blankets to cover children needs.

We would like to thank Nicequest for their commitment, once again, to give assistance to refugee children and we would also like to thank to Nicequest users for their solidarity, thanks to them, 500 people will be directly benefited.

With this project, we have 35 funded projects and more than 64.000 direct beneficiaries!

The Worldcoo team.

Report of funding and monitoring of the project Giggle Doctors

At the beginning of December 2014 we informed you about the new project of our e-commerce with a cause Promofarma.

When a child is hospitalized during an extended period of time, his/her routine completely change, especially if the period of time is too long. Giggle Doctors from Theodora Foundation try to do more human the stay of children and youth hospitalized in 20 Spanish hospitals.

The aims of the project are to address the emotional care of hospitalized children comprehensively in health as an essential right and raising public awareness about the importance of humanization in hospitals.

In order to get this objectives, Giggle Doctors perform two different activities:

  • The first one is to visit all hospitalized children and youth. This visits are once a week in the afternoon all year.
  • The second one is to stay in the operating room to make easy the anxiety that have the child before his surgery and also to help that medical personnel can focus on their work.

Every time that a Promofarma customer made a purchase, he had the possibility to make a donation for these project and, thanks to do it, in 8 months 3.500 euros were raised to guarantee weekly visits of Giggle Doctors and directly benefit 330 hospitalized children in one of the 20 hospitals in whose Giggle Doctors make their visits.

One of the commitments from Worldcoo is to monitor the funded projects and track every € donated by the users of our e-commerce with a cause.

Today we show you where has gone the donated money by the Promofarma customers. In the following image you will see the Worldcoo report of funding and monitoring of the project, seeing that there have been 5 personalized visits at the Xeral Cíes Hospital in Vigo and at Virgen de las Nieves Hospital in Granada. Furthermore 5 accompaniment visits in the operating room have provided to children at the La Paz Hospital in Madrid.

Giggle Doctors final report

Thanks to all people who helped make this project has been made possible and we take this opportunity to encourage you to continue helping to create a high social impact collaborating with the new Promofarma project.

The Worldcoo team.

Emergency relief for the refugee crisis

Countries like Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and Eritrea are living in a situation of constant conflict and destruction. Many people living in these countries are running away and they are taking a risk in the long and risky sea voyages because they can lose their life.

In the first half of 2015, more boats have come to Europe than in the entire 2014. It is estimated that at the end of 2015, the number of refugees and migrants that will make the voyage for the Mediterranean Sea to Europe will arrive to 400.000 people. At the present, the number of refugees and migrants exceeds the 322.500 people.

The Mediterranean Sea is known as the deadliest border in the world because of thousands of desperate immigrants and refugees drown in boats that try to arrive to Europe from Africa and Middle East. Throughout 2015, about 2750 people have lost their life during their trip to Europe and as this emergency situation progresses, people arriving alive are facing an increasingly difficult reception.

All the European countries that welcome refugees are overwhelmed. For example, in Greece 205.000 refugees have landed, the 65% of these refugees came from Syria. The worst thing is that the number of children that have lost a family members and end up alone has increased.

refugee crisis

ACNUR is training European governments to take care and treat all the refugees crossing the Mediterranean. Also, ACNUR is deploying 900 shelters in Greece, Macedonia and Hungary to help the refugees and the governments.

ACNUR focus their effort in realize different activities for help Mediterranean refugees:

  • They are improving rescue services in order to manage the needs of housing, food, water and basic support of refugees arriving in Europe.
  • Other activity that they are realizing is offer their specialized staff to develop more quickly and correctly the refugee registration and guarantee that they will be able recognized, protected by law and have access to doctors.
  • Their staff is also helping to governments to identify if some refugees need specific help, for example, help children traveling alone.
  • Provide direct emergency humanitarian assistance, for example, providing hygiene kids, sleeping bags, food or water.

The fourth banking group in Spain, Banc Sabadell, with more than 2.000 bank offices and 6 million of banking customers, will help ACNUR to support and advice to the Government and local Greek authorities at front line reception for newly-arrived people seeking international protection on their rights and obligations and to provide direct support to refugees. In order to help in the refugee crisis, Banc de Sabadell will offer to their customers and their workers the possibility to make a donation for this cause.

Thanks to the customers and employees of Banc de Sabadell, 460 emergency rescue kits will be distributed, each kit has a cost of 25 euros. Also, a reception center, where thousands of asylum seekers can receive vital medical care, will be installed. It costs around 8,500 euros.

In this project, the funds raised will be designated to Greece because it is the country that has received more refugees in the last months.

The Worldcoo team.

We have reached 100.000 donations — THANK YOU!

Worldcoo was founded at the end of 2012 with a clear aim to create a new fundraising channel in order to fund social and cooperation projects. To do that, we created a technology to allow online users to add 1€ or more to the final price of purchase to help make a difference in the world. In May 2013 we had our first project funded through donations received from more than 20 countries.

Two and a half years after, we are pleased to announce that 100.000 people have made a donation in one of our E-commerce with a Cause.  We would like express our gratitude with a sincere — THANK YOU!

100.000 donaciones

Thanks to all of you we have funded 34 projects that were intended to different purposes, the project are divided into 5 categories:

  • Education: 6 funded projects related to education.
  • Comprehensive care: with our donations 7 projects of this category have been funded.
  • Environment: 2 projects have been funded to protect the environment or the animals that living in there.
  • Health: thanks to add 1€ or more in your purchases, 6 projects destined for research, therapy and prevention of diseases have been funded.
  • Poverty & Food: School lunchroom for kids living at risk of poverty, food banks or help for people living in malnutrition and dehydration situation, all of this projects, thanks to the 10 funded projects.
  • Water & Energy: 2 funded projects.
  • Emergencies: 1 funded project that help to provide first aid kits and drinking water to the people affected by the earthquake in Nepal.

Thanks to your solidarity, more than 63.000 people have been able to improve their lives but, there are still many people who need our help. Your help shows that together we can do big things, you have seen that with tiny gestures, every bit of help counts, for that reason, we must continue to fight to change the world.

Again THANK YOU, without your help none of this would be possible.

The Worldcoo team.

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