Archive - May 2017

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Fighting the humanitarian crisis on Lake Chad
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MeQuedoUno with Aladina Foundation against child cancer
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Children refugees, a growing crisis
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New Worldcoo Ambassadors!
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Sprinter joins Worldcoo community!
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Social commitment – Why is it also important in employer branding?
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“Poverty is not only to understand it, but also to solve it”, Vicente Ferrer

Fighting the humanitarian crisis on Lake Chad

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Because of the heavy rains that occurred in Colombia and Perú, Nicequest launched an emergency campaign to foster the collaboration of all their users to help all the victims of the tragedy. After reaching the 100% of the total collected, Plan Internacional will be able to distribute 315 emergency kits to children affected because of the floods. You can remember the project HERE. Thank you all to make it possible!

After this campaign, now the focus is on Lake Chad, where the conflict that began more than seven years ago between Boko Haram and the military attempting to combat it has destroyed entire villages, roads, water sources, health centres and schools. Families have been unable to farm or buy food because of the soaring prices and today 6.3 million people are running out of food and nearly half a million children under the age of five are malnourished.

Organizations like Oxfam Intermon collaborate in order to prevent malnutrition and the spread of disease, the new dangers faced by displaced families.

Now, the users of Nicequest will collaborate with them in the distribution of hygienic kits and water to 300 families.  

You can follow the donation process HERE.

Worldcoo Team.

MeQuedoUno with Aladina Foundation against child cancer

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As you many know, the users of MeQuedoUno have been collecting with the purpose that this year 2017 children with rare disease could also have access to a quality education.

We met the story of César and with him, the community of MeQuedoUno started a donation campaign in order to achieve the challenge established: that 25 children with rare diseases could be benefited from the FEDER Educational Assistance Service.  You can remember the project HERE.

In line with its social commitment, the challenge that MeQuedoUno begins today is to raise funds to fund a training grant that will allow that resident doctors could be able to continue their studies and researches needed to combat childhood cancer.

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If you want, you can follow the donation process HERE.

Worldcoo Team

Children refugees, a growing crisis

In the last two years, Europe has experienced its largest arrival of refugees ever, a situation that has cast doubt of the capability of many member states to offer asylum to many people, the majority of whom, have fled armed conflicts.

In every crisis, beyond all the people who embark on certain journeys with the hope of a safer life, there are victims who are even more vulnerable, and thus, punished even more at the expense of migration. These victims are children.

The following statistics were published by UNICEF in their report Uprooted: The growing crisis for refugee and migrant children”. These are some facts, which should catch the attention of every country in the world:

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  1. Almost 50 million children all over the world have crossed their borders or have had been forced to migrate.
  2. Of these 50 million, 11 million are refugees and have had to seek asylum.
  3. Almost 1 of every 3 children who live outside of their birth country is a refugee.
  4. In the world today, 1 out every 200 children is a refugee.
  5. Between 2005 and 2015, the number of children refugees under UNHCR mandate more than doubled.
  6. Children today represent half of all refugees.
  7. Migrant children and displaced people are exposed to suffering the worst types of abuse, frequently falling in the hands of trafficker networks and other criminals.
  8. To establish yourself in a safe place proves difficult for the displaced people and, normally, the threats and dangers that confront them take place once they are in their destination country.

Children thus become the most exposed victims to the danger of migration. Protecting them is everyone’s responsibility and everybody should do their part to do protect them.

Some of the proposals that UNICEF make to fight against this situation are ending the detention of child migrants, keeping the migrant families together as a way to protect the younger ones, giving children access to education and healthcare, as well as other quality services and promoting the fight against xenophobia, discrimination and exclusion in the transit and destination countries.

 Worldcoo Team

New Worldcoo Ambassadors!

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IMG-20170420-WA0015 - copiaSome days ago we received an e-mail from Miquel and Mireia, a young couple who in a few days were going to start a long journey that would take them around the world. They had heard about us and they asked us if they could participate in some of the projects we help to fund in some of the different countries they would visit in the next weeks.

When we talked them about our Worldcoo Ambassadors Program and proposed them to join it, they accepted instantly.

Mireia studied ADE and Market Research and lives in Barcelona; Miquel is from Palma, but he has been living in Barcelona since he came here to study Chemical Engineering and Environmental Engineering.

Both have in common a strong social commitment, they love traveling and knowing new ways of living. Mireia, for example, has collaborated on numerous occasions as a volunteer in different groups; Miquel has been involved with the Center for Development Cooperation of the UPC.

Today at this time, surely they will be in Thailand, their first stop of this long adventure that lie ahead.

During their trip, they will travel in Southeast Asia (Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, Malaysia …), Oceania and South America (Chile, Argentina, Bolivia, Peru …). Along the way, they will visit several of the social projects that our ecommerce with cause have helped to finance, will help us to know closely the reality of the region and to know the present and future needs.

If you want to follow in his footsteps, stay tuned because their adventure has just begun!

Worldcoo Team

Sprinter joins Worldcoo community!

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#New e-commerce with cause

Good news! Sprinter, one of the top sport retailers in Spain has joined the Worldcoo community!

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In line with its new social campaign recently launched, the goal of the company is to help people who run away from conflicts, persecution, poverty and seek a home. So, from today all of the Sprinter customers can add their extra euro to their purchases and help the NGO Proactiva Open Arms to distribute 300 basic emergency kits to people rescued from the Mediterranean Sea.

This is great challenge if we consider that since the beginning of 2016, more than 30,000 migrants or refugees have reached European coasts, 9% more than in the same period last year.

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In front of this situation, Proativa Open Arms works to save people who try to escape by sea looking for a better life, facing all the dangers that this entails. Since its beginnings, the entity has saved more than 17,000 people and with this initiative, the entire community of Sprinter can also contribute their part.

In addition, the company has joined  “Brazadas de Vida” challenge to show that through sport you can help others. Thanks to the donations made by Sprinter, four swimmers from the Master Swimming Club of Madrid will cross the Mediterranean Sea between Formentera and Ibiza for a total of 18 kilometers, swimming restlessly for more than six hours, for a social cause. The project seeks to raise public awareness of the serious crisis of displaced people currently living in Europe, the dangerous crossings they face in the Mediterranean and the important work of the NGO Proactiva Open Arms.

Here you have the video that they have prepared for the occasion (in Spanish),

You can follow the donation process HERE.

Worldcoo Team

Social commitment – Why is it also important in employer branding?

We live in an increasingly globalised, and at the same time, competitive world. In the world of business, it is not enough to simply just seduce the client; you must bear in mind everyone who has an interest in the business to achieve the best results. The team, of course, is one of the most important parts of the public, and the capacity to attract talent to the company and retain it depends greatly on the success of the business.

In this context, the businesses’ social commitment and its policy towards sustainability (of the business itself and the planet) becomes fundamental in every relationship it establishes with its public, amongst them, the staff.

Why do we say then that the company’s social responsibility is of prime importance in its employer branding strategy? We will tell you now:

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1. In a globalised world, the flow of information is constant. We in live in a society that is extremely connected in which information spreads at an extremely fast rate and which news arrives instantly to a very large audience. In this situation, it is society itself, more informed than ever before, who demands that companies have a bigger commitment and who prefer, when searching for work, those businesses which show a greater social awareness and responsibility.

2. In a globalised world, the personal image is more important than ever. We are increasingly more aware of the importance of our own professional image and it is this awareness, which makes us become more demanding of the companies we work in. We know that our image is closely linked with our job and the company that we work for.

3. In a globalised world, companies compete with other companies from around the world. Location is not an obstacle for a talented employer who is willing to work in any business in the world and from any part of the world. Competition is high and companies have to be on top of their game if they want to attract talent.

4. In a globalised world, we are more and more aware of social problems. The aforementioned constant flow of information makes us more aware of the problems we have to face as a society, and therefore, makes us more responsible for finding the solution. We want to be part of the solution, and above all, we do not want to be a part of the problem.

Worldcoo Team

 

“Poverty is not only to understand it, but also to solve it”, Vicente Ferrer

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Our Ambassadors visit Vicente Ferrer Foundation!

The first time that Vicente Ferrer visited India was in 1952 as a missionary of “Compañía de Jesús”, in Mumbai.  He didn’t imagine then that some years later, the ruling classes of the country would see their contribution as a threat to the country.  In 1968 Ferrer was forced to leave India, but his departure left no one indifferent; a march of 250 km carried out by more than 30.000 people finally made that Indira Ghandi get a new visa to Vicente to stay in India.  In 1969 Vicente and Anna Ferrer founded Vicente Ferrer Foundation in Anantapur, Andhra Pradesh.

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Jordi and Joana with some of the people from Vicente Ferrer Foundation

Today, more than 3 million people benefit from all the projects that the Foundation carries out in order to promote the development of the most poverty and excluded communities. So it is not surprising that locals remember Vicente as “the God who we could touch”.

In Worldcoo we feel very fortunate to have helped to get funds to this organization who we admired so much. For this reason, we were very excited to know the experience of our two ambassadors after visiting two of the projects that our “eCommerce with cause” have helped to fund there:

  • The first one is the pediatric attention care of more than 1.300 kids that the users of Banco Sabadell are helping to fund there, in the Pediatric Hospital in Bathalapalli. You can remember the project HERE.
  • The second project they visited was the dam that Planeta Huerto users funded in order to improve the agricultural and livestock needs of 1.126 people from Agraharam, a village in the district of Anantapur, in India. You can remember the project HERE.

As we explain you, after their adventure in Africa (you can remember their first experience HERE and the second HERE), Jordi and Joana started a new adventure to Anantapur, where there’s the Campus of the Foundation. They explain us their experience. Keep reading!


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Joana with some of the students

“50 years ago Anantapur was a very arid, almost deserted rural area. Nowadays, although it is still one of the driest areas in Andhra Pradesh, it is surrounded by several green areas, mainly mango trees and peanut plants, and several reservoirs to store rainwater. These are the most superficial changes the city has undergone. The rest, can be discovered once you enter the Campus that the organization has in Anantapur; it’s like a world apart from the region, even from India.

The first day there we went to Bathalapalli, about 25km from Anantapur. There, there is the project that the users of Banco Sabadell are helping to fund there, the General Hospital and the Pediatric Hospital, as well as some other projects that the organization carries out in the region.

Once we park near the hospital we began to see all the traffic of people entering, leaving, waiting … As they told us, the center has become a reference in the state because of the quality of its services. It is the “jewel of the Crown” of the Foundation. A total of 80 doctors and volunteers attend about 1900 consultations a day. Some months ago, the services were completely free, now each family pays according to what they could afford. People who can’t afford it, receive help from some of the projects they carry out, such as the one that Banco Sabadell participated with WorldCoo. Thanks to their solidarity contribution, 1,300 children will be able to receive free medical care.

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Pediatric Hospital in Bathalapalli

The hospital has two emergency rooms, an ambulance, ten beds for intensive care, laboratories with the most advanced machinery, a blood bank recognized by the government, 350 postoperative beds, an optical gynecology section… And also has the area of Pediatrics, with capacity up to 80 children and the neonatal ICU.

We met one of the volunteers and explained that when he arrived at the hospital, he had a lot of prejudices about the type of place where he would work, but that, in fact, he had there the same machines as in Spain.

The second project we visited was the dam that the users of Planeta Huerto had helped to fund through WorldCoo.

Water reservoirs are a key element in boosting the economy of Andra Pradesh, India’s second most arid state. The weather conditions the agriculture of the country, the livelihood of almost 80% of the population.

Through the construction of this reservoir, it will be possible to irrigate about 50 hectares, directly benefiting 12 families of farmers and 203 families of this town indirectly.

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Joana and Jordi in one of the villages they visited

What we saw in these and other projects is that the main objective of Vicente and Anna was always to empower the lower class, those who were always scorned and even killed by their illness or condition, which represented a shame for the family . Dalits, people who are deaf, dumb, with Down syndrome, AIDS patients or with mobility problems due to polio. Everyone has understood that they are the same as others and now families are even proud of their achievements. One day Vincent said: “My job is to achieve impossible dreams” and it is precisely this feeling that one takes from the Foundation, to witness a miracle”.

Worldcoo Team

 

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