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6.9 million Children need you
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Ethiopia has suffered a series of famines in recent decades
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The Kukra River social context
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iWith.org becomes Worldcoo’s new partner!
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"In Spain there are farms where monkeys are bred in very bad conditions"
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What DESOS NGO is doing with my donation?
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The presence of the chimpanzee in Senegal
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Worldcoo has a new project!
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Worldcoo founders share experiences to more than a hundred students from KIC InnoEnergy Masters programs
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Sergi Figueres: "Our challenge is to bring our know how in the field of crowdfunding to put our bit to help develop cooperation projects"

6.9 million Children need you

Every year 6.9 million children do not live for their 5th birthday. Malnutrition is one of its most important causes: it contributes to 1/3 of these deaths. That means 2.3 million children die per year as a consequence of malnutrition, because it provokes high risk of disease besides other symptoms.

Worldcoo is aware of that, and wants to take care of it. It is looking for a solution because these children have the chance to celebrate their 5th birthday. And their 6th. And their 7th. And following.

This is why Worldcoo has met the NGO Nutrition Without Borders who, in a few, is presenting a new project in Worldcoo’s platform. The aim of this project is to increase food security for the mothers and children through training and improving the infrastructure of the selected community gardens of the Upper River Region, Republic of The Gambia.

This project is part of the context of an overall strategy to reduce morbidity and mortality caused by maternal and child malnutrition in the same region (206.588 inhabitants and 22% of child malnutrition). Tomorrow you will find all the information in Worldcoo’s website.

Worldcoo and Nutrition Without Borders NGO did their work. Now it’s your turn.

Ethiopia has suffered a series of famines in recent decades

Ethiopia is one of Africa’s poorest states, although it has experienced rapid economic growth since the end of the civil war (1974 – 1991). It represents one of fastest growing non-oil economies in Africa. Ethiopia depends heavily on agriculture, which is often affected by drought. It is one of Africa’s leading coffee producers, which becomes a key export. Almost two-thirds of its people are illiterate.

Ethiopia is Africa’s oldest independent country and it is second largest in terms of population. Apart from a five-year occupation by Mussolini’s Italy, it has never been colonised.

It has a unique cultural heritage, being the home of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church and a monarchy that ended only in the coup of 1974.

It served as a symbol of African independence throughout the colonial period, and was a founder member of the United Nations and the African base for many international organizations.

Ethiopia has suffered periodic droughts and famines that lead to a long civil conflict in the 20th Century and a border war with Eritrea, a country that become independent from Ethiopia in 1993, following a referendum. Poor border demarcation from these both countries developed into military conflict and full-scale war in the late 1990s in which tens of thousands of people were killed.

Many Ethiopians depend on food aid from abroad. In 2004 the government began a drive to move more than two million people away from the arid highlands of the east in an attempt to provide a lasting solution to food shortages.

Source: BBC.

The Kukra River social context

The constitution of the Kukra River community, in Bluefields, Nicaragua, was determined by the process of reunification of displaced people during the Sandinista Revolution (1978-1990). This revolution forced lots of Nicaraguan people to migrate to Costa Rica, who, after the establishment of the current system, returned home. It is a region of new residents and the town has been built in recent years.

Much of the progress achieved hitherto have been accompanied by the performance of different NGOs and cooperation projects, which today, still are the major drivers of change in the area.

Public intervention by the government is poorly developed, and the lack of good communications in the area, make Kukra River one of the less developed locations in Nicaragua. It has also a very isolated social context focused on, among others, the gender discrimination.

A researcher of Bluefields Police Station explained that these communities live under a patriarchal organization, where women are a subject dependent on men. This causes gender discrimination that occurs at different levels. For example, lack of awareness and cooperation from family and friends, makes a case such as women victims of domestic violence and rape relegated to the purely private sphere. “The woman is unable to report because no one dares to start a life alone, there is not enough stable job offers for women in the area”, the researcher complaint. Eventually, the woman finished being subjected for their children and for the few future prospects that are sighted.

Desos NGO tries to mitigate this situation by informing women of their rights, but ensure that there is still much to do.

Source: Desos NGO.

iWith.org becomes Worldcoo’s new partner!

iWith.org is a nonprofit organization with the mission of helping NGOs in the Internet use. As well, its expert’s network is able to create and manage all Internet services from professional websites. In an everyday more digital World, be present in Internet is a must for everybody, but more for that organizations who ask for money to make possible cooperation projects. Communication must be the principal tool for these organizations to reach their target, and now it’s impossible to think about communication without having in mind the Internet and the new digital ways of being in touch.

Also, for a cowdfunding project, Internet is the main communication channel so it’s important to know how you can use it. As well, a social community is needed, and to build it, the good use of the Internet tools is a must. Communication objectives have to be identified, actions should be planned, and everything has to be carried out through the web and the social networks. This is why Worldcoo started to work in synergy with iWith.org Foundation.

iWhit.org offers advisory scholarships as a prelude to the development of a good Internet presence. Between the conditions for the granting of these scholarships, the projects submitted in Worldcoo are positively considered.

Internet is Worldcoo’s way of life, and it’s becoming to be also NGO’s way, therefore this synergy with iWith.org gives Worldcoo a huge value.

"In Spain there are farms where monkeys are bred in very bad conditions"

Jane Goodall, primatologist and ethologist, criticizes the use of animals in biomedical research after receiving the Parliamentary Association Award in Defence of Animals (APDDA) in Madrid, Spain.

When Jane Goodall was two years old received a stuffed chimpanzee as a birthday gift, from her father. That, was probably his first contact with the species and the beginning of a long friendship and care that lasts to the nearly 80 years she has today. The researcher is known for her studies on the interaction of wild chimpanzees in Gomba National Park in Tanzania, and for being a great defender of them. She is already Messenger of Peace United Nations, Prince of Asturias Award for Research, and now she also was given the Parliamentary Association Award in Defence of Animals (APDDA).

She has a serene and peaceful face, the kind that only transmits peace. But her gaze hardens when speaking of the treatment given to humans and animals, especially the apes. “It is a question about the no empathy we have with them. We share so many things with them, like the DNA and a similar brain structure. But we fail to see their suffering, what they are afraid of, that they become stressed and depressed just like us”. Dr. Goodall considers that there have been advances to protect animals, but there are still spaces as is their use in medical research: “fifty years ago the doctors had no alternative, but now there are”.

According to Dr. Goodall, poverty is the root cause of the losing of biodiversity. “When you’re too poor, you are desperate to eat, so we have to get first to the people of this state”. This has initiated several projects to educate people in Africa on the preservation of biodiversity, like the one they have just presented in Worldcoo. “We train people in land management and to monitor forests. But also we taught women to family planning and give them scholarships to go to school”.

Source: El País.

What DESOS NGO is doing with my donation?

Desos Opció Solidaria NGO needs 15.000 euros to build a drying machine, a fermenter machine and a warehouse to get producer families out of their current precarious work situation.

Cocoa has an added value compared to other agricultural products. Unlike rice, beans, maize or other important basic products grown in Kukra River for consumption, cocoa helps the promotion of the productive economy of the region.

Cocoa is already grown in Kukra River by local producers. Each producer ferment and dry the crop in its own plot, without having the necessary equipment, so the cocoa is being sold at low prices that do not allow economic development of farming families.

To improve the quality of cocoa and allow the commercialization at a fairer price in the national and international markets is essential to provide farmers with new tools to increase the value of production. To do this, Desos Opció Solidaria NGO is seeking funds to build a drying machine, a fermenter machine and a warehouse in the COOPMULKRI’s installations, located in the community of La Aurora, Kukra River, Nicaragua.

15,000 euros is the amount needed to expand facilities and to ensure the training of farmers through various workshops on farming techniques, management, gender equality, cooperatives, environmental sustainability and technical advice in the field.

Are you helping?

Source: Desos Opció Solidària NGO

The presence of the chimpanzee in Senegal

“The presence of the chimpanzee in Senegal is strategic to secure its northernmost habitat, and it is also crucial to protect and restore if necessary the UICN’s priority area for chimpanzee conservation of the Fouta Jallon in Guinea”, reports Jane Goodall Institute NGO. The main threats faced by the chimpanzee in this territory are: deforestation and habitat degradation by human activities on top of logging (agriculture, farming, wild fruit gathering, and pollution of water courses).

The Jane Goodall Institute reports that the subspecies Pan Troglodytes Verus (West African Chimpanzee) is endangered in the region and presents reduced numbers in Senegal (ranging between 200 and 500 individuals), while numbers in Guinea are higher (between 17 and 22,000 individuals, UICN, 2004) although with an extremely high fragmentation of the habitat. JGI also appoints: “It is crucial to protect and restore if necessary the UICN’s priority area for chimpanzee conservation of the Fouta Jallon in Guinea”.

The Fouta is not only home to the biggest population of chimps in West Africa, it is also considered the water tower of the region. The three main rivers in the region have its source on the Fouta Jallon massif: the Gambia, the Senegal and the Niger River, providing the water needed in many countries from Mauritania to Nigeria that allows the subsistence of millions of Africans. “Protecting the Fouta’s forests is without doubt the most urgent priority in terms of human subsistence and biodiversity conservation in the region”, reports the JGI. Among other important species, “chimpanzee’s survival is especially critical due to several reasons”. To start with, chimpanzees attract tourism, which is an essential activity to improve life standards for the communities in the long term. Secondly, chimpanzees are one of the best indicators of the conservation status of the forests and the ecosystem in general. Finally, the Dindefelo’s Community Reserve, a protected area managed by the local population, is becoming one of the most important centers for nature research in the region and that will enhance the arrival of professors and students which will increase local capacities for better management of the environment. The Jane Goodall Institute concludes that “the recently created (2010) 13300 ha Community Reserve of Dindefelo, and its future cross border enlargement to reach around 74,000 ha on the Guinean side will help achieve both goals, for chimpanzee conservation and ecosystem protection and restoration”.

Source: Jane Goodall Institute.

Worldcoo has a new project!

Worldcoo presents today a new project from the Jane Goodall Institute. This is the first project that comes out of the recent collaboration between Worldcoo and the Catalan Agency for Development Cooperation (ACCD).

“Solar equipment for the Agroforestry School of the Dindefelo Community” is the new Worldcoo’s project, from the Jane Goodall Institute. The main goal of this project is to improve agroforestry management skills among local communities. There is a school, located at the Dindefelo’s Natural Reserve, southeast of Senegal, managed by the local community, which wants to become a reference in West Africa for biodiversity, agroforestry and natural resource management, and food security improvement. Jane Goodall Institute wishes that this centre will contribute to the endangered chimpanzees’ survival in the region.

This project is part for another already started project. The main one seeks to achieve two different goals:
1) Building the research and training facilities, and
2) Equipping them with the basic equipment to function.

The first goal is already fund, and the organization hopes it will be accomplished by the month of April 2013. What they are presenting in Worldcoo is the funding they need to accomplish the second one, equally important but not funded yet. To make it possible, solar panels are the first priority to allow setting up a regular calendar of trainings and classes with all guarantees.

The primatologist Jane Goodall founded the Jane Goodall Institute in 1977, as a global non-profit that empowers people to make a difference for all living things. Their work builds on Dr. Goodall’s scientific work and her humanitarian vision, specifically all related in understanding and treatment of apes through research, public education and advocacy.

Worldcoo founders share experiences to more than a hundred students from KIC InnoEnergy Masters programs

Worldcoo’s founders, Aureli Bou and Sergi Figueres, shared their experiences on entrepreneurship last week, in the Networking Day, an event promoted by one of their principal partners, KIC InnoEnergy.

More than a hundred students from different KIC InnoEnergy Masters programs (RENE, MIE, SELECT & Clean Coal) attended the Networking Day Event, held on last Wednesday, February 6th, at CC Iberia Incubator and EsadeCreapolis venues in Sant Cugat. The objective of the activity was to present to the students the KIC InnoEnergy’s mission and business objectives, to create networks between students from technical and management Master programmes, so as to create joint work on the Master thesis, and to develop the added value activities of the students in research and business creation. It has been the first time that students from 4 different KIC InnoEnergy MSc programmes meet together.

The opening speech was performed by KIC InnoEnergy CEO, Diego Pavia, who spoke to the students about the main objectives of the masters, the opportunities they will find along the way and what was expected from them as participants. Afterwards, Aureli Bou and Sergi Figueres, Worldcoo’s founders, shared their experiences on how creating and sustaining a new business with KIC’s support was like.

In the second part of the meeting, the students from RENE, SELECT and Clean Coal visited KIC’s incubator facilities, as well as a sustainable house built by the start-up Noem and located at the entrance of the EsadeCreapolis building. In addition, MIE and RENE students doing the MSc participated in a networking session for the cooperation of their MSc thesis work, structured as a three-minute pitch made by the students. This activity was followed by the session’s wrap up.

Sergi Figueres: "Our challenge is to bring our know how in the field of crowdfunding to put our bit to help develop cooperation projects"

Worldcoo’s CEO, Sergi Figueres, signed this morning an agreement of collaboration with Carles Llorens, director of the Catalan Agency for Development Cooperation (ACCD). The aim of this agreement is to promote cooperation crowdfunding as a new way of financing cooperation projects, in front of the current decline of funding by the government. “What is needed is to push the business world to cooperation”, said Llorens.

This new partnership will mean for Worldcoo access to technical validated cooperation projects validated by the Agency and its advisers, and for the ACCD will be a new way to seek funding for projects that now they can not stand, joining to other already initiated ways of funding, as the sponsorship agreements.

Sergi Figueres has emphasised that “our challenge is to bring our know how in the field of crowdfunding and to get involved people and businesses through our website www.worldcoo.com. In this way, we put our bit to try to get where government does not reach”. Precisely one of the characteristics of Worldcoo is any cost for NGOs, while ensuring the full contribution of crowdfunding to projects, because their profit is in the management plans of the companies’ Corporate Social Responsibility. Therefore, it represents a paradigm shift on how far the world has worked in cooperation. Sergi Figueres, Aureli Bou i Bernat Mir launched this company one month ago, and they already work with projects from Intermón-Oxfam, Fundació Campaner and Desos NGO.

Carles Llorens says that “we have large difficulties to maintain public investments in cooperation for more than a year and a half, so we have put in place mechanisms to solve it”. The willingness of the Government is to find new ways of financing and innovative instruments adapted to the Catalan cooperation reality. Also meets the guidelines of the Master Plan for Development Cooperation 2011-2014, which establishes the need to promote innovation in policy instruments for development cooperation of the Government, as the tools to implement the strategies of cooperation have evolve according to the changes in international contexts.

Both Worldcoo as the Agency have shown hopefully in this agreement and wish a long and prosperous partnership.

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