In “La Aurora”, Kukra River, every day the difficulties to cultivate and eat are increasing. Don’t miss the second part of a documentary (the first part, here), made for Desos NGO, about the real situation in the Kukra River side, in Bluefields, Nicaragua.
Languages: Spanish and English. Catalan Subtitles.
In “La Aurora”, in the Kukra River, the difficulties to cultivate and eat are increasing day by day. Deforesting has reduced pastures and has provoked increasingly complications for the population to cover their basic needs. The natural richness of the region has declined substantially in the recent years.
This video presents a documentary about the situation in the region and its inhabitants:
Languages: Spanish and English. Catalan Subtitles.
We are sorry to announce that for reasons beyond Worldcoo, the “Emergency program to support catalan child’s school meals with economic difficulties” of the Red Cross has been removed from the Worldcoo platform.
Diffa is a region situated in the southeast extreme of Niger. Its capital it’s also called Diffa and it’s near the country’s border with Nigeria. In 2010, the region had a population of 473,563 people, 51 % of men; in a country where the same year the population was more than 15 million people.
Niger is a relatively young country, the average age in 2011 was 15 years. This is due to the fact there is a significant number of children per woman in the country, 7.1. The mortality rate is no one of the highest in sub-Saharan Africa, as life expectancy for both men and women is around 60 years.
The economy of Niger, and also Diffa’s Region, is primarily agricultural, based upon pastoralism and farming. The major crop, grown both for subsistence and sale, is Millet, especially drought tolerant varieties.
One of the majors Nicaraguan newspapers, “El Nuevo Diario”, published today about the hard situation the Nicaraguan coffee is going through. According to this paper, the coffee growing in Nicaragua has now another enemy than the rust fungus: the lack of manpower. Now still remains to be harvest up to 45% of grain production in the 2012-2013 cycle. Farmers and industry professionals warn it can provoke millionaire economic losses.
“Investments are leaving, the coffee is falling and the quality is losing. Nicaragua has a bigger problem than the rust, we have 40 to 45% of the crop still in the bushes and there are no people to pick it up” warned Henry Hüeck, one of the most important coffee producers of the country.
According to producers, the lack of manpower in the coffee is due to several reasons, among which are mentioned the migration of lot of people to Costa Rica and the heavy rains which doesn’t stop in the north of the country. It prevents the cutters to go and pick up the ripe coffee.
Intermon Oxfam says that their objective in this project is “to improve the health status of 4.703 people in Yegobecha, by providing safe water access and the improvement of their hygiene habits”. But how is it possible? What they need to reach their aim?
The construction for the water prevision consists in different masonry structures to ensure clean water access within 20 minutes walking distance, and a minimum quantity of 15 litres per person and day. This masonry structures they want to build will be 9 water points where communities can go to get water; 9 anchor blocks to protect the pipeline system in steep terrains; 9 valve chambers to measure used water; and 8 km of trenches and water canalization.
Although, the project Intermon Oxfam is presenting in Worldcoo is the continuation of a different parts project, so there are things already constructed. This water supply system is an extension of a pipeline system financed by the Catalan Agency for Development Cooperation (ACCD).
Also, this project, promotes basic hygiene and sanitation habits for disease prevention, and trains the community on management for sanitation and hygiene issues.
Eva Cosmetics has become Worldcoo’s first sponsor. This company, who has passed Worldcoo’s ethic code, has decided to give one euro for each euro given by their customers. If you are one of their costumers, when buying through their web platform, we will find the option to give one euro to the project they have selected, in this case is the one we have in Niger, “Construction of a fenced for crops”, from Fundació Campaner. If the costumer does it, the company will double it.
Eva cosmetics takes care of the environment, as well at it’s a company who cares about health and beauty of people. They have decided to support this project because it tries to eradicate Noma, the disease against children, by building a fenced area for crops.
Worldcoo feels proud to have this dynamic and interesting company as a sponsor.
Eva Cosmetics is backed by 90 years of history, guided by the constant drive in innovation and growth in hair care products, in search of cutting-edge fashion solutions and constant costumer’s satisfaction. Their mission is “to produce exclusive products with unique benefits at the same time as pushing their production model towards sustainability”.
The relation between Eva Cosmetics and Worldcoo starts with our web launching, and consists in, since the first day, Eva Cosmetics will give 1 euro for each euro given by their customers. If you are one of their costumers, when buying through their web platform, we will find the option to give one euro to the project they have selected, in this case is the one we have in Niger, “Construction of a fenced for crops”, from Fundació Campaner. If the costumer does it, the company will double it.
Worldcoo has a very specific ethic code which done with the top NGO’s support, which specifies the correct behaviour the companies needs to have for being sponsors of Wordcoo’s projects. Eva cosmetics became our first sponsors because they work in an ethically way, as well they take care of the environment.
Worldcoo feels proud to have Eva Cosmetics as a sponsor and wants to thank the company for it!
Last Thursday 13th of December, Worldcoo went to the “City’s Hottest Startups Competition”, at the TechCrunch Barcelona Meetup.
TechCrunch is one of the most influential web publication about technology news and analysis, as well as profiles of startup companies, products and websites. It was founded by Michael Arrington in 2005, and nowadays it has more than 2,5 million of Twitter followers in all over the world.
Being part of its Meetup is an honour for any startup. In this case, Worldcoo not only went there, but it was one of the 15 pre-selected startups for being evaluated in a session involving investors. After this evaluation, the finalists did an open pitching competition. We weren’t finalists, but we could explain our project in front of more or less 200 people.
Worldcoo feels proud of being part of this meeting, full of interesting people and startups.
We feel proud to communicate you that Worldcoo has launched his web platform today, 17th of December of 2012.
By now, what we all can say is that YOUR new tool to change the world is done! And we want to share with you our promotional video, which shows that together we can do big things.
We start the platform with the work done; we can already present five different and interesting projects, from different recognized International NGO’s, to donate:
1. NGO Desos, Nicaragua: Processing cocoa in the rural communities of Kukra River.
2. NGO Intermón Oxfam, Ethiopia: Water Bank.
3. NGO Red Cross, Ethiopia: Food security in 3 and 5 Kebele population of Woreda Menz Guera.
4. NGO Campaner, Nigeria: Construction of a fenced for crops.
5. NGO Red Cross, Catalonia: Emergency Program to support child’s school meals.
We are in Beta state so do not hesitate to contact us if you see that something doesn’t work in the right way, if you have any suggestions, or if there is anything that you think could be improved. Together we can do big things.