Tag - Africa

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Italia Tren collaborates with AMREF to promote specialized surgery in regional hospitals of Ethiopia
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Fighting against leprosy in Africa
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Promofarma with the health in the most disadvantaged areas
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Santa Fixie and employment creation in Nairobi
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Against family desintegration in Ghana
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Today we introduce you Jordi and Joana, our two ambassadors in Africa
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Building a new rural school in Sierra Leone, the new Nice Quest challenge
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25 bikes to go to school and rebuild young lives
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Researchers are adopting an evolutionary approach to understanding human and animal cognition
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Disease against children

Italia Tren collaborates with AMREF to promote specialized surgery in regional hospitals of Ethiopia

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The ratio of surgeons stands at 1 per 277,819; the ratio of obstetricians is 1 per 659,583 people and the ratio of anesthetists is 1 per 2,203,600 inhabitants, which are also concentrated in hospitals of the largest cities.

For some months now, Italia Tren, the distributor company of TrenItalia.com (leading railway company in Italy), collaborates with different social causes offering its customers thee opportunity to add a micro-donation to their purchase.

logo 1024x576pxIn this occasion, they will do it with Amref Salud África (Spanish Delegation of Amref Health Africa), the main health international organization of African origin and management.

The total amount collected thought the micro-donations done by all the customers of the company, will be addressed to train health personnel and promote specialized surgery campaigns in Ethiopia. The objective is none other than to improve access and quality of specialized health services for the country’s most vulnerable population.

During one week, a group of surgeons and ethiopian medical specialists, coordinated by the foundation, will move from the capital to the regional hospital to train in specialized surgery eight health professionals who work in that hospital. At the same time they will be able to do specialized consultations to about 90 patients and operate to 45

The greatest value of the campaign is based on the training received by the health staff of the regional hospital, which will acquire the capacity to care for patients who were not sufficiently prepared before, reducing the waiting time for admission and improving the system Ethiopian public health service.

This project starts today after completing the last one, in which the customers of Italia Tren were able to collect the necessary funds to help Plan International to distribute daily meals to 650 children during one month (remember the project here).

If you want to know which is the status of the fundraising campaign, click HERE.

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Fighting against leprosy in Africa

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Zacaris, the online shoes retail, has achieved its last challenge: collecting the necessary funds in order that 80 boys and girls from slums of Sangharsh Nagar, Powai, Kanjurmarg, Vikroli and Marol (Bombay) can receive medical checks and prevent ocular diseases with Mumbai Smiles.

In line with its social commitment, their new challenge now is to fight against leprosy in Benin (Africa), where over 55% of population have difficulties to access to health services and other basic services.

anesvadWith its help, the NGO Anesvad will be able to provide medical and hospital supplies kits (bandages, disinfectant material gloves…) to the Saint Camille Health Center in Benin, where the entity has been collaborating for years to end leprosy. Thanks of its solidarity, the center will be able to treat 80 people affected by this infectious disease, with special attention to children.  

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

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Promofarma with the health in the most disadvantaged areas

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All its customers can already make their donation to improve maternal and baby health attention in Cameron.

Promofarma users have just completed their challenge number 7! Thanks to that, Giggle Doctors, from Theodora Foundation, will visit 35 children with intellectual disability, enhancing their sensorial and physical development.

In line with their social commitment to improve health attention of people who need the most,  their new challenge will be improving the medical attention of mums and babies in Cameron, the 9th country with the hugest rate of maternal mortality, especially in rural areas.

With their micro donations, 100 women will receive medical care during childbirth and a follow up at Obut dispensary, Cameroon.

logo_fundacic3b3nThey will do it together with Recover Foundation, who works to facilitate Access to quality health for all people in Africa by providing Access to health care for communities in rural and remote areas.

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

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Santa Fixie and employment creation in Nairobi

At the end of last year, Santa Fixie Group users raised the amount needed in order that the NGO Bikes not Bombs could distribute bicycles and create jobs for young people from poor neighborhoods in Nairobi. You can remember the project HERE.

Today, months later, we have good news! 2,214 bicycles have been donated and hundreds of parts of them have been distributed so that the old ones can be repaired. In addition, 4 young people have received training to work in the network of Cycloville stores.

Thank you to all customers from Santa Fixie for collaborating!

Here the final report,

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Against family desintegration in Ghana

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The users of Zacaris have already completed their latest social project! Thanks to this, Giggle Doctors will visit 100 hospitalized kids in their room, which will allow them to spend a funny time and escape from the daily routine. If you want, you can remember the project HERE.

For their next challenge, our e-commerce with cause moves to Ghana, where 80% of the children that live in orphanages have family, but the lack of resources prevents them from taking care of them.

They will collaborate with the NGO OAfrica, a non-profit organization working in Ghana whose mission is to empower vulnerable children and young adults whose rights have been compromised and reduce child abandonment and family disintegration.

Through their Family Support program, they keep children out of orphanages and in their own families. Specially trained social workers locate families and assess whether minors can meet with them. Then an individualized care plan (food, school and medical costs) is developed to ensure that the child receives the necessary care and supports the family to grow up healthy and happy within their own family.

Thanks to the money raised by the users of Zacaris, an individualized plan of care for 10 children could be offered for one year.

You can follow the donation process HERE.

Worldcoo Team.

Today we introduce you Jordi and Joana, our two ambassadors in Africa

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“It is like a mathematic proportion: the less people in one country has, more friendly and generous is people who live there”.

It was late last summer when we met Jordi and Joana, two young Catalans who had decided to embark on a new adventure and travel around the African continent.

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Jordi and Joana, our two ambassadors in Africa

A friend of them had talked about our ambassador program – our international network of collaborators who help us identify and audit many of the social projects we are involved with – and that’s how we met.

Based on the route they had in mind, we planned their visit to some of the cooperation projects that we are currently helping to financein Africa.

What motivated them to embark on this adventure? What challenges are they encountering? What is their journey like? If you want to know a little more of them, keep reading!

Jordi and Joana, 6 months in Africa and 6 more in Central Asia. What has led you to venture into this new project?

For some time ago, we always wanted to do a long trip and the idea that motivated us most was to know part of the African continent. We had the feeling that we could find very authentic people there, very different ways of living and a spectacular nature. In addition, it was a very big challenge for us because of the way of traveling, totally different from how we had been doing so far. For now, all our expectations have been fulfilled!

When and how did you take this decision?

We had been waiting for the right conditions for 4 years. In 2010 we made a similar trip in Asia and then, back here, it was quite difficult to find a job and to re-establish our lives. So, when we found the way to go without losing our current job, we made the final decision.

What have you done so far?

So far, we have met the people in Madagascar, we have been relaxing for a few days in the Seychelles, we have explored the most isolated corners of Kenya, the nature of Uganda has surprised us and we have enjoyed the green of Rwanda. To all this, one of the most intense moments that we have lived have been the visits to Tuum (Kenya) and Patongo (Uganda) as ambassadors of Worldcoo.

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What has surprised you the most?

We have been surprised about many things, and most of them are related to the people.  For example, seeing the isolation and simplicity with which many people live in these countries, it takes more than half an hour to get closer to children who had never seen European people. And one thing that we have already seen but it does not stop surprising us is to see that the less has the population of a country, the more friendly and generous are the people that live there. It looks like a mathematical proportion.

What has been the biggest challenge so far?

Without any doubt, visiting the social project in Tuum and then continue to Lake Turkana, Kenya. It is one of the most inhospitable and isolated areas where we have ever been. Most of these villages do not have any kind of transportation that connects them to each other and we had been waiting 5 hours for a vehicle to pass through the dirt road. Even so, the reward was greater than the difficulty.

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As you know, our network of ambassadors helps us identify social projects and visit them in order to guarantee total transparency in everything. In the coming days, we will share with you their experience in the village of Tuum (Kenya) and Patongo (Uganda), where we are currently collaborating to improve the living conditions of children and adolescents.

Worldcoo Team.

Building a new rural school in Sierra Leone, the new Nice Quest challenge

In just one week, Nice Quest users have collected the 4.000€  necessaries to help 720 kids under 6 months against severe malnutrition in Chad, where there are more than 370.000 refugees. The project will be leaded by UNHCR, who currently works there to mitigate and prevent food insecurity and malnutrition by proving refugees access to enough nutritional food. You can remember it HERE.

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Afther this successful campaign, we present today the new project to solve an new need with the help of Nice Quest users, who will have the chance to show once again their solidarity and collaboration. Here is it!

The new challenge is to fund the construction of a new rural school and and train teachers to provide access to education to 200 children over a period of 3 years.

streetchildIn this ocasion, we will do that with Street Child, who currently works in two of the least developed countries in the world: Sierra Leone and Liberia, where an estimated 500,000 children of primary age do not go to school.

Street Child  helps vulnerable and street-connected children, in rural areas to access education. In Sierra Leone, they will build a new school and train teachers to provide students quality education and reduce rural-urban inequalities in children’s education.

The NiceQuest community has already started to fund the 4.000€ necessaries. If you want, you can follow the proccess HERE.

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25 bikes to go to school and rebuild young lives

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Last week we announced in our social network that Santa Fixie has contributed to founded one more project that will help that 25 youth from the slums of Nairobi will be trained as mechanics and employed in Cycloville’s network of Bikes Shops, which will help them to have. One more time, challenge succeed thanks to more than 900 users who participated! You can remember it HERE.

And now we move to Uganda with a new aim: distribute bicycles for 25 orphaned girls living in child-headed households. Thanks of that, now they will be able to travel to school to pursue their studies and access the local market to sell their goods, as well as pick up medical supplies, HIV medication and other essential prevention medication from the nearest medical facility. With education, these girls will have a greater chance of securing employment after they graduate.

chance for childhood_logoThis is what is doing Chance for Childhood, an international organisation who helps local communities to protect their children and give them the chance of a proper childhood. One such example is “Rebuilding Young lives” project, which currently supports hundreds of orphaned children living in child-headed households in northern Uganda, a region that has been devastated by almost two decades of conflict and more than 3 million children are orphaned and robbed of their childhoods.

The organisation has noticed that in Uganda the “adult” of the family is almost always an adolescent girl, of between 15 and 18 years, who has no choice but to stay at home because they live too far away from the nearest school and they have no means of transportation.

Bikes can be a life changer for these young girls, ensuring that they are no longer excluded from learning, can travel to the nearest school or Youth Centre and transport their goods to market, take their siblings to school and, perhaps most importantly, reach the hospital and medical supplies when a younger sibling becomes critically ill.

If you want to follow the project, you can do it through this LINK. 

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Researchers are adopting an evolutionary approach to understanding human and animal cognition

Nowadays we all agree that chimps, cats, parrots, dolphins, and dogs have surprisingly smart and emotionally rich minds, but it’s not always been this way.

Virginia Morell’s last post in Slate.com explains how the human understanding about animals cognition shifted to a Darwinian approach. As she coments:

“Darwin argued that animals and humans differ in their mental abilities only in degree, not kind. He was certain that animals would share some of our talents for reason, memory, and language, and would even possess an aesthetic sense. Because all of these talents are tied to our biology, Darwin said that they had not appeared out of nowhere; that they are just as much the products of evolution by natural selection as are our bipedal stance and large brain.”

In the article she summarizes the approach shift into: “Scientists no longer ask, Do animals think? Instead, they want to know, How do animals think?

To go deeper into the matter check the latest Virginia Morell book: Animal Wise or start with the amazing The Descent Of Man from Charles Darwin.

Disease against children

Noma is an easily curable disease but, regrettably, it’s fearfully reported by the World Health Organisation (WHO) that it may be on the increase in various African countries.

Noma (cancrum oris) is an acute and ravaging gangrenous infection affecting the face. The victims of Noma are mainly children under the age of 6, caught in a vicious circle of extreme poverty and chronic malnutrition. It starts with ulcers in the mouth. If the condition is detected in the early stage, progression can be prevented with the use of mild antibiotics and immediate nutritional rehabilitation. If left untreated, as happens in most cases, the ulcers progress to Noma at an alarming pace. The next stage is extremely painful when the cheeks or lips begin to swell and the victim’s general condition deteriorates. Within a few days, the swelling increases and a blackish furrow appears and the gangrenous process sets in and, after the scab falls away and a gaping hole is left in the face. It is estimated that the mortality rate reaches up to an alarming 90%.

The WHO estimates that 140,000 new cases of Noma occur each year and of these, a mere 10% survive. That means that 126,000 die each year, mainly in sub-Saharan countries from Senegal to Ethiopia, a region known as “the Noma belt”.

Source: The WHO.

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