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The experience of Jordi and Joana in Patongo, Uganda
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She is Leyre Moreno, our ambassador in Santiago de Chile
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Today we introduce you Jordi and Joana, our two ambassadors in Africa

The experience of Jordi and Joana in Patongo, Uganda

Our Worldcoo Ambassadors visited the project which we help to fund through Santa Fixie Group and Chance for Childhood

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The adventure of Jordi and Joana around Africa has allowed us to know firsthand some of the projects we have funded and the impact they have had. Some days ago, we talked about the social use of the bicycle and today we prove it.

After visiting the rural school which we collaborated with some months ago with the NGO Active Africa in Tumm (Kenia) – you can remember the project HERE – our two ambassadors continued their adventures around Africa towards Patongo, Uganda.

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Joana and Jordi with some of the people who have participated in this program

Patongo is a rural area in the North of the country that still suffers the consequences of two decades of conflicts between the government and the army. As a result, many children were orphaned, and today, most of them live in groups under the tutelage of some adults in the community. The oldest girl of the small group is the one who cares about the day-to-day. She takes care of cooking, taking care of her siblings and maintaining the family garden while her siblings go to school. Most of them have had to drop out of school because schools are too far from home and don’t have time to combine work from home with school.

In front of this situation, the local NGO Passion for Community, together with Chance for Childhood, started a project in order to distribute bicycles to orphaned girls so that the lack of time and travel to their school doesn’t imply an impediment to be able to continue their studies, to bring the vegetable surplus to the market more easily, to arrive to the doctor in time if any member of the family becomes ill … and, ultimately, take control of his own life.

Here in Worldcoo we know firsthand this project because just a few months ago we helped to finance the distribution of 25 bicycles by Santa Fixie Group, one of the e-commerce that collaborate with us. You can remember the project HERE.

In Patongo, Jordi and Joana have had the opportunity to meet and talk with some of the teenagers who have been able to continue their studies as a result of this program. Here, there are some of them!

Margaret Amono

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Jordi with Margaret, Janneth, social worker from Passion for Community and other boy

Margaret Amono is the oldest sister of a group of 6 who, years ago, became orphans. Thought the bicycle she can now study hairdressing in Patongo.

“I’m Margaret Amono. Before I got this bicycle I used to walk on foot to school and reached the school late. I didn’t concentrate very much on the lessons  because I was feeling tired. But now that I’ve received the bicycle, I am able to reach the school early enough. I reach when I’m fresh and I have time to concentrate.

This bicycle is as well helping me carry food items from the garden and bring it home. Others, it’s also helping me like when one of my siblings is sick, I take him or her to the hospital with the bicycle. I’m also able to reach the market. So, I’m saying thank you so, so much because the bicycle is helping me a lot”.


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One of the users of the program, Atto Scovia

Atto Scovia

I’m Atto Scovia. I’m 16 years old. The bicycle I was given in July, so it’s roughly 5 months now. So the bicycle is helping me for transport because I come from a far sub-county from this place. I normally travel with another young one who comes and gets back with the bicycle to keeps on helping them from home.

The bicycle is also helping us to fetch water because from our place, the drinking water source of very far away.  We also use the bicycle to get to the market to sell some of the food products that we harvested and to carry other food crops from the garden”.


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Acem Pamela, an other user

Acem Pamela

“I’m Acem Pamela. After giving me the bicycle I am now coming to the Youth Centre to attend the course of hairdressing. The bicycle is as well helping me to take anybody who is sick from our home to the hospital. I use it on a daily basis; I ride, come with it to school then I get back home. On the weekend, I use it to carry food crops from the garden and bring it home. I also use it to carry water. Those are the things I am using this bicycle for.”


Jordi, Joana, thank you very much for giving us your impressions and visiting this project so special for us.

It has been a pleasure. The truth is that when we think about volunteering in countries like Uganda, we always come to mind the great name of the most famous organizations that have been in these countries for so many years (UNICEF, UNHCR …).

It was very interesting to see and verify that a local organization and another not so well-known have been able to mount this whole project and put it into practice satisfactorily. What a great job!

Often, from home, there is the uncertainty of whether the help we can send from here is appropriate and if they reach their destination. That is why it is important to have confidence in the project or in the entity in which you donate support. The projects we have visited optimize and take advantage of every help they receive and that, to us, makes us continue to believe in collaboration between people.

Worldcoo Team

She is Leyre Moreno, our ambassador in Santiago de Chile

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When we met Leyre, we instantly realized that she would be a great candidate for our Ambassadors Program (click HERE if you want to know a little bit more).

Leyre comes from Toledo, but she has lived in many others cities and countries, like Madrid, Edinburgh or Santiago de Chile, where she actually lives.

She loves traveling and know many other cultures; this is the reason why she decided to move to the other hemisphere one year ago.

As Worldcoo’s ambassador, Leyre will help us to know the social needs there are in Chile, identify possible project opportunities and, if there’s the case, visit some of the projects that we are helping to fund there and audit it.

If you want to know a little bit more about her, don’t miss the following interview.

  • leyre_blogLeyre, tell us a little bit more about you…

I’m passionate about traveling, exploring every corner of the cities where I live, know their culture and their people, walking and breathe pure air away from the city, always with my camera in hand, and live at the rhythm of the swing.

  • Why did you decide to move to Chile?

The destination, in particular, was for personal reasons. But I already had taken  the decision to leave my country and start again in other place, motivated by the bad expectations of the future in Spain after finishing my studies and the desire to know new places and cultures, to continue learning, discovering and growing.

  • Where do you actually work?

I currently work in an NGO from Chile, called FIMA, as administration and finance coordinator, as well as supporting the projects department. Our mission is to actively promote the right to live in a healthy environment and ensure the protection of the Chile’s environmental heritage. Our work, therefore, focuses on environmental justice, the empowerment of vulnerable communities and the conservation of the environment and biodiversity protection.

  • What do you like the most about Chile?

I admire the nature that the country offers – it’s absolutely breathtaking the diversity of landscapes that you can find here; I value the human team with which I have the luck to work with and the strength and perseverance with which many of the citizens of this country fight for their rights.

  • Why do you think that is it extremely important that companies are committed to CSR policies?

I really think that if the development isn’t sustainable, it is not development. It is impossible to proceed in economic terms if we don’t take into account the human rights, exploiting and destroying the environment where we live and obviate the life forms of people occupying each territory.

For this reason, the fact that companies are increasingly commited to CSR policies means that they are realizing that you can’t go ahead in a way that is foreign to your social and ecological environment. And this change of business logic, benefits the whole society.

  • Why do you think it is important that all of us play our part, no matter how small it could be?

Because of my professional experience, I know how difficult if for an NGO to implement their projects because of economic problems. It is very frustrating having lots of ideas and not being able to implement them because of the lack of funds to implement them.

That’s why it is very important that every of us collaborate with different kind of ways, donations are very important, even if they are very small. Together, we can make big things happen.

Leyre, if you could ask for a wish, it would be… teleport me :)

Over the next few weeks we will know a little more about Leyre’s new experience, so stay tuned! 😉

If you want, you can follow Leyre on their social networks: Facebook and LinkedIn.

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.

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