Tag - Ayuda en Accion

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The experience of Miquel and Mireia in the education community in Sopachuy (Bolivia)
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Dining scholarships for 2 students at social risk
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Two scholarships lunchroom from Ayuda en Acción guaranteed during a year
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Combat child malnutrition in Sopachuy
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Reduce child malnutrition in the community of sopachuy
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#NewProject: Children & Family support in Spain

The experience of Miquel and Mireia in the education community in Sopachuy (Bolivia)

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Miquel and Mireia are two of the ambassadors of Worldcoo that, in a voluntary way, help us to audit and visit some of the projects we have helped to fund with the help of all the “companies with a cause” that collaborate with us.

Some months ago, they went to Camboya, where they had the opportunity to know first-hand the labor that the NGO S.A.U.C.E. does, an entity that, since 2011, helps people at risk of social exclusion of the zone.

NRbZ7qZsNow, they have travelled to Sopachuy, one of the villages with major childhood malnutrition index in Bolivia. In fact, every 100 kids in Sopachuy, 24 present a state of chronic malnutrition. Through the help of Nicequest users, the NGO Ayuda en Acción was able to increase the availability of food resources, teach how to increase family income from cultivation and promote good hygiene practices and responsible consumption. You can remember the project HERE.

We spoke with Miquel and Mireia about their experience after visiting Sopachuy with Ayuda en Acción.

Miquel and Mireia, how do you describe Sopachuy?

Sopachuy is a municipality formed by 9 communities spread over a wide territory. We went to Amancaya, one of the most important. To get there, it took us 4 hours by car from Sucre, the nearest city. The last hour and a half, the road became an unpaved road that usually becomes impassable in times of heavy rains. There is no type of transport that reaches the community, and the only way for the inhabitants to leave is on foot.

The community has an agrarian subsistence economy organized in family gardens. Most of the corn is grown and vegetables and vegetables have recently been introduced. There is a very basic livestock based on pigs and animals for field work.

The streets of the village are dirt with large holes made by rainwater. The houses are made of adobe, although they are beginning to build with billets. Since 3 years ago, the houses have electricity. Running water is not present in all houses and is not potable, and for this reason most people go to the river to wash their clothes, clean themselves and pick them up for cooking and drinking.

The community has a health center that includes 4 other communities (San Isidro, Achatalas, Chavarria and Alisos) and a primary and secondary school. This year they have 250 students between 6 and 16 years old. Some of the children have to walk up to an hour and a half every day to get to school.

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How are its inhabitants?

The inhabitants of Amancaya are Quechua and this is their mother tongue. They are extended families and usually have more than 4 children. Their educational level is very basic, probably the majority only came to attend primary school. In general we seem introverted and closed people.

They are Catholics and maintain some traditions related to the Pachamama and the tribute to the land.

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What are the main consequences after the implementation of the social program promoted by Ayuda en Acción?

sopachuy3The main effects easily visible in the community have been the improvements in the school (new kitchen, sink, yard cleaning), the new health center and the improvement in the hygienic and alimentary habits of the population.

Thanks to the actions carried out, cases of child malnutrition (under 5 years of age) have been reduced. Before the start of the project, 21% of the children suffered from severe malnutrition, now 5%.

During the visit, you have had the opportunity to talk with some of the families that participated in the project. What do they think about it?

After the visit to Sopachuy, the gratitude is the most common and sincere feeling that all its inhabitants transmitted to us. It is highly valued that the help has been made in the form of “action” in which they have had to take part because they have felt involved and have been aware that in their hands is the possibility of improving and pulling ahead.

Elvira, elementary school teacher says, “What I liked about this project is that they made us work. Help comes and goes, but the spark to work hasn’t left.

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Although the project ended a few weeks ago, the habitants of Sopachuy continue to work in order to continue improving their quality of life. What are their priorities today?

In order, their priorities are:

  1. sopa5Maintain habits learned in hygiene and healthy eating.
  2. Retain young people in school so that they finish high school.
  3. Settle the agrarian economy to avoid having to leave the town.
  4. Health challenges related to HIV, pregnancies in adolescence and continue working in the monitoring of malnutrition.

In general, how would you describe the experience of your visit in Sopachuy?

Being able to visit this project has given us the opportunity to get to know another reality of Bolivia, a reality that is widespread but unknown at the same time. The rural environment lives in precarious conditions and with a very low quality of life.

In relation to the project, we were very pleased to be able to visit a success story in which the involvement of all the affected agents (NGOs, teachers, health center, parents, students, municipal government) has been achieved to achieve its objective. And this is palpable with the reactions of the people; they have assimilated and acquired the NGO’s proposals as their own.

Finally, we have corroborated that the great advances are made with small actions. The most important thing is that they are appropriate proposals and adapted to the needs and capacities of the area of ​​action. In this specific case, we have seen an action plan that fits with the casuistry of the environment and this has led to the success of the project.

Worldcoo Team

 

Dining scholarships for 2 students at social risk

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As you know, one of our commitments is to show with totally transparency  the progress of each of the projects we collaborate.  In this sense, today we present you the final report of the Family Aid program in Spain (promoted by “Action Aid”) and which the users of Zacaris, the main online shop where customers can buy any kind of shoe, were involved.

Thanks to their collaboration, 2 students that are living in a low-income household, will have the chance to have a guaranteed annual scholar lunchroom. Thank you so much!

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Worldcoo Team.

Two scholarships lunchroom from Ayuda en Acción guaranteed during a year

The last data related with the child poverty are still worrying and that is a 35,4% of children living in Spain living at risk of poverty and at risk of social exclusion. In other words, one in three children live at risk of poverty and at risk of social exclusion.

By the end of 2013 was born, by the hand of Ayuda en Acción, the Program of Support to childhood and their families in Spain in order to give a response to all Spanish children that had been affected by the consequences of the crisis and the cuts in aids and in the education of children.

During the 2013-2014 school year, from Ayuda en Acción could support directly 1.700 Spanish children (7.500 children were supported indirectly). Ayuda en Acción provided scholarships lunchroom, scholarships for books and teaching materials and scholarships for excursions and school support in 21 schools in Spain. One year later, they duplicated the number of children who was benefiting directly thanks to the project and Ayuda en Acción gave support to children from 31 schools in Madrid, Valencia, Aragon, Cataluña, Galicia, Islas Baleares, Asturias and Andalucía.

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In the current school year, the aim of Ayuda en Acción is to benefit directly 5.00 children and benefit indirectly more than 11.000 children in 37 schools from Madrid, Valencia, Aragón, Cataluña, Galicia, Baleares, País Vasco, Asturias y Andalucía.

To achieve this aim, Ayuda en Acción will deepen in the innovation line of education and, in view of the seriousness of the unemployment situation in Spain, they will also increase workshops of employability to generate new opportunities that help the families to leave situation of vulnerability in which they live.

In order to help Ayuda en Acción with the Program of Support to childhood and their families in Spain, our e-commerce with a cause Zacaris, has been offering to its customers since May the possibility to make a donation to help getting the aim of Ayuda en Accion for this school year.

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Today, we are pleased to inform that thanks to each euro donated by Zacaris customers, 900 euros has been raised which will be designated to help to give an annual scholarship lunchroom to 2 students from the schools in which Ayuda en Acción is collaborating.

Thanks to Zacaris to be an ecommerce with a cause and to their users to make this project a reality. With this project, we have 44 funded projects!

The Worldcoo team.

Combat child malnutrition in Sopachuy

We are glad to announce that we have a new funded project by Nicequest users. In this case, the project had the aim to reduce child malnutrition in the Bolivian community of Sopachuy.

Like we had said in the post that explain the project, the community of Sopachuy is in Bolivia and it has one of poorest IDH in Bolivia (rank 286 of 327). The child malnutrition rate in Sopachuy is high, for every 100 children, 24 have chronic malnutrition. Definitively, in Sopachuy exist social inequalities that affects negatively, physically and emotionally to children and the general population.

Together with Alcalá and El Villar, Sopachuy be a part of the Program of Territorial Development Area (ADT). This program together with the collaboration of the NGO Ayuda en Acción has created a project that will allow to articulate the resources and efforts of three micro-projects: Food Security and Revitalization of Local Economies, Quality Schools and Social Health Management.

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Thanks to the solidarity of Nicequest users, 9.595€ has been funded in order to help to combat child malnutrition in Sopachuy. With the money raised, the following aims are to be carried out:

  • Increase the availability of diversified foods in families and schools.
  • Consolidate healthy eating habits in families.
  • Increase the family incomes from crops and improving access to irrigation water.
  • Reorientation of local health system, articulating in efforts to reduce malnutrition and in the health promotion.

Thanks to this project, 122 persons will benefit directly. This persons are divided in 67 children and teenagers, 42 adults, 10 teachers, 1 Community Social Education Council (CESC), 1 local health agent, 1 Local Health Committee.

With this project, we have still 39 funded projects!

Thanks very much to Nicequest and its users for making this possible and continue to generate positive social impact.

The Worldcoo team.

Reduce child malnutrition in the community of sopachuy

Sopachuy community is located in Bolivia and, together with Alcalá and El Villar, be a part of Alcalá Territorial Development Area (ADT Alcalá). ADT focus its attention in promote the welfare in childhood and adolescence in these municipalities.

The main source of income and foods in Sopachuy is farming. The population of Sopachuy lives in a situation of poverty and vulnerability. For example, the 37% of the population haven’t secure water, in other words, obtains water from rain, rivers, slopes or ditches.

Sopachuy has one of the poorest IDH in Bolivia, it ranks in 286 from 327. The child malnutrition rate in Sopachuy is high, for every 100 children, 24 have chronic malnutrition. Definitively, in Sopachuy there are social inequalities that negatively affect, physical and emotionally way to children and to the general population.

In order to solve this inequalities, ADT Alcalá with Ayuda en Acción, has created a project that will allow to articulate the resources and efforts of three micro-projects: Food Security and Revitalization of Local Economies, Quality Schools and Social Health Management.

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Netquest wants to continue generating positive social impact and is going to work together with Ayuda en Acción to help to reduce child malnutrition in Sopachuy. Thanks to Nicequest users, the following aims will be achieved:

  • Increase the availability of diversified foods in families and schools.
  • Consolidate healthy eating habits in families.
  • Increase the family incomes from crops and improving access to irrigation water.
  • Reorientation of local health system, articulating in efforts to reduce malnutrition and in the health promotion.

In this project, the money raised by the Netquest users through the exchange of their points will be designated to transport, materials, personnel, training and others. The biggest beneficiaries of the project will be 67 children and youth from an educational unit, but other 55 adults will be also benefited, for example, 10 teachers. With the improvements made by ADT Alcalá project other 165 people will be indirectly benefited.

The Worldcoo team.

 

#NewProject: Children & Family support in Spain

There is an estimated 700,000 families in Spain with either less than 600€ a month or no income at all. According to AROPE (At Risk Of Poverty and/or Exclusion) an European index, 29.2% of Spanish people are at risk of poverty or exclusion and, consequently, 35% of children lives are affected in these low-income households.

Unfortunately, children are those who suffer most in this situation, both physically and mentally. Ildefonso Hernández, president of SEPAS says that “inadequate nutrition and this discriminatory social situation are associated with mental problems and increase risk of meningitis or other infectious disease, also in mid- to long term inadequate nutrition is associated to metabolic disorders like diabetes or cardiovascular problems, finally, poor nutrition is linked to cognitive development in children”.

In light of this situation, Ayuda en Acción has developed a new program to help families overcome these problems in Spain, this program is called Children & Family Support with the aim to improve, in conjunction with schools, the living condition of families who are in vulnerable situations due to the economic crisis.

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With this program, Ayuda en Acción goal is to cover the school children’s needs in 30 schools that are in 8 different communities through scholarships for dining, school supplies, extracurricular activities and educational support activities.

Thanks to this project, Zacaris customers will contribute by helping 2 students to have the chance to have a guaranteed annual scholar lunchroom. With this fact, you not only help 1 child to increase their physical and mental performance, you also help their family to know that their child is guaranteed a diary healthy food.

The Worldcoo team.

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