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We celebrated the 2nd Worldcoo Volunteer Day!
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International Refugees Day
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World Health Day
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Against unemployment, for women social inclusion
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758 million of adults in the world, 15 years & older, still cannot read or write a simple sentence

We celebrated the 2nd Worldcoo Volunteer Day!

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Last Friday, we changed our computers and notebooks for paint brushes. In the context of Giving Tuesday  we wanted to spend, in a direct and personal manner, a morning together with those most in need for the second time.

We were with our colleagues fromObra Social Hospital San Juan de Dios, an entity with which we have collaborated several times. The objective was to participate in the rehabilitation of a flat, supervised by the same entity, where young people newly arrived to Spain live.

We spent a very different and productive morning in Sant Vicenç dels Horts (Barcelona). It was a good occasion to share a good time working as a team all together and, also, to know from first-hand the great job that Obra Social does with the management of insertion flats that promote autonomy and offer a home for young newcomers.

Following, some of the pictures from last Friday.

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Worldcoo Team


International Refugees Day

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Today, 20 of June, takes place the International Refugee Day; an opportunity that allows us to get a closer look at the reality of UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees).

Almost everyone has heard of the acronym UNHCR, but very few know that the organization was born in 1950 with the challenge of resetting one million Europeans who became homeless after World War II. Since then, UNHCR has provided humanitarian aid to millions of people who have had to leave their homes due to armed conflict or persecution. In total, 49.7 million people are under its protection. What are their current priorities and focus of action? We talk with Joan Reventós, Director of the Catalan Committee of UNHCR

Today, there are 65, 6 million displaced people in the world. What is the main aim of UNHCR?

The UNHCR’s main challenge is to protect and assist refugees and displaced persons through persecution or war, and to promote durable solutions to their situation, through voluntary repatriation, integration into the first countries of asylum or through resettlement in third countries. With the current levels of forced displacement in the world, it is a great challenge to find durable solutions, as more than ninety percent of all displaced people live in the world’s most impoverished countries and their reception capacities, despite their solidarity, are very limited

These are people who have had to flee armed conflict or persecution and are forced to seek security in the nearby countries. What is the biggest challenge once they cross the border of their country?

It is essential that people who cross borders in search of security can effectively access their rights as persons with international protection needs. Therefore, the states that host them must have the appropriate laws, procedures and guarantees to offer asylum. Together with the legal certainty necessary to reside in a new country, they need sufficient support to be able to restart their lives and to enable them to live independently and autonomously, with the aim of becoming active subjects of the host societies, If there are conditions to return, in their countries of origin.

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After 67 years since the creation of UNHCR, today there are more than 50 people under your protection. How has the experience been since today?

A complex path, full of challenges and difficulties; Successes and learning. Plagued with dilemmas. UNHCR’s mandate, both to protect and assist refugees and internally displaced persons and to reduce the number of stateless persons in the world, is a daunting challenge which requires a combination of different sensitivities and interests at global, regional and local levels.

Is there any project or past experience that serves to respond to the present needs?

There are different experiences that can serve as examples in the face of the challenges that the international community now has to face in order to reduce current levels of forced displacement. One of them was the one promoted by Fridtjof Nansen, a scientist, diplomat and statesman; A humanist with deep compassion for human beings who, at the request of the League of Nations, encouraged the High Commissioner for Refugees, an initial seed of what is now UNHCR, becoming the first international organization Dedicated entirely to finding solutions for people fleeing wars and conflicts. Nansen, thanks to his excellent diplomatic skills, reached an agreement for 52 countries to authorize the issuance of what was called “Nansen passports”, personal identification cards that allowed their holders to travel without arousing suspicion or encountering border problems. For almost two decades, these certificates enabled millions of people to be saved from persecution and barbarism, people who played a very important role in the development of host societies

In recent months, the various conflicts that have taken place in Syria, South Sudan and Yemen, among others, have been described as the greatest humanitarian crisis since the Second World War. How do you see the current and future scenario?

With concern and hope. Concern because the number of forced displacements has multiplied in recent years, and this means that millions of people have become, often overnight, refugees or displaced persons; Forced to leave their homes behind, to shed most of their belongings and, what is worse, to live the uprooting. While accelerating this process, we find that the international community does not find the political solutions necessary for this trend to be reversed in the short or medium term.

On the other hand, with hope since, in this, as in many other things in life, the Pareto Law can be of great help to us. If among all of us we are committed to addressing the causes and consequences of the four most bloody conflicts or crises that now plague the world (Syria, Palestine, South Sudan and Somalia), 80% of the more than 65 million displaced people which now scandalize us, could start thinking about returning to their homes. It may seem utopian, but it is only a matter of will and determination

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What can we all do from here?

On the one hand, as citizens of a global world, be aware that forced displacement is not something alien and distant to us. Everyone could be a refugee some day,  almost all the people who inhabit the land today have a relative who in his day had to flee his home because of the war.  Understanding it implies understanding that behind each figure there is a person like us: with desires, hopes, fears and loves … People like you and me.

Lastly, and until political solutions to conflicts have been found, the humanitarian community needs the support of individuals and organizations in order to respond to the enormous needs that are detected in the most impoverished countries. For this reason, I invite you to become a partner or donor of the Spanish Committee of UNHCR, either by calling 913690670 or through our website www.eacnur.org, your contribution, added to that of more than 400,000 Spanish regular contributors allows us to continue #changing stories.

Worldcoo Team

World Health Day

Today – World Health Day– we want to briefly review some of the health projects that our eCommerce with cause are helping to fund. We are very proud to know that, thanks of them and their users, so many local and international NGO’s around the world will be able to carry out several initiatives with the aim of making universal access to health care a reality and medical research a priority. THANK YOU ALL!

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  • Able to smile thanks to Giggle Doctors:thanks to the collaboration of Promofarma users, Giggle Doctors from Theodora Foundation will visit 35 kids with intellectual disability, thus enhancing their sensorial and physical development.  More information.
  • No child with leprosy:In India, 9 out of every 100 new cases of leprosy detected are boys and girls. Together with Fontilles, Uvinum community will fund the surgical material and medicines needed because orthopaedic surgery could be performed in 40 children suffering from leprosy. More information.
  • Health care for the population of Sierra Leone:through the NGO África DirectoPercentil is raising funds so that 6.000 people in Sierra Lena have access to basic health services during 6 months. More information.
  • Help children with rare disease have quality education:this is the objective of MeQuedoUno, who is contributing to promote the inclusice eduation of 25 children through FEDERMore information. 

Worldcoo Team

Against unemployment, for women social inclusion

Today is the International Women Day!

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There are more than 4 million people unemployed in our country; more than a half of them, are women.  

Today is the International Woman Day and, in that sense, PC Componentes, one of our e-commerce with cause with more experience, launches a new social project with the aim of encourage entrepreneurship among women at risk of social exclusion and facilitate their access to the world of work.

They will do it through PROJECT VIVES, an initiative of the NGO Action against Hunger, an international humanitarian organization that fights the causes and effects of hunger and social exclusion.

The challenge is that today and during all this month, the users of PC Componentes add one extra euro to make that 10 women receive professional counselling for job search or for entrepreneurship.

Action against Hunger, through PROJECT VIVES, promotes that the participants improve their personal skills and will help them to find a job or start a new business.

You can follow the donation process HERE.

Worldcoo Team.  

758 million of adults in the world, 15 years & older, still cannot read or write a simple sentence

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Today is the Internacional Literacy Day

Fifty years ago, UNESCO officially proclaimed 8 September Internacional Literacy Day to actively mobilize the international community and to promote literacy as an instrument to empower individuals, communities and societies.

The truth is that numbers talk by themselves: new literacy data from the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS) indicate there are 758 million adults 15 years and older who still cannot read or write a simple sentence.  This means that more than 750 million people don’t have the basic knowledge that allow them to know their rights as an individual; so they are more susceptible to exclusion and poverty. Roughly two-thirds of them, 505 million, are female.

bookBoth for families and for communities, literacy means a necessary instrument to improve health and the relation with the world. In fact, we can affirm that literate society is more proactive to interchange knowledge, and illiteracy represents a difficulty to improve life quality and can generate exclusion and violence.

“The capability of reading or understanding documents is directly related to the eradication of poverty and to the development of communities and societies”, affirms Fidele Podga, coordinator of the Department of Studies and Documentation in Manos Unidas.

UNESCO is celebrating this day under the banner “Reading the Past, Writing the Future” and claim the importance of including literacy in the education programmes.

In Worldcoo we have joined to this commemoration and we encourage society and companies to make that literacy right will be a reality around the world with social projects like the following ones…

  • Regalador is supporting education in Honduras. Thanks to their collaboration, ACOES will be able to distribute 100 school kits among students of ACOES Schools in Nueva Capital.

If you want to celebrate this day with us, we encourage you to share your expressions with the hashtag #LiteracyDay.

Worldcoo Team.

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