Tag - Experience

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“Poverty is not only to understand it, but also to solve it”, Vicente Ferrer
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The experience of Jordi and Joana in Patongo, Uganda
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Cesc Carbó joins Worldcoo as e-Commerce Developer
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Our policy of transparency

“Poverty is not only to understand it, but also to solve it”, Vicente Ferrer

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Our Ambassadors visit Vicente Ferrer Foundation!

The first time that Vicente Ferrer visited India was in 1952 as a missionary of “Compañía de Jesús”, in Mumbai.  He didn’t imagine then that some years later, the ruling classes of the country would see their contribution as a threat to the country.  In 1968 Ferrer was forced to leave India, but his departure left no one indifferent; a march of 250 km carried out by more than 30.000 people finally made that Indira Ghandi get a new visa to Vicente to stay in India.  In 1969 Vicente and Anna Ferrer founded Vicente Ferrer Foundation in Anantapur, Andhra Pradesh.

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Jordi and Joana with some of the people from Vicente Ferrer Foundation

Today, more than 3 million people benefit from all the projects that the Foundation carries out in order to promote the development of the most poverty and excluded communities. So it is not surprising that locals remember Vicente as “the God who we could touch”.

In Worldcoo we feel very fortunate to have helped to get funds to this organization who we admired so much. For this reason, we were very excited to know the experience of our two ambassadors after visiting two of the projects that our “eCommerce with cause” have helped to fund there:

  • The first one is the pediatric attention care of more than 1.300 kids that the users of Banco Sabadell are helping to fund there, in the Pediatric Hospital in Bathalapalli. You can remember the project HERE.
  • The second project they visited was the dam that Planeta Huerto users funded in order to improve the agricultural and livestock needs of 1.126 people from Agraharam, a village in the district of Anantapur, in India. You can remember the project HERE.

As we explain you, after their adventure in Africa (you can remember their first experience HERE and the second HERE), Jordi and Joana started a new adventure to Anantapur, where there’s the Campus of the Foundation. They explain us their experience. Keep reading!


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Joana with some of the students

“50 years ago Anantapur was a very arid, almost deserted rural area. Nowadays, although it is still one of the driest areas in Andhra Pradesh, it is surrounded by several green areas, mainly mango trees and peanut plants, and several reservoirs to store rainwater. These are the most superficial changes the city has undergone. The rest, can be discovered once you enter the Campus that the organization has in Anantapur; it’s like a world apart from the region, even from India.

The first day there we went to Bathalapalli, about 25km from Anantapur. There, there is the project that the users of Banco Sabadell are helping to fund there, the General Hospital and the Pediatric Hospital, as well as some other projects that the organization carries out in the region.

Once we park near the hospital we began to see all the traffic of people entering, leaving, waiting … As they told us, the center has become a reference in the state because of the quality of its services. It is the “jewel of the Crown” of the Foundation. A total of 80 doctors and volunteers attend about 1900 consultations a day. Some months ago, the services were completely free, now each family pays according to what they could afford. People who can’t afford it, receive help from some of the projects they carry out, such as the one that Banco Sabadell participated with WorldCoo. Thanks to their solidarity contribution, 1,300 children will be able to receive free medical care.

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Pediatric Hospital in Bathalapalli

The hospital has two emergency rooms, an ambulance, ten beds for intensive care, laboratories with the most advanced machinery, a blood bank recognized by the government, 350 postoperative beds, an optical gynecology section… And also has the area of Pediatrics, with capacity up to 80 children and the neonatal ICU.

We met one of the volunteers and explained that when he arrived at the hospital, he had a lot of prejudices about the type of place where he would work, but that, in fact, he had there the same machines as in Spain.

The second project we visited was the dam that the users of Planeta Huerto had helped to fund through WorldCoo.

Water reservoirs are a key element in boosting the economy of Andra Pradesh, India’s second most arid state. The weather conditions the agriculture of the country, the livelihood of almost 80% of the population.

Through the construction of this reservoir, it will be possible to irrigate about 50 hectares, directly benefiting 12 families of farmers and 203 families of this town indirectly.

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Joana and Jordi in one of the villages they visited

What we saw in these and other projects is that the main objective of Vicente and Anna was always to empower the lower class, those who were always scorned and even killed by their illness or condition, which represented a shame for the family . Dalits, people who are deaf, dumb, with Down syndrome, AIDS patients or with mobility problems due to polio. Everyone has understood that they are the same as others and now families are even proud of their achievements. One day Vincent said: “My job is to achieve impossible dreams” and it is precisely this feeling that one takes from the Foundation, to witness a miracle”.

Worldcoo Team

 

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!

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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

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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

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“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

Cesc Carbó joins Worldcoo as e-Commerce Developer

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Cesc Carbó is our last incorporation. From Sant Cugat (Barcelona), he joins Worldcoo as e-Commerce Developer.

He studied Industrial Engineering, but his professional career has been developed into different companies and sectors; both in start-ups, and in a large multinationals in the technology sector, where he has developed projects about business development and project management tasks.

He defines himself as a curios person and affirms that the adjective that best describes himself is “active”. “I like to know about many things, but I don’t deep into them: I guess I’m one of the victims of the generation of the 90’s, the access to a lot of information but with no time to assimilate it”.

Do you want to know more about him? Keep reading!

  • Welcome to Worldcoo, Cesc! What will be your role here?

To get companies to commit themselves to strengthening their commitment to society by relying on Worldcoo as the tool to do so.

  • What will be your main challenge?

Increase Worldcoo’s customer base, thinking in a future where our solutions will be in all online platforms around the world.

  • What do you like the most about Worldcoo?

It is a digital company that works to bring value where it is most needed, a key factor if we expect a change versus a more sustainable development of our societies.

  • By your profile and way of being, what distinctive component do you think you can contribute to the Worldcoo team?

I think I have a very versatile profile in this world of specialists. Within a while, I hope to feel satisfied that I have helped the Worldcoo team in areas unrelated to my most direct work responsibilities. Maybe, focused on managing teams or people.


And some more personal…

If you aren’t at work, we will surely find you… Doing sport and enjoying nature. I need time to escape to open spaces and relax, whether it’s flying across seas scuba diving or running through the mountains linking peaks and rocky places.

I enjoy traveling and I try to do it often. Whenever possible, combining adventure, nature and culture, but according to this order of priorities, if not possible the combination of all of them.

Some of my other hobbies are cats, writing, laughing, photography, movies, series, documentaries, technology and music (this last one just as a consumer).

Always that I can… I dedicate myself to observe and try to understand the world where we live, to enjoy a good meal and good drinking; All of them inescapable inheritance.

I love visiting places I don’t know, even if they are next to my home, and being permanently discovered.

You couldn’t live without… Enjoying the madness of the people.

If you could choose one “super power” it would be… Being able to move between dimensions and temporal spaces.

Worldcoo Team.

Our policy of transparency

In this article we want to explain you how Worldcoo aims to make your charity experience something awesome.

The way we want to boost is : transparency. Because we think that the fact to follow where your money goes makes you even more happy to donate. Moreover, you are the witness of your actions. We want to engage you in the project further than the donation, plus being able to share the real change you made possible.

To end this transparency aspect, we will simply keep you tuned about the construction of the project. Indeed, when a project is “Funded”, it pass automaticly to “In construction”. Then, when the project is achived, you can see it as a “Success story”. The follow up starts with the begining of the crowdfunding campaing and ends when the project is a success story. We illustrate all the process by blog articles with stories, pictures, and videos.

So, when you donated for a project, make sure to have a look to see how it is going 😉

By the way, here you can find our Youtube channel –> WorldcooTV

And here is the Pinterest –> WorldcooBoards

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