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Healthcare attendance in isolated areas of India
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Zacaris against child blindness in India
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Social commitment – Why is it also important in employer branding?
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“Poverty is not only to understand it, but also to solve it”, Vicente Ferrer
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Nutritional care for widowed or abandoned women
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Bicycles against school dropout in rural areas
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Access to water in Agraharam village
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The schooling of 30 children in Bombay
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First private insurance model for industry workers in underdeveloped countries

Healthcare attendance in isolated areas of India

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In the North of the state of Maharashtra, in India, there live a tribe called “korkus”; they live in the isolated jungle and they are a very poor population.  Most “korkus” families live below the poverty threshold (more than 70%) with a high illiteracy rate (more than 60%) and their main livelihood, agriculture, is scarce.

In front of this situation, entities such as Manos Unidas carry out many projects in order to face malnutrition, prevent diseases, and improve hygienic-sanitary practices among tribal “korkus” populations in the Melghat region.

logoIn their new challenge, Nicequest users will help 2.000 people who live in isolated areas of India to have access to a healthcare attention trough Manos Unidas.

manos_unidasThis new project starts after completing the last campaign in which they facilitate the access to drinking water to more than 1.000 children, an important fact in order to prevent new cases of cholera (you can remember the project HERE).

Remember that if you want, you can follow the donation process HERE.

Worldcoo Team

Zacaris against child blindness in India

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Blindness is one of the most severe issues faced by the poorest people in India. In fact, it is estimated that 15 million people in the country have problems related to blindness; which represents 1,3% of total people.

banner-imgIn childhood, the problem can lead to educational problems, and is that one out of three cases of school failure is due to vision problems. For this reason, one of the main initiatives that Sonrisas de Bombay carries out is a program related to health prevention for children in Bombay.

img_21918After collecting the amount needed to reduce child abandonment and family breakdown in Ghana (remember the project HERE), Zacaris clients will collaborate with the NGO to improve the health of children and prevent curable diseases.

Through their collaboration, 80 kids will receive medical check-ups to prevent and treat curable diseases.

Remember that you can follow the funding process HERE.

Worldcoo Team                         

Social commitment – Why is it also important in employer branding?

We live in an increasingly globalised, and at the same time, competitive world. In the world of business, it is not enough to simply just seduce the client; you must bear in mind everyone who has an interest in the business to achieve the best results. The team, of course, is one of the most important parts of the public, and the capacity to attract talent to the company and retain it depends greatly on the success of the business.

In this context, the businesses’ social commitment and its policy towards sustainability (of the business itself and the planet) becomes fundamental in every relationship it establishes with its public, amongst them, the staff.

Why do we say then that the company’s social responsibility is of prime importance in its employer branding strategy? We will tell you now:

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1. In a globalised world, the flow of information is constant. We in live in a society that is extremely connected in which information spreads at an extremely fast rate and which news arrives instantly to a very large audience. In this situation, it is society itself, more informed than ever before, who demands that companies have a bigger commitment and who prefer, when searching for work, those businesses which show a greater social awareness and responsibility.

2. In a globalised world, the personal image is more important than ever. We are increasingly more aware of the importance of our own professional image and it is this awareness, which makes us become more demanding of the companies we work in. We know that our image is closely linked with our job and the company that we work for.

3. In a globalised world, companies compete with other companies from around the world. Location is not an obstacle for a talented employer who is willing to work in any business in the world and from any part of the world. Competition is high and companies have to be on top of their game if they want to attract talent.

4. In a globalised world, we are more and more aware of social problems. The aforementioned constant flow of information makes us more aware of the problems we have to face as a society, and therefore, makes us more responsible for finding the solution. We want to be part of the solution, and above all, we do not want to be a part of the problem.

Worldcoo Team

 

“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

 

Nutritional care for widowed or abandoned women

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Nicequest users have finished their last project! Thanks of them, UNHCR will be able to give access to a home for 100 refugee people in Iraq. You can remember the project HERE.

In the next social challenge, they will collaborate with Vicente Ferrer Foundation in order to improve the situation of widowed or abandoned women in rural Andhra Pradesh who suffer from gender-based violence and discrimination, facilitating their inclusion, integration and empowerment.

India is a country where gender violence is deeply present in all stages of women’s lived. Forced marriages, infanticide, deceit, rape, sexual harassment, prostitution, dowry or physical and verbal violence are some of the problems women must have to face, among others.

Thanks to the solidarity of Nicequest users, 27 widowed or abandoned women from Anantapur will receive a nutritional package (rice, wheat, legumes, millet and oil) for a year.

Moreover, they will be provided with support and help to deal with the violence and / or discrimination they suffer, offering them support and counseling and mediating to find suitable solutions.

You can follow the donation process HERE.

Worldcoo Team.  

 

Bicycles against school dropout in rural areas

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Did you know that bicycles are the most conveyance used and sold in the world? It is estimated that there are more than 1.000.000.000 bicycles around the world today.

In countries like Spain, the country where the use of bicycles has increased the most during the last years, every time there are more people who decide to use this transport as an alternative to the car or moto, which are more expensive and less sustainable and ecologic.

However, there are less developed countries, such as Uganda, Kenia or India, where the bicycles has developed another use, and has become a good tool for social and professional inclusion.

fvf1-666Santa Fixie Group, one of our e-commerce companies which we collaborate with, has launched so many social campaigns in order to potential this new use of the bicycle. Their new challenge, which starts today, is to raise funds in order that Vicente Ferrer Foundation can distribute bicycles to kids and teenagers in Kothacheruvu, a very little rural area in Andra Pradesh (India), which it is located very far away from the mail school centers of the region. The lack of adequate means of transportation often leads families to decide that their children, and especially their daughters, stay at home for fear of something happening on the way to school.

The distribution of bicycles will ensure secondary education for Young people in Kothacheruvu and to Foster equal opportunities for boys and girls, in order to promote their integral development and empowerment.

You can follow the donation process HERE.

Worldcoo Team.

 

 

Access to water in Agraharam village

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During this school year, 30 kids will receive school support to improve their education  thanks to Planeta Huerto users, who have been contributing to break poverty cycle. Just like a reminder, today 1 every 4 kids live situations of vulnerability, because many families struggle to meet their basic needs. They will do it through a program leaded by La Obra Social “la Caixa”. Thank you so much to make it happen!

They start a new social project today, which is promote the access to water in Agraharam village, who is located in the second most arid state in India after Rajasthan, with an annual average rainfall of 940mm. These weather conditions affect agriculture, the livelihood of nearly 80% of the population.

vicente_ferrer_logoThis situation is what led to Vicente Ferrer Foundation to develop an Ecological Development Plan to save, multiply and share the natural, agricultural and livestock resources of the area.

Thanks to the contribution of the users of Planeta Huerto, the organisation will be able to build a dam to benefit 1.068 members of the 203 farming families who live in the village, from the positive impact of the construction of the dam.

You can follow the project HERE.

Worldcoo Team.

 

 

The schooling of 30 children in Bombay

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Dreivip users have finished their last social project! Thanks of that, 90 kids will receive a daily snack in SOS Children’s Villages day care centers. Thank you so much to make it happen!

logo-300x200But time flies, so we have been working in order to find a new challenge where the users of the first online outlet in Spain could show, once again, their solidarity.

In this occasion, we move to India, in Mumbay, where there are 2,4 million children out of school and 1,1 million of them, are child labourers. We will provide preschool and proper nutrition to 30 slum children under 6 years through the NGO Mumbai Smiles.

You can follow the project HERE.

Worldcoo Team.

 

 

First private insurance model for industry workers in underdeveloped countries

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In 2005, the factory Spectrum, in Bangladesh, collapsed leaving 60 workers dead. In 2013, the commercial building Rana Plaza, also in Bangladesh, suffered a fire in which more than a 1,000 people died. These are two tragedies which defined Javier Chércoles’ path, who when both events took place, was working in the department of Corporate Social Responsibility for Inditex and Primark, respectively.

However, what happens when something like this takes place? What responsibilities do the companies who work with these factories have? Moreover, how do they manage the tragedy that follows? In both of these cases, it was Javier Chércoles who took the responsibility of compensating the families of the dead workers and the injured workers themselves. An insurance that would have covered these workers didn’t exist, there wasn’t a defined compensation scheme, and therefore they had to start from zero.

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Consequently, in these scenarios, two questions arose according to Javier Chércoles, on the one hand, a compensation for the workers and their families has to be established. On the other hand, the reality of what happened needs to be taken into account, with the aim that the subsidies actually serve to help improve their situations.

In this regard, understanding the situation of the widow, whose father-in-law does not allow her any access to the money received through the compensations, and addressing these issues of vulnerability so that she is not enclosed in an ever more precarious situation is essential to achieving a fair compensation system.

All this leads to analysing the labour crisis as a social crisis, as Javier Chércoles explains in the interview conducted by Via Empresa. Assuming that, just as the crisis does in essence, the compensation must have an impact on all the people concerned with the victims.

Experiencing these two catastrophes first-hand and managing the consequences this way was, for Javier Chércoles, the raw material of his doctoral thesis and is now the raw material for his project: the creation of an insurance system for industry in underdeveloped countries and its implementation.

A system devised with the aim of covering the workers and their families in the event of any accident at work, would mean, for the business or factory, a similar investment to that of the bosses when purchasing car insurance. The next phase is that the businesses start to work under this system.

Moreover, in all of this, what role do Spanish businesses have to play? As Javier Chércoles states, now is the time for businesses such as Mango, Inditex, El Corte Inglés or Mayoral to make a statement. If all of these businesses impose that insurance for the workers of their suppliers is an absolute essential, not only will they be improving the working conditions of these employees but also they will be contributing to the development of the countries of the South.

For the time being, Primark will be the first business to implement this system and there are already four other business who have joined the project.

Worldcoo Team.

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