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Today is #Giving Tuesday!
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Today is the International Day of Older Persons
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International Refugees 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
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[Funded] Scholarship for an International Master of Peace
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What Intermon Oxfam is really doing with my donation?

Today is #Giving Tuesday!

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Today is #GivingTuesday, a day dedicated to donate, share and help. As you know, it is a movement that was born as an alternative to Black Friday or CyberMonday, days that promote the purchase of gifts before Christmas. Although all the  “Companies with a cause” who collaborate with us, encourage the good actions all year, we didn’t want to miss the opportunity to claim, once again, the need to be aware and value the small contributions we do in our daily live, whether they are material or not.

#GT Heart (1)Planeta HuertoDecántaloSprinterSanta FixiePromofarma… many of the companies that collaborate with us have joined this celebration. The last one has been Ticketmaster. We really want to communicate this last agreement. We are so happy to see that every time there are more companies who offer their customers the opportunity to collaborate with many different social causes. Now, when we buy a ticket for any leisure event, we will have the option to add an euro for a concrete socal cause. Each month, a different one.

descargaOf course, all the employees of Worldcoo have also joined this movement that represents us so much; that is why this Friday the 1st we will collaborate with Obra Social San Juan de Dios in the rehabilitation of a flat for Young immigrants.

Last year, during  GivingTuesday more than €500.000 were collected; for this 2017, the goal is to exceed €700.000.

Worldcoo Team

Today is the International Day of Older Persons

Today, October 1st, is the International Day of Older Persons, an occasion to thank, once again, the labor that elderly people do. In the actual panorama, we couldn’t imagine our live without them, thanks of them we can grow up our children, combine our professional and personal life and it is indescribable how much we learn from them!

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It is also a good occasion to talk about the isolation some older people suffer. Some weeks ago, we met Jane and she explain us her personal story. Jane Sandwood is a professional freelance writer with over 10 years’ experience across many fields. Jane has a particular interest in the issue of social isolation and it’s impact across all genders, ages and backgrounds.  Today we are more than grateful to share it with all of you.


“My grandmother is the matriarch of a large family. She has seven children, each of which has been married at least once and has produced multiple offspring, many of whom also have children now. Yet, somehow, we allowed her to become isolated through living in different areas, having busy jobs, prioritizing our own families, and assuming everything was ok. For my grandmother, she did not want to impose herself on others as she first mourned the loss of her husband and then her friends who one by one passed away or were moved into care homes.

It is no surprise, therefore, to learn that there a many complex reasons for social isolation to occur. On a personal level, prior to my marriage, social isolation came from first moving around the world and losing touch with friends from back home and college who separate into new groups, then becoming a work-from-home freelancer with no colleagues to hangout with and finally moving to a city where I knew no one.

In the UK alone, 50% of those over 75 live alone, few live with their children, and modern society has created dislocated family structures. This means 60% of people do not visit elderly relatives and 33% do not visit relatives in need of care. Isolation at all age groups is a massive problem right now, but it is most telling in our older generations. This is why we have launched a Campaign Against Social Isolation to help bring people together. Now is not too late to give a relative a call”.


On the other hand, organizations such as United Nations celebrate today this day with the theme “Stepping info the Future: Tapping the Talents, Contributions and Participation of Older Persons in Society.” This year’s day is about enabling and expanding the contributions of older people in their families, communities and societies at large. It focuses on the pathways that support full and effective participation in old age, in accordance with old persons’ basic rights, needs and preferences.

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

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.

[Funded] Scholarship for an International Master of Peace

We are glad to announce you that the project Let’s have one more is now completely raised!

A student from an impoverished country will be welcome soon at the Universitat Jaume I for a two years Master of Peace.

This project has been started because some budget cuts reached the education and the cooperation with the economic crisis. During all the campaign, we have been surprised by the incredible energy engaged by the department of the Peace Master to raise funds. Also, we are really glad to see that donors came from all over the world.

Morover, Worldcoo funded his first project, it is also a success for us because we proved that our platform is operational. We hope that this funded project is the first of a long list to come!

Again, thank you to all our generous donors and all the people who have been a part of the organization of the project. We will now keep you tuned about the construction of the project. You will find on this blog a follow up until the end of the course of that student.

 

See also the previous blog post :

The last straight line

54% of the project released

Almost halfway

How important are ambassadors of peace?

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What Intermon Oxfam is really doing with my donation?

Intermon Oxfam says that their objective in this project is “to improve the health status of 4.703 people in Yegobecha, by providing safe water access and the improvement of their hygiene habits”. But how is it possible? What they need to reach their aim?
The construction for the water prevision consists in different masonry structures to ensure clean water access within 20 minutes walking distance, and a minimum quantity of 15 litres per person and day. This masonry structures they want to build will be 9 water points where communities can go to get water; 9 anchor blocks to protect the pipeline system in steep terrains; 9 valve chambers to measure used water; and 8 km of trenches and water canalization.
Although, the project Intermon Oxfam is presenting in Worldcoo is the continuation of a different parts project, so there are things already constructed. This water supply system is an extension of a pipeline system financed by the Catalan Agency for Development Cooperation (ACCD).
Also, this project, promotes basic hygiene and sanitation habits for disease prevention, and trains the community on management for sanitation and hygiene issues.

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