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Fighting child malnutrition in Kenya
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“Poverty is not only to understand it, but also to solve it”, Vicente Ferrer
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4 social challenges in which business should also play a role in this 2017
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In Spain, 1 in 3 children suffer poverty and social exclusion

Fighting child malnutrition in Kenya

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Uvinum is one of the multiple companies who collaborates with us with a strongest commitment against child malnutrition. Some days ago, euro to euro, all their customers collected the total amount necessary to ensure the distribution of a daily meal to 60 children in Madagascar trough the collaboration with Yamuna.

aztivateNow, they have just started a new challenge. In collaboration with Aztivate, an NGO who works for cooperation and development in Africa, the customers of Uvinum will make that 340 children from Turkana (Kenya) receive Vitamin A, antiparasitic and multivitamin annual treatment.

As you may know, Kenya is experiencing one of the worst crises since 2011 due to the lack of rain that triggers serious health problems. Children and pregnant women urgently need medical and food assistance. In particular, the population of Turkana, a region located in northern Kenya, has levels of malnutrition of the 30% and the forecast is that the situation will worsen due to the lack of rainfall. Aztivate has been working in the region for two years, fighting child malnutrition. Uvinum community will have the opportunity to do the same now.

We invite you to follow the donation process HERE.

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

 

4 social challenges in which business should also play a role in this 2017

What is happening in the world? What problems are facing our society and our planet? These are the social challenges which we, and also businesses, will have to face this year:

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1. HungerAccording to a recent report published by the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations, “The State of Food Insecurity in the World 2015”, in 2015 there were 705 million people in the world that were living without access to the necessary alimentation in order to lead a healthy life. This means that 10.9% of the world’s population is currently living in hunger.

The major inequality which can be seen in the figures concerning hunger in different country, is perhaps, the most alarming: in Haiti, 53.4% of the population is malnourished, whereas 47.8% in Zambia and 47.7% in the Central African Republic, and of course, amongst those people, children. These are ultimately statistics which we have to fight against from all the entities which form part of our society.

2.PollutionIllnesses caused by air pollution already produce around 7,000 deaths per year in our country. In 2015, The World Health Organisation (WHO) claimed that 95% of the Spanish population was breathing air which contained more than the recommended amount of pollution, a pollution which is cause mainly by traffic in the big cities and their corresponding metropolitan areas, but also cause by industrial activities.

To put a stop to emissions is everybody’s responsibility and it is a question of life or death for many people. Now, nobody can remain on the side-lines in the fight against pollution.

3.InequalityThe gap between the rich and the poor is a global problem which affects every country in this world. In 2015, 1% of the world’s population had as much wealth as the poorest 80%. Our country is not an exception to this situation, and actually, according to the report “An economy for the 1%”, Spain is positioned as the country with the second highest level of inequality in the world, only behind Cyprus.

The recent years have brought an alarming amount of poverty and exclusion in our country, with the rate of the people in risk of exclusion raising to the figure of 13.4 million people in 2014, which makes up 29.2% of the Spanish population.

Fighting against poverty and building more equal cities and countries is everyone’s responsibility.

4. The refugee crisisIn 2015, according to annual report from The United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), the number of displaced people from their country equalled the populations of Spain, Portugal and Australia put together, more than 65 million people left their homes and 21.3 million of them were refugees fleeing from war and persecution.

More than half of the refugees were minors less than 18 years old, and 98,400 of them were children who were fleeing alone or separated from their families. Poverty also hits these people who have had to leave everything behind. The responsibility to search and find a solution for this situation is shared between everybody.

Worldcoo Team.

In Spain, 1 in 3 children suffer poverty and social exclusion

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Dreivip, one of our e-commerce with cause, has finished his last project. Thanks to them, NGO Mumbai Smiles will be able to educate 30 children under 6 years old and prevent them from falling into exploitation networks. If you want, you can remember the project HERE.

Its next challenge, which starts today, is to end child malnutrition in Spain, a very important purpose if we consider that today more than 2.6 million Spanish children are at risk of poverty and social exclusion. Since the beginning of the crisis, the risk of poverty has increased to 33,4%.

logo_dreivipThrough EDUCO, Dreivip users will have the opportunity to collaborate with the “Lunchroom Scholarships Educo”, which aims to guarantee, at least, a complete and healthy meal a day to children of Primary and Secondary Education in Spain in situation of Risk of poverty and exclusion.

Thanks to their collaboration, 8 children will receive a daily meal in their school during one year, distributing 1.320 meals totally.

If you want, you can follow the donation process HERE.

Worldcoo Team

 

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