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#CompromisoMascoteros, the first social program of Mascoteros
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New Worldcoo Ambassadors!
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The experience of Jordi and Joana in Patongo, Uganda
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Emergency campaign: Chile forest fires
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Today we introduce you Jordi and Joana, our two ambassadors in Africa

#CompromisoMascoteros, the first social program of Mascoteros

 

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We introduce you our first ecommerce with cause dedicated to pets!

mascoteros_900They are Mascoteros, the first Spanish marketplace related to the world of pets.  If you didn’t know them you will now have opportunity to do it, because they just have joined to Worldcoo community with their new initiative #MascoterosCommitment.

Though this new initiative, they will offer their customers the opportunity to add done, two or five euros to each purchase they do and contribute to the defense of animal rights, one of its main commitments.

logo-dainaIn their first challenge, they will help Conan and three more dogs who, like him, live in one of the refuges of the Fundation for the Defense of Animals and Nature, an entity created by the Animal Protection Society of Mataró (spAm).

When Conan arrived at the Foundation, more than 10 years ago, he had clear signs of neglect and he was quite thin. After different therapies, Conan is now a loving and obedient dog, fully prepared to find a new home.

The total amount collected by Mascoteros users will go to “Great animals for great people” program, and with it, the Foundation will  guarantee the life support and veterinary care of Conan and three other older dogs found. Something that will undoubtedly promote its adoption.

Demis Torres, CEO of Mascoteros tells us that “the agreement with Worldcoo allows us to take a step forward in the defense and promotion of animal rights. There are many entities that today do not have the necessary resources to ensure the maintenance and veterinary treatment of the animals they welcome and we are so happy to be able to contribute through our community and in the long term.

The project was launched this morning and the donations were not long in coming! If you want, you can follow the donation process live HERE.

Worldcoo Team.

New Worldcoo Ambassadors!

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IMG-20170420-WA0015 - copiaSome days ago we received an e-mail from Miquel and Mireia, a young couple who in a few days were going to start a long journey that would take them around the world. They had heard about us and they asked us if they could participate in some of the projects we help to fund in some of the different countries they would visit in the next weeks.

When we talked them about our Worldcoo Ambassadors Program and proposed them to join it, they accepted instantly.

Mireia studied ADE and Market Research and lives in Barcelona; Miquel is from Palma, but he has been living in Barcelona since he came here to study Chemical Engineering and Environmental Engineering.

Both have in common a strong social commitment, they love traveling and knowing new ways of living. Mireia, for example, has collaborated on numerous occasions as a volunteer in different groups; Miquel has been involved with the Center for Development Cooperation of the UPC.

Today at this time, surely they will be in Thailand, their first stop of this long adventure that lie ahead.

During their trip, they will travel in Southeast Asia (Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, Malaysia …), Oceania and South America (Chile, Argentina, Bolivia, Peru …). Along the way, they will visit several of the social projects that our ecommerce with cause have helped to finance, will help us to know closely the reality of the region and to know the present and future needs.

If you want to follow in his footsteps, stay tuned because their adventure has just begun!

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

Emergency campaign: Chile forest fires

Support campaign for people affected by fires in Chile

As you may know, since last month of January, Chile is experiencing the worst wave of forest fires in its history with red alert in the regions of Coquimbo, Valparaíso, Metropolitana, O’Higgins, Maule and Biobío. It is estimated that the fire has devastated about 362.000 hectares in 119 incidents, leaving 11 fatalities and more than 2.800 victims.

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In front of this situation, we have started a new fundraising campaign with Telefonica Foundation. The objective is to raise the necessary funds so that the company employees can move to the regions affected by the catastrophe – Hualqui, San Nicolás y Portezuela- and participate in different projects of solidarity and reconstruction of the devastated areas once the emergency has been overcome and the hard reality of zero zone appears. They will do it through Telefonica Corporate Volunteering Program.

 If you want to make your own donation, you can do it through the online platform that we have prepared telefonica.worldcoo.com.

So far, we have raised more than €3.500!

Worldcoo Team.

Today we introduce you Jordi and Joana, our two ambassadors in Africa

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“It is like a mathematic proportion: the less people in one country has, more friendly and generous is people who live there”.

It was late last summer when we met Jordi and Joana, two young Catalans who had decided to embark on a new adventure and travel around the African continent.

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Jordi and Joana, our two ambassadors in Africa

A friend of them had talked about our ambassador program – our international network of collaborators who help us identify and audit many of the social projects we are involved with – and that’s how we met.

Based on the route they had in mind, we planned their visit to some of the cooperation projects that we are currently helping to financein Africa.

What motivated them to embark on this adventure? What challenges are they encountering? What is their journey like? If you want to know a little more of them, keep reading!

Jordi and Joana, 6 months in Africa and 6 more in Central Asia. What has led you to venture into this new project?

For some time ago, we always wanted to do a long trip and the idea that motivated us most was to know part of the African continent. We had the feeling that we could find very authentic people there, very different ways of living and a spectacular nature. In addition, it was a very big challenge for us because of the way of traveling, totally different from how we had been doing so far. For now, all our expectations have been fulfilled!

When and how did you take this decision?

We had been waiting for the right conditions for 4 years. In 2010 we made a similar trip in Asia and then, back here, it was quite difficult to find a job and to re-establish our lives. So, when we found the way to go without losing our current job, we made the final decision.

What have you done so far?

So far, we have met the people in Madagascar, we have been relaxing for a few days in the Seychelles, we have explored the most isolated corners of Kenya, the nature of Uganda has surprised us and we have enjoyed the green of Rwanda. To all this, one of the most intense moments that we have lived have been the visits to Tuum (Kenya) and Patongo (Uganda) as ambassadors of Worldcoo.

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What has surprised you the most?

We have been surprised about many things, and most of them are related to the people.  For example, seeing the isolation and simplicity with which many people live in these countries, it takes more than half an hour to get closer to children who had never seen European people. And one thing that we have already seen but it does not stop surprising us is to see that the less has the population of a country, the more friendly and generous are the people that live there. It looks like a mathematical proportion.

What has been the biggest challenge so far?

Without any doubt, visiting the social project in Tuum and then continue to Lake Turkana, Kenya. It is one of the most inhospitable and isolated areas where we have ever been. Most of these villages do not have any kind of transportation that connects them to each other and we had been waiting 5 hours for a vehicle to pass through the dirt road. Even so, the reward was greater than the difficulty.

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As you know, our network of ambassadors helps us identify social projects and visit them in order to guarantee total transparency in everything. In the coming days, we will share with you their experience in the village of Tuum (Kenya) and Patongo (Uganda), where we are currently collaborating to improve the living conditions of children and adolescents.

Worldcoo Team.

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