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Worldcoo Ambassador network keeps growing!
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The power of a smile :)
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The experience of Jordi and Joana in Tumm (Kenya)
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5 reasons why CSR is not a cost, but an investment
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She is Leyre Moreno, our ambassador in Santiago de Chile

Worldcoo Ambassador network keeps growing!

Today we introduce you Patrick, our new ambassador in Nepal.

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DSC00409 (1)Patrick has always had a strong social commitment. During all his life, he has collaborated and participated with so many projects and social causes, such as the fight against gender violence, animal abuse or the care of elderly people. But it’s now when Patrick is going to face what will surely be the most powerful experience of his life.

Patrick, sales engineer from Holland, took a flight to Nepal at the beginning of February.  His purpose was visiting and collaborating with different NGOs from the country. The first one was Street Child, organization which we have collaborated in several occasions.  

Following, Patrick explains us a little bit more why he started this adventure and how was his first experience in Katmandu.

  • Welcome on board to our Ambassador Program, Patrick! Why did you start this new adventure?

Thank you so much for the introduction! Sometimes, we don’t realize about how quickly live goes, and this is what happened to me. School, institute, university, internship, first work, second work… And all of this inside my happiness bubble. During my university studies I had a dream, and it was to travel around countries very much different from mine. This dream was never fulfilled. But some months ago, making auto-introspection, I rescued the idea and as now I don’t have so many familiar obligations and before continuing my personal career, I decided to make this dream come true.

  • Why Nepal and not any other country?

Because I wanted to go to a country very different from mine: different culture, social conditioning, everything I’m used to and where I could help.  There was a lot of countries where I would like to live, so it was quite difficult to take a decision. But I love the mountain, so I finally decided to visit Himalaya, the biggest aspiration I could ever have. Moreover, I got the chance to help a mountain guide, Shiva, with his company, Himkala Adventure, which, at the same time, help as much as possible to the people of his native area, Gorkha (epicenter of the 2015 earthquakes). So the decision was made on its own.

  • What do you expect to do here? Explain us a little bit more about the projects you will visit and what will be your role.  

DSC00405 (1)Two weeks ago, we went to my host hometown, Shiva, where I left most of the material and clothes I could bring from Barcelona, as well as participate in a traditional Hindu wedding, all very enriching.

Some days ago, I visited an orphanage, Possible Nepal, which I could contact via Couchsurfing. I could bought some food for some days, as well as scholarly material. I also could help with the translation of some documents and I played with the kids, who are very nice. A council for those who want to buy material there and bring it to Nepal: keep your budget and buy in Kathmandu, you can get 10 times more material. To give you an idea, with 12 € we buy 60 kg of potatoes, and with 9 € 44 workbooks.

In addition, I will visit Shed The Light Nepal, a joint iniciative between Australia and Nepal who work for peace, the reconstruction after hearthwater, help children, and empowering women in Nepal. As a Worldcoo Ambassador, I have just visited the NGO Street Child Nepal in order to see what are they doing there, who are they helping and how are they doing it.

  • What has impressed you the most?

The good mood with which people of Nepal carry the difficulties. Although the salary of most of them is very low, there are a lot of people without home because of earthquakes, collapsed buildings, pollution and poverty, they are the most pleasant and friendly people I could ever met. And I could understand a certain resentment towards the tourists, who just go there to do trekking in their mountains. But that doesn’t happen. Children, elderly people, everyone. Despite all the difficulties, they go ahead with many more smiles than most people you see in European cities.

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  • You have visited a school that Street Child built in order that children from immigrant families working in brick factories could have access to education. What has been your impression?

It has been great, and it has been a very interesting and surprising experience. There are a lot of concepts that one doesn’t think about: that there is a season for brick making, winter, avoiding the rainy season because bricks are dried outdoors before going through the oven; That workers are generally from villages outside the Kathmandu valley, and even from India, and that they are attracted by the security of 6 months of work.

The work of Street Child of Nepal, together with Kopila Nepal, is very good and helps on many fronts at the same time: it gives education to the sons and daughters of families who work in the brick factory, but also guarantees they are safe and well cared for, and thanks to all this gives better working conditions to those who work there. They know that their children are close, learning and well cared for.

  • How would you describe people who live there?

It is not easy to live there, in a special cabins between the bricks they are building, with so many animals and very far away from their homes. Despite all of this bad conditions, they are happy, polite and with a permanent smile. They are very optimist, so it makes one wonder what we do wrong in places where there is more wealth to have such high rates of depression and intolerance

  • What do you think that are the most needs that they have right now?

DSC00402 (1)I don’t know how I could start. On the first hand, there is not many work in small villages, so they have to go to the city. Moreover, the best opportunities and education are in the metropolis, so they come here both for them and their children.

Related to the project, there’s a small school with one unique space and two toilets and a fence that closes the playtime space. It’s really good, because the structure and foundations are solid, earthquake-proof, and the idea is to have the basics, and that’s achieved. But there are limitations that requires more funds.

For example, there are a lot of employees who come from India and their children can’t go to school because they can’t do two classes in two different languages: Nepali and Hindi. So they need to build one more space for Indian kids.

In addition, there are many more boys and girls than can be admitted in the classroom, so they could also build another module just to accommodate more children.

Then, at the end of the brick season, families return to their homes and the school closes, basically because of the lack of funds, and the service is provided in the work season because it is when there is more need. With a little more, given that the physical structure and material is a non-recurring expense, the school could be maintained open throughout the year, thus giving fixed work to the teachers, and serving the children of the zone.

In short, more modules like the one they already built, one to accommodate more Nepali children and one to teach in Hindi, as well as more funds that could  help to maitain the shcool open all year, would be very useful for them. 

  • Can you share with us some anecdote?

DSC00412 (1)About the kids: before leaving, the teacher told us to wait there because the kids had something for us. One girl came to me and gave me a drawing that remind me about mandala, with small and lighting stars and with a message inside: “Welcome to Kopila preparatory class”. She gave another drawing to my friend, Duncan Peat, and both of us thanked her with a lot of “dhanyabhadh”, “thank you” in Nepalese. Luckily, I had sweets in my bag and we could gave them some. It was the perfect goodbye for this wonderful visit with a strong message: we can contribute and help them a lot with so little effort. 

Patrick is now a Worldcoo Ambssador and his adventure in Nepal has just begun, so keep tuned!

You can follow him through his LinkedIn. 

Worldcoo Team.

The power of a smile :)

Promofarma starts new project!

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Once again, Promofarma users, one of the e-commerce with cause who work with us, have showed their solidarity. Through their collaboration with the campaign “One plus one, it is much more” promoted by Unicef, more than 7.000 kids will have access to clean water during one month. You can remember this project HERE.

The well-known Theodora Foundation is the next entity with which now the community of Promofarma can begin to collaborate. As you know, through the visits of Giggle Doctors, Theodora Foundation humanizes the stay in the hospital and helps to alleviate the suffering of all hospitalized children. Nonetheless, on this occasion, the euros collected will go to the “Able to Smile” project, an initiative that we haven’t talked about yet and which seeks to promote the autonomy and development of children with intellectual diversity through sensory stimulation.

A child with functional diversity responds very differently to stimuli; for example, some unexpected things can make them laugh, like a cry or a sneeze. Through the provocation of this laugh,Giggle Doctors acts by favouring their sensory and physical response, motivating the oxygenation of the cellular tissues and improving the immune system response.

Thanks to their collaboration, Giggle Doctors will be able to visit 35 children with intellectual disability, thus enhancing their sensorial and physical development.

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

Worldcoo Team.

 

The experience of Jordi and Joana in Tumm (Kenya)

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2nd chapter of the experience of our two ambassadors in Africa.

Jordi and Joana have visited one of the projects we have collaborated with: the nursery school in Tumm (Kenya).

During their experience in Africa, Jordi and Joana have had the opportunity to visit some of the projects we have helped to fund in countries such as Ethiopia, Uganda or Sierra Leone.

For example, some months ago, we helped to fund a social project in Tumm, a very small village located Nord of Nairobi (Kenya) in collaboration with the NGO Active Africa and with the solidarity of the users of Zacaris, one of the e-commerce with cause that collaborate with us.

Tumm is located in a very arid zone and its access is very difficult and complicated, so the population there has a lot of problems to have de minimum services related on health, hungry and education. The NGO collaborates there to face the hunger, education and malnutrition of the kids, one of the main problems of the area. Through this project, the NGO could improve the health control and influence in the behavior and the hygiene habits of the parents. You can remember it HERE.

Jordi and Joana managed to overcome the difficult conditions to arrive there. Following, they their experience!


DSC03917“What is the first thing you would do if you need to go to somewhere you don’t know? We put Tumm in Google Maps and… surprise! It didn’t appear. That was a small clue of the difficulties we would face to arrive there. 

They told us that we would have to get to Baragoi and from there try to get some kind of transportation that would arrive more on the north, until Tumm. So, once in Baragoi, we got up very early, had breakfast and we sat outside the bar, on the main road of the village and wait for some car. After five minutes, we managed to go there with car. At 9.30am we were at the village! We couldn’t believe it!

After meeting Steven and Angelica, a very nice couple of missionaries from Northen Ireland, and their fascinating cooperative adventures, we went to the house where the Missionary Teresitas Sisters were working with the NGO Active Africa.

20160916_112426We met Sister Dora and later, we decided to visit the school that the NGO Active Africa. impulse there. On the way there, we could look a little bit more how the village was. It was a dusty road and around there were some shops, cottages and cabins. There were people in the shade of large acacias and goats and camels grazing everywhere. All of them, with the uncertainty of not knowing who we were and what we cold be doing there.
A few minutes later, we arrived at the school. There were two buildings: the dining room and the kitchen in one, and the classes and a small office in the other. With the money that had been collected from Worldcoo’s hand, it was possible to finance the material and food for the boys and girls and the salary of the kitchen workers during that last year.

It turned out that the children were only two days gone, so the building was empty. Only two teachers and the sister were supervising the works of the court of basketball of the patio and planting some trees. It was a fairly simple place, but very cozy. That same day we were able to interview the mothers of some of the children and two kitchen workers to know the impact of the project.

20160916_113536The feeling we had after visiting the project is that it is doing a very good job and that many more projects like these are needed to continue to improve the quality of the people who need it the most. We believe it is important to emphasize that in the search for new social projects, it is important to continue giving support to those who do not give anything to the population, but rather provide them with tools so that they themselves are the ones who make the change.

We are not always aware of the fate that we have when we were born where we have done it and with the conditions that have been given to us. A little help on our part makes a big difference for those who have not had the same fate.

We are not always conscious of how lucky we are to have born where we had and with the conditions that have been given to us. With a very small thing we can make a big difference for those who haven’t had the same lucky”.


Thank you Jordi and Joana to share with us your experience with us!

In the next post we will explain you their experience in Patongo, on the north of Uganda.

Worldcoo Team.

5 reasons why CSR is not a cost, but an investment

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The biggest difference between a cost and an investment is in the return that one or the other generates for the company, and weather it supports its growth. An example of the contrast is that the coffee you have every morning is a cost, whereas publicity for the company is an investment. What about CSR? Is it a cost or an investment?

In order to respond to this question, we must analyse what is the return for a company if they spend money in Corporate Social Responsibility:

1. The image? A coherent action in CSR, well executed and well communicated, will directly impact the image of the company, showing itself as a company with values, and as coherent and responsible, and therefore bettering the perception that their audience will have of them.

2. Talent? It is a fact that the businesses involved with society and its surroundings does attract more talent and they are able to keep the talent in their team for longer. To rely on a more motivated team with talent is a crucial condition in order for any business to grow.

3. Efficiency? Many CSR actions which are related to looking after the environment (recycling, energy efficiency…) imply a saving for the business, and therefore not only do they not lead to an increase of costs, but they actually reduce them.

4. Loyalty? The client values a responsible action on the part of the business and they thank them by being loyal to their brand. To carry out activities in line with certain values and defending these values with CSR will assure more successful and long-lasting relationships between the business and their audience, relations which will be in the foundations to the growth of the business.

5. A risk reduction? The socially responsible practices in the company reduce risks in which a business could potentially face and it permits them to have more control, something which reduces the possibility that said risks become a cost for the business, affecting its growth.

CSR generates value for the company in such important areas such as image, the relationship with the customer or the staff, and also, it could lead to a cut in costs and risks which the businesses have to deal with. All of this leads us to the conclusion that, without the fear of making a mistake, CSR is an investment and not a cost for the business.

And what about you? Will you invest in CSR?

Worldcoo Team.

She is Leyre Moreno, our ambassador in Santiago de Chile

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When we met Leyre, we instantly realized that she would be a great candidate for our Ambassadors Program (click HERE if you want to know a little bit more).

Leyre comes from Toledo, but she has lived in many others cities and countries, like Madrid, Edinburgh or Santiago de Chile, where she actually lives.

She loves traveling and know many other cultures; this is the reason why she decided to move to the other hemisphere one year ago.

As Worldcoo’s ambassador, Leyre will help us to know the social needs there are in Chile, identify possible project opportunities and, if there’s the case, visit some of the projects that we are helping to fund there and audit it.

If you want to know a little bit more about her, don’t miss the following interview.

  • leyre_blogLeyre, tell us a little bit more about you…

I’m passionate about traveling, exploring every corner of the cities where I live, know their culture and their people, walking and breathe pure air away from the city, always with my camera in hand, and live at the rhythm of the swing.

  • Why did you decide to move to Chile?

The destination, in particular, was for personal reasons. But I already had taken  the decision to leave my country and start again in other place, motivated by the bad expectations of the future in Spain after finishing my studies and the desire to know new places and cultures, to continue learning, discovering and growing.

  • Where do you actually work?

I currently work in an NGO from Chile, called FIMA, as administration and finance coordinator, as well as supporting the projects department. Our mission is to actively promote the right to live in a healthy environment and ensure the protection of the Chile’s environmental heritage. Our work, therefore, focuses on environmental justice, the empowerment of vulnerable communities and the conservation of the environment and biodiversity protection.

  • What do you like the most about Chile?

I admire the nature that the country offers – it’s absolutely breathtaking the diversity of landscapes that you can find here; I value the human team with which I have the luck to work with and the strength and perseverance with which many of the citizens of this country fight for their rights.

  • Why do you think that is it extremely important that companies are committed to CSR policies?

I really think that if the development isn’t sustainable, it is not development. It is impossible to proceed in economic terms if we don’t take into account the human rights, exploiting and destroying the environment where we live and obviate the life forms of people occupying each territory.

For this reason, the fact that companies are increasingly commited to CSR policies means that they are realizing that you can’t go ahead in a way that is foreign to your social and ecological environment. And this change of business logic, benefits the whole society.

  • Why do you think it is important that all of us play our part, no matter how small it could be?

Because of my professional experience, I know how difficult if for an NGO to implement their projects because of economic problems. It is very frustrating having lots of ideas and not being able to implement them because of the lack of funds to implement them.

That’s why it is very important that every of us collaborate with different kind of ways, donations are very important, even if they are very small. Together, we can make big things happen.

Leyre, if you could ask for a wish, it would be… teleport me :)

Over the next few weeks we will know a little more about Leyre’s new experience, so stay tuned! 😉

If you want, you can follow Leyre on their social networks: Facebook and LinkedIn.

Worldcoo Team.

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