Tag - UNHCR

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Ticketmaster against desnutrition in South Sudan
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Today is the World Refugee Day
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International Refugees Day
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One in three people suffer from some form of malnutrition in the world
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UNHCR fights to give a quality education to refugee children
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Omar, the Syrian child that smiles again
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Therapeutic diet to combat severe malnutrition
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World Refugee Day
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#NewProject Mequedouno & ACNUR; Hungry help in Africa.

Ticketmaster against desnutrition in South Sudan

This August, Ticketmaster collaborates with Comité español de ACNUR.

Children are being screened for malnutrition at a health center in Nyumanzi refugee settlement in Adjumani District of Northern Uganda 3 May 2017. ; As of March 2017, More than 800,000 South Sudanese refugees have arrived in Uganda since 2013 since the violece broke out.

Children are being screened for malnutrition at a health center in Nyumanzi refugee settlement in Adjumani District of Northern Uganda 3 May 2017. ; As of March 2017, More than 800,000 South Sudanese refugees have arrived in Uganda since 2013 since the violece broke out.

In South Sudan, more than 4,6 million refugees and displaced people depends on the humanitarian help in order to survive.  More than 63% of them are children.

Since the conflict began in 2013, violence and war have been constant and, now, hunger is increasing more and more.

“Hunger is too much. We only have one meal per day if we are lucky, mainly wild fruits”, explains Mary, 23 years old. The young woman suffers from a disability that sometimes has ocasioned some dificulties in order to have access to food distribution. (You can check more testimonials here).

sjes-acnurIn front of this situation, this August the customers of Ticketmaster will collaborate with the Spanish Committee of UNHCR in order to provide humanitarian aid and food in South Sudan and alleviate the hunger suffered, especially in the case of children.

How to collaborate

For several months ago, Ticketmaster customers can make their micro-contribution and add 1 euro solidarity to their entry. Once your ticket is selected and in the final phase of the purchase process, you can add a euro to your basket and show your commitment; in this case, with UNHCR.

Through all the euros collected, the Spanish Committee of UNHCR will be able to distribute the necessary supplementary food to treat 500 children and families suffering from severe malnutrition in South Sudan.

Would you like to know how much is collected so far? Click HERE.

Worldcoo Team

Today is the World Refugee Day

Did you know that…

  • Every two seconds, one person is forced to leave home. 
  • 51% of refugees are children.
  • Violence and hungry have increased the number of refugees in 2017, reaching 68,5 million.

UNCHRToday is the World Refugee Day and we can’t lose the occasion to show, one more year, our commitment with more than 68 million people who have been forced to flee their homes in order to save their lives.

This is the fifth consecutive year that the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) registers an increase in the displaced population.

Among the list of the main countries experiencing the greatest flees, Syria leads the list, with 6, 3 million refugees, 14% more than in 216.

In its annual Global Trends Report, released today, UNHCR reveals this numbers ahead of World Refugee Day.

 

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

One in three people suffer from some form of malnutrition in the world

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International World Food Day

On 16 October 1945, 42 countries met in Quebec to create the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). Since that day, every year the organization celebrates the World Food Day to raise awareness about hunger in the world and remember the need to ensure food security for all.

We don’t want to miss the opportunity to show our commitment to this fight, which affects 2,500 million people worldwide, and is that 1 in 3 people suffer from one form of malnutrition, ranging from the hunger to obesity.

But this doesn’t end here, 793 million suffer chronic hunger and don’t have enough food. These frightening figures contrast with the nearly 1.900 million people who are overweight; the other side of the coin which causes 3.2 million deaths each year.

From Worldcoo we try to encourage all projects that seek to end this problem that contributes to the premature death of mothers, children, poor physical development and brain and increasing chronic diseases.

One of them is “Overcoming malnutrition in Ethiopia,” sponsored by UNHCR / ACNUR and that we launched together with PromoFarma.  Thanks to the donations that users are doing, the NGO will ensure the nutritional well-being of 11,323 children under 5 years as refugees in this country, which hosts more displaced persons in Africa.You can remember it HERE.

Today, we encourage you also help spread the cause and raise awareness.

Worldcoo Team.

UNHCR fights to give a quality education to refugee children

Currently, there are approximately more than 27 million refugee or displaced children in the world. Children are a half of the displaced and refugee population. All these children have to flee from war and violence. They have left behind their home, their friends, their school, their life… They will have to face an uncertain future outside their country.

Education is a human right which many of these children have lost when they have been forced to leave their home. UNHCR works to protect and provide a productive future to all these children in order to make them to be self-sufficient and allow them to lead a worthy life. According to ACNUR, education provide children the basis to build a prosperous future and keep the children protected.

For this reason, in the year 2012, UNHCR started the project “Educate a child” to give response to urgent and important needs in education in 12 countries which welcomed a large population of refugee through capacity building, teachers training and the rehabilitation and/or construction of scholar infrastructure.

The first year, 176.800 children were incorporated to primary education and, at the end of 2014, 280.000 children were enrolled at school. The goal for 2016 is to have educated 3 million refugee children who currently have no access to any education.

Nicequest, a company which have more than 726.210 users, wanted to help UNHCR to obtain its goal and at the beginning of August gave to their users the possibility to change the points they obtained each time they made a survey for donations. Thanks to the solidarity of its users, Nicequest had raised 8.000€ in donations in 36 days.

One of the commitments from Worldcoo is to monitor the funded projects and track every € donated by the users of our e-commerce with a cause. In the following image we show you the report of funding and the monitoring of all the things that UNHCR has made thanks to the help received by the users of Nicequest:

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Thanks to all people who helped make this project has been made possible and we take this opportunity to encourage you to continue helping to create a high social impact collaborating with the new Nicequest project.

The Worldcoo team.

Omar, the Syrian child that smiles again

Today we are going to explain a story about Omar, a Syrian child of 8 years old that has a body like a 5 years child that, thanks to all the people that have made a donation to UNHCR to help Syrian refugees, smiles again.

Over 2 years ago, while Omar was playing with his sisters in the street a rocket reached their home in Syria. From there and from the moment in which someone killed his uncle, Omar and his family fled to Lebanon searching a better life.

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As we have said before, Omar is 8 years old but his body is like a body of a child of 5 years. That’s because he was born with a rare growth-hormone deficiency that causes him different disorders in his physical development. In Syria, Omar received a treatment for grow but since he is living in Lebanon his family haven’t been able to afford the treatment.

Omar can’t grow without continuous hormone and vitamin treatment, but his parents try to give him healthy food to help him. According to them, Omar needs a treatment of 4 or 5 years to reach puberty.

Before this situation, at the end of June, UNHCR suggested that his case was studied to carry him and his family to a European country where Omar could have access to the treatment he needs and he could fulfill his dream: “be as high as the ceiling”.

Today we are glad to announce that thanks to all the people that have made a donation to the projects for refugees or have made a direct donation to UNHCR, Omar smiles again because he will be able to travel to Finland to continue with his treatment.

“My family and I will be leaving, so I get treatment” –Omar says.

For parents of Omar, this lack of treatment is what most affects them, it killed and destroyed them. It sets them back years and lose all the things they had gotten.

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“And you know how children hit me now? First, I will grow up. Second, when I am big, I will defend myself” – Omar explains to UNHCR people.

UNHCR has explained all the story of Omar and his family in two videos. You can see the videos in the following links:

With examples like Omar, you can see that the impact of your donations is awesome. For this reason, we encourage you to continue making your donations every time you make a purchase online as there are many people who still need your help to improve their situation.

The Worldcoo team.

 

Therapeutic diet to combat severe malnutrition

According to UNHCR data, in the last year almost 60 million people have been displaced by force, 20 million of them are refugees and over half are children. The majority of these displaced people are found on the African continent due to armed conflicts and poverty.

In Africa, these two factors- wars and poverty- are present on a terrifying scale. It is rare to find a country that has not had strong social, political or ethnic tensions. Unfortunately, this fact means these people are forced to choose between staying and dying, or running away, knowing that they face risks such as detention, torture and forced recruitment. Unfortunately, this fact means these people are forced to choose between staying and dying, or running away, knowing that they face risks such as detention, torture and forced recruitment.

Some of the problems that affect refugees are undernutrition and food insecurity. About a third of deaths in children are believed to be due to undernutrition, and more than 12.340 children die of hunger every day.

With the “Hungry for help” project, ACNUR aims to both increase food rations of refugee families and to identify and treat malnutrition in children under 5 by preforming medical examinations and providing therapeutic feeding to babies and children.

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Thanks to help from mequedouno users, we have successfully raised 3.600€ that will help 66 babies and children to receive a month of a therapeutic diet that will help them to combat severe malnutrition. With this, we will help to avoid several malnutrition and food insecurity consequences such as the risk of higher rates of disease and infant mortality, the higher likelihood of suffering physical and / or mental illness, increased dropout rates especially among girls and many other consequences.

Thanks mequedouno for being an ecommerce with cause, and thanks to their users for helping babies and children to combat severe malnutrion.

With this project, we have 30 funded projects!

The Worldcoo team.

World Refugee Day

Every minute, 8 people leave everything they own behind to flee from persecution, horror or war. On June 20th World Refugee Day was celebrated and we want to show how the situation has impacted millions of people worldwide.

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), on December 4th, 2000, declared the 20th of June, World Refugee Day.

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According to UNHCR, in the last year, there are 60 million people that have been displaced by force, meaning 20 million people who are refugees and more than a half are children. 55% of these refugee come from countries that are affected by warlike conflicts or violent situations. These countries are:

  • Afghanistan
  • Somalia
  • Iraq
  • Syria
  • South Sudan

The high Commissioner of UNHCR, António Guterres, on the occasion of World Refugee Day, issued the following statement:

“World stability is falling apart leaving a wake of displacement on an unprecedented scale. Global powers have become either passive observers or distant players in the conflicts driving so many innocent civilians from their homes.”

Unfortunately, humanitarian organizations help people that live in crisis and they have few resources for refugees, to the point that some countries are closing their doors to people that need a home.

“Borders are closing, pushbacks are increasing, and hostility is rising. Avenues for legitimate escape are fading away. And humanitarian organizations like mine run on shoestring budgets, unable to meet the spiraling needs of such a massive population of victims.” Said António Guterres.

UNHCR differs from other humanitarian agents because they provide international protection to the refugees that don’t have protection for their governments. Their aim is defend all displaced person’s rights such as woman, children,  elderly and disabled people. Their mission is to join them with their families and to protect them from sexual exploitation, violence and military recruitment. Afterthey offer them things to help them rebuild, for example, an education, training and health services.

Nowadays, we want to fund an UNHCR project that has the aim of identifying and treating malnutrition and food insecurity that affect refugee children. Thanks to the solidarity of mequedouno users, we will be able to fund 100% of the project soon.

The current situation for all of these people is very hard, therefore, any small type of  help for them will be very important and relevant. Together we can help to improve their quality of life.

The Worldcoo team.

#NewProject Mequedouno & ACNUR; Hungry help in Africa.

Mequedouno sponsors the project Hungry help in Africa to improve nutrition and food security for african refugees.

Currently 1,2 millions of african refugees have serious hunger problems. Nearly 800,000 refugees are suffering cuts of up to 60 per cent in the daily food rations and, till mid-June, one third of all African refugees dependent on food assistance had been affected by ration cuts.

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The project lead by ACNUR consist in increasing food rations of refugee families and identifying and treating malnutrition in children under 5 through performing medical examinations and providing therapeutic feeding to babies and children.

Thanks to the solidarity of Mequedouno users, 66 babies and children will receive during a month a therapeutic diet to combat severe malnutrition.

Thanks to Mequedouno for being an e-commerce with cause, and contribute to face chronic hunger by providing food to refugees to be healthy and to build their own futures.

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Together we can do big things!

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