CONTENTS

Letter from the Director                      3
Who we are                                    4
Where we work   ...
2
LETTER FROM THE DIRECTOR
Dear friends and associates,

We ended the year 2007 with the feeling that our efforts and hard w...
WHO WE ARE
    RESCATE is a non governmental development organization based in Spain, it is non political, non religious a...
WHERE DO WE WORK
Spain              Bosnia-Herzeogovina




                      Albania




                            ...
SOCIAL ACTION
          INTRODUCTION
          The Social Action Department carries out various projects on a national lev...
monthly bulletins, and the annual report of the
                                                                  organiza...
Community Intervention. In light of it´s everyday activities the technical team is actively involved in various
          ...
Family Reunification                                                                     Voluntary Return for immigrants, ...
INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION
          2007 has marked the beginning of a brand new stage in our work. This year, RESCATE has...
LATIN AMERICA
                                     Mar Caribe Sea
                                     Caribbean        CO...
CENTRAL AND EASTERN EUROPE
                      Montenegro
                                                 Serbia
      ...
BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA
              Croacia
              Croatia



                                                    Sinc...
AFRICA
                                                        ETHIOPIA

                                                 ...
Central African Republic
               Republica Centroaficana                  Sudan
                                   ...
MIDDLE EAST
                                                              LEBANON
              Mediterranean Sea
        ...
SYRIA: MOTHER-INFANT HEALTH CENTER FOR WOMEN REFUGEES
In 2007, RESCATE put into action the establishment of a mother-infan...
PROJECTS /ACTIVE AGREEMENTS FOR 2007

                                                                                    ...
PUBLIC AWARENESS, EDUCATION AND
VOLUNTEERS

INTRODUCTION
At RESCATE, we believe that contributing to the construction of a...
Workshops, Puppet Theatre and Pocket Guide “Etiopía Frente a los Objetivos
                  de Desarrollo del Milenio”
  ...
Course “Interculturalidad en el Aula I”

                                 The project “Interculturalidad en el Aula I” is ...
PARTICIPATION IN FORUMS AND CONFERENCES
     March, 25th 2007, First Annual Race for Integration in Majadahonda (Madrid)

...
Masters in Development Cooperation at the University of Valencia

                         RESCATE-Community of Valencia. ...
VOLUNTEERSHIP
     Throughout 2007, as in the three previous years, our Volunteer Coordinating services were centralized i...
COMMUNICATION AND FUNDRAISING
INTRODUCTION
Another one of RESCATE’s lines of work, whose importance is constantly growing,...
ECONOMIC INFORMATION
     INCOME
     Income through the organization’s own activities                 2.007           2.0...
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Memoria RESCATE 2007 - inglés
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  1. 1. CONTENTS Letter from the Director 3 Who we are 4 Where we work 5 Social Action 6 International Cooperation 10 Public Awareness, Education and Volunteers 19 Communication and Fundraising 25 Economic Information 26 Acknowledgements 28 1
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  3. 3. LETTER FROM THE DIRECTOR Dear friends and associates, We ended the year 2007 with the feeling that our efforts and hard work over the past years have ensured that RESCATE is in a strong position to achieve it´s aims and objectives. The following were some of the highlights of 2007: RESCATE was recognized as a development non governmental organization by AECID (The Spanish International Cooperation for development). In the international area this recognition of RESCATE as a development NGO by the Spanish International Cooperation for Development has made it possible to plan multi-annual Cooperation Projects in four different geographical zones, the Middle-East, the Balkans, Ethiopia and Colombia. During 2007 the beneficiaries of these projects and their needs were identified with the intention of realizing these projects from 2008 onwards. In Ethiopia (Somalia region) and in Colombia (Department of Cauca) we continue to work in the same zones with the same beneficiaries as previous years and thereby we are consolidating projects that have been developing here since 2005. In the Balkans we are working with disabled adults in Bosnia, and children disabled due to the war, in many areas such as Kosovo. In the Middle East we directed our efforts towards female Iraqi refugees who had to flee from their country and take up residence in Syria and Jordan, they fled in alarming numbers, with huge needs to be met. Thanks to the assistance received from the missions of UNHCR in these countries RESCATE was able to identify these needs. An increase in our presence and our activities in the Communities of Valencia and Castilla-La Mancha. We achieved this objective in the latter part of 2007 which has served to ensure a major development in our activities in consecutive years. Public Awareness, Development Education and Volunteers. This is to highlight the importance of public awareness campaigns carried out in 2007 which were made possible by the voluntary help received from the five communities where RESCATE was present, Madrid, Valencia, Castilla-León, and Andalucía. Of particular interest was the undertaking of the Awareness project on development objectives of the millennium which focused on Ethiopia, it included Puppet Shows which were successful in providing information to even the youngest of children about the fauna and realities of this African country. Family Reunification. In 2007 we continued to focus our efforts on refugee integration as well as the long process of family reunification –because this is a basic human right and help is necessary in order to be integrated into society. This program received more demands than funds that were available to realize it. Fund Management and Quality Control. Other efforts which were highlighted in 2007 were the various measures undertaken to achieve the objective of diversifying the funds with which RESCATE manages its´ projects and activities and to continuously improve our general management, by following the excellent guidance and advice we received from Fundación Luis Vives and Fundación Lealtad. We hope that this Annual Report of 2007 will give you a brief and thorough account of the work we have completed during this year. Nora Avés 3
  4. 4. WHO WE ARE RESCATE is a non governmental development organization based in Spain, it is non political, non religious and has been in existence since 1960 working on behalf of refugees and displaced people taking a special interest in women and children. The organization was founded in 1960 as a delegation of a North American organization IRC (International Rescue Committee), which was exclusively dedicated to the resettlement of refugees to other countries. After 50 years in operation RESCATE has evolved into an independent Spanish NGO with projects in and outside of Spain. On the one hand our services in Spain address the needs of refugees or those who find themselves in the situation of forced migration, while on the other hand we strive to alleviate the needs in their country of origin, develop awareness campaigns and education for development. Currently our activities fall into three general categories: 1. Social Action in Spain 2. International Cooperation 3. Public Awareness, Education for Development, Volunteers In 2007 as well as it´s work in Spain, RESCATE worked in 8 countries, 4 continents benefiting more than 350,000 people. The development NGO consists of a group of 18 professionals, 157 members, and the essential help of 20 volunteers. RESCATE fulfils all the principles of transparency and good practices set out by the Fundación Lealtad 2005, and was declared an Association of Public Utility in 2002. BOARD OF DIRECTORS Juan Ángel López Romero, President Enrique Ramo Ramo, Member Elisa Salvador Zuloaga, Member Nicolás Ramo Kalkus, Treasure and Secretary Araceli García del Soto, Member Alfonso Cavallé Sesé, Member Enrique Sola Pendán, Secretaty (until 21.06.07) Mercedes Dorado Gutiérrez, Member Isabel Pardo Martínez, Member Michaela Kalkus Pokorna, Member Gordana Marjanovic Kruzik, Member Nancy Heine, Member STAFF RESCATE - VALENCIA María Sánchez y Azahara Montero - Project Officers in RESCATE - MADRID (Head office) Comunidad Valenciana Nora Avés – Director RESCATE - CASTILLA LA MANCHA Dori Cañadas - Project Officer in Castilla-La Mancha Accounts and Finance Department: David Palomo – Coordinator RESCATE - BALCANES Antonio Sánchez y Ana Pérez – Funds Accounts for Fernando Mazarro - Delegate in the Balkans international projects Aida Omanovic - Office Coordinator Annick Delepine – Funds Accounts for national projects Klaudija Babic - Finance Officer Svjetlan Mihic - Volunteer Officer International Cooperation Department: Miroslav Kovacevic y Esved Dugalic - Engineers Cristina Bermejo – Coordinator RESCATE - COLOMBIA Encarnación Guirao – Tracking and Evaluation Officer Antonio Ventura - Coordinator of Colombia Projects Sara Gutiérrez – Tracking and Evaluation Assistant RESCATE - ETIOPÍA Social Action Department: José Carlos Herias - Coordinator of Ethiopia Projects Mª Ángeles Vega – Psychosocial Area Officer Aida Sánchez de Alba – Labour Guidance Assistant CONTRAPARTES María Gutiérrez – Legal Area Officer - Fundación Femijet Te Paret in Albania Berta Muñoz – Legal Assistant - Corporación para la Investigación y Desarrollo Agropecuario (CINDAP), Fundación Intercultural Norte-Sur (FUNIC) y Asociación Cultural Casa del Niño, in Colombia External Relations Department: - Hope for the Horn in Ethiopía Smriti Belbase – Communication and Fundraising Officer - Jordan River Foundation (JRF), in Jordan Clotilde Cuéllar y Mª Eugenia de la Hoz – Public Awareness, - BISSAN in Siria Education and Volunteer Officers - NAVTSS y NAJDEH in Lebanon 4
  5. 5. WHERE DO WE WORK Spain Bosnia-Herzeogovina Albania Lebanon Colombia Syria Jordan Ethiopia Democratic Republic of the Congo 5
  6. 6. SOCIAL ACTION INTRODUCTION The Social Action Department carries out various projects on a national level implementing amongst others, our Direct Services Program. In 2007 the department consisted of a group of 4 professionals which were divided between two areas: the Legal and Psychosocial areas (known as the Sociolaboral Department in 2007). The team has currently expanded its staff count to include 5 members. By conforming to the principles and values of the RESCATE NGO, the Social Action Department, in carrying out its activities gives priority to favoring and facilitating the adaption process of our focus group, asylum seekers, refugees, displaced persons, stateless persons and or beneficiaries of another type of international protection and immigrants. During the period of 2007a total of 470 people were attended to through our Social Action Program. As well as our projects of direct services this department also actively participates in various network groups which work on a local, community and regional level. It is our aim to be present for specific problems, attend focus group meetings and to exchange information. There is huge involvement from the team for the people on whose behalf they work, the team are deeply motivated by a desire to professionalize and specialize the projects that they undertake. Being permanently in contact with the problems, worries and everyday difficulties faced by the beneficiaries of the Social Action Department, takes us as a team further in our understanding of this group who require help in order to protect and demand their basic human rights, independently of any legal situation. OUR ACTIVITIES IN 2007 Amongst the different actions carried out were the following: PROJECTS: Identification and analysis of the needs, design and preparation of projects along with their execution, implementation and evaluation. COMMUNITY INTERVENTION: Making contact with existing resources in the public and or private sectors specialized and or generic, coordination with these, having a clear vision of the work of the Social Action Department, exchanging information and resources etc. PREPARATION OF ARTICLES: Technical and opinion articles about the group relating to legal and social matters, will be included in the various means of communication used by RESCATE: Web page, four- 6
  7. 7. monthly bulletins, and the annual report of the organization. As far as is possible we participate in the studies and research of other organizations/ individuals who need contributions from the professionals in our group. CONTINUOUS EDUCATION: Attendance and participation at specialized working groups, workshop conferences, seminars and information courses. QUALITY: Our organization is committed to quality control and various new documents are drawn up with the aim of improving internal co-ordination in the department and also the external co-ordination with other departments and areas which constitute part of the development NGO. THE PROJECTS DEVELOPED IN 2007 WERE AS FOLLOWS: • The Family Integration Program (AIFAR). With the intention of aiding the integration process, the program provided social and legal assistance to asylum seekers, refugees, stateless people, and any other beneficiaries of another type of international assistance, displaced people, inadmissible people, and or those whose applications to stay in a country had been refused, (both individuals and family units) and people who had the possibility of being reunited with their families, to lodge appeals. The intervention methodology focuses on the design and development of individualised itineraries. This program has offered direct assistance through means of management and processing of financial loans in specific cases • Information and Orientation Program (PIOA). This is specifically designed for people of foreign origin. The main areas dealt with by this program are those of providing information, guidance and advice on social and legal matters, the designing of individualised itineraries and financial loans. • Family Reunification. This program provides information, guidance and counselling on the requirements and processes required for family reunification and/or extension of asylum to family members; processing and following up of cases and co-ordination of trips (including payment of tickets) and the monitoring of the integration process in Spain of the families who have been reunited. This program is aimed at immigrants, refugees and beneficiaries of any other type of international protection. • Mujeres en Red. This service is designed to meet the special needs of women of foreign origin. There are two types of activities undertaken by this group, firstly, individual tutoring where the expectations, needs, incentives and abilities of the individuals are identified in a work context, and individualised itineraries are designed to facilitate integration and secondly group workshops. • Voluntary Return, Resettlement in Spain and Third Countries. The primary services offered under this program include the reception, evaluation and selection of applications for return to Spain and or another third country and the processing of the selected cases. The program covers the economic costs related to the return (travel documents, food/lodging/transportation for those living outside of the Community of Madrid, tickets to and reinstallation in the home country). The beneficiaries of this program are asylum seekers, refugees, beneficiaries of another type international protection and immigrants. 7
  8. 8. Community Intervention. In light of it´s everyday activities the technical team is actively involved in various specialised working groups, with specific plans for different territorial zones. They work principally with The European Advisory for Refugees and Exiles (Consejo Europeo para los Refugiados y Exiliados (ECRE)), the Spanish association against the trading of human beings, (la Red Española contra la Trata de Seres Humanos), Asylum Groups, Diversity Groups, (Grupo de Género y Diversidad), Psychosocial Intervention Group (Grupo de Intervención Psicosocial) and local community groups. Continuous Education and Quality. As part of our efforts to continuously improve our service, the Social Action department has attended and been actively involved in several information days, information courses, seminars and other events which were organised throughout the year. In this way and as part of a strategy to increase awareness in Spanish society, the department delivered a seminar on the subject of asylum law in Spain in the course of “Community Intervention of Job Agency”. Likewise, they participated as expert speakers at a work seminar “Migratory Projects, Voluntary Return and Co-Development” organised in December 2007 by The Secretary of State for Immigration and Emigration / General Officer of Immigrant´s Integration. BENEFICIARIES IN 2007 There were 470 beneficiaries as a result the many programs that were undertaken. These are broken down according to the type, age and nationality of the users who have had itineraries developed for them and who continue to be monitored as part of a prolonged intervention plan. The Family Integration Program Mujeres en Red Number Attended: 98 people. With continuous intervention itinerary: Number Attended: 24 46. Specific intervention: 52. Continent Continent America 17 America 17 Africa 23 Africa 6 Europe 2 Europe 1 Asia 4 Age Sex 20 to 39 9 Female 16 40 to 59 5 Male 30 More than 60 1 No data 9 Information and Orientation Program Voluntary Return for asylum seekers and refugees Number Attended: 164 people. With continuous intervention itinerary: 36. Specific intervention: 128. Number Attended: 33 people. Returnees: 13. Continent America 19 Continent Africa 10 America 4 Europe 5 Africa 3 Asia 2 Europe 6 Age Age Returnees 20 to 40 23 Children 4 40 to 60 5 20 to 40 7 More than 60 2 40 to 50 2 No data 6 Sex Sex Female 6 Female 17 Male 7 Male 19 8
  9. 9. Family Reunification Voluntary Return for immigrants, Resettlement in Spain and Third Countries Number Attended: 93 people. With continuous intervention itinerary: 36. Specific Intervention: 57. Number Attended: 58 people. Returnees: 19. No resettlement. Continent Continent America 24 America 17 Africa 8 Africa 2 Asia 4 Europ 0 Age Age No data 0 to 20 1 Sex 20 to 49 3 Female 20 No data Male 16 Sex Female 8 Male 11 GRANTS MANAGED IN 2007 NUMBER OF PROJECT DURATION DONOR GRANT BENEFICIARIES Integration Program January – December 2007 FER FER: 98 30.000 E DGII: 10.000 E Total: 40.000 E Information and Orientation January – December 2007 RÉG. GENERAL – DGII 38.000 E 164 Program Family Reunification January – December 2007 MTAS- IRPF 28.000 E 93 Mujeres en Red January – December 2007 RÉG. GENERAL –Dirección 20.000 E 24 General de Integración de los Inmigrantes (DGII) Voluntary Return January – December 2007 Fondo Europeo para los FER: 50.000 E 33 Refugiados (FER) DGII: 16.666 E Total: 66.666E Voluntary Return, Resettlement January – December 2007 Ministerio de Trabajo y 31.000 E 58 in Spain and Third Countries Asuntos Sociales (MTAS)- IRPF TOTAL 233.666 E 470 people 1. Fuente: Oficina de Asilo y Refugio. 9
  10. 10. INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION 2007 has marked the beginning of a brand new stage in our work. This year, RESCATE has obtained the status of qualified NGO by the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID). This new status allows RESCATE to participate in various Cooperation Agreements with AECID throughout the year. We expect this to be a major leap forward in the processing of work and planning in the organization, as well as a major commitment in private fundraising. These funds will help finance Development Cooperation projects stipulated in the framework of the Agreements. We have been very satisfied with our work and management procedures over the last ten years. We have exceeded the expectations of the thorough and in-depth analyses and evaluations carried out by th AECID. We also now better recognize the specific responsibilities that come with this new stage in our work that we are called upon to fulfill. On November 14, 2007, we signed four preliminary Cooperation Agreements with the AECID for the projects that we plan to carry out over the next four years: In Colombia, attending to the basic and organizational needs of the populations of African descent. In the Middle East (Syria and Jordan), attending to basic needs and training the more vulnerable female population (women in rural areas and Palestinian and Iraqi refugees). In Ethiopia, promoting “food sovereignty” among agro-shepherds in the Somali region. In the Balkans, specifically in Bosnia-Herzegovina and Kosovo, providing support for the peace process by lending assistance to and helping to integrate the members of the population who are handicapped or disabled. PROJECTS EXECUTED IN 2007 In 2007, RESCATE’s Department of International Cooperation carried out several Cooperation Projects for Development, Humanitarian Aid, and Emergency Aid. Our primary objective was to continue helping the communities we work with to rebuild their lives in a sustainable and lasting way, as well as to provide them the support to help make them agents of building peace in their respective countries. We worked in The Balkans, where we have been present since 1998; sub-Saharan Africa, specifically in Ethiopia and the Democratic Republic of Congo; The Middle East and Colombia, the only Latin American country in which we work. We made the decision to concentrate our efforts en certain countries that have found themselves immersed in long-term conflicts or in reconstruction processes after many years of strife. The following are the principal objectives of the projects we executed in 2007: 1. To cover the basic social needs of the communities we work with. This includes housing and surrounding infrastructures, services, education, access to potable water and “food sovereignty”. 2. Facilitate income generation, specifically in rural areas, so that the communities become not only self- sufficient but that they learn to market and sell their surplus production. These are the end goals that visibly improve the conditions and quality of life of these populations. With these initiatives, we have made it possible for displaced populations in the return process, or any affected local populations, to reintegrate and/or adapt, in a dignified manner, to the new conditions of their homeland after a devastating incident. 10
  11. 11. LATIN AMERICA Mar Caribe Sea Caribbean COLOMBIA Panama Panamá Venezuela In 2007, Colombia continued to rank second in the world in respect to its number of forcibly displaced civilians. This number has climbed to four million persons according to data from the Oceano Ocean Pacific Bogota Bogotá United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). Pacífico Dept. of Cauca Dpto. Cauca RESCATE concentrated our efforts in the Department of Cauca, one of the areas most deeply COLOMBIA affected by the conflict and where the population is greatly characterized by its ethnic diversity. The Ecuador large communities of indigenous peoples and those of African descent provide a further challenge Peru Perú Brazil Brasil to the reintegration process for the displaced or returning population. Furthermore, the disadvantageous economic conditions that exist in these areas have led to an alarming absence of basic services within these communities in the majority of the municipalities of Cauca. RESCATE has worked to assist the most vulnerable victims of this situation: women and, more specifically, indigenous women, the heads of the household, whose displacement and poverty has had repercussions on the growth of the female population. We have also focused our efforts on providing support for the populations of African descent working in municipalities such as Villarrica, where 95% of the population is made up of this minority group and is living in critical conditions of poverty. In these municipalities, RESCATE has supported projects for income generation, food security, and environmental protection, in accordance with the customs of the communities. We have also worked on infrastructure development projects by building basic water and sanitation systems for families that live in such extreme conditions of poverty. COLOMBIA: BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES FOR WOMEN IN RURAL AREAS AFFECTED BY CONFLICT This project was executed in the municipality of Sotará (Cauca, Colombia), a region that has suffered the effects of violence and of illicit crops (coca and poppy). This has created major doubt and uncertainty as for the outlook of the future of agricultural production. In 2007, one hundred fifty rural households with very few resources (125 of which were headed by women) increased their income and quality of life. This is attributed to the cultivation of 100 hectares of the uchuva fruit (a traditional product of the region), the creation of 10 micro-businesses part of an association of agricultural producers (that succeeded in the marketing of their product) and the start of some agro-industrial activity for the production of jam, juice, syrup, etc., all by means of uchuva production. This product has also been sold in local markets which have generated 17,900 fixed salaries per year wich can be reinvested into the establishment, maintenance and harvest of the uchuva fruit. The impact of this project has seen major advancements towards employment and economic recovery of the region. EUROPA CENTRAL Y ORIENTAL Financed by the City of Madrid. 11
  12. 12. CENTRAL AND EASTERN EUROPE Montenegro Serbia ALBANIA Shkodra Our activities in Albania in 2007 included continued support for children’s education in one of the Macedonia most oppressed regions of Albania as well as the prevention of child trafficking, one of the most Mar Adriático Adriatic Sea serious problems that plagues society in Albania. Tirana We continued working to support the recovery of the educational system by: ALBANIA Italia Italy Grecia Greece 1. The reconstruction of primary schools. 2. The training of teachers in new educational techniques and curriculum development. 3. Strengthening the participation of all community stakeholders (teachers, principals, parents and local education authorities) in the maintenance and management of the schools. We have also launched extensive campaigns for the promotion of Children’s Rights and the prevention of child trafficking reaching the public by means of the local media. As in previous years, we have placed particular emphasis on girls, the principal victims of trafficking networks. In these campaigns the parents are involved just as much as the teachers and even the children themselves. They participate through art expositions, craft works, and theatre performances. ALBANIA: IMPROVING THE EDUCATIONAL SYSTEM IN NORTHERN ALBANIA In 2007 we completed a project in the region of Shkodra whose objective was to improve the quality of education in this area. Shkodra is located in northern Albania in the mountain ranges with a mainly rural population and where the rates of illiteracy, mortality, and malnutrition are greater than anywhere else in the country. As a result of this project, two primary schools have been revamped and provided with new furniture and school supplies. We conducted the training of teachers in new educational techniques, while at the same time involving the local community in the maintenance of the schools. Such measures have improved the quality of education for 2,033 children and 205 teachers from these two schools as well as others that participate in such development activities. In addition, there was a regional conference held on “The Battle against Child Trafficking” and an awareness campaign for all the schools in the Shkodra region was launched (122 elementary schools and 37 secondary schools) under the theme “Yes to Rights, No to Exploitation”. All these activities have had a wide impact on the local media, from the written press to television. Financed by the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID). 12
  13. 13. BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA Croacia Croatia Since 1998, RESCATE has been present in Bosnia-Herzegovina (BiH) working for one single objective: to build peace by helping the return and reintegration process of the minorities displaced because of the war. BOSNIA Y HERZEGOVINA - HERZEGOVINA The end goal is to create the proper environment and conditions for a society that is stable, peaceful, and Sarajevo multiethnic. Mostar The center of our office in BiH is located in Mostar where we have five staff members working. The city of Mostar, like many others, was devastated during the war, and a large number of people we forced to leave their homes. Many have returned and rebuilt the lives that they had before the war, but poor economic conditions, lack of employment opportunities, and a lack of interaction among the different cultural groups are causing setbacks in the normalization process. Reconstruction of Gimnazija. In 2007 we continued our Project of the reconstruction of the Secondary Education Center (“Gimnazija”, in Bosnian) most representative of the city of Mostar where Bosnian and Croatian students took classes before the war. The project – carried out in coordination with the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), the Office of the High Representative in BiH (OHR), local authorities, and supported by the AECID – is working so that the school will be turned into a multicultural meeting space for the reconciliation among the two rival groups during the war. Our goal is for the 1,000 students that belong to these old groups to be able to co-exist together again in the classroom. Also this year, we endorsed an Agreement for Collaboration with the “United Schools of the World,” an organiza- tion that has introduced in this high school the ‘International Diploma’ as a step towards the reintegration of students from the different cultural groups throughout the city. Financed by AECID. Another key aspect of our work in this region has been assistance for women and more specifically, the most vulnerable and least protected: victims of human trafficking. It has been calculated that in the Balkans, between 175,000 and 500,000 young women, have been forced into prostitution. BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA: SAFE HOUSE FOR WOMEN VICTIMS OF TRAFFICKING In 2007 RESCATE opened a Safe House in Mostar. A Safe House is a building with a secret location that provides shelter for women – and their children – victims of the Balkan prostitution networks that have managed to flee the brothels where they found themselves trapped. The women here are offered socio-therapeutic aid and the opportunity to take five professional courses (two for cosmetics, two for hairdressing, and one for sewing) that gives them access into the labor force. This also provides some stable socioeconomic expectations for themselves with which they can rebuild their lives. For these women, almost all of which are far from their countries of birth (It is easy to find Moldavians, Byelorussians, Albanians, Macedonians, Romanians and Bulgarians living together with Bosnians), with no documentation nor passports (the procurer mafias immediately confiscate them), with no resources nor anyone who is responsible for them, there is almost no other alternative: without any other hope except to go back to the hell that they have left, they settle as prostitutes and live a tragic, and often short, life without any prospects to escape. In the majority of these cases, they will contract AIDS or be beaten to death by one of their “clients” or at the hands of their captors. Within the framework of this Safe House Project, we have provided training conferences on the problems and questions of sex- trafficking to the local institutions in Mostar, mainly, to the European Union Police Mission (EUPM) and the multinational forces deployed by the European Union Force (EUFOR) as well as the local police and several judges and prosecutors from the federal and regional governments. The objective is to raise awareness on the issue of women trafficking as well as to insure that these various authorities know how to detect and prevent trafficking and how to assist its victims. We have also brought together members of parliament to synthesize their guidelines and objectives in respect to this issue, and trying, in the latest instance, to influence the Bosnian legislative system so that they take greater action and are more effective in dealing with this problem. Financed by the Government of Valencia. 13
  14. 14. AFRICA ETHIOPIA Drought and internal conflicts have once again been the main players in Ethiopia in 2007. RESCATE Sudán Sudan continued working in the northern region of the Federal State of Somalia. This region is inhabited Addis by agro-shepherd communities that work to take care of their herds and their subsistence crops, Abeba Somalia particularly wheat and grain. ETHIOPIA ETIOPIA Somali Región de Region Somalí RESCATE has joined together with our local partners Hope for the Horn (HFH) to lay out a STRATEGY Uganda Kenia Kenya FOR INTEGRAL DEVELOPMENT in these communities. This strategy is based on: Oceano Índico Indian Ocean 1. Environmental restoration for the recovery of farming land and the prevention of natural disasters (as a result of wind and flooding). 2. Supplying basic resources required to maintain livestock, mainly water, by building dams and cisterns, as well as fodders, by creating forage crop banks near bodies of water. 3. Diversifying income sources as well as food sources by introducing new farming practices and techniques and how to sell their produce through co-op initiatives. 4. Providing basic social services such as education and health. ETHIOPIA - MOBILE SCHOOLS: UNIVERSAL PRIMARY EDUCATION FOR ALL This Project follows the directives of the Ethiopian government, as stipulated in their 2002 plan for development, of organizing and financing local level education through Alternative Basic Education (ABE). This program is based on the training of community members (two in each community) to work as teachers who are able to stay with the displaced peoples in their temporary communities. The ABE programs also count on literacy education for adults. The courses for this special component adapt to the calendars of the farming populations (by taking into account the dry seasons which results in the greatest number of displaced persons). This project works to break the cycle of poverty that the farming population has found themself in. It is carried out in 35 “kebeles” (communities) and directly benefits 14,000 people, including illiterate children and adults. In 2007 we selected and trained 70 educators (2 in each kebele) and they were able to make and create their own teaching materials in coordination with the District’s Education Department. Financed by the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID). 14
  15. 15. Central African Republic Republica Centroaficana Sudan Sudán THE DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO Cameroon Camerún Congo North Kivu Kivu Norte The Democratic Republic of Congo continues to be immersed in a stabilization process that Gabon Gabón DEMOCRATIC REPUBLICA Uganda should be bringing to an end many years of civil war during which ethnic issues and fighting over the REPUBLIC DEMOCRÁTICA OF THE CONGO DEL CONGO Rwanda Ruanda Burundi country’s abundant natural resources and vying for central power brought about the destabilization of Burundi Kinshasa the entire region, including the destruction of infrastructures, the massive displacement of populations and a severe economic crisis. Angola In 2007 we began to carry out some work in Kivu Norte, one of the country’s most devastated areas. From August to September the region suffered a bout of violence that led to another huge displacement Zambia of the population. Now over one year after the country’s first democratic election in decades that was thought to have been able to bring stability to the region, civil armed conflict continues. With the support of the MONUC, the United Nations Mission in the DRC, the government had a confrontation with the forces of rebel leader Laurent Nkunda. According to the UNHCR, these confrontations forced 400,000 people to leave their homes, bringing about a severe humanitarian crisis. RESCATE supported the construction of a health center to help the most isolated regions receive first aid and especially, aid to woman in labor and post-partum, given the high mother-infant mortality rates. R.D. CONGO: CONSTRUCTION OF A HEALTH CENTER FOR 120,000 PEOPLE RESCATE began constructing a health center in the Bakano community, in Itebero, in the territory of Walikale, some 380km from Goma (the capital of the province Kivu Norte). The center will lend medical attention to 120,000 people that previously had to travel between 50 and 100kms to receive medical attention. The center will be equipped with an operating room, laboratory, pharmacy, and consulting services for gynecology and obstetrics, general medicine, internal medicine, surgery, and pediatrics. Financed by the Community of Madrid (Department of Development Cooperation and Health). 15
  16. 16. MIDDLE EAST LEBANON Mediterranean Sea Mar Mediterraneo Throughout 2007, Lebanon continued to feel the effects of the severe humanitarian crisis as a result of 34 days of war in the summer of 2006. The heavy bombing of villages and cities, especially in the south of LEBANON LÍBANO Beirut Beirut the country, led to the displacement of almost a million Lebanese and a true humanitarian crisis. The severity of this crisis is yet more debilitating due to the massive destruction of infrastructures that has Syria cut off not only lines of communication but also electricity and water (since their source of water is wells Siria that require electric generators). There was a ceasefire that allowed the majority of the displaced population to return home. However, upon returning, many found their houses had been completely or partially destroyed, planted with land mines and unexploded bombs. Among the most affected members of the population are those at the refugee camps, who, even if their homes weren’t directly bombed, their deficient infrastructure collapsed before the flood of displaced persons arrived. Additionally, the unemployment rate among refugees went up, making their general conditions of life even more difficult. LEBANON: GENERATING EMPLOYMENT FOR THE RECONSTRUCTION OF LEBANON In 2007, with the support of the AECID, we executed a project with the objective of offering employment opportunities to those affected by the conflict by offering professional training courses that allow them to work in the construction sector. The program offered five types of intensive courses to the unemployed that stay in the refugee camps (which includes Palestinian refugees and internally displace Lebanese) in El-Buss, Burj El-Barnjeh and Ain Elhilwe to give them access to jobs working on the construction projects undertaken in their country. They have been trained in plumbing, bricklaying, painting, electricity, and aluminum work. Each graduate was presented with a starter tool kit so that they could begin to offer their services in the partial reconstruction of building and other infrastructures. Five hundred thirty-four people benefited as a result of this project. Financed by the AECID. Turquía SYRIA RESCATE worked in Syria in 2007 in one of the largest populated refugee camps in the country, El- Mar Mediterraneo SIRIA Yarmuk. This site has turned into a rather large neighborhood in the outskirts of Damascus. There are 100,000 Palestinian refugees and 400,000 Syrians living together in close quarters with Líbano very minimal resources. Damasco Iraq The health care infrastructure is saturated (one doctor attends to 140 patients per day) and private Jordania care is not accesible to this portion of the population. Realizing that the birth-mother mortality rate continues to be very high in this region, we focused our efforts on improving health care and aid provided to women. 16
  17. 17. SYRIA: MOTHER-INFANT HEALTH CENTER FOR WOMEN REFUGEES In 2007, RESCATE put into action the establishment of a mother-infant health center that will specialize in the prevention of thalassemia, an inherited blood disease. It’s a wide-spread disease that is derived from inter-family marriages. The health center will offer low-cost medical attention to women as well as children under five years of age. It will offer prenatal and postnatal care and gynecological and family planning services. There will be workshops and courses on reproduction health, family planning and maternity health and safety. There will be a laboratory to conduct analyses for potential parents and new-born babies to identify if they are gene carriers of thalessemia. There will be awareness campaigns to educate potential parents about that important of doing the analysis before getting married as well as to make them aware of the need to reduce the number of inter-family marriages, the primary cause of the spread of this disease. Conferences and workshops will be held on how to identify those who have contracted thalassemia, the effects of the disease, and current treatments. The project will directly benefit 2,500 women and 2,000 babies per year and will indirectly benefit the 8,000 inhabitants who are in the proximity of the health center. Financed by the AECID. Mar Líbano Líbano JORDAN Mediterraneo Iraq Siria In 2007, with the financial support of Spain’s AECID, we were able to work once again in Jordan, specifically, Amman on an ambitious Certification for Ecological Farm Products project. Arabia Saudita This project aspires to improve the quality of life of its citizens by incorporating into their lives a more Israel JORDANIA healthy diet, improving the efficient use of our water resources (whose shortage is a serious problem in Jordan), and increasing employment, given that the more technical aspects of ecological crop cultivation calls for qualified manual labor. Egipto Israel We would also like to help create a legal and institutional framework that can guarantee the quality of such cultivated produce with organic agricultural methods in Jordan, through a produce certification process. There are two big problems that exist right now in Jordan: first, a legal void, and as a result, an absence of direction and criteria that would otherwise be able to regulate such production systems of organic agriculture. There is as well an absence in the departments that would be responsible for checking and certifying organic products, those who would be accountable to the consumer. The crux of the project will be the coordination between everyone who is involved and has an interest in the matter to fill the legal void and design a plan of action to undertake the execution of the produce certification process. We will work with international accredited organizations, institutions of international certification, farmers, universities, NGOs, government and public ministries and we will gather information based on the experiences of other countries (Spain) in order to guarantee that we will be using the best methods and procedures. In 2007, all the activities in relation to organic agriculture that have been carried out so far in the country were documented. A delegation of officials from the Jordanian Ministry of Agriculture made an educational and informational excursion around Spain. The officials had the opportunity to visit the Community of Madrid’s Committee on Ecological Agriculture, the General Head of Ecological Agriculture in the Assembly of Andalusia, and various businesses and specialized cooperatives en this sector in the Communities of Madrid, Sevilla, and Almería. 17
  18. 18. PROJECTS /ACTIVE AGREEMENTS FOR 2007 BUDGET NUMBER OF COUNTRY NAME OF PROJECT /AGREEMENT EUR* LOCAL PARTNERS DONOR DIRECT BENEFICIARIES Albania Reducing failure rates in schools in Shkodra 289,011 Fundación FEMIJET TE PARET AECID 2.245 Albania Improving the quality of education and reducing 250,000 Fundación FEMIJET TE PARET AECID 2.503 absenteeism in the Bérdice commune. Bosnia- Creating future prospects for women victims of human 193,910.25 RESCATE Mostar – La Strada Generalitat 42 Herzegovina trafficking in post-conflict Bosnia-Herzegovina Valenciana Bosnia- Supporting reintegration in Móstar by renovating the 100,000 RESCATE Mostar AECID-CAP 671 Herzegovina outside of their Secondary Education School (Phase I). Bosnia- Supporting the reconciliation in Móstar through the 308,866 RESCATE Mostar-UWC AECID 671 Herzegovina reconstruction of the Secondary Education School (Phase II) and the International High School Colombia Work training and income generation for 100 indigenous families 237,453 Agency for Farming Research City of Madrid 620 with women as the head of household in the communities of and Development (CINDAP) Hispala and, July 20th, in the municipality of Puracé Colombia Socioeconomic stability and for security for 57 indigenous 140,670 FUNIC Assembly of the 350 rural families displaced because of violence in Río Naya and Communities of for 13 vulnerable rural families in the municipality of Timbío. Castilla-La Mancha Colombia The production of the uchuva fruit, agricultural business 176,977 CINDAP Assembly of the 750 opportunity for rural peasant women in Cauca. Communities of Castilla-La Mancha Colombia Building 103 small health stations in the small rural towns 98,348 Asociación Cultural Casa Generalitat 635 of Agua Azul, Primavera y Cantarito in the municipality of del Niño Valenciana VillaRica Colombia Improving health, environmental, and living conditions for 80 94,134 CINDAP AECID 792 rural families with little resources and three rural schools by installing small health station, septic wells and practical work training for the municipality of Sucre. Colombia Improving social infrastructures through the construction of a 111,569.73 CINDAP Assembly of 4.759 water treatment plant in the municipality of Sucre. Castilla y León Ethiopia Promoting “food sovereignty” in the areas most affected by 434,447.93 Hope for the Horn (HFH) AECID 16.656 the drought in the Harshin district in the Somali region. Ethiopia Integral Development Program in Harte Sheikh 558,000 Hope for the Horn (HFH) Obra Social La 70.000 Caixa Ethiopia Access to primary education in herding communities within 243,324 HFH AECID-CAP 14.000 five districts in the regional state of Somali. Ethiopia Integral Development Program in the Kebri Beyah district. 600,000 HFH City of Madrid 60.500 Lebanon Rebuilding Lebanon: Creating employment opportunities 59,587 The National Association AECID-CAP 534 through professional training for the unemployed. for Vocational Training and Social Services (NAVTSS) Lebanon Providing humanitarian aid to the population affected by 25,000 Association Najdeh Community of 7.144 the war in Southern Lebanon. Madrid Jordan Strategic planning for the certification of organic 99,485 Jordan River Foundation AECID 350 agricultural products. (JRF) D.R. of Building, equipping and installing a Health Center in 154,000 Cáritas-Goma Community of 120.000 Congo Walikale, North Kivu Madrid Syria Providing services for mother-infant health and the 202,974 Bisan Association for Social AECID 2.800 prevention of thalassemia in Yarmuk (Damascus) Development TOTAL 306,022 * subsidized grant 18
  19. 19. PUBLIC AWARENESS, EDUCATION AND VOLUNTEERS INTRODUCTION At RESCATE, we believe that contributing to the construction of an informed public that is committed to social justice is an essential part of our work. This is a prerequisite for the sustainability of our mission to support refugees both in Spain and in their countries of origin, and as such the raison d’être of our Public Awareness, Education and Volunteer program. During 2007, the activities of Public Awareness and Education have focused principally on three work areas: • To favor social integration and intercultural relations. • To promote the awareness of the situation of the less-advantaged countries. • To make people conscious of the refugees’ situation worldwide We have developed workshops, photographic exhibitions, and we have actively participated in seminars, panel discussions and nets, such as the Grupo de Educación de la Federación de ONGD de la Comunidad de Madrid (FONGDCAM) and the Federación de Entidades de Voluntariado de la Comunidad Autónoma de Madrid (FEVOCAM). This year, our public awareness activities benefited persons in the education sector as well as general public of 5 Autonomous Communities: Madrid, Castilla y León, Castilla-La Mancha, Comunidad Valenciana and Andalucía. Moreover, the stronger presence of RESCATE in Valencia, Castilla y León and Castilla-La Mancha has enabled us to develop relevant activities of Public Awareness and Education in these regions. PUBLIC AWARENESS CAMPAIGN Board Game and Public Awareness Workshops “El Círculo del Retorno” “El Círculo del Retorno” is a board game intended for Educación Secundaria (IES) students, which is to be used together with guided workshops. Through the questions and tests on immigration and asylum, “El Círculo del Retorno” aims to teach the players the diverse realities that coexist nowadays in the world. This project of Public Awareness and Education began in 2005; Furthermore, the AECID approved a second edition of 150 copies in 2006, which were also used during 2007. In 2007, 62 workshops and 7 tutorials were developed in 12 Secondary Schools of 4 Autonomous Communities (Madrid, Castilla y León, Anda- lucía y Castilla-La Mancha), reaching 5,337 students and teachers. Photographic Exhibition “Regreso al Exilio: Por la Dignificación de los Refugiados de Ayer y de Hoy” “Regreso al Exilio: Por la Dignificación de los Refugiados de Ayer y Hoy” is a virtual exhibition of photographs of refugees. The goal of this exhibition has been to increase the knowledge on the situation of refugees during Franco’s dictatorship and show the similarities with the current situation of millions of people throughout the world. The high number of visitors to the website (to date, 1093 visitors, and 483 “unique visitors”) and the positive feedback received, allow us to affirm that the goal has been successfully achieved. Additionally, 500 CDs of the exhibition’s content have been produced. 19
  20. 20. Workshops, Puppet Theatre and Pocket Guide “Etiopía Frente a los Objetivos de Desarrollo del Milenio” In 2007, the Public Awareness Department of RESCATE put significant effort into showing boys and girls of different nationalities living in Spain, how the environmental deterioration affects a country which has suffered war damage, starvation and, most important, drought: Ethiopia. Through recreational activities, both audience and players have had knowledge of the consequences derived from the lack of rains in the region, and the reality of a country scarcely known. Workshops. Throughout the year, workshops have been developed in Primary Schools, by means of an activity game consisting in the recreation, according to the age of the participants, of the trip of an immigrant who leaves his community due to the lack of environmental resources caused by the drought. In total, 46 workshops in 5 Primary Schools of the Autonomous Community of Madrid have been developed, totaling 1,319 direct beneficiaries. Nº SCHOOLS Nº WORKSHOPS Nº BENEFICIARIES AUTONOMOUS COMMUNITY 5 46 1.319 Madrid Puppet show. In addition to the celebration of our workshops, a puppet theatre was designed with the intention of launching a very clear message to children. The environment affects us all everywhere in the world. Ethiopia is just an example of a beautiful country devastated when the drought is severe. Ten puppet shows have been successfully performed in 4 Autonomous Communities: Castilla-La Mancha, Castilla León, Comunidad de Madrid and Comunidad Valenciana. Nº SCHOOLS Nº SHOWS Nº BENEFICIARIES AUTONOMOUS COMMUNITY Castilla y León, Madrid 8 9 1.955 Castilla-La Mancha y Comunidad Valenciana Pocket Guide. Finally, and with the goal of including both teachers and parents in the education and upbringing of the children, this project includes the drafting of a Pocket Guide for parents and teaching staff about The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which deals with the achievement degree of the MDGs according to the last report of the United Nations. This guide will be drafted during 2008, since the termination date for the project has changed to 30 April 2008. 20
  21. 21. Course “Interculturalidad en el Aula I” The project “Interculturalidad en el Aula I” is a CD course about Intercultural Education aimed to the Teaching staff, Parent-Teacher Associations and, in general, families of students at secondary school. The main objective of the course is to improve the intercultural relationship in the classrooms, facilitating knowledge and skills on teaching materials to teachers, who are the education agents having the potential to spread their knowledge. The project has been active over 7 months now, from 3 May to 30 November 2007 in the Autonomous Communities of Madrid and Valencia. All through this time, 1000 CDs and 100 bound copies of the course were distributed. Workshops and Awareness conferences in Castilla-La Mancha RESCATE-Castilla La Mancha. Within the framework of the Project “Construcción de 103 baterías sanitarias y capacitación de los beneficiarios en las veredas de Agua Dulce, Primavera y Cantarito, en el municipio de Villarica (Cauca, Colombia)”, funded by the Junta de Comunidades de Castilla La Mancha, it was proposed to develop workshops and organize awareness conferences in 26 schools in Talavera de la Reina (Toledo) by means of informative letters. The feedback from these schools has been very positive, and 11 workshops have been developed throughout 2007. These workshops have been designed and developed by the person responsible of the projects in Castilla-La Mancha, in cooperation with the Asociación San Andrés, volunteer workers and interns. Together with the workshops and conferences, a brochure on the project was published and distributed in the schools and centers where these workshops and conferences were celebrated, even in those centers not celebrating them on site. Other workshops and awareness-raising material In addition to the abovementioned activities, the persons responsible in the areas of Madrid and Valencia developed several workshops with a group of volunteer workers and interns. Previous years materials and projects –available at RESCATE- were used as a basis for these workshops in a significant number of education centres in Madrid, Castilla-La Mancha, Castilla León, Andalucía and Valencia. In Andalucía, from 26 to 29 January 2007, workshops were celebrated in the following centres: IES Ciudad Jardín, IES Miraflores de los Ángeles, IES Guadalmedina, IES Ntra. Sª de la Victoria, IES La Rosaleda (all of them in Málaga) and in IES Los Manantiales, IES Costa del Sol, IES Playamar (Torremolinos, Málaga). And throughout the year, in CP San Blas and CEIP Los Olivos (Guadalajara), CEIP Conde de Romanones and República Dominicana (Madrid), CEIP Bergamín (Málaga), CEIP Divina Pastoral (Tarifa, Cádiz), CEIP Santa Teresa (Cádiz) and CEIP Lazarillo de Tormes (Salamanca). 21
  22. 22. PARTICIPATION IN FORUMS AND CONFERENCES March, 25th 2007, First Annual Race for Integration in Majadahonda (Madrid) RESCATE participated in the First Annual Race for Integration in Majadahonda (Madrid) by organizing recreational activities for 3-5 year olds. We also, as event sponsors, wrote a “Manifesto for Integration” that appeared on the website for the race. June 20th, 2007, World Refugee Day NGO RESCATE took part in the Rainbow Festival event, organized by the Refugee Welcome Center (CAR) in Alcobendas (Madrid) for the World Refugee Day. There was a puppet show theatre that premiered, “A treasure called water: Let’s go to Ethiopia!” as a part of the awareness project “Ethiopia and its Millennium Development Goals.” RESCATE – Community of Valencia. RESCATE participated in the World Refugee Day events in Valencia which included an Awareness Week (June 15-24) with a series of recreational events (sports tournaments, puppet shows, children’s workshops, a concert, etc.), conferences, reports, and presentations on various projects, photo expos, etc. RESCATE-Valencia worked with other NGOs such as the Red Cross and the Refugee Welcome Center in Mislata (Valencia), the Spanish Commission for Refugee Aid-Valencia (CEAR) and the UNHCR. November 20, 2007, World Children’s Day RESCATE – Community of Valencia. RESCATE was a part of World Children’s Day in Valencia where we participated alongside other NGOs like the UNHCR, Intered, Jovenes del Tercer Mundo, Tierra de Hombres, UNICEF, Save the Children and Amnesty International in Valencia. We organized recreational and educational activities that had to do with children’s rights in which all the children were able to participate and gain from. This event was sponsored by the City of Valencia and under the direction of Social Well-being and Integration. 22
  23. 23. Masters in Development Cooperation at the University of Valencia RESCATE-Community of Valencia. NGO RESCATE participated in the Masters of Cooperation at the Public University of Valencia, which is given through the CUVRIC virtual classroom. We collaborated with other NGO’s that belong to the Valencia Coordinating Committee for NGOs. In 2007, RESCATE’s Public Awareness and Education program actively participated alongside the NGO Federation of Madrid (FONGDAM) as well as with the Federation of Volunteer Work Entities in the Community of Madrid (FEVOCAM), associations that have pertained to RESCATE for years. Other Activities RESCATE in Valencia worked with the Refugee Welcome Center (CAR) in Mislata in various awareness promotion projects. More specifically, we implemented an awareness program for schools called “Human Rights and Refugees,” in the education centers in the municipality of Mislata. This project was realized in collaboration with the Education Council of the City of Mislata. In November of 2007, NGO RESCATE began to increase our participation in the Castilla-La Mancha region of Spain when we began to hire an office staff and signed an agreement to collaborate with another association, Talavera de la Reina, the San Andres Socio-Cultural Association, to support and help drive RESCATE’s awareness promotion projects in this region. PUBLICATIONS AND OTHER AWARENESS PROMOTION MATERIALS DISTRIBUTED IN 2007 Virtual Photographic Exposition “Regreso al Exilio: Por la dignificación de los refugiados de ayer y de hoy”. Online photo expo and 500 CDs that included the works presented at the exposition. Financed by the Ministry of the Presidency. “Interculturalidad en el Aula I” COURSE. 1,000 CDs and 100 printed copies for the course “Interculturalidad en el Aula I” given to secondary education teaching staff, the parents association (AMPAS), and families in general. Financed by the Office for the Integration of Immigrants (Employment and Social Services Ministry). Informational Pamphlets PROJECT DURATION DONOR GRANT LOCATION Ethiopia and the Millennium 1 February 2007 to 30 Spanish Agency for 44.852,00 E Autonomous Communities of: Development Goals April 2008 International Cooperation Madrid 5.781,52 E Valencia Caja Navarra Castilla la Mancha Castilla y León Interculturalidad en el Aula I 3 May 2007 to 30 Employment and Social 13.000 E Autonomous Communities of: November 2007 Services Ministry Valencia Madrid Regreso al exilio: por la 1 January 2007 to 30 Ministry of the Presidency 8.870 E Autonomous Communities of: dignificaci’on de los refugiados September 2007 Valencia de ayer y hoy Madrid 23
  24. 24. VOLUNTEERSHIP Throughout 2007, as in the three previous years, our Volunteer Coordinating services were centralized in the Public Awareness and Education sector. It has been just this past year that we put forth an expansive effort to involve our volunteers in all sectors of our organization. We especially needed their help in our areas of work of public awareness, given it is such a major undertaking and a huge importance in terms of our mission as an NGO and we simply do not have a large enough hired staff to do justice to its requirements. The projects we carried out in respect to Public Awareness and Education in 2007 were based on the themes of Primary and Secondary Education Center Workshops we conducted for the Community of Madrid and four other autonomous communities where RESCATE has a base: Andalucia, the Community of Valencia, the Community of Castilla La Mancha and the Community of Castilla Leon. The participation of our volunteers was fundamental in realizing our projects. Volunteers traveled all the way from Madrid to these other communities to conduct the workshops (with the exception of Valencia who depended on their hired personnel). In addition to their contributions in the workshops, these volunteers were also in charge of the selection, revision, and composition of the text that appeared in the Course Guide for “Interculturalidad en el Aula I.” This guide would not have been able to be completed without the collaboration of three special RESCATE volunteers. As part of our Voluntary Return undertaking in the Social Action Department, we prepared a basic study on the labor market in Colombia. Like the aforementioned course guide, the selection and composition of the content for this document was made possible by one volunteer whose vision, knowledge, and experience greatly impacted the final product. Throughout 2007, twenty volunteers were insured under a group health insurance, in compliance with Volunteer Worker’s Law. All volunteers involved in any of RESCATE’s activities within its various departments and offices were well informed and oriented with the tasks in which they were entrusted and with our mission. RESCATE also depended on the help of our student interns. Upon the completion of their internships, some students decided to stay with us working as volunteers. The interns came from institutions such as the Masters Program of International Cooperation at the Ortega y Gasset Foundation, and from the Masters Program of European Solidarity Action at the University of Carlos III in Madrid. As for the actual photography that was found at our awareness project “Return to Exile: Refugees of Yesterday and Today” that was held in Valencia, RESCATE depended on a professional photographer volunteer. RESCATE pertains to the NGO Volunteership Federation of the Community of Madrid and participated through our sector for Public Awareness and Education. We wanted to develop volunteer services into a specific sector by means of our social awareness projects, but even without that, we were able to demonstrate that this work experience greatly helped us to fulfill our objectives and expectations. We would otherwise have needed a volunteer coordinating department that would have required a complicated structure within human resources to allow us to comply without neglecting other commitments and activities. As a result, in the years to come we will have a volunteer coordinating department that will be decentralized and that will be able to take up the process of selection, delegation of tasks, and the practical preparations that make the collaboration with our volunteers possible. Also in 2007, we conducted an in-depth review to identify which routes will allow us to best present and represent the organization. 24
  25. 25. COMMUNICATION AND FUNDRAISING INTRODUCTION Another one of RESCATE’s lines of work, whose importance is constantly growing, is communication and the seeking of private funds. The ‘communication’ portion is understood to be the means by which we spread the word and make the public aware of our programs we run as well as the impact they have had. We want potential beneficiaries to know about us and what we do. Likewise the private funds portion pertains to management activities as well as member loyalty and funds seeking in order to co-finance activities. Un-restricted funds are also necessary for the upkeep of the structure of the NGO. The projects planned for 2007 were broad: Developing and producing corporative publications (Annual Report of Activities, Bulletins every trimester, updating the website, etc.); designing and producing distributable materials for communication and educating the public on our projects of Social Action, International Cooperation, Public Awareness and Education, our Campaign for Communication, etc. As for members of RESCATE, we have been able to maintain a consistent communication with them through the distribution of our publications, the announcement of our events and of General Assembly, acknowledging and presenting certificates for contributions. We would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge your unconditional support and economic contributions. COMMUNICATION CAMPAIGN Our campaign, “Te vas de viaje? Algunos están obligados.” The objective of this campaign has been to make the public aware of the general profile and story of a refugee. The campaign brings us into contact with the specific experiences of a refugee and his/her “trip” and demonstrates the reasons for which these people need special protection. It was diffused to the public through radio commercial breaks, advertisements in the press and RESCATE’s website, and conducting panels, expositions, and other awareness promotion events in universities, businesses, and other locales. PARTICIPATION IN FORUMS AND CONFERENCES Congreso y Salón de Responsibilidad Social Corporativa. RESCATE was an active participant en the Work Group on Corporate Social Responsibility and Immigration, of the Congreso y Salon de RSC. It was held on the 30th and 31st of January 2007 by the City of Madrid through the Fundacion Voluntarios around Madrid. Spain’s Seventh Annual Fundraising Conference. Transparency and the Seeking of Funds. Our staff member in charge of Communication and Fundraising, Smriti Belbase, participated in this annual conference organized by the Spanish Fundraising Association and held on the 17th and 18th of September 2007 in Madrid. Seminar on Technology and Communication in the Third Sector. RESCATE took part in this seminar organized by Microsoft and Servimedia on the 10th of October 2007 in Madrid. Publications and Other Distributed Materials from 2007 Annual Report for 2006 Electronic Bulletins: Number 14 (January 2007), Number 15 (April 2007), Number 16 (July 2007), Number 17 (October 2007) Informational Pamphlets, Notebooks, Posters, Christmas cards, etc. 25
  26. 26. ECONOMIC INFORMATION INCOME Income through the organization’s own activities 2.007 2.006 Grants and donations 1.879.713,69 1.394.185,43 Public sources 1.794.475,83 1.207.530,35 Private sources 85.237,86 186.655,08 Reimbursments of grants -7.568,14 -39.845,71 Income and profit from other years 96,90 28,07 Total income through the organization´s own activities 1.872.242,45 1.354.367,79 Other income 90,95 26.353,49 Financial Income 4.292,18 13.473,09 Differences due to exchange rates 2,26 TOTAL INCOME 1.876.625,58 1.394.196,63 EXPENDITURES Programs Social Action 179.915,64 185.809,79 International Cooperation 1.461.566,10 1.038.390,09 Public Awareness and Education 58.232,06 46.571,13 Subtotal 1.699.713,80 1.270.771,01 Administration and fundraising 181.748,06 174.987,06 TOTAL EXPENDITURES 1.881.461,86 1.445.758,07 BALANCE -4.836,28 -51.561,44 GRANTS AND DONATIONS MANAGED FROM PUBLIC SOURCES 2.007 2006 AECI 626.811,53 621.762,65 Ayuntamiento de Madrid 250.889,74 197.312,30 Generalitat Valenciana 211.425,14 Fondo Europeo de Refugiados 80.094,51 106.152,52 Dirección General de Integración de los Inmigrantes 97.808,61 92.395,74 Junta de Comunidades de Castilla la Mancha 154.563,58 83.947,14 Ministerio de la Presidencia 8.870,52 Junta de Comunidades de Castilla L 231.178,13 Ministerio de Trabajo y Asuntos Sociales 59.000,00 49.845,98 Gobierno Bosnia i Herzegovina 1.180,38 1.264,43 Comunidad de Madrid 72.653,69 22,40 Ayuntamiento de Villalba 11.000,00 Ayuntamiento de las Rozas 4.114,80 Generalitat de Cataluña -35,10 Subtotal 1.794.475,83 1.167.708,08 GRANTS AND DONATIONS MANAGED FROM PRIVATE SOURCES Members’ quotas 4.323,41 2.371,54 Fundación “La Caixa” 3.032,35 147.790,23 Caja de Navarra 5.781,52 Caja Madrid 5.193,72 Oso Publications S.L 19.140,00 Cityscope S.L 1.636,80 Lee cool Publishing, S.L. 1.000,00 Bordados Yordas S.L 1.000,00 Roberto Fernández González 1.000,00 Other private income 48.323,78 31.299,59 Subtotal 85.237,86 186.655,08 TOTAL GRANTS AND DONATIONS 1.879.713,69 1.354.363,16 26
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