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Memoria RESCATE 2006 - inglés


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  1. 1. ANNUAL REPORT 2006 with refugees versión en castellano al reverso
  2. 2. CONTENTS Letter from the Director 3 Who We Are 4 Where We Work 5 Social Action 6 International Cooperation 14 Public Awareness, Education and Volunteers 22 Economic Information 28 Acknowledgements 30 1
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  4. 4. LETTER FROM THE DIRECTOR Dear friends, I am pleased to present you with RESCATE’s Annual Report for 2006, which reflects the efforts of all those who have invested their time, their material resources, and above all their initiatives and enthusiasm into furthering the organization’s mission, values and vision for the future. In 2006, we expanded our services for the integration of refugees and in support of families and especially vulnerable cases. We also began this year to formulate proposals for linking our national and international activities, through co-development projects and through support to victims of human trafficking. Similarly, in our public awareness and educational activities, our workshops in the schools continued to offer children and youth a positive vision of other worlds and cultures through games and stories. In countries such as Colombia, Ethiopia, Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Afghanistan, we worked to respond to the needs of the most vulnerable communities, in locations where the lack of health, education and other basic infrastructure pose an impediment to the development of these communities. Women and children continued to stand out as beneficiaries of our projects in 2006. In some contexts, we also worked with especially vulnerable minorities such as the Afro-Colombian population in Colombia, where the internal conflict already affects the general population, generating populations of internally displaced persons as well as of asylum seekers outside of its borders. One factor I would like to highlight is the comprehension and collaboration we have received from the beneficiaries and participants of our projects. The picture featured on the opposite page is of a woman from the Somali region of Ethiopia, where RESCATE works with its local partner, Hope for the Horn, to promote environmental regeneration and food sovereignty in an area seriously affected by drought. The land that appears in the background of the photograph was donated by this woman for the creation of community forests, one of the key activities of the project, of which she and her family are also beneficiaries. It is exactly this type of attitude—of practical, not idyllic, collaboration on the part of all the sides implicated in achieving social change—that we aspire to foment in our society as well. A challenging task in our times, but not impossible. We hope that this Annual Report will serve to awaken your interest. Nora Avés 3
  5. 5. WHO WE ARE Ever since we first opened our doors in Madrid in 1960, RESCATE’s activities have undergone a notable evolution, both in geographical terms and in our areas of action. However, the fundamental mission driving our work has remained the same: to respond to the needs of persons forced to flee their homes because they have suffered persecution, because they have reason to fear that they will be persecuted, or because they have been victims of generalized violence or violations of their human rights. What began in 1960 as a delegation of a North American organization, exclusively dedicated in Spain to the resettlement of refugees to other countries – given the absence at the time of an asylum law in this country – is today the headquarters of a Spanish NGO that offers a whole gamut of services and projects. On the one hand, our activities in Spain address the various needs of refugees and persons in other situa- tions of forced migration; on the other, we strive to improve conditions in the refugees’ home countries and thus do away with the causes that provoked their flight. Currently, our activities fall into three general categories: social action in Spain, international cooperation, and public awareness and education. In 2006, in addition to Spain we worked in seven countries, and in all our activities benefited over 106,000 people. To carry out our activities, in 2006 we relied on a team of 21 staff and 20 volunteers. Our goals were supported by 153 members in nine autonomous regions of Spain. BOARD OF DIRECTORS STAFF Juan Ángel López Romero, President RESCATE-MADRID Nora Avés - Director MªAngeles de Francisco and Mª Angeles Vega - Coordinators of Social and Enrique Sola Pendán, Secretary Employment Issues María de Zabala - Coordinator of Legal Issues Nicolás Ramo Kalkus, Treasure Aída Sánchez - Employment Orientation Officer María Gutierrez - Legal Officer Cristina Bermejo - Coordinator of International Programs Alfonso Cavallé Sesé Encarnación Guirao - Tracking and Evaluation Officer for International Projects Ana Soriano and Clotilde Cuéllar - Public Awareness, Education and Volunteer Officers Mercedes Dorado Gutiérrez Smriti Belbase - Communication and Fundraising Officer David Palomo - General Funds Officer Araceli García del Soto Sandra Argüelles - Project Funds Officer RESCATE-VALENCIA Michaela Kalkus Pokorna María Sánchez - Public Awareness Project Officer RESCATE - BALKANS Gordana Marjanovic Kruzik Fernando Mazarro - Delegate in the Balkans Aida Omanovic - Office Coordinator Isabel Pardo Martínez Lejla Hadzimahovic - Finance Officer Svjetlan Mihic - Project Assistant and Liaison Officer Miroslav Kovacevic - Engineer Enrique Ramo Ramo RESCATE-COLOMBIA Elisa Salvador Zuloaga Antonio Ventura - Coordinator of Colombia Projects RESCATE-ETHIOPIA José Carlos Herias - Coordinator of Ethiopia Projects RESCATE fulfills all the principles of transparency and good practices analyzed CONTRAPARTES by the Fundación Lealtad. Afghanistán: People in Need (PIN) Albania: FEMIJET TE PARET Foundation Colombia: Corporación para la Investigación y Desarrollo Agropecuario, Fundación Intercultural Norte-Sur and Asociación Cultural Casa del Niño Ethiopia: Hope for the Horn 4
  6. 6. WHERE WE WORK Spain Bosnia-Herzegovina � Integration, family reunification, voluntary return � Reconstruction and resettlement programs for refugees and immigrants � Post-conflict reconciliation � Public awareness, education and volunteer program Albania � Education Afghanistan � Reconstruction � Education Colombia � Income generation Lebanon � Housing � Humanitarian aid � Sanitation and environment Ethiopia � Food security � Environmental regeneration Democratic Republic of the Congo � Education � Health 5
  7. 7. SOCIAL ACTION INTRODUCTION RESCATE is dedicated to defending the rights of persons forced to leave their countries due to persecution, wars or major political or social crises. From our office in Madrid, we work to facilitate the integration of such persons in Spain. In order to address the different needs of our beneficiaries as they seek a lasting solution to their situations, our Social Action department offers the following programs and services: • Integration Program • Mujeres en Red Workshop • Family Reunification • Voluntary Return • Resettlement in Spain and in Third Countries Through these programs, in 2006 we attended a total of 172 people from 31 countries. Of these, the majority were from countries in Latin America (50%) or Africa (31%). As of this year, RESCATE also participates in the Red Española contra la Trata de Personas, a network of national and international organisms working to combat the trafficking of persons in Spain. Similarly, we participate actively in other networks and task forces focused on issues related to asylum, gender, diversity and psychosocial interventions, ranging from the regional network represented by the European Council on Refugees and Exiles (ECRE), to a neighborhood discussion group on diversity issues in Chamberí, site of our Madrid headquarters. OUR ACTIVITIES IN 2006 As in previous years, the main activity of this department in 2006 was the Integration Program. We attended 96 people in this program through the course of the year, providing legal counseling on asylum and other forms of regularization, social attention and employment orientation. Within the activities aimed at favoring and facilitating the integration of our beneficiaries, we continued offering the Mujeres en Red workshops originally launched in 2005. This service, designed to address the special needs of refugee and immigrant women, combines one-on-one sessions with group workshops in which we provide social, employment and legal counseling and orientation in order to address the different issues that may emerge through the course of the integration process. For refugees and immigrants in Spain, reunification with members of their immediate family forms a fundamental part of the integration process. For this reason, through the Family Reunification program, we offer the following services: information, orientation and counseling on the requirements and procedures for exercising the right to family reunification or extension of asylum to family members; presentation and follow-up of applications; trip organization; and services to support the integration of family members after their arrival in Spain. 6
  8. 8. Photo: A. Minguito This year, we also continued providing the Voluntary Return program, which is based on the premise that anyone who is contemplating returning to his or her country of origin has the right to all available information regarding security conditions and the social, political and economic conditions of that country. Besides providing such information, through this program we also orient program beneficiaries on the social and legal alternatives available to them in Spain, and the implications of their decision to renounce their right to asylum or other forms of international protection, so that the person may make their decision in an informed manner. Once the decision to return has been made, we also work to facilitate the journey back to the country of origin. Finally, under the program for Resettlement in Spain and in Third Countries, we attended two categories of beneficiaries. The first consisted of asylum seekers, refugees and immigrants in Spain who for different reasons sought to move to a third country and fulfilled the legal prerequisites to do so. The second category consisted of persons who had already attained asylum in another country but whose situation in the country of asylum necessitated their resettlement, leading to their being recommended by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) for resettlement in Spain. This program seeks to provide counselling and to support the option of resettlement as one of the possible solutions to the situation of refugees and asylum seekers. 7
  9. 9. OUR BENEFICIARIES IN 2006 By continent of origin: By gender : By age : 80 40 70 35 Europe 60 30 Asia Africa 9% 50 25 10% 31% 40 20 40% 40% 62% 30 15 50% 20 38% 10 12% 10 5 America 6% 2% 0 0 Women Men <18 18-34 35-49 50-64 >64 years years years years years By the program in which they were attended: By country of origin: PROGRAM NUMBER ATTENDED* Other Countries Colombia Integration 96 cases Family Reunification 22 families Mujeres en Red 54 people Resettlement in Spain 6 people 39% 34% Resettlement in Third Countries 8 people Voluntary Return 62 people Equatorial 10% Guinea 5% * A single beneficiary may be supported through different programs at different times, so that the total number 6% 6% of people supported through the various programs may be greater than the total number of beneficiaries. Côte d�Ivoire Cameroon Cuba Russia Ukraine Serbia and Rumania Montenegro Armenia Lebanon Palestinian Territories Morocco Iraq Pakistan Cuba Bangladesh Mali Senegal Guatemala Venezuela Sierra Leone Cameroon Ethiopia Sri Lanka DR Congo Somalia Togo Côte Colombia d�Ivoire Equatorial Guinea Ecuador Peru Bolivia Chile Argentina Cuba remains under a totalitarian Colombia has been immersed Côte d�Ivoire: After a failed coup Cameroon: Since 1985, Equatorial Guinea: A regime which violates the in armed conflict for over 40 d�etat in 2002, the country was Cameroon has been governed by protectorate of Spain until 1959, fundamental rights of its citizens. years.Civilians are potential divided in two parts, each the same party, which is known the history of this country since The majority of our Cuban victims of kidnappings, governed by a different group. for its poor human rights record. 1968 is marked by a series of beneficiaries in recent years have assassinations and extortion Despite an agreements signed by The cases we attend in RESCATE dictatorships. The majority of decided to leave the country due by the main armed groups. The both sides in 2003, the situation are of persons who have suffered Guinean refugees in Spain seek to restrictions on their economic, situation has caused the has not yet normalized, with violations of these rights, asylum for having been social and cultural rights (for forced displacement of localized conflicts and numerous including torture or other cruel, persecuted for belonging to example the right to education, to millions of people, and has led violations of the human rights of inhuman or degrading treatment groups of the political work, to housing etc.) in addition thousands more to seek refuge civilians. The cases we attend are in prison, or who have suffered opposition. to the violation of their freedom of in other countries. of asylum seekers fleeing forced persecution due to their sexual ideology and expression. recruitment or other violations of orientation, their opposition to their human rights. the current regime, etc. 8
  10. 10. ASYLUM IN SPAIN 20061 During 2006, a total of 5,297 asylum seekers were registered in Spain. This represents a slight increase in comparison to the figure for the previous year. 2,140 asylum requests were presented at border posts. However, within the national territory there was a decrease of 17%, continuing the trend that began in 2001. This decrease can primarily be attributed to the difficulties imposed by authorities with respect to exit from the country of origin (for example, the need to possess a visa before leaving, or the obligation on the part of transport companies to verify the legality of travel documents. In practice these transport companies serve the function of immigration offices without being specifically trained for the purpose), which hinders potential asylum seekers from requesting protection in third countries. Concerning the asylum requests presented at border posts, we must mention the irregularities that, this year, gave rise to a tragic situation on the Ceuta and Melilla border, with the death of several people and the massive and systematic violation of the human rights of thousands of people trying to cross the border. Efforts to impede entry into the national territory, treated in an alarmist and inaccurate fashion by the communication media (in the attempt to seek the tacit support and consent of public opinion), have materialized in the Spanish government’s attempt to sign agreements with the principal countries of origin regarding the repatriation of their nationals. Examples of such initiatives are the “Plan África” (in which development aid is exchanged for the retention of citizens) or massive repatriations to Morocco, a country that has abandoned hundreds of persons in the desert, condemning them to a certain death, in the face of the impassivity of the Spanish authorities despite their awareness of the situation. Of the total number of requests presented, 3,404 (58.3%) were admitted into the application process, while admission was denied to 2,437 (41.7%). Of the final decisions made, refugee status was granted in only 168 cases (3,7%) and the status of subsidiary or complementary protection in 340 cases (4.2%), as compared to 1,493 negative decisions (33.1%). On the other hand, 61 requests were presented for recognition of stateless status, with 2 (4.44%) positive decisions and 43 (95.56%) negative ones. Photo: A. Minguito 1. Source: Spanish Asylum Office. 9
  11. 11. A CASE STUDY TO ILLUSTRATE RESCATE�S WORK THE CASE: Miguel was born in Brazil. Starting from a young age, he suffered insults, abuses and attacks from his schoolmates, family members and anonymous persons because of his sexual orientation. Actions taken When he was 13, he was repeatedly raped by a group of youths from his neighborhood. He by RESCATE: never dared to report them. Two years later, his father threw him out of his house and he started to live on the street, where he suffered various types of attacks and persecution, SOCIAL & tolerated and fomented by the police, the local authorities and society in general. Even EMPLOYMENT AREA though homosexuality is not penalized by law in Brazil, the society is endemically homophobic. He was never able to finish school or get a job. After years of massive and systematic violations of his most basic rights and his dignity, he managed to leave the country and to travel to Spain. Miguel makes contact with RESCATE through another organization, requesting information and legal counselling. Actions taken by RESCATE: LEGAL AREA � Miguel is provided with orientation and counseling with respect to his personal situation. He is informed as to what constitutes a refugee, the right to asylum and the legal procedure for attaining asylum in Spain. Based on the information received regarding his case, the legal officer recommends that he request asylum. � After Miguel decides to file an asylum request, RESCATE contacts the Spanish Asylum Office to arrange an appointment for presenting the initial request. � Once the request has been presented, a series of interviews are conducted with Miguel to gather information and reconstruct his history of persecution in Brazil. � With Miguel�s history completed, RESCATE staff elaborate a report in support of the admission of Miguel�s request into processing. This report is sent to the Asylum Office and to the UNHCR. In the attempt to secure the request�s admission into processing, contact is maintained with the UNHCR (in order to obtain their support for the case) and with the Asylum Office staff responsible for this stage of the procedure. � After the legally scheduled period of two months, Miguel goes to the Asylum Office, where he is informed of the decision not to admit his asylum request into processing. � Miguel is referred by RESCATE to another organization so that he may file an appeal, as RESCATE�s Legal Area cannot present appeals. While the case is being studied in the courts, Miguel remains without documentation in Spain, waiting for a decision from the relevant legal authority. 10
  12. 12. Social Attention: � In the first meeting between Miguel and the social educator, information is gathered about his current social situation and a needs assessment is made. Miguel receives information, orientation and counseling regarding the social coverage available while his asylum request is being processed. Miguel requires urgent psychological support and attention, as he displays the symptoms and consequences of the traumas experienced in his country. He also requests financial support because his savings have run out and he is unable to get a job because of his lack of documentation. � After the initial interview, an evaluation is conducted of Miguel�s case in coordination with the rest of the intervening professionals, and possibilities are assessed, based on his profile, for his inclusion in one of the Social Action programs operated by RESCATE. � Through a series of interviews, RESCATE staff work with Miguel to address issues fundamental to improving his adaptation to the social environment and facilitating his social evolution using an individualized itinerary of social intervention. These include registration at the municipal level, affiliation to social security, obtaining a health card, applying for employment, etc. � As RESCATE does not offer psychological services, Miguel is referred to a specific resource to receive therapy. � With respect to financial support, as an asylum seeker, Miguel can access the only resource made available by the public administration to guarantee the social protection indicated by the asylum law. However, in Miguel�s current situation, he cannot access this resource because his asylum request has not been admitted into processing and as such he is excluded from the system of social protection for asylum seekers and refugees. � As soon as Miguel files his appeal of the decision to not admit his application into processing, he will be able to apply for financial support through one of RESCATE�s programs and/or be referred to an organization that runs a program for non-admitted or rejected asylum seekers (offering financial support during a period of one to three months for non-admitted applicants who are appealing the decision). � In the meantime, Miguel will continue receiving social attention at RESCATE. Employment Orientation: � During the first meeting with the employment orientation officer, issues addressed include Miguel�s level of education and training, both in Brazil and in Spain, work experience, capacities, Spanish skills, motivation and expectations. � Miguel is in a complicated situation regarding his employment possibilities because he lacks legal documentation. For this reason, an insertion itinerary is developed in which the focus is primarily on the pre-employment phase, including: improvement of his Spanish skills (with information provided as to where he can access language classes suitable for his level), improvement of his communication skills regarding job interviews, his curriculum vitae and the possibility of undergoing specialized training in order to facilitate his insertion into the labor market as soon as his legal status is resolved. � This process includes various meetings and a monitoring on the part of the employment orientation officer to assess whether the itinerary agreed upon with Miguel is turning out to be appropriate for his situation, whether the expected results are being achieved, and whether any modifications are necessary. 11
  13. 13. An example of participation in a network: THE SPANISH NETWORK AGAINST TRAFFICKING IN PERSONS Every year, over 600,000 people are victims of international trafficking in human beings. Of these, about 80% are women or girls, and up to 50% are minors.2 Trafficking in persons for purposes of exploitation has become the 21st century version of slavery. A grave violation of human rights that has become the third most lucrative form of illicit trade in the world, after trafficking in narcotics and in arms. However, in current Spanish law, human trafficking is contemplated solely from the perspective of public order, with the focus centred on punishing the traffickers, without consideration of the point of view of the victims and the protection of their human rights. The Red Española Contra la Trata de Personas (Spanish Network Against Trafficking in Persons) was formed in 2005 with the goal of focusing the fight against human trafficking on the needs and the human rights of the victims. The Network consists of national and international organizations working in areas related to the fight against human trafficking in Spain, and RESCATE has been a member since early 2006. The Network emerged out of the need for the cooperation of civil society in all the different facets of the fight against human trafficking, given the phenomenon’s complexity and international nature and the need for coordination among the different actors who work with its victims, in order to provide the requisite multidisciplinary response. Nonetheless, the Network emphasizes that the State holds the primary responsibility in the struggle to prevent and eradicate trafficking in human beings. Human trafficking is a grave violation of human rights, in particular the right to life, to physical integrity, and to not suffer cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment. As such, the Network focuses the battle against such trafficking from the point of view of the human rights of the victims. The guiding principles of the Network include the promotion of a permanent dialogue between the government and civil society on the prevention, sanctioning, protection and rehabilitation of the victims of trafficking, and the effective participation of the victims in the elaboration, implementation and evaluation of policies against human trafficking. The Network’s main goals are: • To promote changes in political, economic, social and legal structures and systems, as well as the ratification of the relevant international agreements, in order to guarantee the prevention of trafficking in human beings, the sanctioning of the delinquents, and the protection and rehabilitation of the victims. • To contribute to the elaboration of initiatives and strategies for combating people trafficking, and to their subsequent evaluation. • To encourage the real and effective application of existing legislation and the improvement of administrative practices to avoid impunity and guarantee the rights of the victims, making proposals for reform when necessary. 2. 2006 Trafficking in Persons Report, published by the United States Department of State. 12
  14. 14. • To coordinate and promote cooperation among the members of the Network to encourage measures that will guarantee the prevention of people trafficking, and assistance and compensation to the victims, especially in the case of women and children. • To establish a dialogue with the main government actors to optimize the efficacy of policies and instruments for prevention, protection, assistance and rehabilitation of victims. • To foment coordination with other networks and organizations working in this field. The following organizations currently participate in the Network: Accem, Anzadeia, Amnesty International, Asociación para la Prevención, Reinserción y Atención de la Mujer Prostituida (APRAMP), Comisión Española de Ayuda al Refugiado (CEAR), the Spanish Red Cross, Instituto de Estudios políticos para América Latina y África (IEPALA), Federación de Mujeres Progresistas, Médicos del Mundo, Proyecto Esperanza, Red Acoge, RESCATE, Save the Children, Women’s Link Worldwide and experts participating on an individual level. The United Nations High Commisioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) also collaborate with the network. GRANTS MANAGED IN 2006 NUMBER OF PROJECT DURATION DONOR GRANT BENEFICIARIES Integration Program January – December 2006 Fondo Europeo para los 58,992.76€ / 8,750€ 96 cases Refugiados (FER), Ministerio de Trabajo y Asuntos Sociales-Dirección General de Integración de los Inmigrantes MTAS - DGII Voluntary Return January – December 2006 FER, MTAS - DGII 76,007.24€ / 25,000€ 39 people Implementation of Quality January – December 2006 MTAS - DGII 8,000€ Control System Maintenance of the Basic January – December 2006 MTAS - DGII 38,000€ Structures of the Organization Family Reunification January – December 2006 MTAS - IRPF 27,000€ 22 families Voluntary Return, January – December 2006 MTAS - IRPF 30,000€ 37 people Resettlement in Spain and Resettlement in Third Countries Mujeres en Red January – December 2006 Ayuntamiento de Madrid 21,718€ 54 people 13
  15. 15. INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION INTRODUCTION In countries affected by armed conflict or natural disasters, local populations face the collapse not only of their infrastructure and basic services, but of their livelihoods and social structure as well. In our international projects, RESCATE’s priority is to support such populations in their efforts to rebuild their life projects in a sustainable manner and to foment the construction of a lasting peace. In 2006, our development, humanitarian aid and emergency projects benefited over 102,000 people. In all of our work, we continued prioritizing the needs of women and children, who are the most vulnerable victims of any conflict or catastrophe. In certain contexts, we also worked to respond to the special needs of other vulnerable groups, such as indigenous communities and populations of African descent in Colombia. Within this framework, during this year we continued to work to contribute to the achievement of the UN Millennium Development Goals. In terms of sectors of activity, our initiatives were aimed at covering basic social needs - such as housing, infrastructure, social services and food sovereignty - and at promoting sustainable income generation, particularly in rural areas, in order to enable local communities to become not only self-sufficient but also able to commercialize their surplus produce and thus improve their living conditions. With our activities, we have helped ensure that displaced or returning populations, as well as local communities whose livelihoods have been affected by conflict, are able to successfully reintegrate and/or adapt to the new contexts that emerge from an armed conflict. Geographically speaking, we focused our efforts in specific countries in which RESCATE has a relatively long-standing experience, in order to achieve a greater impact on the living conditions of the population. More specifically, we implemented projects this year in seven countries in sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America, Asia, the Balkans and the Middle East. In Spain, RESCATE continues to be an active member of the Federation of Development NGOs of the Community of Madrid (FONGDCAM), within which it participates in task forces focused on Projects, Education and Communication. Bosnia-Herzegovina Afghanistan Albania Lebanon Ethiopia DR Congo Colombia 14
  16. 16. AFRICA ETHIOPIA In 2006, drought was once again one of the great protagonists in Ethiopia, a country battered not only by natural Sudan disasters, but also by conflicts in bordering countries. The drought has provoked the loss of harvests, grazing grounds Addis Abeba Somalia and animals. ETHIOPIA Somali Region One of the areas worst hit by the scarcity of rains is the Somali region, and in particular the Harshin district, close to the border with Somalia, due to the added strain caused by the influx of refugees from Somalia as well as returning Uganda Kenya displaced Ethiopians. The combined effects of drought and drastic population growth in the area have brought Indian Ocean about a severe environmental degradation, which is exacerbated by the recent armed conflicts with bordering Eritrea and Somalia. As a result, the local population faces a shortage of food and drinking water for both people and livestock, converting Somali into a high-risk area for the survival of local communities. In 2006 RESCATE continued to work with its local partner Hope for the Horn through initiatives aimed at improving the food security of the Somali population. Our joint activities have contributed to restoring the environment and to improving the usage and conservation of water and soil, all of which are crucial factors in the maintenance of harvests and livestock, which constitute the main sources of food and income for the local population. Overall, our projects benefited 80,000 people in the districts of Harthe Sheik and Harshin. A NEW DAM THAT WILL STORE WATER FOR 20,000 PEOPLE PER YEAR In November 2006, RESCATE and its local partner Hope for the Horn finalized the construction of a 43,000 m3 dam in Harshin, a district in the Ethiopian region of Somali. As part of a series of measures intended to mitigate the effects of the droughts that plague the region, the dam will allow for the storage of water to be used during dry seasons by approximately 20,000 people every year. The dam was constructed with funding from the Agencia Española de Cooperación Internacional (AECI). In an economy dependent on livestock – only 10% of the population engages in agricultural activities to complement livestock breeding – water is crucial for survival. In addition, the existence of a secure, stable and efficiently managed water source will also permit the development of agricultural activities to diversify the existing food and income sources. Tomatoes, beans, sesame, watermelons and fruit trees have already begun to be planted in the immediate vicinity of the dam, alongside a 120-hectare fodder bank that will provide the population with multifunctional grains during the dry seasons. However, the idea behind this type of dam is even more far- reaching, as the initiative includes the implementation of an entire environmental regeneration program that will recuperate native vegetation and trees for animal fodder, diminish the effects of the strong winds that frequent the area, control floods and improve the quality of the collected rainwater. 15
  17. 17. Central African Republic Sudan DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO Cameroon Congo North Kivu The past year witnessed the celebration of presidential elections in the Democratic Republic of Gabon DEMOCRATIC Uganda the Congo. These elections should provide a valuable opportunity to achieve peace in the region and REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO Rwanda Burundi put an end to many years of civil war, during which ethnic issues and the fight over the country’s Kinshasa abundant natural resources and for central power brought about the destabilization of the entire region, the destruction of infrastructures, the massive displacement of populations and a severe economic crisis. Angola During 2006, we began to identify projects in the eastern region of the country, and more specifically Zambia in North Kivu, one of the country’s most devastated areas, where the impact of the civil conflict has been compounded by a massive influx of Rwandan refugees. Within this context, we focused our efforts this year on health and education. DR Congo suffers from a high rate of school absenteeism due to a lack of infrastructure, qualified teachers and school materials: in sum, a lack of public investment in education. Similarly, the country registers extremely high infant mortality rates. In order to contribute to the alleviation of the latter, we took the initial steps this year towards the construction of a Health Center in the village of Itebero. The center will provide health services to almost 120,000 people throughout the district of Banano. LATIN AMERICA Caribbean Sea COLOMBIA Panama Venezuela Colombia has suffered armed conflict for over 40 years. In the context of this conflict, the forced displacement of individuals and entire communities – as is the case of indigenous ethnic groups – has Pacific Ocean Bogota been consistently used by armed groups to depopulate territories and gain control over resources and strategic geographic corridors. As a result, the country ranks second in the world with regards to the Dept. of Cauca number of forcibly displaced civilians, which, according to the Colombian Government, amount to 2.5-3 COLOMBIA million people.1 Ecuador Peru Brazil In 2006 alone, approximately 200,000 people were forced into displacement.2 This translates into 600 people per day, forced to abandon everything they had and relocate to poverty-ridden urban strips or other rural enclaves in which they lack access to the basic resources required for survival. During this year, RESCATE continued to concentrate its efforts in the Department of Cauca, one of the regions most devastated by armed conflict. In Cauca, the population is characterized by its great ethnic diversity (31% of the population is indigenous), which further complicates the process of integration of displaced or returning populations. In 2006 we continued to work in association with the Corporación para la Investigación y el Desarrollo Agropecuario (CINDAP) in two key areas: housing and economic regeneration. We have also begun working with the Asociación Cultural Casa del Niño (ACCN) on sanitation projects, and with the Fundación Intercultural Norte-Sur (FUNIC). Eighty percent of the beneficiaries of our projects were female heads of household with a high level of family responsibilities, including the care of young children and aging parents. In 2006, we also provided humanitarian aid to the victims of the earthquake which took place in Sotará on 18 August 2004, by rebuilding or rehabilitating homes destroyed by the natural disaster. In addition, we held a series of participatory workshops on risk prevention in the event of future natural disasters. 1. Cited by UNHCR at; 15-6-07. 2. Banco Mundial (2004): Country at a los Derechos Humanos y el Desplazamiento) and Acción Social (Government of Colombia). 3. Data from COHDES (Consultoría para glance tables. En 4. Palestinian Red Crescent Society, Annual Report 2003 pg.2. 16
  18. 18. HOMES FOR FAMILIES DISPLACED BY THE VIOLENCE IN COLOMBIA Displaced persons lose their livelihoods, their land and their traditional modes of production, and hence it is highly likely that their new lives in the communities of arrival will begin in conditions of poverty. For such persons and families, re-establishing socioeconomic stability is a difficult process, as it requires assuming great responsibilities in a new, unfamiliar environment. The first and most serious problem faced by displaced populations is the lack of a place to live in adequate conditions. Displaced populations tend to resettle in marginalized neighborhoods where, in the absence of urban planning, there is no monitoring of natural or sanitary risks. In an effort to alleviate this situation, in 2006 we finished constructing 43 homes in the Municipality of Popayán, for displaced families who, in the absence of adequate housing, had been living in crowded rented rooms or in huts made of bamboo or recycled wood. The health implications of living in such conditions include skin and eye diseases, tuberculosis and other respiratory diseases, chronic diarrhea, parasites, etc., especially in children, the elderly and nursing women. The construction of these housing units was funded by the Junta de Comunidades de Castilla-La Mancha, Ayuntamiento de Collado-Villalba, and Ayuntamiento de Las Rozas. ASIA Uzbekistan AFGHANISTAN Tajikistan Turkestan In 2006, Afghanistan remained immersed in a difficult process of reconstruction after many years Chohi Balkh Province of war. In some areas of the country, this process has suffered more setbacks than progress. In Kabul order to ensure the sustainability of any initiated projects, we have focused our efforts in Balkh, AFGHANISTAN one of the most secure of the country’s provinces. Pakistan In response to the fact that 75% of Afghanistan’s educational facilities were damaged or destroyed during the war; that the teacher training system is in a state of collapse and that there is an alarmingly high rate of school absenteeism, especially among girls, in 2006 we Iran concluded the rehabilitation and/or reconstruction of 12 primary schools in the rural district of Chohi, and distributed teaching materials and supplies to 14 schools. In addition, 205 teachers were trained (half of which were women), and over 1000 adults from 21 villages, especially young married women, attended literacy and basic education classes. Furthermore, as part of the efforts to improve infrastructure, recreational areas were created in which to organize games among students of all the local ethnicities and of displaced or returning groups, in order to contribute to their reintegration. We also worked at the community level and with the district’s educational authorities to achieve their commitment to maintaining the infrastructure and the quality of education, as well as their understanding of the importance of education for children, especially for girls. RESCATE’s activities in Afghanistan were carried out in collaboration with its partner People In Need. 17
  19. 19. Montenegro Serbia BALKANS Shkodra ALBANIA Maqellare Macedonia Adriatic Sea Tirana Our activities in Albania during 2006 continued to focus on improving the quality ALBANIA of education, in collaboration with our local partner, Children First Foundation (CFF). Italy Greece The education sector in Albania has been widely neglected, as the country’s government struggles to achieve political, economic and social stability. The state of primary and secondary schools throughout the country, particularly in rural areas, continues to be a cause for deep concern in view of the lack of infrastructure and adequate teaching materials. School absenteeism rates are high, and there is a lack of motivation on the part of teachers, students and parents with regards to education. In addition, household poverty and low school enrolment rates result in high rates of child labor in both rural and urban areas, and also of delinquency. Consequently, children make up 10% of all arrests in this country. During 2006 we continued working to support the recovery of the educational system, through the reconstruction of five primary schools, the training of teachers in new educational techniques and curriculum development, and the strengthening of the role of all community stakeholders (teachers, principals, parents and local educational authorities) in the maintenance and management of the schools. Overall, these activities benefited 4,203 people in the Maqellare commune. In addition, we continued our efforts to prevent one of the country’s gravest problems: child trafficking. To this end, an extensive public awareness campaign was implemented in the Maqellare and Shkodra communities to promote Children’s Rights and prevent child trafficking, especially in girls, who constitute the principal victims of trafficking networks. Active participants in this campaign included teachers, parents and students, who organized handicraft exhibitions and theatre performances that were attended by other community members, local authorities, and the media. Croatia BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA As in previous years, our main priority in Bosnia-Herzegovina during 2006 was to continue supporting BOSNIA - HERZEGOVINA the return and reintegration process of minorities displaced due to the war, with the aim of fomenting a favorable environment and conditions for the development of a stable, peaceful and Sarajevo multicultural society. Mostar We continued to focus our efforts in Mostar, a city devastated by the war and from which great numbers of people were forced to flee their homes. Many have slowly returned and are trying to rebuild the lives they had before the war, but factors such as poor economic conditions, a lack of employment opportunities and the absence of interaction among different cultural groups are slowing down the process of normalization. We also continued working on the reconstruction of the most emblematic high school (“Gimnazija” in Bosnian) of Mostar, attended by both Bosniak and Croat students prior to the war. The goal of this project is to transform the school into a multicultural meeting ground for the ultimate reconciliation of two groups that fought on opposite sides during the war, and to enable 1,000 students from both groups to come together in the classroom. The project was implemented in coordination with the Office for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), the Office of the High Representative (OHR) and local authorities, and with the support of the Agencia Española de Cooperación Internacional (AECI). 18
  20. 20. Similarly, this year we signed a collaborative agreement with the Spanish NGO Globalitaria-Iniciativas para la Construcción de la Paz, which since the year 2000, and in consortium with the Spanish Committee for the UNHCR, has conducted analyses of humanitarian crises and reconciliation in conflict and post-conflict situations. Both Globalitaria and RESCATE consider peace-building to be an integral and crucial component of any development activity carried out within the framework of the promotion and achievement of the Millennium Development Goals. CONSTRUCTION OF A PEACEFUL SOCIETY IN BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA This pilot field research activity, conducted in collaboration with Globalitaria, consisted of a survey administered to 140 beneficiaries of development projects funded by the Agencia Española de Cooperación Internacional (AECI) over the past four years. The goal of the survey was to determine the degree to which the conflict has been overcome and to identify target areas on which to focus any future work in the area of sustainable peace-building and conflict prevention. The results of the study provided a set of indicators and parameters with which to design and integrate “peace-building” components in future projects funded by the AECI in the areas of post-conflict reconstruction and international development. MIDDLE EAST LEBANON Mediterranean Sea In 2006, Lebanon was confronted with a severe humanitarian crisis. Thirty-four days of war resulted in thousands of deaths and in many more wounded, displaced or homeless persons. It is estimated LEBANON Beirut that up to 38,750 families lost their homes due to the conflict. In July, RESCATE launched an emergency campaign in Spain, contributing funds, medical supplies Syria and food products donated by individuals as well as private companies for the distribution of humanitarian aid carried out in Lebanon by our Jordanian partner, Jordan River Foundation. Following this initial action, we continued our efforts to mobilize Spanish resources and provide humanitarian aid to those people who remained homeless in the winter, as well as to promote the economic recovery of those who had lost their livelihoods due to the war. The results of this mobilization campaign were two new projects initiated at the beginning of 2007: the first, a humanitarian aid project; and the second, a project targeting workers, particularly farm laborers, who lost their jobs during the conflict, and providing them with training in bricklaying, electricity, carpentry, plumbing and painting, to enable their reinsertion into the labor force in jobs related to the reconstruction of infrastructure. 19
  21. 21. GRANTS MANAGED IN 2006 NUMBER COUNTRY PROJECT TITLE GRANT DONOR OF DIRECT BENEFICIARIES Afghanistan Reconstructing Afghanistan: Rehabilitation of 181,000€ Fundación “la Caixa” 9,563 schools and teacher training in Chohi Albania Educational regeneration in Maqellare (II 196,416€ Agencia Española de Cooperación 4,203 Internacional (AECI) Albania Reduction of school failure in Shkodra 289,011€ AECI 2,245 Bosnia-Herzegovina Reconstruction of the high school (Gimnazija) 365,115€ AECI 650 situated in the Spanish Square in Mostar Bosnia-Herzegovina Construction of peace in Bosnia-Herzegovina 24,210€ AECI (consorcio con Globalitaria) Bosnia-Herzegovina Support for reintegration in Mostar through the 100,000€ AECI - CAP 671 external rehabilitation of the high school Colombia Employment training and business development 42,000€ Ayuntamiento de Madrid 2,014 among displaced indigenous and Afro-Colombian women Colombia Construction of 42 homes for communities displaced 109,264€ Junta de Comunidades de 210 by violence, with an emphasis on female heads of Castilla-La Mancha family settled in the municipality of Popayán Ayuntamiento de Collado-Villalba Colombia Construction of housing unit number 43, for a female 4,114.80€ Ayuntamiento de las Rozas 6 head of family displaced by violence and settled in the municipality of Popayán Colombia Emergency repair of homes destroyed by the 25,000€ Ayuntamiento de Madrid 350 18/8/2004 earthquake in the municipality of Sotará, Dept. of Cauca Colombia Uchuva production, an agro-business opportunity for 176,977€ Ayuntamiento de Madrid 600 rural women in Cauca Colombia Construction of 103 latrines in the rural settlements 98,348€ Junta de Comunidades de 745 of Agua Azul, Primavera and Cantarito in the Castilla-La Mancha municipality of VillaRica Colombia Improvement of the sanitary, environmental and 94,134€ Generalitat Valenciana 805 living conditions of 80 rural low-income families and three rural schools through the installation of latrines, septic tanks and maintenance training in the Municipality of Sucre Ethiopia Promotion of food sovereignty in the areas most 434,447€ AECI 20,000 affected by drought in the district of Harshin, Somali region Ethiopia Environmental regeneration and improvement of 178,000€ Fundación “la Caixa” 60,000 food security in the areas most affected by the drought in the Somali region 20
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  23. 23. 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. Within this program, awareness-raising activities in the schools have become our specialty over the years, and in 2006 we continued to strengthen our educational program. In particular, during this year we prioritized the creation and distribution of teaching materials that not only provide the basis for our workshops with primary and secondary school children, but also serve as an ongoing resource for teachers. More specifically, for the primary school setting we produced an anthology that brings together the stories we use in our Cuenteatro workshops. Similarly, in response to the overwhelming demand within the secondary schools, we produced a second edition of the board game “El Círculo del Retorno.” We also extended the “Dando la vuelta al mundo” workshops to new schools. In total, our activities in the schools benefited 3,929 students and teachers in 16 schools throughout Spain. Outside of the schools, we continued striving to expand our public awareness activities in order to reach a more general public, through exhibitions, conferences and the campaign “¿Te Vas de Viaje? Algunos están obligados,” which is the first public awareness campaign launched by RESCATE at the national level. Finally, we continue promoting volunteer activities, as one basis for the formation and implication of socially responsible citizens. Starting from the premise that volunteers are an end, not a means, of our organization, we commenced in 2006 an internal restructuring of the area of Public Awareness, Education and Volunteers, to design a reception and training program consistent with this vision. In 2006, we welcomed 17 new volunteers into our organization. THE “CUENTEATRO” WORKSHOPS: SUPPORTING INTEGRATION THROUGH STORIES AND THEATRE Our “Cuenteatro” (storytelling through drama) workshops respond to the diversity in Spanish classrooms, with the intention of contributing to the normalization of diversity within the academic community. In addition to continuing with the workshops that we originally launched in 2005, this year we also published the book De aquí, de allá, de todas y en todas partes. Cuenteatro: Apostando por la integración, which brings together eight stories used in the workshops. The book aims to provide teachers and students with a resource they can continue using outside of our workshops. Within the workshops, Spanish and immigrant students worked together this year to represent through drama one of these eight stories, and thus reflected on topics such as diversity, peace and solidarity. In 2006, the project reached 1,393 people in ten schools. 22
  24. 24. “DE AQUÍ, DE ALLÁ, DE TODAS Y EN TODAS PARTES”: EIGHT STORIES ABOUT DIVERSITY AND INTEGRATION For children aged 6 to 11 “Several months ago, thousands of people from the country of the Aluminium Heads arrived in the land of the Redheads. Mateo, a 10-year-old boy, was an Aluminio, meaning he was from the country of the Aluminium Heads. Like the other Aluminios, Mateo and his parents came to the land of the Redheads because back in their own country, the government had started to arrest everyone with names starting with the letter ‘M’... “ Thus begins the first story in a collection published this year by RESCATE, under the title “De Aquí, de Allá, de Todas y en Todas Partes.” (From Here and There, and of Everywhere). With the goal of making children more sensitive to the situation of refugees and immigrants in their process of integration in Spanish society, the book brings together eight stories in which the protagonists – in addition to the “Aluminios” the characters include grapes in a land ruled by bananas, a fish that loses track of his father during a war, and a bee who travels to the land of the flowers in order to be able to keep producing honey – learn what it means to be displaced, or to be considered “different” in the place where they live. The stories, published in Spanish, are illustrated with drawings by children who participated in the Cuenteatro workshops conducted by RESCATE in the schools. The first edition of the book, consisting of 700 copies, was produced with funding from the Dirección General de Integración de los Inmigrantes. THE BOARD GAME “EL CIRCULO DEL RETORNO” Due to the overwhelming demand for this game in 2005, this year we produced a second edition of 150 copies, which we once again made available to secondary schools in the Autonomous Communities of Madrid, Valencia, Cas- tilla-La Mancha, Castilla-León and Andalucía. The board game “El Círculo del Retorno” aims to highlight the diverse realities that coexist in a world of people con- stantly traveling from one place to another, but in very dif- ferent conditions. Through 18 characters, players experi- ence the fun or relaxation that a trip through Spain means for Mary, a girl from the United States, or Marcus-Johann, a German who wants to retire to the Spanish coast with his wife. On the other hand, they put themselves in the position of Beba, who learns how difficult it is not to have news of the family left behind in Ethiopia during its war with Eritrea. Or they learn about the problems of Luis Alberto, a 12-year-old Cuban who faces his first day of school in Spain. All of the characters have a story to tell, and they all have something in common, even though their experiences differ depending on whether they are tourists, immigrants or refugees. Through the questions and tests on immigration and asylum included in the game, adolescents learn to put themselves in the position of the “Other”. 23
  25. 25. WORLD REFUGEE DAY 2006: PERSPECTIVES ON WOMEN REFUGEES In the various contexts in which RESCATE works, including that of Spain, our experience has shown us very clearly that the fact of being a woman in a conflict-ridden area, or of being a woman refugee, carries its own series of special challenges. For this reason, to celebrate World Refugee Day (20 June), we decided this year to focus on this group, organizing a panel discussion centered on the specific experiences of this group. Panelists Pablo Zapata of the UNCHR, Itziar Ruiz-Giménez of the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Ilya U. Topper of the magazine La Clave, and Lorena Burbana of the Colombian Asociación de Fraternidad de Negritudes del Municipio de Cajibio (AFRANEC) offered their perspectives. Given the diversity of speakers, the discussion covered the reality of women in contexts ranging from refugee camps in Africa to the conflicts in Iraq and Colombia. After the discussion, we projected the photographic exhibition “Miradas a la Mujer Refugiada: Tenaces y Tiernas”, prepared for RESCATE by the photographer Álvaro Minguito. The event took place in Madrid in the auditorium of the Fundación ICO, and enjoyed the attendance of 49 participants. CONFERENCE IN VALENCIA: AN EXAMINATION OF WORK WITH REFUGEES Together with the Cátedra Jean Monet and the Universidad Cardenal Herrera - CEU of Valencia, RESCATE organized in October the first conference in a Spanish university setting exclusively centered on refugee issues. Through a lecture, two panel discussions, a workshop and a photographic exhibition, 63 participants – of whom the majority were journalism students – learned about the work of different organizations with refugees throughout the world. Speakers at the conference included representatives of the Comisión Española de Ayuda al Refugiado (CEAR), the Centro de Acogida de Refugiados of Mislata and the Spanish Committees of the UNHCR and UNRWA. The conference was funded by the Dirección General de Inmigración of the Generalitat Valenciana. 24
  26. 26. PANEL DISCUSSION IN TOLEDO: THE IMPACT OF THE CONFLICT ON THE AFRO-COLOMBIAN POPULATION Ever since we began working in Colombia in 2004, RESCATE’s work in this country has been centered in the Department of Cauca, where the indigenous and Afro-Colombian communities are particularly hard-hit by the conflict. However, the situation of these communities, especially that of Afro-Colombians, is hardly known in Spain. In order to raise awareness regarding this group and its situation in the context of the current conflict, and RESCATE organized a panel discussion in which Afro-Colombian professionals informed the audience on the challenges of their community. The speakers, all from the Cauca region, included Linder Chará, Mayor of Porto Tejada (Colombia), Lorena Burbana of the Asociación de Fraternidad de Negritudes of the Municipality of Cajibio, Arie Aragón of the Asociación Cultural Casa del Niño and William Valencia of the Pastoral Social Afro-Caucana. PUBLIC AWARENESS CAMPAIGN: “¿TE VAS DE VIAJE? ALGUNOS ESTÁN OBLIGADOS.” Why do we travel? This is the question posed by a new public awareness campaign launched by RESCATE in November 2006. Designed with the intention of educating the Spanish public on the definition of a refugee, the campaign takes the idea of travel, which has become such a common phenomenon in our increasingly globalized world, and aims to show what distinguishes the type of journey undertaken by a refugee from other journeys. The campaign “Te vas de viaje? Algunos están obligados” is the first campaign designed by RESCATE for implementation on a nationwide level. Campaign materials include a radio spot, print ads and a section on RESCATE’s website, which will continue disseminating the campaign throughout 2007. The campaign will also include talks, exhibitions and other awareness-raising activities in universities, private companies and other settings. In its initial phase (November-December 2006), the campaign spot was broadcast by Cadena SER-Madrid, City FM Radio and Radio Marca, and also included an awareness- raising activity with employees of American Express. PARTICIPATION IN NETWORKS Given our growing experience in educational activities in the formal school setting, RESCATE began participating this year in a cycle of events organized under the heading of “Volunteers and the Schools” by the Dirección General de Voluntariado of the Comunidad de Madrid. Of equal interest is the participation of RESCATE in the Education and Communication task forces of the Federation of Development NGOs of the Community of Madrid (FONGDCAM), where together with other NGOs we are creating a foundational document on Education for Development, digital manuals on Education, and a study of the calls for proposals for projects in Education and Public Awareness in the Community of Madrid. 25
  27. 27. GRANTS MANAGED IN 2006 PROJECT DONOR GRANT DURATION GEOGRAPHICAL CONTEXT Cuenteteatro Ministerio de Trabajo – Dirección 13,000€ 1 January 2006 Autonomous Regions of: workshops General de Integración de los - 31 December 2006 Madrid Inmigrantes (MTAS-DGII) Valencia Castilla - La Mancha Castilla y León Andalucía Board game “El Círculo Agencia Española de Cooperación 17,208.32€ 2 January 2006 Autonomous Regions of: del Retorno” Internacional (AECI) - 18 April 2007 Madrid Valencia Castilla - La Mancha Castilla y León Andalucía “Dando la Vuelta al MTAS Activity 1 January 2006 Autonomous Regions of: Mundo” workshops and covered - 31 December 2006 Madrid volunteer training under grant Valencia managed by Castilla - La Mancha Social Action Department PARTICIPATION IN CONFERENCES, COURSES AND OTHER FORUMS • Solidarity Week (Semana de Solidaridad) in El Corte Inglés, organized by the Fundación Lealtad, 7-9 March. RESCATE participated with a table with informational materials. • Colombia: The impact of the conflict on the Afro-Colombian population. Panel discussion organized by RESCATE, 13 June, Biblioteca Regional de Castilla-La Mancha, Toledo. • World Refugee Day 2006: Perspectives on Women Refugees. Event organizad by RESCATE on 20 June in the Fundación ICO. Panel discussion and premier screening of the photographic exhibition “Miradas a la Mujer Refugiada: Tenaces y Tiernas.” • World Social Forum on Migration II, celebrated 23-25 June in Rivas-Vaciamadrid. RESCATE participated with two workshops: “Educar para la convivencia intercultural”- on fomenting positive intercultural relations in the classroom – and “Segundas generaciones” – on the family dynamics of refugees in Spain – as well as with the photographic exhibition “Miradas a la Mujer Refugiada: Tenaces y Tiernas.” • Masters program on International Cooperation and Project Management of the Instituto Universitario Ortega y Gasset. In June, RESCATE taught sessions on strategies for obtaining resources through public and international funding streams. • The Return Cycle: An examination of work with refugees. Conference organized by RESCATE in the Universidad Cardenal Herrera CEU of Valencia, 19 October. The conference consisted of a lecture, panel discussions, a workshop and the photographic exhibition “Miradas a la Mujer Refugiada: Tenaces y Tiernas.” 26
  28. 28. • The Right to Housing. Workshop run by RESCATE on 7 November in La Casa Encendida, Madrid. • Event to celebrate Universal Children’s Day, organized by the Valencia Town Hall on 18 November. RESCATE participated with activities for children. • Forum on the Third Sector I: Immigration, Management of Diversity and the Social Third Sector, celebrated in La Casa Encendida, 4 December. RESCATE participated actively in the debate in which NGOs gave their perspectives and opinions. • Photographic exhibition “Miradas a la Mujer Refugiada: Tenaces y Tiernas”, and a colloquium on refugees and asylum in Spain, with American Express employees. 11-14 December. PUBLICATIONS AND OTHER PUBLIC AWARENESS AND INFORMATION MATERIALS PRODUCED IN 2006 • “De Aquí, de Allá, de Todas y en Todas Partes. Cuenteatro: Apostando por la integración”. A collection of 8 stories for children of 6 to 11 years. Funded by the Dirección General de Integración de los Inmigrantes (Ministerio de Trabajo y Asuntos Sociales). • “El Círculo del Retorno”. Board game designed for secondary school students. Funded by the Agencia Española de Cooperación Internacional (AECI). • Electronic newsletters: Newsletter 11 (March 2006) Newsletter 12 (July 2006) Newsletter 13 (October 2006) • Annual Report 2005 • Informational pamphlets, posters, notebooks, mugs, backpacks, holiday cards, etc. 27