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Empowering Haitian mothers with Flores de Kiskeya

Flores de Kiskeya [Flowers of Kiskeya] is a non-profit organization set up in 2016 to help women from the time they fall pregnant right through motherhood, offering emotional, medical and psychological support. As time went by, they also started offering tools to help women undertake economic activities so as to further their empowerment and independence.

Flores de Kiskeya is located in Anse-à-Pitres, a village in southeast Haiti in which women and their children can go to the Flowers Center — the NGO’s facility in the region — where they run nutrition, health, education and entrepreneurship programs for around 15 mothers and 30 children. In addition, with the help of volunteers, they organize a summer camp which lasts for one month, where they run craft, music and dance workshops, among other activities. The items they produce in the workshops are sold in Spain through the organization’s website and at the charity events they organize throughout the year.

Flores de Kiskeya also works closely with the community, providing training and awarenessraising talks, and offering jobs running the center to the local population, as well as economic aid from time to time. If you wish to find out more about this organization, you can visit their website at: floresdekiskeya.org

«It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye»

This famous phrase from the book The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry perfectly reflects the work of the people at the Jardines de España [Gardens of Spain] Foundation helping intellectually disabled individuals and their families.

With over 20 years’ experience, this foundation responds to the therapeutic, educational and welfare needs of this collective in order to help them progress in their personal and professional development, thus achieving their full social integration. Through its two centers in the Community of Madrid, it provides users with occupational, day, early care and child therapeutic facilities, as well as a nursing home and a special employment center. These facilities are open to people with learning difficulties or other groups at risk of exclusion.

Jardines de España offers people different ways to help: volunteering, donations or becoming a member of the foundation. You can find out more about Jardines de España on their website: fundacionjares.org

Plastic clothes to clean up the ocean

Each year eight million tons of plastic end up at the bottom of the sea, seriously affecting the flora and fauna of our oceans. In 2015, with the participation of Ecoembes, the ECOALF Foundation created the project Upcycling the Oceans. This pioneering idea consists in giving a second life to plastics that fishermen collect daily off the Spanish coasts. More than 2,500 fishermen on 546 trawlers are collaborating in this project. To date, more than 280 tons of plastic have been recovered from the ocean. From this total, the PET plastics (the most common type of plastic and the easiest to recycle) are selected to turn into chips and pellets, before converting them into yarn to be subsequently used, for example, for making clothes. ECOALF is committed to producing quality garments with 100 percent recycled products, creating the first generation of products of this type.

You can learn more about ECOALF and its project here: ecoalf.com/es/p/upcycling-the-oceans-15