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Jordi Folgado Ferrer, General Director of the Vicente Ferrer Foundation and nephew of the founder, talks to our site about the 3rd edition of the Cyber marathon, sponsorship, and what is expected of the campaign. This year they have chosen the motto Sponsor to stop sponsoring.
He invites everyone to get involved to restore dignity and hope for a better future to some of the poorest and most marginalized communities in India.
What is the goal of the Cyber Marathon?
The objective is to get the maximum number of collaborators to continue working on the eradication of extreme poverty in the Indian district of Anantapur, where the Vicente Ferrer Foundation has been working for nearly 40 years.
In this 3rd edition the message we have chosen is Sponsor to stop sponsoring.
Because by sponsoring today we will ensure that future generations can live in a self-sufficient, dignified and humane society. Today's gesture of solidarity will make it possible to eradicate poverty in the future.
How can you collaborate with the campaign? Is it restricted to sponsorship only?
Collaborating with the Cyber Marathon is very simple. It is not only about sponsoring a child, but also about supporting us in spreading our message.
From the Vicente Ferrer Foundation we would like to encourage the whole of society to enter our website www.fundacionvicenteferrer.com, and send a message with information about the campaign to a friend, family member or co-worker. In addition, you can also download the banners to hang it on web pages, intranet or newsletters.
How would you encourage a person to sponsor a child? What would you say?
I would tell him that when you sponsor a child, you sponsor his entire community. You have the opportunity to know the real value of your help through the life of a child and his family. And you collaborate in the long term in a project for the future, which you get to know through the eyes of a child. Thanks to this collaborative formula, the distance between Anantapur and Spain disappears. Indian families and Spanish families are united by the same illusion and the same commitment. As a sponsor, they will get to know the child through photographs, letters and drawings, and you will receive information about the benefits of their help for the community where the child lives.
Why sponsorship of children? Is this the best way to contribute to the development of the poorest countries?
Child sponsorship means helping an entire community. The monthly contribution of 18 euros is not intended only for the child, but to improve the living conditions of the entire community. It allows development NGOs to have a stable income, which implies being able to assume the commitment to carry out long-term projects with a guarantee of continuity over time. Because in order to eradicate extreme poverty, different aspects of development such as education, health, agriculture, the integration of women, creating jobs to improve family income, and for all this it is important to assume a commitment to stay in the same area for a long period of time. The Foundation has made this commitment to Anantapur, a region where Vicente and Ana have already been working for nearly four decades.
The Cyber Marathon has been held for three years. What can you expect from this year's campaign?
This is the 3rd edition of the Cyber Marathon and we would like to continue adding collaborators to achieve our future goal: eradicate extreme poverty in Anantapur. In the two previous editions, 3,000 new sponsorships were added, we hope this year will be the same.
Is the Vicente Ferrer Foundation still a project or a dream come true?
The Vicente Ferrer Foundation is a real project for the transformation of the Anantapur area, in southern India. Vicente and Ana have been working in the area for nearly four decades, obtaining practical and forceful results in their struggle to eradicate extreme poverty. Since the opening of the Vicente Ferrer Foundation in Spain in 1996, our objective has been to guarantee stable income that ensures the continuity and autonomy of the project. We still have a lot of work to do, but as Vicente says: poverty can be eradicated if humanity proposes it.
What real power does solidarity have?
As Vicente says: good deeds are never lost. Vicente and Ana have shown in Anantapur that with effective working methods it is possible to eradicate extreme poverty. But without the solidarity of the Spanish people they could not continue this magnificent work. That is why I encourage all of society to join this solidarity network of the Vicente Ferrer Foundation, so that together we can restore dignity and hope for a better future to some of the poorest and most marginalized communities in India.
Lately there are many reports of complaints about mismanagement of some NGOs. What can be attributed these irregularities?
In the vast majority of cases the work of the NGOs is fantastic. In India, for example, they go to the more inland towns, where no one wants to go, and they work with those most in need. It would be a mistake to lose confidence in NGOs due to some cases of mismanagement.
If you want to know a little more about the Cyber Marathon and the work carried out by the Vicente Ferrer Foundation, visit: Vicente Ferrer Foundation.
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