Partners

The project Embajadas Comunitarios is a joint venture between Bello Belgo vzw of Belgium and Fundacion Embajodores Comunitarios of Venezuela. It is made possible by a grant of Youca (formerly known as Zuiddag) of Belgium.

Embajadores Comunitarios

Fundacion Embajadores Comunitarios (FEC) was founded when in 2007, a group of university students decided to launch a social project in which they committed to give back to the community the learning and knowledge acquired through their participation in international diplomacy competitions.

As a first step, university students established a program called “UCABMUN” (Universidad Catolica Andres Bello Model of United Nations), teaching students in four communities how to use diplomacy to become community leaders.

After two successful years, the group broadened its scope to reach more adolescents and more communities. In 2010, FEC becomes a formal foundation. Since then it has worked with several national partners from the public and private sector to continue taking its methodology and training to more young Venezuelans.

Bello Belgo and Embajadores Comunitarios Foundation started their cooperation in 2010. In 2011, a delegation of four Belgian youth visited Venezuela from Bello-Belgo Foundation visited Venezuela in order to promote intercultural exchange between individuals from both nationalities (more info here). The experience was so rewarding and the impact that the cooperation had in the communities that Belgians visited that both organizations decided to enhance their collaboration terms and partner to for a Zuiddag project.

 

Youca

Het verhaal van Youca (toen nog Zuiddag) begint in Halle. Bart Vetsuypens  en zijn vrouw Carine Haesen werkten van 2002 tot 2009 in de sloppenwijken van Recife als coöperant voor de NGO Diaconia, een lokale partnerorganisatie van de Belgische NGO Volens. Wanneer Diaconia de Noorse Operation Daywork prijs wint in 2005, zien ze meteen het potentieel van deze actie.

Operation Daywork is `Een dag voor Dag´ (verwijzend naar VN secretaris-generaal Dag Hammarskjold), waarop studenten vrijwillig een dag gaan werken. De vrijwillige werkdag door studenten is niet alleen een dag om fondsen te werven maar ook een week van sensibilisering over de situatie van landen in het zuiden.

Exact een jaar later, in oktober 2006 organiseert vzw Zuiddag in de regio Halle voor de eerste keer Zuiddag in 8 scholen, volgens dezelfde principes als Operation Daywork in Noorwegen. In 2012 wijdt Zuiddag zijn campagne aan Embajadas Comunitairas, het gezamenlijke project van Bello Belgo en Embajadores Comunitarios.

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