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Fundacion Tzedaka

Fundación Tzedaká awarded Local Initiatives Grant

ESOMAR Foundation announced today it had awarded its first 2014 Local Initiatives Programme grant to Argentinian local charity Fundación Tzedaká. The grant, worth a minimum of €5000 has been earmarked to support the Fundación Tzedaká’s UNI© Support Program for University Students supporting disadvantaged young persons to accede to university and break the cycle of poverty for themselves and their families.

ESOMAR Foundation President, Gunilla Broadbent commented, “It gives me great pleasure to be giving this grant to Fundacion Tzedaka, a charity that fits very well with the ESOMAR Foundation’s mission. The ESOMAR Foundation is a very young foundation and this is only the second grant we have awarded. More local charities have the opportunity of being selected for a grant in countries where ESOMAR is having an event.”

ESOMAR Foundation, founded in 2013, is the foundation of the market, social, and opinion research sector channelling the expertise and resources of the sector to achieve social good. Through its funding programmes, the ESOMAR Foundation supports researcher families facing emergency situations, access to education on market, social, and opinion research, charities, and the philanthropic sector.

Fundación Tzedaká President, Damian Mindlin commented, “This award is enormously important for our Foundation. We are grateful that ESOMAR Foundation selected us, turning into a partner with whom we can make possible that vulnerable youths in Argentina get an opportunity in their lives.”

Fundación Tzedaká, founded in 1991, directly supports more than 11.000 Argentinians in poverty, with the help of over 100 paid staff, and 600 volunteers. The support programme UNI© ensures young people will be given a chance to acquire the tools they need to achieve their life goals and break the intergenerational poverty cycle they live in.

The grant will support activities aiming to achieve a series of specific goals including enabling university and tertiary studies completion; contributing to better insertion of young adults living in poverty into the job market; and fostering the social commitment of young adults, particularly women, to the values of solidarity and social justice.

This aligns fully with the objectives of ESOMAR Foundation’s Local Initiatives Programme, which supports local charitable activities to continue to be the champions of social change in their countries. The programme is open to local charities operating in countries where sister society ESOMAR organises its major regional and global events throughout the year.

Both ESOMAR Foundation and Fundación Tzedaká are delighted to be able to provide a select group of disadvantaged Argentinian youth the opportunity to break the cycle of poverty and to achieve their dreams by attending university programmes of their choice. Both organisations will be communicating the achievements of the project in the hopes of inspiring further support to the UNI© programme.

Bali Kids awarded Local Initiatives Grant

Bali Kids awarded Local Initiatives Grant

ESOMAR Foundation announced today it had awarded its second 2014 Local Initiatives Programme grant to Indonesian local charity Bali Kids. The grant, of €5200 has been earmarked to support the Bali Kids’ medical programmes helping increase access to medical care for disadvantaged children.

ESOMAR Foundation’s Delegate for Day to Day Management, Kim Smouter commented, “As our second beneficiary from Asia, we are extremely pleased to be able to support a charity to significantly increase the medical care it provides to young, disadvantaged children. Bali Kids join a wonderful list of beneficiaries and we are excited to see the results from the operating grant.”

ESOMAR Foundation, founded in 2013, is the foundation of the market, social, and opinion research sector channelling the expertise and resources of the sector to achieve social good. Through its funding programmes, the ESOMAR Foundation supports researcher families facing emergency situations, access to education on market, social, and opinion research, charities, and the philanthropic sector.

Bali Kids’ managing director Nyoman Kusala commented “Education and health is a wonderful gift to give children.”

Bali Kids opened in April 2005. The project provides a clean, safe environment for orphans requiring special care. The centre is open to any children registered in Bali’s orphanages who need medical attention. Children from the local village projects, whose family hold a ‘poor family card’, can also receive free treatment and care. The grant will providing financing towards a new medical team composed of a doctor, nurse, and a driver for a year.

This aligns fully with the objectives of ESOMAR Foundation’s Local Initiatives Programme, which supports local charitable activities to continue to be the champions of social change in their countries. The programme is open to local charities operating in countries where sister society ESOMAR organises its major regional and global events throughout the year.

Both ESOMAR Foundation and Bali Kids are delighted to be able to provide a broader medical care service offering for children. Both organisations will be communicating the achievements of the project in the hopes of inspiring further support to the programmes of Bali Kids.

skateistan

First Grant Issued to Skateistan

As part of its official launch, the Foundation presented its first grant to Oliver Percovich, ESOMAR Congress 2013 Keynote and Executive Director of award-winning NGO, Skateistan.  Using skateboarding as a tool for empowerment, Skateistan connects youth in Afghanistan and Cambodia to education through the sport of skateboarding. Over 50% of the students are street-working children and 40% of those attending the organisation’s schools are girls.

Percovich stated:

We’re very honored to be the recipient of the first grant from the ESOMAR Foundation. This generous grant will help us to continue providing new life opportunities to some of the hardest to reach girls and boys in Afghanistan.

skateistan

It was with great pleasure that I handed over our first grant to Oliver and Skateistan

said Gunilla Broadbent (President of the ESOMAR Foundation) .

What he and Skateistan have accomplished in war-torn Afghanistan is a true inspiration to all of us and nothing short of amazing. We are delighted to contribute to Skateistan’s cause.

Pravin Bike

Pravin Shekar cycles 1000 km

A word from Pravin Shekar…

If I am not for myself, who else is for me?
If I am for myself alone, what am I for?

These two questions form the basis of my existence.These two questions resonate very much for our industry, all of us, and those who are put in harm’s way in the line of duty.

The ESOMAR Foundation has been founded to help researchers in need. Assistance includes professional development, training, technology and money!

The Foundation is here to connect market researchers to each other, and it’s also aimed to help market research make a difference in the world. From exciting plans to support local charities working in the cities we attend our fantastic ESOMAR events, to helping those wanting a future in our industry to get through the door, ESOMAR Foundation has to be OUR foundation and it can only work with OUR input!

It is our job as custodians of the industry to stand together, in support of the wider community. To do our bit to secure our future and that of future researchers, insight managers, brand creators, data scientists.

Some numbers to start with:

  • 1000, 8, 1, x
  • 1000 Kms
  • 8 Days
  • 1 Cyclist
  • A lot of supporters

I will be cycling 1000 Kilometers in 8 days across the plains and mountains of my home state, TamilNadu, India.

I believe in the cause of the ESOMAR Foundation and am doing this cyclothon to raise awareness about the Foundation and to collect donations and pledges.

I ask you to spread the word about the Foundation and reach out to the bottom of your hearts (and your wallets .

Donors can donate:

  1. Money (for example: €0,10 or more for each kilometer covered, or €5 for 1 km… your choice!)
  2. Time (pledges to donate one week slots for training/workshops in remote areas).
  • You can submit your pledges to the Foundation below, or contribute as little or as much as you can in money terms!

Think about it…: 1000 Kms on my rather voluminous butt..on segments that have no roads..on mountains that are aimed at the sky..and 8 days of non-stop pedaling.

I hope that kindles some emotion that makes you dip into your pockets – This is the Season of Giving

All for one and one for All – ESOMAR Foundation.

Pravin