Water is a natural resource, which is becoming increasingly rare on Earth.

According to a UNESCO world report on water resources, presented Monday, March 19, 2018 and more than a quarter of the world’s population is already facing water shortages in dry regions.

But this major problem could affect more than half of the world’s population by 2050. At that time, 5.7 billion people could be facing a water shortage for at least one month a year.

Indeed, water needs around the world are increasing and should reach between 5500 and 6000 km3 by 2050. These could more than triple on the African and Asian continents, knowing that countries like China, India and Nigeria are already in water deficit.

The reasons are simple: the growing needs of industry, energy and the growth of the world’s population. According to UN forecasts, our Earth will be populated with 9 to 10 billion people by 2050, that is, many people who will need water to feed themselves, to wash themselves, etc.

But the authors of the Unesco report are worried about the use of water for agriculture, particularly by the development of irrigation. According to them, it is the “main driver of the depletion” of water deposits. In 2050, annual groundwater withdrawals will increase from 800 km3 to 1100 km3.

Moreover, experts warn that in addition to pumping more water for irrigation, the quality of the latter is deteriorating, due to the industry and agricultural chemicals used.

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Charity formerly known as Bridderlech Deelen seeks to motivate people to think about impact their quality of life can have on others and the environment

Have you changed the world today?

That is the question Fondation Partage, the Luxembourg charity formerly known as Bridderlech Deelen, will put to people living in the Grand Duchy as part of a new fundraising campaign that launches on 14 February.

The campaign, which will run until 1 April, aims to motivate people to think about the impact their quality of life can have on others and the environment.

Sophie-Anne Schaul, one of the organisers at Fondation Partage, said: “We want people to take a critical look at their own way of living, such as consumption, time management, personal priorities, relationships and interactions with the people around them.

“We want to challenge people about the consequences of their own lives on the quality of life of others, and to motivate them to act.

“If a lot of small people in a lot of small places do a lot of small things, they can change the world.”

Patage.lu will also be inviting people to support the foundation’s development projects through donations to its partner organisations in Africa, Latin America and India.

Projects worldwide

The projects the charity funds are wide-ranging.

In Mali, some 80 young men and women formerly “hanging idly around in the streets” are being trained as mechanics, plumbers and hairdressers, as well as in agro-food processing.

In Brazil, the charity supports the indigenous Goiás and Tocantins people to guarantee the right to their territories, integrating women into the political decision-making process and training leaders of indigenous communities in legal procedures and the public policy of Brazil towards its native peoples.

Indigenous boy in Brazil  (Fondation Partage)

In India’s southern state of Kerala, the foundation supports the Archana Women’s Centre, training women in legal literacy, supporting victims of abuse or discrimination and raising awareness among young people.

Partage.lu receives subsidies of up to 80% of funding for its projects from the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs (MAEE) in Luxembourg, but it must raise the other 20% of funds.

It has created packages related to each project that are available on the charity’s website.

People can make specific donations to a country or a project.

For India, for example, a donation of €15 will allow one person to join the Life Skill Education course. For €25, a woman can take a computer course, and for €75, you can pay for a woman to train in masonry.

“People can also choose to just give a donation that will be used where it is most needed,” Schaul said.

Differing quality of life

In addition to posters, Fondation Partage has put together 16 short video interviews with local partner organisations and committed Luxembourgers asking the question “What does having a good quality of life mean to you?”

The written interviews that accompany the short video clips tackle the themes of health, time, nature, dignified work, freedom, home, peace and community.

“We want these interviews to inspire and motivate everyone to act to create a more just and equitable world,” Schaul said.

Fondation Partage celebrated its 50th birthday in 2016 when it also adopted a new name and logo.

Formerly known as Bridderlech Deelen, meaning ‘brotherly sharing’, the charity decided to modernise the name, making it gender neutral and easier for partner organisations in Asia, African and Latin America to recognise and say.

“It’s a new name and logo, but we maintain the same values,” Schaul said.

Volunteer or donate

The charity is supported by a team of five people who manage projects, communications, accounting and education for sustainable development and fundraising, sometimes in co-operation with other NGOs and platforms in Luxembourg and Europe.

You can find out more about its projects, donate or register for the charity’s HOPE newsletter

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About I’m not a refugee:

About

A lot has been said about  the refugees and asylum seekers. Now they speak their minds and share their story(ies) and thoughts.

Over the last year more than a million refugees and migrants have arrived in Europe. A further three million are expected to arrive in 2016. The unprecedented number of refugees and migrants travelling to the continent undoubtedly represents one of the biggest challenges facing Europe today, not only in terms of their immediate reception, but also in terms of their longer-term inclusion in society. This situation raises serious questions about our commitment to humanitarian values.

Re-humanise the refugees

A lot has been said and written about the refugees. Still, today refugees are millions of anonymous people. It’s as though the word refugee had wiped out all their identity and previous life. Being a refugee is a status, not an identity. The aim of the website is to connect the refugees to the local population.

How?

By sharing stories. Humans connect with humans wherever they are from when stories get personal, intimate. After all, we’re all just humans. Local residents are given the possibility to meet the refugees, contact them by mail, open their world to them, help them to integrate, find work, a place to stay and support them to write a new story in a new country. Amazing things happen when people connect.

Our vision

We are standing for an open, multi-layered and diversified society. I’m not a refugee fights for social progress and cohesion by
 re-humanizing the discussions about “refugees”, allowing refugees to speak for themselves, fighting the growing populism, fears, stereotypes and prejudices, connecting residents and refugees (via the email-connect button at the end of each portrait)
 and empowering citizens to drive social inclusion via civil engagement.

Spend time not money!

In Luxembourg there has been a strong solidarity from some of the local population to welcome the refugees that have been taken in. Now we need to integrate the refugees and that requires more than offering clothes or donating money to charities. In our rich countries, people are used to solve their “issues” by spending money. But this attitude will not be enough for a solid, healthy integration on long term. We Europeans will have to get out of our comfort zone and personally connect to the refugees.

Individual engagement is key!

The way we deal with the integration of refugees should be considered as a tipping point in our rich societies: the successful integration (inclusion!) we need can’t be achieved only by the state and public/private charities. On the contrary: it requires individuals to take responsibility!

We want to skyrocket social inclusion!

We believe new technologies and media have a role to play in that process. This project aims to promote awareness and understanding of refugees by showing them in a different, a personal light. We think people power is key to tacle many social and environmental issues. We hope locals will contact and meet the refugees.

Concept, coordination & interviews: Frédérique Buck

Corporate Identity & webdesign: Vitali Poluzhnikov, Caio Andrade, Mitsuko Sato,
Diedrik Persson, Mike Wittrup & Daniel Rorbaek (www.iamnotarefugee.com)

Hosting: Guillaume Rischard

Photography: Sven Becker  – http://svenbecker.lu and Mike Zenari – mikezenari.com.

Financial support: Oeuvre Nationale  de Secours Grande-Duchesse Charlotte (call for projects mateneen)

Mediapartner: Maison Moderne / maisonmoderne.lu

 

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International Sport a retweeté WWF France

Nous pouvons tous et devons tous contribuer à la tâche difficile qui consiste à sauver notre planète.

International Sport ajouté,

A better world.

We need to think of the future and the planet we are going to leave to our children and their children.

Kofi Annan

For some, a quick game of football after work or a run before dinner is simply a fun way to get exercise. But for some charities throughout the world, sports is changing lives and providing hope for this who face adversity and challenges in situations we may never experience.

Sports aren’t just good for the body, they may also help communities, according to the United Nations “Sports for Development and Peace“.

The initiative found research indicating that sports programs promote social inclusion, have a positive impact on crime prevention, install leadership skills, and promote awareness of disease prevention.