EDUCATION: THE BEST INVESTMENT

To educate is to strengthen individuals, families and communities. Facilitating access to a full education changes the destiny of a child, from a life of poverty to a decent life, whose repercussions also benefit their whole community.

Although there is still a long way to go, free primary school education in developing countries is fortunately becoming more and more common. However, this is still not enough as many families will not take their children to school if it means that they will have to pay for their food and that the child will stop being a source of income.

The Netri Foundation participates in numerous educational projects. This includes building schools, child sponsorship which includes paying for school, materials, food, and health insurance, and for a guardian to monitor orphan children .

A DECENT HOME

A home is a basic human right, which unfortunately is beyond the reach of many. Hundreds of millions of people still live in shacks, shelters or sheds with hardly any shelter from the cold or the rain, while others simply live on the street.

Living in a decent house has innumerable social benefits that can sometimes be overlooked: it helps enormously in the social integration of the family in their community, it reduces the risk of contracting certain diseases which are inherent in poor living conditions, it boosts the self-esteem and dignity of the home owner if they participate in its construction, and elevates the role of the woman if she becomes the owner, etc.

The Netri Foundation participates in projects to build homes for people who do not have access to them. These homes are similar to those in the surrounding area, and the beneficiaries participate in their construction.

The Foundation also participates in building homes for homeless orphaned children who cannot be relocated to other families, where they will live together under the supervision of an adult who takes responsibility for their needs.

HEALTH

An enormous percentage of deaths in developing countries are due to the lack of basic welfare services.

The Foundation participates in projects destined to make up for such shortages - for example, through the creation of basic healthcare centres, etc.

WATER

There are countless communities in the Third World that do not have access to drinking water sources, or if they do, they are a good few hours walk away.

The lack of water for consumption and personal hygiene is one of the principal causes of disease and malnutrition, contributing significantly to the high rates of infant mortality. Diseases such as cholera, yellow fever, hepatitis and typhus, all originate from the consumption of contaminated water.

Furthermore, the time spent collecting water prevents many young girls from going to school and their mothers from carrying out more productive activities, as well as being a task that is both physically and emotionally draining.

The Netri Foundation participates in the construction of water wells and other development projects related to water. These are projects of great social impact, as they generate a substantial improvement in the health of the population.

REFORESTATION

In today’s world the subject of global warming is well publicised and its handling has become a matter of great importance. In this sense, any reforestation policy represents a positive contribution to global warming and, if this objective is achieved, its mission can be considered to have been fulfilled.

However, the Netri foundation is investing in reforestation policies that go a little bit further: reforestation focusing on the preservation of the land, the local water basins and the recovery of the resources and nutrients of degraded land.

Reforestation using quick-growth multipurpose trees, apart from increasing the stability and fertilisation of the land, provides food, medicine and fuel for people and food for animals. The benefits are obvious.

SPORT AND DREAMS

Playing sport generates a number of positive effects for the person involved. In many cases, it is precisely in these developing countries that these benefits are most needed:

  • Sport helps to improve physical and mental health and contribute notably to an increased life expectancy.
  • It helps heal emotional scars and to overcome trauma and depression
  • It helps to overcome discrimination of race, sex, religion, disability or social class as well as creating a culture of peace and tolerance that unites people from diverse backgrounds.
  • It also helps to instil important qualities and values, such as self-confidence, discipline, respect, communication, and the will to win.

The Netri Foundation participates in sport-related projects, such as the creation of sports programs, adapting sports facilities or supplying equipment for children lacking resources, or those who have been subject to psychological traumas due to poverty or war.

The objective is that each child will have a great dream: that regardless of how difficult their circumstances are, they can meet with a group of their friends to play, have fun and compete, and that this can be a great source of satisfaction in their lives.

RADIOS THAT CHANGE LIVES

A radio in the West is no more than a mere electronic device to which we don’t give much importance. In the Third World, however, a radio can change lives, especially if is one that has an “unlimited” life span, and will not cost the user anything (for example if it is a wind-up or solar-powered device). Furthermore, if they listen to programs that are especially made for these neediest populations, then the results can be spectacular. A radio is then transformed into an incredible tool of information, education, inspiration and emotional energy for children or adults who would otherwise only have very limited possibilities.

The Foundation participates in projects which include the manufacture of these types of radios and their subsequent distribution in the communities that need them.

The information that these communities can receive via the radio is extremely useful and very diverse. There are programs about education, health, family planning, and farming. This allows covering issues as varied as literacy and the development of practical skills for rural life, hygiene, disease prevention or First Aid, climate information, farming techniques and rearing of livestock. Programs which definitely convert a simple radio into a vital tool for daily life.

BOOKS OF HOPE

You can never underestimate the power of a great book. It is said that an open book is a mind that speaks, and when closed it is a friend that waits; a friend that can often act as a trigger to change the life of the reader.

A book can become the best antidote and the most effective solution for people in need of either information or emotional support. In this sense, subject specialisation is such that practically any type of person can find a book that meets their needs.

The collaborates in projects related to reading by supporting the distribution of books that have the potential to be a source of great help for specific target communities .