Football profs into action for 'Say YES to Play'
'All in one rhythm'. This is the slogan of the FIFA World Cup in Brazil this summer. Enough reason for 1We to fortify this one-world-feeling with the empowerment project 1We Football Playgrounds. Our goal: creating football playgrounds in the slums of Brazil, Bangladesh and Burundi, as a weapon in the fight against poverty. We do this together with professional football players. Bart Vriends of the Dutch club Go Ahead Eagles is the first professional football player who has committed himself as ambassador to the campaign around the 1We Football Playgrounds. “I believe that every child in this world has the right to play and be a child. For this purpose football is the ultimate means, since people play together in a positive and playful way. In this sense, football is a weapon in the fight against poverty." Play with us
Sewing machines empower women
In countries like Bangladesh women often have a subordinate position. Taking care of their children and the household is not enough to stand equal to their man. As long as they don’t bring in money, they are treated with little respect at home and often are beaten. This will change directly if they earn money themselves as an extra income for the family. With the new sewing machine project, 1We gives Bengali women the chance to empower themselves. By working at home with their own sewing machine, they can earn their own income and be there for the children at the same time. Moreover, they will no longer be beaten and get more respect in their village.
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Kids empowerment with computers
Giving disadvantaged people access to knowledge. That is the purpose of the 1We Computer Project. Starting in Bangladesh where the majority of the population still has no access to the Internet. By giving especially children the chance to get in touch with modern technology, the new generation will be empowered and the digital gap in the world will be closed. Because this gap seems to be getting bigger and bigger. While access to the Internet, as the window on the world, leads to development. Under the motto ‘knowledge is power’, 1We and SNEW, specialist in the recycling of telecommunication and data equipment, have joined their forces. From the computer project, schools are equipped with computers as an empowerment tool. Help children to empower themselves
From bicycle cab to art work
It is ready: the art work that the Dutch artist Hans Vanhorck produced from an original Bengali 1We Rickshaw. The result is amazing. The bright blue, 'barebones' rickshaw typifies the work of Vanhorck: big, compelling and confronting. In his studio he started to strip the bike completely. This 'carcass' is the basis for the surprising art object. "It symbolizes the backbone of the 1We Rickshaw project in Bangladesh", the artist explains. “The color blue, which stands for the highest altitudes and the deepest depths, symbolizes hope. That is why the title of this art work is 'The Blue Hope'.” With his piece of art, 1We Art Ambassador Hans Vanhorck supports the 1We Rickshaw project, which has given almost 150 families a better life. The aim is to expose the object as an 'eye catcher' on exhibitions, fairs and events. More about the creation
Solar panels for 46 families in Bangladesh
Sustainable here = sustainable there. Under this motto 1We - One World Experienced has placed already 46 1We Home Solar systems in Bangladesh, in cooperation with SolarFabriek. In addition to a solar panel, 46 families got a battery, lights and phone charger, thanks to donations. In this way the donors contribute directly to the improvement of the living conditions of the families. The alternative are kerosene lamps which emit toxic substances. The result: serious diseases and house fires. The use of solar panels and LED lighting provides a better health and safety. Moreover, it offers people the opportunity to be productive also in the evening. Donate a 1We Home Solar system
Already 15 milk cows donated
Again 1We has donated 3 milk cows to underprivileged families in Bangladesh. One of the 1We Cows went to Md. Rafiq and his wife Khadiza Begum. The family with 4 children lives in Chittagong. Since Rafiq has an eye problem, he is not able to maintain his family. That's why his eldest son Kayes Uddin is forced to find a job besides school. With the 1We Cow the family now is able to earn a structural income. So far 15 cows have been donated. More cows