Tag: NGO
CONI, our Wishmakers of the month celebrate solitary birthdays
October 30, 2015  |  Written by M. Rodrigo Brao

Our wishmaker of the month is Alex Sebastián, founder of CONI. This non-profit organization was born among a group of young voluntary workers, who decided to coordinate their skills and focus on Guatemala. CONI, declared as Public Use in 2014, does not receive money from the State. Since their expenses are taken care of in Spain by private members, they guarantee that the support they receive is entirely invested in their projects in Guatemala. Imagination, hope, energy and enthusiasm are the tools they employ to search for new ways to get people involved. Proof of this is, an original idea with which they propose to turn birthday parties into solidary events, which also teaches our children to be aware of inequalities worldwide. It´s not a question of helping but of having kids participate in the solutions.

Famosa & Theodora Foundation provide smiles for kids at hospitals
July 10, 2015  |  Written by M. Rodrigo Brao

Famosa has teamed up with Fundación Theodora in a solidary campaign called #FelicesPorNarices (something like Forced to be Happy, in English). This wonderful initiative consists in uploading photographs wearing a clown´s nose to Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag above or through this Facebook app.

Clowns without Borders – this month´s Wishmakers!
March 31, 2015  |  Written by Carlota Nelson

Imagine a job where the requirements are a huge smile, good vibes and love for children. No, we aren´t talking about a storybook, a play or a circus. We are speaking of Clowns without Borders, a non-profit organization whose mission is to offer laughter to relieve the suffering of all people, especially children, who live in areas including refugee camps, conflict zones and emergency situations. The professional artists who work with Clowns without Borders are probably the bravest clowns in the entire planet. At The Toy Blog we´ve had the chance to interview one of them. Keep reading to discover how laughter can become the best weapon against adversity and learn why Clown without Borders are this months´ Wishmakers.

Wishmaker of the month: Gracia Escudero Macías
April 11, 2014  |  Written by Carlota Nelson

Every month, our Wishmakers section introduces you to projects and people who inspire, who give hope and help children. Gracia Escudero Macías is one of these people and SOS Children´s Villages International is her project.

Rafael Selas, director of Anidan – our Wishmaker of the month!
March 24, 2014  |  Written by Carlota Nelson

There are projects that are an open invitation for us to imagine that a better world is possible. Projects that begin with a journey and a personal initiative. We´re talking about projects like Anidan, an NGO that supports a home for orphaned and abandoned children, a children´s hospital and a system of microcredits for women to start a small business to support their children. We had the honor of meeting Rafael Selas, founder and director of Anidan , someone who many thought crazy or too naïve when he began to make his dream come true. He started alone in 2002 and now has a small army of 80 workers and volunteers who help him with 250 children on the island of Lamu, in Kenia. To us, this type of crazy makes us dream and keeps us inspired. That´s why we made him our Wishmaker of the month.

Alberto Azcona, our November’s “Wishmaker”!
October 30, 2013  |  Written by Carlota Nelson

As parents we know how important playing is and that the main purpose of playing – emotional, social, educational and physical – contributes to helping our children grow into healthy individuals. But did you know that children have the right to play?

Since 1989,  the Convention on the Rights of a Child, published by the United Nations, is contemplated in Article 31 and recognizes “the right of the child to rest and leisure, to engage in play and recreational activities appropriate to the age of the child and to participate freely in cultural life and the arts.”