NouSol is an international, non-profit, independent, decolonial, intercultural and feminist NGO.

MISSION, VISION AND VALUES

Our mission is the empowerment of people or groups in a situation of vulnerability through education, arts, leisure and support and the delivery of tools and knowledge to acquire soft skills.

NouSol's vision is to become a leading organization in social innovation and networking, carrying out comprehensive development projects and models that generate substantial changes in the people and organizations we work with.

Our values are:

Equality: We assume that all people are free and equal in dignity and rights, regardless of place of birth, language, sex, gender, sexual orientation, religion, skin color, political thinking and any other circumstance or condition. That is why we will arbitrate positive discrimination measures to ensure that this equality is met.

  • 1.1. Positive discrimination measures that the entity applies in the development of its management:
    • 1.1.1. 70% of people hired by the Organization will be women.
    • 1.1.2. 70% of the members of the board will be women.
    • 1.1.3. 30% of people hired by the Organization will be migrants or descendants of the first generation of migrants.
  • 1.2. Measures that favour the equality that the entity adopts in the contracting processes:
    • 1.2.1. In each hiring process, a CV without a photo, without a date of birth and without an expression of marital status must be requested.
    • 1.2.2. Each person hired will sign a report committing to carry out their work and to interact with the participants and with whom they share the work in a respectful manner, free from all forms of violence and discrimination, expressly indicating the commitment of the entity in the fight against sexual harassment, and discrimination on the grounds of gender and / or race.
    • 1.2.3. Each person who has a work contract with the organization will be informed, under the signature of the minutes, about the mission, vision and values of the entity, especially with regard to its feminist, de-colonial, intercultural and rights approach. human beings, in order to incorporate these values in the task for which they have been contracted.
  • 1.3. Measures that favour the equality that the entity adopts in the development of its task:
    • 1.3.1. All documents prepared by the organization are written in non-sexist language.
    • 1.3.2. All images, videos, references and texts that the organization uses to fulfill its task are free of stereotypes, and / or are evident when they contain them.

Dignity: we are convinced that all people have rights, with reference to all international treaties on human rights and the Sustainable Development Goals of the 2030 Agenda promoted by the United Nations.

Transparency: we develop projects and programs in an ethical and transparent way. We are accountable to users, volunteers and donors.

Interculturalism: Respect for all cultures and knowledge located.

Networking: To promote collaborative work with the different social agents of the territory, extending the associative and community fabric.

Environmental protection: each and every one of the interventions that the entity carries out tries not to pollute, within its possibilities, and to reduce its carbon footprint. For this reason, it only uses recycled printer paper and dyes, prefers the use of information technologies in the delivery of documents, makes purchases in local cooperatives and second-hand shops, when possible, prefers to use local products , reuses paper, recycles, and disposes of non-household waste properly in the landfill.

Bio-economy: NouSol believes in management from a sustainability perspective, for which reason it uses Ethical Banking, enters into contracts for the supply of basic goods and services and insurance with consumer cooperatives, and is part of a credit and 'a network of solidarity economy.

The recipients are people or groups in a situation of vulnerability, marginalization or social exclusion.

These are the 4 areas of action

It works internationally on international cooperation and humanitarian aid projects, working in a network with local associations and state agencies for the development of people or groups in a situation of vulnerability.

It works in Catalonia in a network with local associations and organizations in socio-educational programs for the inclusion and development of people or groups in a situation of vulnerability.

It organizes voluntary and social work camps as well as cultural, social and educational trips to bring other realities closer and to make known the work done by local associations around the world.
Volunteering and responsible tourism, non-profit and that reverts to local groups working for the betterment of the community

It makes all kinds of audiovisual products to develop awareness programs in order to create social debate, achieve political advocacy and social mobilization.In carrying out audiovisual projects, we involve the protagonists as a training and empowerment tool.
They will also serve to bring other realities closer and make known the work of local associations around the world
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Our story

The summer of 2007, photojournalist Joel López and the translator Anna Gentz travelled to Senegal (Africa) to make a documentary about the Africans who boarded ‘’pateras’’ (small boat, too much people board) to reach Spain. The documentary focused by tracking Aliou a Senegalese from Kaolack who wished to emigrate to Spain using this transport by sea. Days before the trip start someone entered in Aliou’s house and stole all their savings. Consequently, Aliou could not make the trip to Spain so the documentary was interrupted.

Joel and Anna after these events used his stay in Senegal to make a documentary about the life of the physically disabled in the city of Kaolack.

During the Project Aliou frequented the business who ran a small place, a (*)‘’tangana’’. In his tangana worked Fatoumata, a very skinny, smiley girl. They asked about the status of this girl, seeing that apparently worked long hours and was not going to school. That led him to meet his two brothers Anta and Moustapha an her mother Mariam.

The family situation was very complex. The children’s father had died in a car accident and the mother tried to ensure family subsistence selling nuts but sales revenues were minimal so that the situation required that Fatoumata worked to contribute to the family economy. For social and economic reasons none of the three children had never been to school.

The main economic drivers of the city of Kaolack are the trade and transport of merchandise and the majority of the population are unqualified workers. The excess labour causes the salaries are unfairly low and this causes the subsistence is almost impossible.

Many families need help from the children in order to move forward so that in this economic context of schooling and absenteeism control non-priority. Facing of this reality familiar Joel and Anna decided to take action to improve the quality of life of these children so their own family members so they contacted with family and friends to raise funds to invest in schooling.

The next step was to find a school where attendance was mandatory and controlled but in Kaolack these criteria school are private schools.

Near the house of the family had a private Catholic school where secular education was imparted. The school’s Principal was Sister Madeleine a nun in her fifties with lots of character; a condition or requirement to a Catholic woman with a responsible position in a patriarchal society and Muslim. After visiting the Center and talk to the Principal, they saw that school was ideal for children but Sister Madeleine put many impediments to accept them. The Principal tested they to see if their intentions were true or was it just a penalty (*) “tubab” that soon forget those children and family illusionary Ba needlessly. But with firmness and determination got kids at school were finally accepted.

During school enrolment procedures emerged setbacks because children did not have any identification not even birth certificate. Also it was found that Anta was really the daughter of a friend of Mariam who was left in charge some years ago.

This practice is very widespread in Africa but is understandable because socio-economic context. Finally, after many visits to the City Council of Kaolack was able to get all the necessary documents and the children could start school. Months later they returned Europe and met with people who had participate in the process of education of children in the family Ba and they all decided legally constitute a socio Association that worked to make education become universal. So was born the NGO NouSol
(*) Translations of written words in the text in Wolof language:
- Tangana.- It means ’Hot’. The Tangana local are very popular in Senegal where fast food is cooked with a gas stove or similar.
- Tubab.- It means ‘White man‘

Our goal is the achievement of Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development, an action plan promoted by the UN in favor of people, the planet and prosperity, which also intends to strengthen universal peace and access to justice .

On 25 September 2015, the 193 countries of the UN General Assembly adopted the 2030 Development Agenda titled Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Following the adoption, UN agencies, under the umbrella of the United Nations Development Group, decided to support a campaign by several independent entities, among them corporate institutions and International Organizations. 

The Campaign, known as Project Everyone, introduced the term Global Goals and is intended to help communicate the agreed Sustainable Development Goals to a wider constituency.

However the decision to support what is an independent campaign, without the approval of the member states, has met resistance from several sections of civil society and governments, who accuse the UNDG of ignoring the most important communication aspect of the agreement:Sustainability.

There are also concerns that Global Goals is a term used to refer to several other processes that are not related to the United Nations.

The Official Agenda for Sustainable Development adopted on 25 September 2015 has 92 paragraphs, with the main paragraph (51) outlining the 17 Sustainable Development Goals and its associated 169 targets.

This included the following goals:

  1. Poverty - End poverty in all its forms everywhere.
  2. Food - End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture.
  3. Health - Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages.
  4. Education - Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.
  5. Women - Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.
  6. Water - Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all.
  7. Energy - Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all.
  8. Economy - Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all.
  9. Infrastructure - Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation.
  10. Inequality - Reduce inequality within and among countries.
  11. Habitation - Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.
  12. Consumption - Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns.
  13. Climate - Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts.
  14. Marine-ecosystems - Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development.
  15. Ecosystems - Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss.
  16. Institutions - Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels.
  17. Sustainability - Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development

    As of August 2015, there were 169 proposed targets for these goals and 304 proposed indicators to show compliance.

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