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EPGO II 2017-19

Education, employment, and humanitarian aid to the world’s most vulnerable people

The second agreement of the program «Educate People, Generate Opportunities II» (EPGO II) has been developed between 2017 and 2019 in 9 countries of Latin America, in South Africa and in Lebanon. Through this intervention we have supported and assisted 165,654 people through 23 projects, which we have carried out together with different local partner organizations, among which Fe y Alegría in Latin America and the Jesuit Refugee Service in Africa and Asia stand out.

 

Through the EPGO II program, we have multiplied the opportunities for people living in contexts of poverty, exclusion and humanitarian emergency, keeping education in the centre and widening the geographical focus of the previous program thanks to the opening to Asia. This program has focused on the lines of Education, Employment and Humanitarian Aid.

 

Firstly, we have focused the Education line on the schooling of socially disadvantaged people by supporting children, young people and adolescents, and by helping centres through tools and training in educational skills. On the other hand, in the line of Employment we have developed the technical-professional training of young people at risk of exclusion to generate a future of professional opportunities. Finally, we have directed the line of humanitarian aid to people in need of international protection, combining the most essential emergency aid with activities aimed at producing structural changes in the lives of the people involved.

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165,654

People

11

Countries

3

Years

€9’8

Million

Earthquake in Mexico 2017

Reconstruction of infrastructure and support for people affected

Following the earthquakes in Mexico in September 2017, which left nearly 400 people deceased in addition to severe damages to the infrastructure, we activated two interventions to support those affected by the earthquake.

 

A total of 18,400 affected people have been benefited by our two emergency projects. With regards to the first one, we have carried it out together with the Jesuit Migrant Service, and it has been focused on rebuilding shelters for migrants who had been damaged by the earthquake. And, through the second one, we have supported the Loyola Foundation work on building houses for affected families.

18,400

People

1

Country

1

Year

47,734

Euros

Earthquake in Ecuador 2016

Education to overcome tragedy

The earthquake that struck northwestern Ecuador in April 2016 took the life of more than 600 people, left 30,000 homeless and affected around 700 schools, preventing or hindering access to education for thousands of children. 

 

In response to this tragedy, we supported the work of different partner organisations in favour of the population most affected by the earthquake, with the distribution of emergency aid such as food or medicines, the provision of psychosocial support and medical assistance, the construction of antiseismic housing for affected families, the reconstruction of educational infrastructures and the development of activities on resilience and risk reduction in these infrastructures.

21,411

People

1

Country

1

Year

200,000

Euros

On the Colombian Borders, 2015-18

III Program for the Local Integration of Displaced People and Refugees

© Peter Porta

From September 2015 to August 2018 we implemented a project together with the Jesuit Refugee Service in Latin America and the Caribbean designed to protect the rights of refugees and displaced persons from Colombia, Ecuador and Venezuela.

Our work was based on three core areas: livelihoods, formal education, and the protection and guarantee of access to rights, placing special focus on children at risk of forced recruitment by conflicting groups, refugees or displaced persons with disabilities, ethnic minorities and female heads of household with minors.

22.649

People

3

Countries

3

Years

€1

Million

EPGO I, 2014-16

Professional-technical training and care for vulnerable groups

The 2014-2016 «Educating People, Generating Opportunities» (EPGO) program was implemented in 13 countries (9 in Latin America and 4 in Africa), making a positive impact in the lives of over 160,000 people. The program is based on two core lines of action: professional and technical training, and the training and care of vulnerable groups, and is implemented by local partners including Fe y Alegría and the Jesuit Refugee Service.

Through technical and job training provided in Latin America (Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Ecuador, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela), young people and adults living in contexts of poverty received professional training and, through the line of training for vulnerable people, we nurtured and offered future opportunities for indigenous people, people with disabilities, young people at risk of exclusion, and migrants and refugees.

In Africa (Chad, Democratic Republic of the Congo, South Africa and Uganda), we offered education in refugee camps and training and social/employment integration to urban refugees.

160.000

People

13

Countries

3

Years

€9’8

Millons

On the Colombian Borders, 2012-2015

II Program for the Local Integration of Displaced People and Refugees

From September 2012 to August 2015 we implemented a project together with the Jesuit Refugee Service in Latin America and the Caribbean designed to protect the rights of refugees and displaced persons who are victims of armed conflict in Colombia and seek long-term solutions to their situation. This initiative was a continuation of the first program, which was implemented from September 2009 to August 2012.

We made a positive impact in
the lives of over 160,000 people

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23.850

People

4

Countries

3

Years

€1

Million

On the Colombian Borders, 2009-2012

I Program for the Local Integration of Displaced People and Refugees

From September 2009 to August 2012 we implemented a project designed to promote the local integration of refugees and displaced persons who are victims of armed conflict in Colombia.

 

The program implemented activities based on three core areas in Colombia, Ecuador, Panama and Venezuela: help and care for displaced persons and refugees, with a special focus on children and young people; communication and social impact, focused on creating public awareness and promoting support from public and private agencies; and institutional strengthening, aimed at achieving the program’s united, transparent, and responsible management.

18.428

People

4

Countries

3

Years

€1

Million

Earthquake in Haiti, 2010

Emergency aid and reconstruction program

On January 12, 2010, a 7.0 earthquake hit the island of Haiti, 15 km from the capital city of Port-au-Prince, resulting in upwards of300,000 deaths, a similar number of injured people, and over 3,700,000 victims. Approximately 1.5 million people lost their homes and other material goods. The country sank deeper into poverty and corruption.

In a measure of support for these victims, Inditex signed a collaboration agreement with Entreculturas that made it possible to begin providing aid to victims and reconstructing homes in Haiti. The project, focused on short- and long-term support for vulnerable groups, was implemented in the northern and eastern areas of the country.

During the first two months after the earthquake, we distributed staple food items and hygiene materials to victims. The project also included a program to equip four schools in the Gressier, Petit Goâve, and Carrefour municipalities. We were also able to expand the number of students covered and provide technical education for employment through the construction of ten classrooms at the Bedoux y Carice school, and the refurbishment and furnishing of ten technical training workshops.

3.491

People

1

Country

1

Year

€1

Million

A Million Opportunities

A summary of our first 15 years of working together

In 2016 we gather the main milestones and results of the combined work between Inditex and Entreculturas showing them in A Million Opportunities. In these almost 20 years of collaboration, more than 1.2 millions of people participated in the different educational programs and projects that we carried out in 26 countries in Latin America and Africa, and in Spain.

Our collaboration began in 2001, with the signing of a framework agreement based on “trust and complete transparency between the two institutions on the strategies, procedures and activities implemented by each of the parties”. From then on, Inditex partners with Entreculturas to promote its corporate social responsibility on both the Social Council and in the adoption of specific international development agreements.

1,200,000

People

27

Countries

19

Years

€51.5

Million

1,200,000 people assisted in almost 20 years

We work in 26 Latin America and Africa, and in Spain

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