EUROVO FOR COMMUNITY ISSUES
The Eurovo Group shares the dream of giving childhood back to children.
From 2007 to 2012, the company collaborated in educational, sports and recreational projects with ECPAT, an Italian non-profit organisation wanting to protect children from all forms of commercial sexual exploitation.
After Eurovo and ECPAT came to know each other, the collaboration began with a donation for the purchase of tickets for solidarity at Christmas time.
There were subsequently other donations for the purchase of items for International Women’s Day, but especially on the occasion of Christmas. Eurovo donated furniture and didactic materials (children’s books, wardrobes, shelves, bookcases, chairs, tables, educational material, rubberised rugs for playtime, clocks, globes and maps) to the libraries of seven schools in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
The collaboration with the non-profit organisation continued, seeing the Eurovo Group purchase numerous hygiene kits – containing shampoo, soap, a comb, toothbrush and toothpaste and nail clippers – destined to children in Cambodia not assisted by child sponsorship.
Given that the common goal of ECPAT and Eurovo is to provide children with an alternative way ahead, the two companies continued with the restauration of a children’s school in a location that is emblematic of the sexual exploitation of children in Cambodia. The building is in a dilapidated state and, given the difficulties in attending school, the school had a high drop-out rate. Eurovo funded the securing of the construction, renovation of the building with new fixtures, and the purchasing of books and school materials with the intention of encouraging more children to attend.
The new year saw another donation from the Eurovo Group, giving 30 trips to the local swimming pool, including a meal at the restaurant. The company also purchased 60 little palm leaf boxes.
2010: THE SOUTH AFRICA PROJECT
With the spotlight of the football championships no longer shining on South Africa, the country continued as one of the main destinations for sex tourism.
Eurovo decided to finance the construction of a sports facility with a football field, around which gravitates a rich programme of sports, training and education courses in respect of children and adolescents, focused on the prevention of sexual exploitation. The structure was built in a suburb of Johannesburg that has the highest rate of crime and poverty in the country, Yeovil. Information regarding the initiative is provided on the packaging of the “Maia” label eggs.
On 17th October, the sports structure at the centre of this charitable project was inaugurated with a symbolic match between the Yeovil youths, kicking off a training project to which youths and educators responded with great enthusiasm.
Through sport, children learn respect for themselves and for others, solidarity, collaboration and teamwork. It is through these values that they can defend themselves from sexual exploitation, rendering sport as a means of social improvement.
WHAT WERE THE INITIATIVES?
The football field is at the centre of a structure that offers a rich programme of courses – not only sports – with the aim of educating about respect for children and adolescents.
Train and inform: to train children, stimulating their desire to learn; inform the population about the risks associated with child prostitution, making parents and also the children aware, so that they can help each other.
HOW DID EUROVO TAKE PART IN THE PROJECT?
To this project, Eurovo dedicated the funds normally allocated to purchasing the Christmas gifts for clients, suppliers and employees. Thanks to their generosity, Eurovo was able to finance the construction of the football field in Yeovil and all the peer-to-peer training courses (from Italian instructors to future local instructors).
2011-2012: BACK TO CAMBODIA
Always in collaboration with ECPAT, the initiative for Christmas 2011 saw focus turn to activities in Cambodia, accompanied by awareness campaigns in Italy, aimed at increasing knowledge regarding a phenomenon perceived as being very far away.
The activity is divided into 4 macro areas:
1. Knowledge and testimony: hours of training at Italian universities (within specific study courses, in the faculties concerned: Tourism Sciences, Psychology, Communication Sciences, etc.) to raise awareness on the phenomenon of paedo-tourism;
2. Data acquisition regarding the sector: a survey on the degree of awareness and knowledge at a national level (between operators that are institutionally responsible and professionally involved) on the themes of sexual exploitation of children for commercial purposes and of the regulations governing this matter.
A questionnaire on the degree of awareness and knowledge on the phenomenon of paedo-tourism was distributed throughout 2012 to a sample of persons belonging to four representative groups (Students, Law Enforcement, Journalists, Service Operators). Finally, this became the thesis of two students from the Sapienza University in Rome, the conclusions of which will be useful for ECPAT in planning subsequent initiatives.
3. Information: design of a campaign to raise awareness regarding the Italian population and the institutions on the basis of the results of the survey referred to in point 2.
The design and realisation of four monographic comics on the four ECPAT themes as a tool to teach youths how to protect themselves and to make them aware of their rights.
4. Building a future: purchasing equipment for computer classrooms in several Phnom Pen locations and setting up a fund to help the children build a future by funding professional courses.
Inaugurated in Phnom Penh on 23rd March 2012 was the play and learn library, which provides many activities for children. To name a few, there is a course on how to communicate to peers regarding any abuses suffered and how to recognise inappropriate behaviours and attitudes on the part of adults.
Taking part in the inauguration was the Minister of Interiors, Ms H.E. Chou Bun Heng.
2013: EUROVO WEARS PINK FOR WOMEN’S HEALTH
For Christmas 2013, Eurovo decided to allocate the amount budgeted for Christmas gifts to a charitable project. Unlike the previous years in which the children from several parts of the world (Cambodia and South Africa) were taken care of, in 2013 the gesture of generosity concerned a location just a short distance from the company, Lugo (in the province of Ravenna).
The Eurovo Group donated to the “Donne Protette” non-profit association the amount necessary to complete the purchase of “Breast Microbiopsy” (mammotome) apparatus, used in the diagnosis of breast pathologies at the “Umberto I” hospital in Lugo.
The women’s care non-profit organisation raised funds and promoted the hospital’s need to renew the equipment currently available. The device allows for the exclusive selection of ill patients (with precancerous or cancerous pathology), avoiding unnecessary surgeries on patients with suspected pathology. In addition, it is indispensable for preoperative localisation, which guides the surgeon in operations on non-palpable injuries. The machine guarantees quicker and safer examination.
Also in 2014, our donation was dedicated to children and assured, through the “Antonino ONLUS” association, all the equipment necessary to render 13 “Case Ninna Mamma” operative in Mozambique. The “Case Ninna Mamma” are accommodation and care facilities for mothers and children, built to address the healthcare emergency caused by the spread of the HIV virus. These are places where pregnancies can be monitored, reducing the vertical transmission of the virus and any complications, with expectant women welcomed in the last period of gestation and post-birth. The donation allowed for the purchase of mosquito nets, cribs and scales for new-borns, crockery, bedside tables and curtains, plus laundry and cleaning equipment for eight existing structures. For the realisation phase of the five Case Ninna Mamma, rather, the funding allowed for the creation of the birthing room, where women can be monitored and assisted during labour and immediately after childbirth.
For Christmas 2015, Eurovo Group, in collaboration with Caritas Antoniana, decided to entirely finance a project with the aim of training the local community of Tabora (one of the poorest in Tanzania) in the cultivation of sunflowers and the breeding of laying hens. Increasing the capacity of local farmers to improve agricultural development also means giving them the opportunity to pass on what they have learned, with a positive and lasting impact upon the local economy. The Eurovo Group financed the project concerning the village of Ndevelwa. Here live 2,850 people in 650 families. Initially, the farmers were selected and organised into four groups of 30 people (with priority given to women in difficult situations). Throughout the course, they became skilled in the cultivation and production of sunflower seeds and in the processing to obtain the oil, thanks to the use of a machine rendered available to them free of charge in a specially-constructed structure. They also learned to successfully breed hens, setting up a farm-school over 2 acres of land. Also on the farm is a chicken coop and a room with an egg incubator.
At 3.36 am on 24th August 2016, the life of the small municipality of Amatrice, and of many neighbouring towns, changed forever after a magnitude 6 earthquake struck central Italy. 235 victims, out of the 299 total, lost their lives in Amatrice. Most of the buildings, both public and private, were destroyed along with their centuries of history. The Town Hall, Law Enforcement Barracks, Hospital, Hotelier School, Cinema, Civic Museum, the city gates, walls, elementary school, Theatre, school canteen, sports field, and more than 60 churches in the district all collapsed or were severely compromised. Once elected “one of the most beautiful villages in Italy”, Amatrice no longer exists as we knew it. In 2016, the Eurovo Group decided to donate the Christmas gift funds to the reconstruction. In particular, in a manner consistent with the charitable initiatives of the previous years, this donation was specifically in favour of the reconstruction work of a new school complex in Amatrice, through the important “Adotta un’opera” (“Adopt a Work”) project of the municipality of Amatrice, which the Group decided to join. Getting underway at the beginning of June 2017, just after the end of the school year, was the worksite for the new school complex from elementary to high school, with a sports area with gym and multifunctional field. The hand-over is scheduled for the beginning of the 2017-18 school year.
Born from the ten-year commitment of the Veronesi Foundation, the Pink is GOOD project promotes prevention and supports research in the fight against breast cancer. Research has changed the lives of thousands of women, and for this reason it must continue to progress, to find new solutions for early diagnosis, new treatments and new drugs.
Information and prevention activities are also crucial, because identifying the disease in the very early stages allows a high rate of healing: in fact, over 90% of the women who are diagnosed with cancer in the initial phase recover.
Through Pink is GOOD, the Veronesi Foundation has been supporting since 2013 the work of a number of researchers specialising in research against breast cancer and other women's cancers.
The 2017 Christmas gift of Eurovo Group was the support for this project, by the funding of research and support for these doctors and scientists involved in such an important task. Our support for this project has been told through two promotional packages, one with the Maia brand and one with the Naturelle brand, that followed one another on the shelves between October 2017 and May 2018.
Eurovo Group has decided to support the efforts of Italian doctors and researchers who devote their time in the research of new treatments and innovative therapies in order to defeat severe oncological diseases and help those who suffer from them.
Research has changed the lives of millions of people and therefore deserves to be supported.
This year we have decided to finance 3 different projects promoted by entities located in our national territory: