Improving the living conditions of the neediest social groups is another of the Fundación Telefónica's goals
As well as the five main areas in which it operates, in 2009 the Fundación Telefónica undertook a number of other social action projects aimed at helping society’s most vulnerable groups of people as well as the third sector organisations which provide these groups with information and services.
Projects aimed at disabled people
- The RETADIS Project in Spain In 2009 the installation and extension phase of the RETADIS Project (Spanish acronym for the National Network of Computers Adapted for Disabled People) was achieved. The Fundación Telefónica was the driving force for this initiative which involved setting up a network of computers specially adapted for people with various types of disability, and installing them throughout Spain in 26 associations which are working to ensure the integration of disabled people and improve their quality of life. The project also has a web page offering support and technical assistance, a help desk, and a training scheme. It should be pointed out that the foundation has ensured the continuity of this project until the end of 2011.
- SISCODIS (Communication System for Disabled Users). Last year the second version of this global communicator (SISCODIS 1.01) was launched, enabling communication for disabled people based on their specific needs, such as the language and type of language to be used, conventional or alternative.
- Nuevas esperanzas ruedan por Venezuela (“New Hope on Wheels for Venezuela”) Thanks to the support that the Fundación Telefónica offers this project in partnership with the Venezolana ProCura de la Parálisis foundation, in 2009 150 wheelchairs were donated for people suffering from motor disability who have very limited economic resources.
- Child Labour Project in Latin America (the PREJAL Project). Within the framework of this project, promoted by the International Labour Organisation (ILO), the Fundación Telefónica has undertaken a number of training and return to school schemes helping 2,000 young people through three main initiatives in Argentina, Brazil and Colombia.
- The Brazil Action Project. In recent years, increasing violence has been a source of great concern for the Brazilian Government and society in general. This project has seen, among a number of other activities, the setting up of a number of workshops dedicated to the prevention of violence among children and adolescents in which the community plays an active role.
- The Huascarán Programme in Peru. The Fundación Telefónica has collaborated with this project for seven years, the goal of which is to extend educational services to the country’s poorest and remotest areas, through a series of distance learning programmes.
- Program for assisting communication among Spanish volunteer workers Thanks to the Christmas Campaign for Spanish Volunteers, in 2009 more than 7,800 missionaries and volunteers were able to talk to their families without charge over the Christmas holidays.
Projects to strengthen associations and foundations
- The 10th Annual Meeting of the Organizaciones de las Sociedad Civil - the OSC or Civil Organisations Association - in Mexico. The Fundación Telefónica was present at this meeting entitled “Action with Passion”, which brought together more than 700 Civil Organisation representatives from a number of cities across Mexico and the southern United States to reflect on the future and the challenges facing the third sector.
- Telephone Line for the ANAR (Help the Children and Teenagers at Risk) Foundation in Peru. This free service line, with nationwide coverage, and donated by the Fundación Telefónica, is available to young Peruvians to provide them with expert information and guidance on psychological, social and legal matters. In the last year alone it received nearly 5,000 calls.