SolePons.jpgMaría Soledad Pons Caruso, MBA 2007, Net Impact Chapter Leader
Wednesday, the 4th of July, the Global Village event took place at Instituto de Empresa. It was organized by Net Impact, but we would like to thank everyone who helped out in any manner. These people include the organizing committee, the country stand coordinators, those who prepared food or presentations, and all those who attended and helped support this cause.
The event raised around 2000 euros which will be split between four NGOs: ONGs: Koinonia (Kenya), Skip (Perú), Un Techo para mi país (Latinoamérica) y la New Gate to Peace Foundation (Jerusalem). Below you will find information on each. The money will be transferred next week. If you would still like to elect among them you may send an e-mail in the next few days.
At about 3 in the afternoon, many people left their classes early and began the preparations, led by Stephane who took charge of the logistics. At the door, the rest of the people were met by Guillermo, Lau, Sole, and Brent. More than 200 people attended! They were not only IMBAs, but also MBAs from September and February intakes, the master in Telecom and Digital Business, master in Finance y and Marketing.
The regions and countries represented were: Arab (Egypt, Iraq, Lebanon among others), Brazil, Central America (Honduras, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Panamá), Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Macedonia, México, Netherlands, Peru, Portugal, Russia, Spain, Switzerland and USA.
The Global Village had a dual purpose: to raise money for the NGOs and to celebrate the diversity of countries at IE. IE has a very international student body, so we should take advantage to learn about the cultures of others in all aspects, not just the work – related.

The typical dress and dance, the food and drink, even manners of smoking were demonstrated. We saw how typical Indian tattoos are done using inks brought from this land, which will last several weeks! We tried tasty German sausages, arepas Colombianas, tortilla Spanish, Swiss raclette, Brasilian guarana, and Portuguese Port. It was an advantage to be able to smoke sisha over the luxurious Asian carpets surrounded by classmates.
Under the hot sun, Cervezas Sol were enjoyed very cold, one of the brands of beer that the Mexican community likes, and also everyone else too. At a certain moment of the afternoon, the time of the Brasilian Samba arrived, and everyone began to dance, demonstrating their abilities, lead by some Brasilians and some not so much. The Partners Club was present too, as Karina’s presence showed. Otmar took very good photos that we are waiting for.
When the sun went down and it was time to end the event, it was very difficult to accomplish since the unforgettable moment meant no one wanted to go home. At 19.30 it was finally possible to get everyone out, thanks to the help of Mireya and Margarita from the student office, who helped all day long, as well as María.
Again, thanks for participating and making this one of the most interesting and diverse events at IE! Now you can find out about the NGO´s and causes your donation is going to go.
KOINONIA AFRICA (http://www.koinoniakenya.org/)
Koinonia is a lay Christian community where members of the community live as one family, sharing dreams, successes and failures. Koinonia is registered in Kenya as a corporate body since 1996. The Community was initially founded in 1988 by few young men from different professions and backgrounds. It deals mainly with street children at risk.
An organization in the heart of Jerusalem, a city considered holy by the three major religions of our world, and at the same time witness of some of the major conflicts of our history. New Gate to Peace transforms funds from generous people from around the world, into effective projects that create education and job opportunities for the marginalized Palestinian population and also provide opportunities for inter-cultural exchanges that lead to lasting peace.
SKIP is a non-profit organization helping disadvantaged children to realise their right to an education. Yet, thousands of Peruvian children are too poor to study. SKIP takes a holistic approach to this problem by working hand-in-hand with disadvantaged families to ensure their children realise their right to an education. Our team is comprised of volunteers from overseas, as well as from the community and local universities.
UN TECHO PARA MI PAIS (www.untechoparamipais.org)
Un Techo Para Mi Pais works with the poorest families in our respective countries. Their first step is the construction of emergency houses. This allows us to draw attention to and to understand the reality of the marginal settlements that have developed. We then develop integral programs of social development in areas such as education, micro-credit, job training and community development. We strive to integrate all sectors of society, focusing on the constant struggle against poverty, injustice, and the lack of opportunity.


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