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Under the slogan, "More than a goal. Let’s eradicate polio", the FC Barcelona Foundation and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation are working to eradicate polio, through awareness campaigns and joint actions
Both entities launch awareness campaigns and joint actions to eradicate polio, a disease that has reduced worldwide by some 99% and has become one of the best examples of the value of life-saving vaccines. This disease, that previously paralysed children around the world, now exists in only four countries, Nigeria, India, Pakistan and Afghanistan, areas where polio transmission have never been stopped before.
The FC Barcelona Foundation and UNICEF work together to promote positive sporting values around the world
The FC Barcelona Foundation and UNICEF signed its first agreement in September 2006 for a duration of five years. That agreement provided for the donation, by FC Barcelona, of 1.5 million euros per year to Unicef, to perform together, projects in the fight against AIDS. The understanding also included incorporating the logo of the UN Children's Agency on the front of the FC Barcelona football shirt.
In 2011 this agreement was renewed for five more years, in which FC Barcelona will continue to donate 1.5 million euros annually, to Unicef, to implement, together, projects based on the promotion of education through sport. The renewal of the agreement also includes the Unicef logo on the back of the FC Barcelona football shirt.
From 2006 to 2011 the programs implemented have helped in the fight against AIDS, principally in three African countries: Swaziland, Malawi and Angola.
Since 2011 both entities apply projects in Catalonia, Ghana, South Africa, China and Brazil where sport serves to promote children's human development, improve infrastructure, school equipment and knowledge of educators.
The Leo Messi Foundation was created in 2007 with the wish that all children should have the same opportunities to make their dreams come true, and to promote equality among children and young people in education and health
The collaboration agreement with the FC Barcelona Foundation promotes and uses sport as a tool for the development and social integration of Argentine children and young people.
The signing of the agreement aims to encourage joint work for the children and young people in the areas of Argentina most affected by poverty.
The aim of both foundations is to promote the education, health, sport and development of the most disadvantaged areas of the country.
The FC Barcelona Foundation and the Neymar Jr. Project Institute –a social entity in Brazil promoted by Neymar - have signed an agreement to work together
The joint actions work on the implementation of projects that promote sport as a tool for social integration for brazilian young people. Thanks to this alliance the project ‘FutbolNet’ is applied in the activities of the Instituto.
On the 17th of April 2013 in Lausanne, Switzerland, Sandro Rosell, Ramon Pont and the President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Jacques Rogge, signed a collaborative agreement between FC Barcelona Foundation and the Committee.
It is the first time that the IOC have signed an agreement with the Foundation of a sports club. Thanks to this historic accord the ‘Olympafrica FutbolNet Cup’, a series of tournaments in Africa for youngsters between the ages of 12 and 15 years of age. The competitions are based on the methodology of the ‘FutbolNet’ project that attempts to promote positive values via the playing of football.
The tournaments take place in the 26 centres that the Olympafrica International Foundation has in 23 different African countries. This IOC funded organisation works to spread the Olympic Spirit and promote social development via sport.
3,000 participants benefit from taking part in each tournament and in total the project is able to reach around 78,000 young Africans in these countries: Ivory Coast, Gambia, Eritrea, Liberia, Guinea Bissau, Burkina Faso, Sudan, Senegal, Niger, Tanzania, Chad, Mali, Burundi, Rwanda, Uganda, the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Seychelles, Zimbabwe, Nigeria, Swaziland, Mauritius and Cameroon.
The FC Barcelona Foundation and the IDB are working together on the project 'Partnership for sport and development
Both entities have launched the 'Partnership for sport and development. On the road to the 2014 World Cup, and the 2016 Olympics ', a project launched in Rio de Janeiro also counting on the collaboration of the Rio de Janeiro Town Hall, the NBA, and the Mapfre Foundation.
The project strengthens 18 ‘Olympic Villages' (sports facilities within the 'favelas' of Rio), which help to promote social inclusion through sport. The initiative is based on the use of sport as a vehicle to improve the lives of vulnerable children and young people and tp promote activities for conflict resolution, violence prevention, and employment generation.
The project is being developed, amongst other areas, in the complex Alemão, one of the most disadvantaged areas of the city. This initiative seeks to achieve sustainability beyond the scope of the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympics . More than 140,000 people from deprived areas in the city will benefit from this project.
The FC Barcelona Foundation and the Pies Descalzos Foundation are working together on the project "Football for youth development and a healthy life" which includes the construction of sporting and recreational areas in Cartagena (Colombia) and Miami (United States)
The project is to benefit children most vulnerable from Colombia and the Hispanic community in the U.S. who are at risk of social exclusion. In this country the project is being developed with the collaboration of the YMCA of Greater Miami (Young Men's Christian Association), at North Pointe Centre, a community with limited resources in this city.
The FC Barcelona Foundation established an alliance with the company SHELL to develop the FutbolNet project in Qatar(Doha and Al Khor), Oman (Muscat, Barka, Sohar and Bedia) and in Iraq (Basora and the provinces of Zobeir, Abil Khasib, Annashw and Al Deir)
The project is a pioneering initiative in all three regions and gatheres 1,000 participants per year aged between 8 and 16 years of age from different cities in each country. In Iraq and Oman values such as strength, respect, commitment, team work, responsibility and modesty are worked upon. In Qatar the project is focused on healthy eating habits, a priority for the country’s government given the high rates of infant obesity in the region.