Queen Sofia’s Co-operation Trips

  January 23, 2009 at 1:36 pm by

It is usual to see the Queen of Spain in some of her well-known trips to the needy countries all over the world. This year, from 18 to 22 January, Her Majesty visited the Dominican Republic and Haiti.

At her arrival in the Dominican Republic the Queen went to the Co-operation’s Technical Office, in which she saw the different projects of cooperation that will be visited in the successive days.

Queen Sofia

Queen Sofia on her trip

The co-operation projects in The Dominican Republic are in charge of Spanish and Dominican ONG Paideia and Fundebmuni, respectively. These ONG’s principal intention is to improve the quality of life of children and girls on the streetsand to prevent situations of social risk, taking care of their environment, both familiar and school, besides forming their parents and tutors in order that they manage better the economic resources.

On January 20 Queen Sofia traveled to Haiti to known the program Araucaria XXI. The purpose of this project is to preserve the biological diversity and to promote the sustainable development of the populations of the zone, to improve the quality of life of the present generations and to assure the future ones. The Program began in March, 2007, and there is foreseen that it will run for 4 years.

Later, the Queen visited the Market of Iron of Jacmel to get to know the program “Patrimony for the Development” and the School – workshop of the AECID. Her Majesty had a brief meeting with women beneficiaries of the AECID Microcredit program.

But this is only one of the run-of-the-mill trips undertaken by the Queen. She visited in 2000 Philipines and Bangladesh, Center America in 2001, Vietnam in 2002, China in 2003, Algeria, Mauritania and Morocco in February of 2005, Guatemala and the Salvador in October, 2005, Senegal and green end in 2006…and more to come.

As in all her annual Co-operation trips, the Queen speaks with the workers and is interested in the work of the small producers, specially for the women, who benefit from the Spanish help, which in many of the occasions comes to them across of the microcredits

The Queen is a well known supporter of the Microcredit, which was invented by a Bangladeshi, Mohamed Yunus (Nobel Prize Peace 2006 and Prince of Asturias Award for Concord 1998), which has enabled a million women all over the world to give their families all they needed.

You can find more information about Queen Sofia’s co-operation trips in these threads from 2009, 2008, 2007, and 2006.

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