SOLIDARITY AND COOPERATION BETWEEN NORTH AND SOUTH
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Fundación TAU Fundazioa
TAU Foundation Fundazioa is a Franciscan commitment to solidarity and cooperation between North and South. There is a common effort to build a more just and brotherly world.
We are active in different countries and with other people who fully aware of the realities of injustice and inequality. All the cooperators adopted the life style and behaviour of Francisco de Asís, especially when showing solidarity and cooperating with men and women who have been deprived of power and resources.
We strive to…
UNDERLINE THE FACT THAT WE ARE ALL MEMBERS OF A WORLD FAMILY AND EQUAL; WITH THE SAME RIGHTS, REGARDLESS OF RACE, LANGUAGE, RELIGION OR IDEOLOGY.
DEVELOP ACTIONS AND PROJECTS THAT IMPROVE AND CHANGE EXISTING CONDITIONS OF INJUSTICE
SHARING RESPONSIBILITY FOR ACHIEVING JUSTICE COMBINED WITH SOLIDARITY WITH ALL PEOPLE OF GOOD WILL. WE WANT TO MAKE OUR SMALL CONTRIBUTION BASED ON THE FRANCISCAN PHILOSOPHY OF LIFE.
RESPONDING TO THE CHALLENGES TO HUMAN DEVELOPMENT IN OUR TIME, ALWAYS BASED ON OUR CAPABILITIES.
Our mission is based on four axes that encompass the different activities we carry out.
With a broad outlook, we strive to adapt our activity to the people and realities that are present in the places where we are active. We believe that small actions enable us to move forward, generate new dynamics and change everyday situations.
Proyecto en bolivia
We work for…
DEVELOPING A MENTALITY OF SOLIDARITY AND COOPERATION FOR THE PROGRESS OF PEOPLE AND NATIONS, BY BUILDING MORE JUST AND PEOPLE-FRIENDLY CONDITIONS BETWEEN DIFFERENT SOCIETIES AND COMMUNITIES.
RAISING AWARENESS AND SOCIAL COMMITMENTS TO ERADICATE POVERTY AND SOCIAL EXCLUSION BY COMBATTING THEIR CAUSES AND CONSEQUENCES.
PROMOTING SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT, RESPECTING THE IDENTITY AND CULTURE OF PEOPLE AND NATIONS; STRIVING TO ENHANCE THE ECOLOGICAL DIMENSION AND RESPECT FOR THE ENVIRONMENT.
FOSTERING ACCEPTABLE LIFE STANDARDS FOR RESPONSIBLE RECIPROCITY, EQUALITY AND FRATERNITY BETWEEN PEOPLE AND NATIONS, INSPIRED BY SAINT FRANCIS OF ASISI´S EXAMPLE.
Solidarity and cooperation take many forms and there are many ways of implementing them, so we wish to describe our values:
Solidarity: Committing ourselves to creating more just and human conditions, where we exercise responsible citizenship committed to social transformation and the improvement of the living conditions of impoverished and / or socially maginalized populations; striving to guarantee the full exercise of their rights and duties as individuals and nations.
Cooperation: Establishing egalitarian relations with all possible players, social groups and local partners in the South, to enable them to organize themselves in the pursuit and achievement of common goals for the improvement of their living standards.
Comprehensive approach: Applying the grassroots approach with a focus on gender, interculturality, environment, participation, strengthening of people, groups and civil society, sustainability, capacity building, political advocacy, etc. to all the sustainable development processes and actions that are carried out.
- Education for development and social transformation: especially in the context and reality that are present in the North, with an awareness of how much we have to learn and change our lifestyles that are no longer sustainable, even for us.
From relationships based on respect, fostering dialogue, consensus and reciprocity; knowing that all people are active players and companions, as groups undergoing change.
Combining solidarity and cooperation with education and awareness aising activities, reporting injustices and applying political pressure; while always bearing in mind the viability of each situation, place and moment.
Seeking joint strategies to act in the face of any situation where inequality, poverty, violations of human rights, political inflfluence, etc., are prevalent.
Fostering teamwork from a consensus that seeks democratic processes in building relationships and working together with other civic organizations and platforms.
Working from the principles of good practices set out in the Codes of Conduct of the Coordinators of NGDOs, Corporate Civil Responsibility, etc.
Doing effective, efficient and good quality work at all possible levels, by incorporating professional parameters in all their actions and tasks.
Without depending on any social, religious, political or economic group.
WOMEN IN DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS
Throughout these years of solidarity and cooperation the number of women who have become active players in specific women´s and development projects has increased.
They are people who cooperate with TAUfundazioa in various ways (economically, in awareness raising and mobilization activities, preparing materials for annual campaigns, articles in magazines, etc.).
PARTICIPATION IN NETWORKS AND CONSORTIA
There are several alliances and cooperation arrangements with other NGOs and social movements, with Franciscan associations, with Africa and with an alternative and solidarity economy in the different regions where we have offices.
PUBLIC SUBSIDIES RECEIVED
Public subsidies come mainly from autonomous governments, city halls and provincial councils.
COUNTRIES WHERE WE ARE ACTIVE
Since 2005 the countries where we continue to work or have worked are: Bolivia, Dominican Republic, Paraguay, El Salvador, Morocco, D.R.Congo, Burkina Faso …
Distributed mainly between Bolivia, El Salvador, with some in Morocco and Palestine
Without good health conditions sustainable development is unattainable for anyone.
There are always educational projects in all the countries where we are active because education is important for the development of people and nations.