United in the fight against COVID-19
SGRE Impact Special Edition
A total of 16 projects will be launched in coming weeks in Germany, India, Spain, Canada, Kenya, Greece, Mexico, Denmark, Morocco and South Africa with the aim of combating the consequences of COVID-19. The projects form part of the company’s SGRE impact social responsibility initiative that this year will be focused on fighting the pandemic.
“Your support made this change in our entire logistics possible. For the needy in Hamburg, this was an important step not to be left alone,” explained Jan Henrik Hellwege at Hamburger Tefel.
“For Save the Children it’s very important to have the support of Siemens Gamesa for our emergency program By Your Side to provide economic, educational and psychological support for families who have lost resources from this crisis,” said Conde.
“When the third extension of lockdown was announced on May 3, we were very worried about continuing our operations as we have already exhausted our local sponsors and reserves. This news came as a gift from God to continue our work to feed the people in need and support families in need with the ration kits & Community Kits,” said Padmanaban Gopalan at No Food Waste.
This acquisition also helps to improve food quality, as Francisco García, Chairman of Madrid’s Food Bank explained: “We will be able to distribute frozen products, meat, and fish to charities, thereby facilitating a greater variety of articles rich in protein, for people in need."
“The project means to keep on sewing hope and solidarity with a thread that unites us all, giving moments of kindness to vulnerable people,” stated Marian Villaroel from the foundation.
“This donation has made a difference in so many lives. Siemens Gamesa has helped to provide hope to the homeless going through this pandemic,” said Roger Boyd at the organization.
“This alliance with Siemens Gamesa makes the most direct humanitarian action in emergency situations possible, as is the case of their recent support in preparation for COVID-19 in Kenya, in places as exposed as the refugee camps," explains Fernando Sevillano, head of Strategic Alliances at UNHCR Spain.
He said: “We are facing an unprecedented socio-sanitary emergency and an intervention, in the long term, for which we are going to need a lot of support. For this reason, Corporate Social Responsibility such as that of Siemens Gamesa and its contribution to the ‘Red Cross Responds’ plan is a great contribution to the important challenges that we are going to face.”
Among the initiatives that will also be carried out is a training course for community health workers to understand Covid-19, placing contact people in all villages and towns who can inform of the situation in their area, providing medication to patients with mild and moderate illnesses through local centers, and deploying mobile health units with properly equipped and protected personnel.
In addition, psychological support will be given to families and children due to the crisis. The initiative will benefit 10,000 people, according to Arancha Martínez, director of ItWillBe, who said: “We are happy for the trust that Siemens Gamesa places in ItWillBe and we will work to generate maximum impact, optimizing every penny and reporting results transparently to the company and its employees through the new platform of donations traceability Stopcovid.io.”
“The project is helping Sevavardhini to make a difference in the lives of rural communities,” said Seva Vardhini, head of the NGO.
“The donation we received from Siemens Gamesa supports our community and in turn continues educating children in vulnerable situations so that they have better opportunities and are generators of change in their family environment and in their community,” explains Andrea Ahumada from SEDAC.
“If we had not received funding and partnership with Siemens Gamesa, this project would simply have been just another good idea. Now instead, we can create a community led innovation process to help to find solutions to how we can keep our most vulnerable groups safe in our societies and spread our knowledge to other communities and cities for the benefits of thousands,” said Human Shojaee at Sustainary.
He continued: “Being part of an initiative that distributes food and supplies to families affected by the coronavirus is an act of love. Siemens Gamesa has made it happen in Morocco and benefits 500 families.”
Furthermore, considering the long-term needs of these agricultural towns, located in Azilal, 5,000 almond and walnut trees will be planted, with empowerment courses also available.
Román Maldonado from FHADI, one of the organizations explains what they will do with the help: “We and Siemens Gamesa have united effort and work, to demonstrate the value and commitment that we all have with others, to provide low income adults with disabilities in Mexico affected by the pandemic with essential items during this lockdown.”
The PARLAS IAP Foundation is another organization that supports people affected both by vulnerability and disability. "Among the population with disabilities, the most marginalized and misunderstood are people with intellectual disabilities. They are very vulnerable, especially if they are abandoned. The help of Siemens Gamesa, in this global tragedy, means their voice is heard a little more at this time," explains Gabriela Baumgarten from the PARLAS IAP Foundation.
Siemens Gamesa has also awarded one of its grants to Hogar y Futuro de México. “We deeply thank Siemens Gamesa for contributing with us by supporting the girls and boys who live in the Casa Hogar during the Covid -19 emergency. It is important to add allies to transform adversity into possibilities and build better realities together,” says Kathrin Schraft of Hogar y Futuro.
Kalnemi, an NGO associated with the Department of Public Information of the UN thanks Siemens Gamesa for its donation to combat the coronavirus. “2020 is a year to partner and collaborate with those who need our ties to accompany them with actions focused on the goals of zero hunger challenge and health for all of the 2030 agenda,” says Gloria Lara from Kalnemi.
NGO ANSER has the motto ‘Nobody surrenders here’ in its support of children suffering from cancer. "The lockdown challenges us in many ways, one is to grow the support we give to families, and this is only possible thanks to alliances with companies that are committed and concerned with children, such as Siemens Gamesa,” says Luz María Monroy of ANSER.