SED recently celebrated its thirtieth anniversary with a clear purpose: to pay tribute to all the people who have made the NGO’s work possible during this time. Today we spoke with Javier Salazar and Ismael Cámara, director and head of communications of the organization, and their position in telling us about their achievements is the same: to pay tribute to all the people behind this dream.
The Marist non-governmental organization has been active for three decades, during which time it has been a flag that “this project is something collaborative that brings together a multitude of realities,” explains Ismael Cámara. “A lot of people who make it possible to continue to make the work of the NGO visible; teachers, schools, volunteers and local entities that collaborate in the different countries among others”, he adds.
In the trajectory of solidarity and education that SED has, it stands out that, in general, its objectives remain the same: “to continue working on sustainable development to meet certain goals and above all to focus on education”, says Ismael Cámara, who also explains that “in each country the projects may be different depending on the needs, but in general they are committed to education, gender equality and health”.
The NGO seeks to maintain its activity, to grow and improve realities thanks to the schools and to continue promoting volunteering. Because “although the way of collaborating is diversified in social works or volunteering, among others, it is very important to promote collaboration. Because SED is you, it is me, it is all of us, we are family,” explains Cámara.
It is also important to show that we are Marists, that we collaborate and embark on joint projects. Coinciding with the celebration of the 25th anniversary of the death of the Brothers of Bugobe, SED and the Marist European Region wanted to promote one of the NGO’s activities in Ivory Coast for the construction of a new block of classrooms at Marcellin Champagnat College in Korhogó,” says its director, Javier Salazar.
It will be a shared project involving the construction of five classrooms. “With months of promoting the project among donors and collaborators of SED as well as among the Marist community, we have now managed to raise sufficient funds to give a definitive push to the project to complete the work and achieve the objective, to which SED feels closely committed”.
Looking to the future, Salazar says, “we have organized a meeting for October of NGOs and entities dedicated to international cooperation. It will be a round table, with speakers and the participation of all those social agents who wish to attend and/or participate, we will reflect on cooperation and children’s rights”.
This meeting is promoted by SED and has a novelty. Salazar reveals that it is about “the publication of a book entitled ‘Manual of the anticooperation index’, which is about to be published”.
“In previous years, we have been studying and collaborating with seven universities on anticooperation in the world. That is to say, we value everything that makes aid or cooperation not bear fruit. Elements such as bureaucracy, corruption or certain vices that hinder the work and end up being a brake on development. In this sense, we are also collaborating with the Pontifical University of Salamanca to complete the analysis.
An endless number of small actions and big gestures that are transforming and contributing, because as Javier Salazar says: “the present already leads you to the future, so we want to keep working every day to continue making this reality possible”.