Social entities from Arganil, Bragança, Cascais, Setúbal and Lisbon participated in these awards. Since their first call, the Social Value Awards have granted nearly 4 million euros for the promotion of 424 social projects worldwide.
Last March 23rd, AIDGLOBAL participated in the Social Value Awards ceremony, as a beneficiary entity in what was the 17th Edition of the initiative promoted by Cepsa Foundation.
The amount of the Award, around 4.563 euros, will contribute to boost the activities carried out under the NEAR – NEwly ARrived in a common home: a two-year European project, 90% funded by the European Commission, under the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund (AMIF), which aims to foster the process of inclusion of newly arrived migrants (adults and minors) in host countries. The support granted by Cepsa will be crucial to guarantee part of the missing co-financing.
In 2021, the Cepsa Foundation has allocated almost 2.7 million euros for the promotion of 158 initiatives, under its three strategic lines of action: social support, educational scientific and environment. In this way, thanks to the collaboration with 167 Third Sector entities, the Cepsa Foundation has managed to improve the quality of life of more than 465,000 people.
To this end, the commitment of Cepsa professionals has been fundamental, as donors in different actions promoted by the foundation throughout the year, and as volunteers in the initiatives promoted by the Voluntas corporate volunteering programme. In 2021, around 300 Cepsa volunteers participated in some of the initiatives promoted through this corporate volunteering programme.
The chairman of Cepsa Portuguesa, José Aramburu, said he was “impressed with the work done by the different associations”. It should be remembered that Cepsa is committed to the communities where it operates and actively participates in supporting social action projects. Therefore, this year, the Cepsa Foundation decided, in addition to recognising and promoting different social projects that promote inclusion and quality of life for disadvantaged people or groups, to also broaden the focus of action to sustainable initiatives that contribute to energy transition”.
The Director of Marketing and Communication, Cláudia Soares-Mendes, highlighted that “this year we received 60 applications, 5 of which were awarded by the jury. In total, there are 70 awarded institutions in Portugal since the beginning of this initiative, for a global amount of support that reaches 1 million euros, and these numbers are a success for Cepsa’s social role and a motivation for us to continue our work in this field”.
For Susana Damasceno, Founder and President of AIDGLOBAL, “the support of the Cepsa Foundation represents an invaluable contribution, capable of enhancing the activities and events foreseen in the context of the NEAR project, and reflects the recognition and social responsibility that this Foundation has been showing, which is materialised in the financing of projects aimed at promoting inclusion and quality of life for people or groups in situations of social vulnerability”.
“NEAR – NEwly ARrived in a common home” is a European project funded by the European Commission, under the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund (AMIF) with the ISMU Foundation as a promoter and as partner entities Tamat, CARDET, and AIDGLOBAL and the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore. In Portugal, this project is being developed in the city of Lisbon, namely in the Bairro das Galinheiras, located in the parish of Santa Clara.
AIDGLOBAL ― Acção e Integração para o Desenvolvimento Global (AIDGLOBAL ― Action and Integration for Global Development) is a non-profit Non-Governmental Organization for Development (NGDO), which develops and promotes projects within the scope of Education for Development and Global Citizenship in Portugal and programs within the scope of Literacy in Mozambique. Its Mission aims to Act, Include and Develop through Education, because it believes that Change happens through Education.