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Collaborations

Apart from its own lines of action, the Botín Foundation collaborates with universities and other institutions that have the same or similar goals.

FUNDACIÓN SANTANDER CREATIVA

The purpose of the Fundación Santander Creativa, which is sponsored by the Fundación Botín, is to support, strengthen and revitalize the cultural fabric of the city. In 2014, this institution designed a cultural program with activities coinciding with the Sailing World Championship held during September in Santander. Thanks to this sports event, there was an increase in the number of projects and activities. Over one hundred initiatives were implemented that gave place to almost one thousand activities, which benefited 150,000 persons.

In addition, the Santander Aúna Cultural Agenda, a cultural consultation tool, has become a reference for cultural activities in the city. The website was visited in 2014 by 300,000 persons making 700,000 inquiries. Coverage was provided for 4,500 events.

Another of the work pillars of the institution is the Pronillo Palace; an old refurbished building that became the headquarters of Santander Creativa in 2012. Since then, the Pronillo Palace has become a cultural centre open to creators, cultural and creative companies and associations. In 2014, over 80 different proposals were carried out at the Pronillo Enclave.

 

FUNDACIÓN COMILLAS

Fundación Botín has been working for years with the Fundación Comillas, having acquired the commitment to contribute to the project for the refurbishing of the Major Seminar church structure, providing 1.3 million Euros of the three that are required.

The works for phase I of the refurbishing of the Seminar church started in late 2014. The goal is to resolve the most urgent structural matters, following feasibility criteria and, specifically, to reinforce and consolidate the structure, reconstruction, refurbishing and restoration of the interior.

Also in 2014, a total of 10 students from the Degree in Hispanic Studies from the International Centre of Higher Education of Spanish (CIESE-Comillas) enjoyed practice grants offered by the academic institution, thanks to which they had their first employment opportunity. These aids, resulting from an agreement with Santander Universidades, have allowed these students to access entities such as the Royal Spanish Academy, the Cervantes Institute and the Fundación Santander Creativa and Comillas as well as the Fundación Botín itself.

The CIESE-Comillas University Centre is an internationally renowned Spanish education centre. Its regulated education includes an Official Degree in Hispanic Studies, the first promotion of which will graduate in 2015, an Official Master in ELE Education (Spanish as a Foreign Language), virtual ELE education qualifications and specific courses in Spanish.
Finally, the Fundación Comillas enjoys the attractiveness of its facilities. Hence, on specific dates, it opens its doors and offers guided tours where visitors can discover the artistic beauty and richness, both of the Major Seminary and the building as a whole.

 

MARQUÉS DE VALDECILLA HOSPITAL

Fundación Botín has been working with the Marqués de Valdecilla Hospital since 1973. In 2014, a new collaboration was approved to assess medical-sanitary technologies (EVaiTec). EVaiTec is a project carried out in close cooperation with the Marqués de Valdecilla University Hospital, the Valdecilla Virtual Hospital and the Marqués de Valdecilla Research Institute (IDIVAL), whose technical and human resources are ideal to execute it.

The new technology assessment is efficient in the sense that it avoids or limits the purchase of unsuitable technology for the environment, optimizes its use and reduces safety problems that may be derived from an unsuitable implementation. There is no other centre in Spain that carries out a structured assessment of technologies from the usability perspective, and they are very limited in Europe.

The purpose of the EVaiTec project is to establish a new technology assessment methodology for the health environment, with a special focus on usability within the Valdecilla environment, which can be of use for the entire Spanish Healthcare System. It is carried out in cooperation with the teams from the Centre for Global eHealth Innovation (Toronto); a global leading centre that has multidisciplinary teams for technology assessment.

The goal is to develop a usability test that may be used in Valdecilla and other centres. The project includes the endowment of an ergonomics laboratory in the Valdecilla Virtual Hospital.

 

CIVIC CENTRES OF THE SANTANDER CITY HALL

The Numancia Civic Centre, in Santander, was opened in June 2014 after completing the refurbishing works of the former Telefónica building. This space provides coverage for almost 25,000 residents in the area. It covers an area of 2,000 square metres with rooms for lectures and education, and an exhibition room. The centre also has a multi-purpose room with partitions that enable it to be used for different activities simultaneously and independently; a computer room with fourteen stations, an office for home owner associations and a playroom. Fundación Botín has been working with the Santander City Hall in its Civic Centre Plan since 2007.

FUNDACIÓN MUJERES POR ÁFRICA

In 2014, Fundación Mujeres por África (MxA) continued to work on promoting the development of the African continent through its women. Aiming to contribute to palliate the effects caused by the outbreak of Ebola in Liberia and Sierra Leone, MxA organized shipments of sanitary protection material to Monrovia and Freetown. In addition, the Stop Fistula and Mujeres al Volante (Women at the Wheel) projects had to be redefined. During the first half of 2014, the Stop Fistula unit created at the Saint Joseph Catholic Hospital (SJCH) in Liberia, continued to provide support and education in the struggle against a disease suffered by many women in Africa as a consequence, primarily, of the lack of medical assistance during obstructed labour. In July, the outbreak of Ebola forced the evacuation of the doctor in charge of the unit, as well as other professionals working in the hospital centre.

The Fundación continued to work in other areas at a good pace, such as the Ghana Wins! program, with its three lines of training: nurses, teachers and social leadership. The impact from the projects carried out by the teachers is worthy of mention. The involvement of girl clubs with activities such as graphics design, craftsmanship or the strengthening of scientific skills, reached 92%. Younger girls have improved their school performance and self-esteem, and are actively involved in their school and community. A greater involvement of parents has also been achieved, as well as providing water and electricity to schools thanks to the help of local supervisors.

The Fundación MxA continue to work on other projects, some new, such as the "Ellas Investigan" Program (They Research), which was presented during December in Madrid.

In addition, major advances have been identified in "El Huerto de las Mujeres" (The Women's Orchard) in Gambia, and continue to have much impact in the action projects of Mali Women for Peace, to mention some examples.

THE TUTMOSIS III FUNERARY TEMPLE (LUXOR)

The excavation, restoration and appraisal project of the funerary temple of Pharaoh Tutmosis III was started in 2008 as a result of the cooperation between the Egyptian Antiquities Service and the Fine Arts Academy of Seville. The team is led by Dr Myriam Seco Álvarez and Dr Nur Abd el Gafar Mohamed. They both coordinate the research in the Temple of one of the most important Pharaohs in Egypt.

The seventh campaign in the Temple was carried out between 15 October 2014 and 8 January 2015. The excavation of the north and south areas of the second patio were continued, finding four new tombs. Work was also carried out in the restoration works in order to protect the adobe brick partition of the perimeter wall around the temple. They also continued to document the enormous amount of material found in order to continue updating the database. The number of technicians dedicated exclusively to documenting the thousands of fragments of sandstone found during the excavation works during these years was increased in this campaign; a fundamental step for future research work.

A restoration team continued with the recovery and adaptation works of the most notable materials in order to conserve them under ideal conditions. The study of the enormous amount of ceramics from different periods that have been found and continue to be found also continued. Fragments of wood objects which were found in different parts of the site and roots were analysed in order to determine the types of trees that were used.

 

EMPIEZA POR EDUCAR

Empieza por Educar (Start by Educating (ExE)) offers a two-year development program designed to train participants so that, in the short term, they can become effective and inspiring teachers and, in the long term, work in different sectors (education, social, corporate, etc.) committed to eliminate education inequalities.

ExE works jointly with schools and institutes in vulnerable environments in order to remove education inequalities. Like all schools and institutes it works with, this institution believes in the potential of all children and considers that, regardless of their social and financial origin, they deserve the best education.

To support the schools and institutes to achieve this objective, ExE presents candidates. If they hire them after the selection process, they design a professional development plan with the centre in order to maximize both their adaptation and impact.


OTHER AID

In 2014 the Fundación Botín continued to provide support to the Fundaciones Madrid Vivo, Isaac Albéniz and Princesa de Girona so they could fulfil their objectives and projects. It also issued a grant so that a Cantabrian student could complete high school education in a United World College and work with the American School in Madrid. In Cantabria, the Fundación worked yet another year with Ateneo, the Asociación Plaza Porticada, the Pedreña Royal Golf and the Asociación Cantabria Nuestra.

  • Fundación Botín is a member of the Asociación Cultural Cantabria Nuestra and has been working with it in support of its activities, focused on the defence and conservation of archaeological, architectural, natural, property and ethnographic heritage of Cantabria.
  • Fundación Botín supports the Ateneo in Santander to carry out its cultural activities, such as conference and meeting cycles as well as the presentation of literary works, among others.
  • Fundación Botín worked yet another year with the Asociación Cultural Plaza Porticada in support of the X Culture and Nature Forum, carried out in July 2014, which is a meeting and an exchange point gathering experts and managers of national and international public institutions as well as private associations.
  • In 2014, it also continued to work with the Pedreña Royal Golf to improve the quality and efficiency of its natural resources. This enclave constitutes one of the tourist and sports attractions with greatest international projection in Cantabria.

Finally, Fundación Botín made a contribution to the restoration of the "El Buen Pastor" painting (The Good Pastor) at the San Ginés church in Madrid, and completed the contributions to conventions with the Royal Academy of History for the Spanish Biographic Dictionary and with the University of Salamanca for the Salmántica Biomédica program.

 

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