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INTEC and the Cultural Center of Spain in Santo Domingo present solidarity initiatives in times of pandemic

The conference "Solidarity Initiatives" was held during the fourth edition of the Dominican Republic Design Biennial [dRD], from July 11 to 18, through virtual platforms.

INTEC and the Cultural Center of Spain in Santo Domingo present solidarity initiatives in times of pandemic

SANTO DOMINGO. –In difficult times like the one that the world is going through with the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19), solidarity is evident. Stop the Curve Common Challenges, global initiative; Reported, fruit of the work between public institutions and social organizations in the Dominican Republic and Red Roots, promoted by the Network of Cultural Centers of Spain in Central America and the Caribbean, were the "Solidarity initiatives" designed in the context of a pandemic that collect information and provide services to citizens.

During the realization of the Fourth Design Biennial of the Dominican Republic, the Cultural Center of Spain in Santo Domingo and the Instituto Tecnológico de Santo Domingo (INTEC) held a conference to publicize these solidarity initiatives, carried out with the aim of mitigating the effects of the health and social crisis generated by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ana Moyano, coordinator of the Rainbow organization and representative of the COVID-19 Dominican Republic platform, explained that this multi-level and multi-stakeholder platform with common tools and processes for the prevention, containment and treatment of the virus, allows for decision-making with a systematic understanding of the phenomenon.

"The need was to generate a platform with accessible, usable, interoperable and reusable data, and to generate technological tools for community mapping."

Moyano said that the platform opens opportunities for studies, indicators and analysis for institutions to continue collaborating in reducing the vulnerabilities of the population.

“Even if the pandemic passes, there are people in situations of poverty that have to be reversed. There are many challenges, but also many opportunities for us all to build a different world and solutions with the capacities of each of the territories, "said Moyano.

On his side, Eduardo Salgado, representative of the Cultural Center of Spain El Salvador, spoke about the virtual meeting "Raices en red", an event that was coordinated by the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Honduras, Panama, Costa Rica and El Salvador, in order to group all the initiatives that are developed in the region in order to make them visible and create alliances.

He explained that during the day six workshops were held that covered issues of refugee migrants, care networks, mapping of referential initiatives in the region, economic and social development, art and culture.

“Roots in Network passed more than 20 representatives of citizen initiatives of food, art and culture. It has been a great outline of what is happening in Central America, where there is a lot of talent and initiatives to bet and try to keep them in time, "said Salgado.

Meanwhile, Carmen Rodríguez, contextualized how the role of the Spanish Agency is being in the accompaniment of some solidarity initiatives that have emerged in Spain, such as Frena la Curva. She explained that she became a catalyst for activities and people confined to their homes and she feels that, in addition to the individual responsibilities for not continuing to spread the virus, they feel the need to give a supportive response.

In this sense, Dulce Aguilar, deputy director of the Frena la Curva Costa Rica initiative, said that the initiative emerged four months ago in Spain and has expanded to several Ibero-American countries, with the aim of consolidating a citizen platform that connects needs with possible solutions. during and post COVID-19.

“We recognize that the persistent social, economic, and cultural problems of the pandemic have become more acute and it is a time when we cannot act in isolation, which is why some of the lines of action we are working on are capacity building, dissemination of experiences and knowledge and support in the development of actions, citizen cultural management and volunteer management ”.

Aguilar explained that the initiative integrates a collaborative map from Frena the Central American and Caribbean Curve, a solidarity space that connects people and organizations in the region to help mitigate the crisis during and after COVID-19.

This map is a community solidarity tool that helps solve local problems and that it be a first step for more collaborations within the region, and where you can find services, people who offer help, people who need your help and public or institutional services.

The activity was moderated by Miriam Arredondo, responsible for Programs of the Cultural Center of Spain in Santo Domingo.

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