Adrien Pocard: “After spending time in Ecuador I knew I wanted to launch an aid project”

Adrien Pocard, a student on the Double Degree in Sports Science + Physical Therapy

Entrepreneurship, International Experiences

French student on the Double Degree in Sports Science + Physical Therapy

4 Jan 2017


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Adrien Pocard has started his studies at our Madrid headquarters full of hope, but also with a big dream: to make his charity project a reality. After spending time in Ecuador he knew he wanted to fight to improve education in the country. So, together with the Rotaract Club Madrid Joven (a club that is part of the “ROTARy in ACTion” program run by non-profit organization Rotary International), he has launched the initiative “Libroayuda”. His goal is to collect books for children and teenagers aged from 5 to 17, to send them to the schools that suffered the consequences of the earthquake in the city of Portoviejo, Ecuador, in April last year.

On January 24 and 25 you can collaborate with this initiative at our university by putting your book in the boxes we will be putting out in the halls of our buildings (Villaviciosa de Odón and Alcobendas Campuses).

- When did you decide to set up this project?

I’ve been part of this organization for almost a year; in 2016 I took part in an exchange to Ecuador, a wonderful country. After the earthquake in Portoviejo, I wanted to do something to help the schools that were affected. That’s how this project that we have been working on since September began.

- What is the best thing to have happened to you during this experience? And the most difficult?

I think the best thing is seeing the joy of the people when they find out what we are doing. And that universities like this one and high schools support us. Also seeing the project grow, of course. I think the most difficult thing is finding the formula to explain the initiative and getting help; but the enthusiasm and hope offset this.

- What advice would you give to student who wants to set up a social project like yours?

Firstly, be clear on the project you want to launch, define it as much as possible. And then put all your efforts into spreading the word and building it up. Keep in mind that sometimes things do go right the first time, but the second, third time… they improve.

- Do you have any wishes for 2017?

For my project to be a success and to continue my second year studies here at the university.