People in Need About us
We are a non-governmental, non-profit organization based on the ideas of humanism, freedom, equality and solidarity. We consider human dignity and freedom to be the basic values. We believe that people anywhere in the world should have a right to make decisions about their lives and to share the rights expressed in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
We strive for open, informed, engaged and responsible society that would be able to address problems at home as well as in the world. We want to actively participate in shaping a society where cultural, ethnic, racial and other differences are a source of enrichment rather than conflict.
We are an intrinsic part of the civil society. Our work is based not only on personal initiative and activity of hundreds of our employees and volunteers, both in the Czech Republic and in dozens of other countries, where we work, but also on trust and support we are endowed with by individuals, businesses, governments and international institutions.
The scope of our activities, particular areas and priorities are determined independently with respect to the level of urgency and to our real capacity to change something. It is not so important to have the work done everywhere, however it is essential for us to make a real difference.
In troubled regions around the world, we provide humanitarian aid on the basis of specific needs in the spirit of the Code of Conduct for the International Red Cross. We help people alleviate their distress and support them in the recovery period to be able to get back on their feet.
We fight poverty, whose causes we see in the limitations given by poor access to education, natural resources, healthcare, unequal treatment and discrimination, or by bad governance. We assist people in lifting these restrictions and support them so that they can enhance the quality of their lives. We try to identify the causes of these problems and, together with the people concerned, help with eliminating them.
The recent historical experience of our country enables us to help in some dictatorial or authoritarian regimes, and also in countries in transition. In the same way as the democratic world supported the struggle for freedom in communist countries, we encourage people who are active in voicing criticism and opening a dialogue with the power, in claiming to respect fundamental human rights and freedoms, and also in seeking a more open society. We strengthen the civil society so that it is able to stand as one of the pillars of good governance in newly-developing societies and countries.
We lend a helping hand to our fellow citizen living in social exclusion through social work based on respect and shared responsibility. We solve peoples’ problems in mutual cooperation. Above all, we encourage young people in pursuing education so that they enhance their chance to succeed in life. At the same time, we attempt to contribute towards the solution of serious structural problems, namely over-indebtedness, discriminatory practice of self-governments, situation on the labour market or segregation trends in education.
In addition, our work involves fostering the development of free and responsible people, who are well-informed about contemporary world, are able to directly and critically assess information and opinions, and they are willing to make a difference in the community. We bring personal testimony of the people we work with as well as important global issues such as climate change, sustainable development, fight for freedom and rights of people in dozens of countries, inequality in society, and the status of minorities.
We believe that after decades of oppression and denial of free access to information, so symptomatic of our society at that time, we were given freedom as well as joint responsibility. We believe that closing our eyes to what is happening in a seemingly distant world is as short-sighted as forgetting our own past. This is the reason why we have been shaping up People in Need for over twenty years while building on tangible work and motivating the public to join us.
The People in Need Organization was established in 1992 by a group of war and foreign correspondents who were no longer satisfied with just bringing back information to the Czech Republic. Instead, they began sending out aid. It gradually became established as a professional humanitarian organization striving to provide aid in troubled regions and support adherence to human rights around the world.
Within the twenty years of its existence People in Need has become one of the biggest non-profit organization in Central Europe. Apart from humanitarian aid and human rights, it started targeting the field of education as well as helping people living in social exclusion.
People in Need is a member of Alliance2015, a strategic network of seven European non-governmental organizations engaged in humanitarian assistance and development projects. This collaboration yields effective results both in the target countries and in campaigns aimed at influencing the attitudes of politicians and the general public in Europe.
Nowadays, the foundation’s activities are focused on four main areas:
Emergency relief and development cooperation
- The People in Need provides emergency relief to people during natural disasters or at times of major international crises.
- At the same time, PIN focuses on delivering long-term aid to people living in poverty and deplorable living conditions. In countries across Africa, Asia and Europe it conducts development programmes, whose aim is to improve the access of the local population to education, health care and drinking water, raise hygiene awareness and help develop local means of subsistence as well as to encourage people’s engagement in activities which may influence social processes in their home country.
- For several times, the humanitarian team have also assisted during floods in the Czech Republic.
- Within the 20 years of existence, People in Need has implemented relief and development aid programmes in more than 40 countries.
Human Rights Support
- Helping dissidents and support for civil society in repressive countries and states that are undergoing democratic transition has been underlying the core philosophy of People in Need since its establishment.
- The human rights team concentrate their efforts on working in several dictatorships, authoritarian regimes and countries sharing similar experience of democratic transition as the Czech Republic.
- Nowadays, the programmes for support of human rights are being carried out in Cuba, Myanmar, Belarus, Russia, Moldova, and Ukraine.
- Annually, People in Need organizes the One World International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival.
- Every year, People in Need present the Homo Homini Award to people who have made a significant contribution to advocacy of human rights and democracy.
Social Integration Programmes
- The team of Social Integration Programmes promotes social improvement for the poor or vulnerable families through counselling and educational services.
- In more than 70 Bohemian, Moravian and Slovak municipalities, it provides support for local self-governments leading to social cohesion and municipal development.
- It supports children from vulnerable families in obtaining their education which shall enhance their future chances on the labour market.
- It motivates their parents to take an active approach not only in education of their children, but also in dealing with the family’s overall living situation.
- It seeks solution in cooperation with schools, local municipalities, the police and non-profit organizations.
- Clients or partners actively participate in all activities.
Educational and informational programs
- People in Need works to increase knowledge within Czech society about the problems of poverty, development cooperation, migration, and human rights violations. It also seeks to combat prejudice regarding race and origin, and directly addresses the problem of xenophobia within the Czech society.
- The educational programme Variants is focused mainly on teachers and university students, for whom it prepares seminars, conferences or workshops with intercultural and global development education issues.
- The program One World in Schools works with teachers and students, who are provided with documentary films and other methodological materials for teaching current events of the contemporary world and modern history.
- Informational programs Rozvojovka and Migration are aimed mainly at Czech journalists.
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September 27, 2016
Tbilisi (26 September 2016) People in Need (PiN) has been active in Georgia since 2006. In the 10 years it helped to set up tens of agricultural cooperatives that provide food and jobs to thousands of people. PiN showed the Ministry of Education and hundreds of schools how to use documentary films for teaching and provided local film makers with new skills to expand their own production.
Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Ukraine, DR Congo – in all these countries the help of People in Need would not be possible without local humanitarian workers
August 17, 2016
Prague (17th of August 2016) – At the occasion of the World Humanitarian Day on the 19th of August we commemorate all the humanitarian workers who, doing their work, often risk their lives. According to the data from The Aid Worker Security database, only within the last year 283 humanitarian workers were killed, kidnapped or injured. Of these people who were facing such danger in their work during the past years 90 % were local employees. In 2015, only 7 from the total of 109 people who lost their life were from foreign countries. The organisation People in Need (PIN) that secures humanitarian and development aid in more than 22 countries in the world could not do without the work of the local employees either. “People often do not realize that it is not a bunch of adventurers doing the job abroad but most of all the local people,” Jan Mrkvicka, the director of the Humanitarian and Development Section of PIN explains. “From our more than 1.500 employees who directly participate on the running of our missions there is always a ratio of approximately eight foreign workers including ones from the Czech Republic to one hundred local colleagues. In addition to this we cooperate with more than a hundred local organisations,” he notes.
July 26, 2016
It was Burundi in East Africa along with Syria, Afghanistan and South Sudan that were the largest source countries of refugees last year. After the presidential elections in Burundi, instability and politically motivated violence forced thousands of Burundians to flee Burundi to the neighbouring countries including the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) already overwhelmed with many problems on its own. Given the ongoing instability in Burundi, many refugees have remained in the DRC and their future is uncertain. People in Need (PIN) swiftly after the eruption of the Burundian refugee crisis provided support to the most vulnerable households from the host and refugee communities in the south of the South Kivu province. Between July 2015 and January 2016, PIN screened almost 22,000 children and women for acute malnutrition, and consequently treated more than 2,600 children and mothers. Simultaneously PIN provided support to 26 health centres in 4 health zones. PIN is one of the major providers of malnutrition assistance in the region.
World Youth Skills Day - PIN to Support Youth through Technical Vocational Education and Training in Syria
July 15, 2016
15 July is the UN designated World Youth Skills Day. World Youth Skills Day is intended to generate greater awareness of the importance of technical, vocational education and training and the development of other skills relevant to both local and global economies. In Syria, youth aged between 15 and 22 are among the most vulnerable demographics affected by the conflict. The lack of employment opportunities in Syria has contributed to an overall increase in women’s vulnerability within the country, and to a heightened risk of male youth becoming involved in armed groups.
People in Need helped more than 3,300 Iraqi children on territories regained from the so-called Islamic State to return to schools
June 28, 2016
Prague, Erbil (28 June 2016) – The Zumar region in the province of Niniveh at the north of Iraq was seized in mid-2014 by militants of the so-called Islamic State. Tens of thousands fled fighting and violence to safer areas of the country. At the end of 2014 Kurdish units succeeded in pushing back the radicals and moving the frontline. After months of exile, internal refugees could finally start slowly returning home. Months of fighting have often left behind damaged infrastructure and houses. The local education was also left in ruins. This is why in the middle of 2015 People in Need (PIN) with the support of UNICEF and the Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs helped equip 12 local schools, provided 3,350 children with school supplies and organized extra-curricular activities, gave 120 teachers necessary teaching materials and trained 160 teachers on basic teaching competencies and on providing basic psychosocial assistance.
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