People in Need History
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.
Milestones in the History of People in Need:
On the impulse of Jaromír Štětina, a group of journalists from the Lidové noviny daily decide to form a humanitarian team called ‘Epicentrum’. They organize a charity collection to alleviate the crisis in Nagorno-Karabakh. The aid is transported to Karabakh’s hospitals, while an eyewitness testimony about the war is brought back by a group of volunteers. By the end of the year the relief programme becomes a part of the Lidové noviny Foundation, which initiates the Week for Bosnia campaign and sends out first humanitarian supplies to the war-ravaged country.
SOS Sarajevo Fundraising Campaign: Over 30 million crowns were raised within the collection. The LN Foundation launched the biggest humanitarian operation in the post-communist countries to help the people of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Aid convoys loaded with food and hygiene kits headed towards the besieged capital Sarajevo or the municipalities of Tuzla, Gorazde, and Maglaj. In addition to that, three air shipments with medical supplies were sent to Sarajevo hospitals. The overall volume of aid provided between 1995 and 1998 in Bosnia was approximately 150 million Czech crowns. In 1994 the foundation became an official partner of UNICEF for aid programmes in former Yugoslavia.
Food for Somalia: In cooperation withthe Catholic Charity, the foundation prepared a load of medicaments and food for the people of Somalia.
Famine in Mongolia: While being assisted by the ADRA NGO, a humanitarian convoy carrying 50 tons of clothes and food was sent to Mongolia.
The LN Foundation fused with Czech Television, and thus a foundation called ‘People in Need under the Auspices of Czech Television’ was established.
Aid for Chechnya: SOS Chechnya fundraising campaign was launched for the first time. A humanitarian convoy arrived in fifty Chechen and Ingush health centres. The foundation established a permanent mission in the country.
The Czechs in Kazakhstan: People in Needestablished a counselling centre for compatriots which, together with the state administration, organized a repatriation programme “Homecoming” for the Czech compatriots in Kazakhstan. Throughout the duration of this programme (1994 – 2000), 200 compatriot families from Kazakhstan, Russia, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan were provided with housing and jobs in the Czech Republic.
Homo Homini: In 1994 the People in Need Organization bestowed the first Homo Homini Award, so as to acknowledge a significant personal contribution to defending human rights and promoting democratic values. Until today, the award, which is announced on an annual basis, has been given to: Sergei Kovalev (Russia), Szeto Wah (Hong Kong), Ibrahim Rugova (Kosovo), Oswaldo Payá Sardiñas (Cuba), Min Ko Naing (Burma/Myanmar), Zackie Achmat (South Africa) a Thich Huyen Quang, Thich Quang Do a Thadeus Nguyen Van Ly (all Vietnam), Natasha Kandić (Serbia), Gheorghe Briceag (Moldova) and Ales Bialiatski (Belarus).
Month of Bosnia and Herzegovina: A major festival of Bosnian culture in the Czech Republic (art and photography exhibitions, concerts of classical as well as rock music, workshops, exhibition of books and other kinds of print, numerous meetings of Czech and Bosnian artists and intellectuals); the main aim was to present the spiritual and artistic protest of Bosnian artists and intellectuals against the war.
Aid to the Compatriots in Romania: People in Need implemented the Czech government’s project worth 30 million crowns in order to help four thousand Czech compatriots in the Romanian Banat. The first phase of the project focused on building and reconstruction of local roads, establishment of network infrastructure and reconstruction of schools. Since 2000 the priority has been placed on building enterprise and creating job opportunities.
The Post-war Reconstruction of Bosnia and Herzegovina: In the aftermath of the war, People in Need focused on the reconstruction of public buildings (hospitals, schools, cultural and sport centres) in the municipalities of Maglaj, Sanski Most and Lusci Palanka. Thanks to the rehabilitation of Sanski Most, approximately 90 Bosnian refugees were enabled to return home from the Czech Republic. The foundation then focused on psychosocial assistance for people suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.
Orphanages and Hospitals in Albania: Humanitarian aid worth 3 million crowns from the Czech government’s funds was sent to hospitals and orphanages in Albania; a year later a fully-equipped ambulance and equipment for a paediatric surgery were delivered as well.
SOS Moravia and Silesia: Immediately after Moravia had been hit by a devastating flood, People in Need initiated a fundraising campaign which, together with individual grants, raised 22 million crowns. The foundation workers maintained food, drinking water and hygiene supplies as well as sources of light. Moreover, they coordinated the transport and the activities of volunteer teams. After the water had receded, the teams started cleaning wells, dry houses and killing moulds. The foundation also took part in assisting the flooded Romani settlements in eastern Slovakia in 1999.
Operation Dover: People in Need’s volunteers started to operate in British Dover with the aim to help resolve the situation resulting from the influx of Romani asylum seekers. They maintained the contact between Romani asylum seekers and the local social workers. In 2000 the British institutions took over the primary responsibility for the project.
Support for the Cuban Opposition: People in Need started to participate in supporting the democratic Cuban opposition. Right in Cuba, the foundation’s fellow workers distribute medicines, technology and cash grants to ill people, families of prisoners and opponents of the totalitarian regime and they also organize campaigns supporting the democratic Cuban opposition.
High-profile Visits: Since 1997 dozens of human rights defenders, representatives of democratic opposition forces, and oppressed groups and nations of the world such as Elizardo Sánchez (Cuba), Wei Jingsheng (China), Louise Arbour (Canada), Bo Kyi (Myanmar/Burma) have visited the Czech Republic at the invitation of People in Need.
Children in Bulgaria: While drawing on the funds allocated by the Czech government, the foundation provided humanitarian aid to the institutions for mentally disabled children in Bulgaria.
Centre in Belarus: The Belarusian Centre of People in Needtries to provide accurate and unbiased information about Lukashenko’s dictatorship and monitor the violation of human rights. The centre organizes professional workshops, lectures and it invites the Belarusian human rights defenders and also the opposition politicians. This activity was not suspended even due to the arrest and subsequent deportation of one of the workers, who led the People in Need office in Minsk.
SOS Kosovo: Profits from the public fundraising campaign for the support of humanitarian activities allowed the People in Need Foundation to send the first humanitarian convoy to Kosovo and get ready for providing aid directly in the province. Until 2001, 69 million crowns had been collected.
Moldova: 3,000 people lost their homes due to landslides. The foundation used half a million crowns from the Czech government’s funds to reconstruct the destroyed area.
Help Armenia: A joint fundraising campaign of Charity the Czech Republic, the ADRA organization and the People in Need Foundation. The collection succeeded in acquiring a large number of medical equipment and material from the Czech medical institutions; the aid was worth almost 1.25 million CZK.
Tajikistan: The organization sent medicines and hygiene kits worth 2.5 million crowns to the areas struck by floods while having been funded by the Czech government.
Due to the changes in its legal statute, the foundation transforms into a non-profit organization, thus the new official name is now People in Need Organization under the Auspices of Czech Television, o. p. s.
Refugees in Montenegro: In 1998, the organization sent humanitarian aid to the Kosovar refugees in Montenegro. In 1999 it was followed by a convoy of eleven trucks loaded with humanitarian aid, all sent thanks to the cooperation with the Czech government and Charity the Czech Republic.
Macedonia: By sending food and hygiene kits People in Need participated in supplying the largest Macedonian camp in Stenkovac, where more than 40 thousands refugees from Kosovo were living in destitute.
Kosovo Rehabilitation: The organization implemented a massive programme of roofs and houses reconstruction in the destroyed province. It also opened centres of temporary shelter for homeless families. Since 2001 it has maintained its main focus on reconstructing as well as building schools, support of Kosovo health-care system, and local non-governmental organizations and a journalism school.
Field Social Work Project: The aim of the project is to improve the social competence among different groups of inhabitants living in social exclusion. People in Need trained more than thirty field social workers, who work in more than twenty communities around the whole Czech Republic. They are striving to improve the clients’ living conditions through carrying out everyday work with their clients. In 2001 field social workers successfully publicized a so-far-ignored problematic of usury in depressed (especially Romani) neighbourhoods. Several loan sharks were arrested and tried before the court on the impulse of the organization’s employees.
One World: The One World International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival, having been held annually since 1999, became the first festival of its kind in Central Europe.
Infoservis: People in Need’s informational project aims to increase the awareness of the Czech public of the situation in troubled regions, violation of human rights and current global problems. Infoservis publishes special supplements within respected media such as the Lidové noviny and Mladá fronta Dnes dailies or Respekt magazine; moreover, it runs website www.infoservis.net.
Documentaries by People in Need: In cooperation with Czech Television, People in Need started making documentary films that offer evidence about troubled regions of the world or reflect on the situation of minorities in the Czech Republic. More than 40 documentaries have already been made and screened.
SOS Chechnya: In 1999, during the first phase of the fundraising campaign People in Need collected more than 20 million crowns. At the same time, the organization was the first which managed to deliver a large food supply to Chechnya still at the time of intense fighting. Subsequently, the organization became the largest executive partner for the UN World Food Programme (WFP) and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and as such it ensured essential food and hygiene supplies for two-thirds of the worst-affected population of Grozny (45,000 people) each month. In 2001 approximately 6,000 tons of essential food items and hygiene supplies were distributed. Furthermore, the organization aimed at rehabilitation programmes to provide housing for families in the most devastated parts of Chechnya. Finally, the focus was on reconstruction of schools and hospitals and providing aid to Chechen refugees in the camps in Ingushetia.
The Variants Educational Programme: The main aim of the Variants is to improve the relationship among minorities and the Czech majority. In the first part of the project, a manual for intercultural education at primary and secondary schools was created and media campaign against racism and intolerance ‘Be Kind to Your Local Nazi’ was mounted. In the second part, the project focused on gradual introduction of intercultural education to all levels of the Czech educational system.
Serbia: People in Need used the Czech government’s funds and also a donation from the city of Hradec Králové to launch a project aimed at lending support for institutions for mentally disabled in Stamnica, Sremčica and Veliki Popovaci.
Burmese Refugees: People in Need implemented educational and health-care projects in Burmese refugee camps in Thailand while being funded by the Czech government.
SOS Afghanistan: Already in 2001, People in Need used the Czech government funds to send relief supplies of basic medical consumables to the territory of the anti-Taliban alliance. In 2002, a permanent mission was established in the country. Its task was to ensure food distribution and conduct a homecoming programme for refugees. At present, the priority is to repair roads, reconstruct schools and health centres as well as to support micro-business.
One World in Schools: The One World International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival evolved into an educational programme named ‘One World in Schools’ that offers documentary films and additional teaching materials for educating on current global issues and problems of recent history. After many years of experience, the programme shows that audio-visual aids have an enormous potential to address students of primary and secondary schools. Sets of programme’s teaching materials are used by pedagogues from more than 2,900 primary and secondary schools in the Czech Republic. What is more, the programme has been conducted abroad already for a few years. A number of activities are backed up by sociological studies and surveys. Last but not least, the programme provides training courses for future and current teachers in a long-term perspective.
SOS Floods: The so-far biggest humanitarian operation of the organization was launched in August 2002 after a major part of Bohemia was hit by devastating floods. The SOS Floods fundraising campaign, which was initiated immediately, brought 269 million Czech crowns. Financial resources were mostly used to help the afflicted households (152 million CZK), the rest of the money was used for projects of public interest such as reconstructions of schools, hospitals, municipal housing and some smaller projects.
International Conference on North Korea: At the beginning of March 2003 People in Need organized an international conference in Prague that was supposed to draw attention to the desperate situation of Korean refugees living in China and illegal acts of the Chinese authorities that expel the refugees from China back to North Korea. During the conference, there was a demonstration held in front of the Chinese and North Korean Embassies.
SOS Iraq: In May 2003 a permanent humanitarian mission in Iraq was established. The main activity of the organization focused on Maysan Governorate that belonged to one of the most devastated areas in the country. During the Iran-Iraq War, the region was the focal point of several front-fighting waves and moreover, the dictatorial regime deliberately oppressed the local Shia population. At first, People in Need focused on the restoration of health care and educational system – especially through reconstruction of schools and health centres. In April 2004 it was necessary to evacuate the Czech mission workers, for safety reasons, to Amman in Jordan, where they continued to manage the activities of Iraqi workers who operate in the city of Al-Amara in the south of Iraq. Since 2004 the focus of projects has been gradually changing towards the support for Iraqi non-governmental organizations and the construction of civil society, especially through a wide range of training courses. The overall volume of implemented aid is worth more than 115 million Czech crowns.
Namibia, Ethiopia: In 2003 People in Need launched the first solely development projects aiming at eradicating long-term poverty and developing selected areas. In Namibia, which is one of the three countries most affected by HIV/AIDS, the organization operates in the Karas Region in the south of the country. Coordinators are trying to stabilize the local community, they act as social workers and promote self-sufficiency through manufacturing and trading traditional products. The project in Ethiopia focused mainly on building a primary school and training teachers as well as on constructing a borehole, which ensures supply of good-quality drinking water for 12,000 inhabitants in Alaba District in the south of the country.
Development Education and Raising Public Awareness of Development Cooperation: Unlike emergency relief that responds to open conflicts or natural disasters, development cooperation tries to eradicate long-term poverty and also the related social, economic, ecological and cultural problems people in less developed countries are facing. Even though it is an important topic, development cooperation has stood out of the limelight of the media, state administration and public. Therefore, in autumn 2003 People in Need initiated informational and educational projects. Their aim is to increase awareness about this issue and arouse interest in the Czech society.
SOS Iran: At theturn of the year 2003/2004 People in Need mounted a public fundraising campaign SOS Iran in order to help those affected by a massive earthquake in southeast Iran. More than two million crowns were collected. In total, People in Need undertook aid projects in Iran worth approximately 4 million CZK. The organization built three schools, a clinic and several sports and leisure centres for children and the youth in Bam. Other completed projects include, for example a programme to support families headed by widows.
Let’s Build a School in Africa: The first year of a public fundraising campaign for the construction of a primary school in south Ethiopia was held from 5th until 7th October. During this campaign, which was organized by Junák – Association of Scouts and Guides of the Czech Republic and People in Need, approximately 1,100,000 crowns were collected. The rest of the money necessary for the construction of the school – approximately 310,000 CZK – came from the financial reward that Šimon Pánek, one of the founders of People in Need, received together with the Quadriga award in October in Berlin. The school was finished in 2005. The educational facility covers all areas of primary curriculum from the first to fourth year. The school estate has 10 acres, where the students can also grow agricultural products which are subsequently sold and the yield produced pays for the purchase of school supplies.
People in Need the first Czech NGO to Finance Humanitarian Aid from the EU Funds: In spring, the organizationsigned the first two contracts with the Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection Department of the European Commission (ECHO) with the intention to fund the provision of humanitarian aid in the world. People in Need decided to use the European funds worth 1 million euro (approximately 30 million CZK) to finance its projects in Afghanistan and Chechnya.
Jan Šibík: Within the One World Film Festival, People in Need organized an exhibition of Jan Šibík’s photographs from Liberia, Iraq, Iran and other areas. Jan Šibík presented 40 colour photographs from 7 countries he had visited the previous year.
Foreigners in our Country: Czech Television and People in Need made a six-part documentary series “Foreigners in our Country” that was broadcast on ČT2 channel in March and April. This series traces personal histories of people who decided to live in the Czech Republic and shows that they cannot be labelled uniformly. This documentary series constitutes a part of the Migration Programme initiated by People in Need with an aim to adequately explain the migration phenomenon, challenge ethnic stereotypes, and thus contribute to fostering tolerance among minorities and the Czech majority.
Prison in Wenceslas Square: A symbolic prison was built in Wenceslas Square from 15th until 18th March. It was put up for 75 hours as a symbolic gesture to support 75 Cuban political prisoners who had been arrested in 2003. For each of these prisoners some famous Czech personalities (such as an actor Tomáš Hanák, Czech Deputy Prime Minister Petr Mareš, artist David Černý, Senator Martin Mejstřík, President of the Senate Petr Pithart, Member of Parliament Petr Bratský) and volunteers “served” one hour there.
SOS Sri Lanka: At the end of 2004 a huge earthquake and subsequent tsunami wave hit the Southeast Asia. Over 35 thousand people perished and more than half a million lost their homes. Almost immediately after the disaster, People in Need launched a public fundraising campaign designed to assist Sri Lanka, which belonged to the most affected areas. The collection aroused unprecedented public interest, thus more than 130 million crowns were used to conduct emergency relief programmes (purchase of medicines or food) as well as long-term rehabilitation programmes such as construction of houses, public buildings, schools and nurseries, organizing leisure activities and psychosocial projects, etc.
SOS Pakistan: More than 80,000 people lost their lives during an earthquake in the north of Pakistan and India. Instantly, People in Need reallocated resources for emergency relief from the Fast Reaction Humanitarian Aid Fund within the PIN’s Club of Friends. Other financial resources were earmarked from the public collection SOS Pakistan. After the first weeks devoted mainly to humanitarian aid distribution, People in Need opened a field hospital in the village of Ratnoi, where more than 2,500 patients were treated. People in Need is still operating in Pakistan while its projects focus on debris removal, waste collection and building new homes as well as schools.
Stories of Injustice: Since November 2005, when the first year was held, People in Need has been organizing a project Stories of Injustice – Month of Film in Schools on a regular basis. For the duration of each event, documentary films are being shown at primary and secondary schools. The films depict the post-war period of our history and the crimes of the communist regime. Instantly after the screening, students get an opportunity to have a discussion with contemporary witnesses, who themselves were the victims of communist injustice. This project has become a regular cultural and educational event with more than 700 schools participating on a constant basis.
Campaign Liquidate! www.ceskagheta.cz: This campaign, which was launched on 1st February, claims: People, who live in ghettos, are there because they are impoverished, poorly educated and insufficiently qualified. However, the main reason is that they are not competent enough to manage adverse living conditions and they gradually got trapped in social exclusion – they were forced to move to ghettos outside the town. They became dependent on social benefits, usurers and the help of others. Therefore, they were labelled as antisocial defaulters. The campaign was conducted within the People in Need’s Field Social Programme.
Withdrawal from Chechnya and Ingushetia: People in Need ceased their operation in the North Caucasus after five-and-a-half-year presence there. The reason was a long-term pressure of the Russian authorities and denial of registration renewal necessary for work in the Russian territory. Although the local non-governmental organizations took over a part of the projects, the rest of them had to be temporarily suspended. The volume of People in Need’s aid, including material assistance received from the UN and other donors constituting a substantial part of the total amount of aid, during the operation of People in Need in Chechnya exceeded 600 million crowns.
Let’s Build a School in Africa: In October, People in Need together with Junák - Association of Scouts and Guides of the Czech Republicorganized the second year of a successful public fundraising campaign collecting money for building and furnishing a primary school in Ethiopia. During the second year of 2005/06 more than 2,125,000 CZK were collected and more than 4,500 DMS were sent. In 2006 two schools in the villages of Lante and Yirga Chefe, which had been selected in PIN’s competition right on the spot, will be built from the campaign yields.
Polis: In three cities – Ústí nad Labem, Plzeň and Bílina, a coalition of partner organizations led by People in Need started to implement a project aimed at increasing the chances of disadvantaged people (inhabitants of socially deprived areas, the Romanies and foreigners living in the Czech Republic, etc.) to obtain decent education, adequate housing and be successful on the labour market. The outcome of the pilot project Polis was supposed to be a system of mutual communication among all target groups involved in the creation and implementation of non-discriminatory social, educational and employment policy at the regional level.
SOS Lebanon: People in Need mounted its relief operation in Lebanon immediately after the eruption of an armed conflict in the country. In order to help the war victims, it also launched the SOS Lebanon fundraising campaign. It took part in the distribution of food and hygiene supplies and later on it focused on the infrastructure rehabilitation and delivery of psychosocial assistance to the people affected by the conflict.
SOS Java: In May, Java was hit by a severe earthquake. During the two weeks after the disaster, People in Need provided aid for almost 1,600 families in 11 villages. Tools, building materials and other things necessary for rehabilitation of the affected areas were distributed. The aid was financed thanks to the donations sent to the SOS Java charity account.
Termination of Activities in Iran: Since 2003 People in Need had been working in the Iranian city of Bam having been hit by an earthquake. In April it successfully finished all projects and thus accomplished the mission in Iran. The Czech public supported Bam’s rehabilitation through donations sent to the SOS Iran collection. These enabled to construct sanitary facilities in IDP camps, helped build and operate five children centres, and last but not least allowed the construction of a clinic and three schools.
SOS Floods: After spring floods, People in Need resumed the activity of the team that had coped with the aftermath of the 2002 floods; at the same time it launched the SOS Floods public fundraising campaign. In the first phase the affected were provided with tools and equipment to cope with the flood aftermath. The next step taken was to give financial support to families and public institutions.
Media Literacy: One World in Schools gets involved in a new activity which focuses on promoting media literacy which has been considered to be an essential skill needed by young people living in the world permeated by media reporting. Therefore the “In the Frame” project was launched, aiming at introducing the topic into the curriculum while using engaging audio-visual materials accompanied by instructions and recommendations. The main goal is to develop the ability of critical thinking among young people to judge different types of media messages, including the ability to exploit the media potential.
Exhibition ‘Stories of Injustice – Notes from Prison’: An exhibition called ‘Stories of Injustice – Notes from Prison’ was organized within the Stories of Injustice project while having been prepared in cooperation with the National Archive. The event was held from 1st until 11th November, 2007 in Wenceslas Square and it symbolically commemorated the victims of communist injustice.
SOS Fundraising Campaigns: In August, People in Need launched the SOS India collection to help the Indian Bihar that had been hit by a flood. More than 11 million people were affected by the flood. Two million people had to leave their homes. In the same month, People in Need initiated a fundraising campaign to help Greece that had been struck by a massive fire disaster.
Products from Namibia: In spring people were given the first opportunity to buy products from a sheltered craft workshop in Namibia in the first regular shop in the Kotva department store. The workshop is part of a community centre in Keetmanshoop that offers psychosocial assistance to those suffering from AIDS or tuberculosis.
Support for Primary Schools in Introducing School Reform: People in Need’s educational projects focused on practical support for primary schools in introducing new school reforms, especially while implementing cross-cutting curriculum subjects. Hence, 500 schools received a new set of teaching materials– 24 documentary films and a comprehensive handbook with appropriate follow-up activities. Five schools were provided with direct support in developing their curricula in 2006/2007 school year. More than 200 teachers were trained during workshops and individual tutorials.
Schools Built in Ethiopia: A fourth school was opened in Ethiopia thanks to a fundraising campaign called “Let’s build a school in Africa”, which had been organized by People in Need together with Junák since 2004. Approximately a thousand children could start school thanks to the collected donations. This year, the collection will be held from 9th until 11th of October.
Festival: The9th One World International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival was attended by 71 thousand visitors in sixteen Czech and Moravian cities. They could watch 123 documentaries from 35 countries.
In 2008 People in Need opened new foreign missions and launched two ‘SOS’ public fundraising campaigns. More than 100,000 people made a visit to the 10th One World IFF. The scope of Social Integration Programmes in the Czech Republic and Slovakia continued to further expand.
Congo: A film “The Greatest Silence: Rape in the Congo”, which was introduced at the One World IFF, caught attention and shocked the audience by showing the situation of women raped and excluded from the society in the east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, ravaged by a long-running military conflict. Resources from the Club of Friends and from individual donors allowed to radically improve the lives of women and children in the refuge centre in South Kivu province.
SOS Burma: A destructive Cyclone Nargis hit Burma in May 2008. Even though the military junta tried to prevent humanitarian organizations from entering the worst-affected areas in the Irrawaddy Delta, People in Need successfully provided direct aid to dozens of thousand victims. The rehabilitation of the devastated areas and support for small businesses continued even under difficult conditions.
SOS Georgia: The Russian Army occupied South Ossetia in August 2008 and the People in Need’s Georgia mission started providing material and psychosocial assistance to thousands of refugees. Then, the mission expanded its focus on the situation of other refugee communities in Georgia, who had been living in appalling conditions for approximately twenty years.
Cambodia: In September 2008 People in Need established its permanent mission in Cambodia in order to improve the mother and child care in the southern province of Ta Kaeo. By the end of the year, water and electricity had been brought to tens of clinics and midwives had enrolled on training courses.
Real Aid: The launch of a long-term fundraising campaign Real Aid represented a milestone in funding development projects. Since its start in June, almost 3 million crowns had been collected by the end of the year.
10th One World Film Festival: The 10th year of the One World International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival was held in March and April 2008 in Prague and other 28 cities in the Czech Republic. More than 100,000 visitors arrived at the festival. The whole year was symbolically devoted to Aung Shan Suu Kyi.
In 2009, humanitarian intervention or long-term development programmes of People in Need brought help to people in 18 countries of Africa, Asia and Europe, including the Czech Republic. PIN’s activities had a profound impact in most countries and they also brought about positive changes in the lives of particular individuals. Unfortunately, in Myanmar and Sri Lanka the organization had to face deliberate stonewalling of access to the affected populations from the local authorities.
Congo: At the beginning of January, after a year of preparations, PIN opened a permanent mission in the east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. In this troubled and volatile region it focuses mainly on gaining access to drinking water, restoration of the devastated health care and also rape prevention and protection for women at risk.
Floods 2009: Heavy torrential rains and subsequent floods that hit the Czech Republic at the beginning of summer devastated dozens of villages especially in the north of Moravia. Thanks to an unusual degree of solidarity among the Czech society, approximately 70 million crowns were collected in a short time. This money was used to support the most affected families, and to a lesser extent also to repair the destroyed municipal property.
SOS Sumatra: In November, Indonesian Sumatra was struck by a massive earthquake. PIN used the resources from a public SOS fundraising campaign to finance food distribution, small equipment and building of several hundred new houses.
Chechnya and Myanmar: By the end of the year, PIN had ended its almost a decade-lasting operation in Chechnya and it also its programmes in Myanmar, where it helped tens of thousands of people affected by the 2008 cyclone go back to their normal lives. This operation was followed up by support of internally displaced persons in the east of Myanmar which was organized from the Thailand borderland.
Real Gift: The year of 2009 marked a novelty way of fund-raising; the organization opened an online charity shop www.skutecnydarek.cz, where you can buy, for example a goat, cow, sewing machine or a school blackboard. Specific e-shop items were selected according to the suggestions made by PIN’s foreign offices and the price of the certificate corresponds with the real financial aid received on the spot. Sales proceeds from gift certificates go to the Real Aid project fundraising campaign.
11th One World Film Festival: 11th One World International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival was held in March and April 2009 in Prague and other 29 cities in the Czech Republic. The total attendance went up to more than 100,000 visitors. The programme offered 123 films from more than 40 countries.
Earthquake in Haiti: Immediately after the earthquake in Haiti in January, People in Need started providing humanitarian aid. Later, the organization focused especially on schools.
SOS Pakistan: The actions taken within SOS Pakistan responded to the aftermath of the most destructive floods in the history of the country while placing a central focus on swift rehabilitation.
Floods in Czech Republic: In 2010 the Czech Republic was hit by three large floods. PIN succeeded in raising 1,7 million EUR from the general public and companies to assist to flood victims. Three programmes were funded from these collections: material aid, direct financial aid for households and public interest projects.
Real aid public collection, Real gift: People in Need has been recruiting supporters who are willing to contribute only 0,30 EUR per day. Even such an amount can save lives. In 2010, the sale of gifts certificates continued at the charity e-shop www.skutecnydarek.cz. Almost 18,000 gift certificates were sold, which is twice that was sold in the previous year.
Social Integration Programmes: SIPs work domestically to significantly enhance the education environment for marginalized groups to improve their chances for a better life. For example, PIN introduced a pilot project of pre-school preparation courses and Mother’s Clubs. The nearly 200 social workers and coordinators in the SIPs are the biggest providers of assistance for these individuals, who already suffer from social exclusion and isolation.
Pre-school Clubs: Pre-school clubs were opened in nine cities in the Czech Republic. The clubs are to promote social competence of children from disadvantaged areas.
12th One World Film Festival: 12th One World International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival was held in March and April 2010 in Prague and other 29 cities in the Czech Republic. The total attendance exceeded 100,000 visitors. The programme offered 101 films from more than 37 countries.
Students’ Elections: Students’ elections were held in April, 135 secondary schools took part in them and 20,233 valid ballots were cast.
SOS Somalia: The SOS Somalia fundraising campaign was mounted in July in order to help the refugees facing devastating famine in the Horn of Africa. Thanks to the public appeal, we responded quickly to the unfolding crisis and, as the only organizationorganisation in the region, provided comprehensive aid ranging from registration of refugees to the provision of food, shelter, education and medical care.
Egypt and Libya: During the Arab spring, we began working in Egypt and Libya. Czech experts visited Egypt three times to discuss various transformation aspects and training sessions were provided for activists from different regions. Aside from humanitarian aid in Libya, we organized lectures for new non-governmental organisations.
Norwegian Teaching Method: Social Integration Programmes implemented a Norwegian teaching method called Grunnlaget when working with children from socially disadvantaged backgrounds.
13th One World Film Festival: 13th One World International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival was held in March and April 2011 in Prague and other 33 cities in the Czech Republic. The total attendance amounted 103,695 visitors. The programme featured 104 films from more than 43 countries.
One World in Schools: A decade-long experience gained from running the One World in Schools education programme has reaffirmed the indispensable role films play in elementary and secondary schools curricula. They captivate and give students insight into complex global issues through the portrayal of specific people’s stories. Teachers in more than 2,900 Czech elementary and secondary schools used One World in Schools education material in 2011.
Variants: For 10 years teachers have received methodology support within the Variants programme primarily in Intercultural Education and Global Development Education. In recent years the focus has also been on inclusive education and equal opportunities.
Real Gift: During the year, People in Need distributed 250,000 tree seedlings, 2,763 chickens, 522 goats, 86 sheep, 40 donkeys with a cart, 20 sewing machines and 742 packages of baby formula among people in poor countries, which were bought by Czech donors through SkutecnyDarek.cz e-shop.
Angola: Droughts in Angola exasperated child malnutrition. We have trained hundreds of community health volunteers, who examine 225,000 children. Nearly a of fifth of them are undernourished and therefore we provide with special nutrition. Also, we teach their parents how to prevent malnutrition.
SOS Syria: In April, People in Need initiated the SOS Syria fundraising campaign. One million Czech crowns were released from the People in Need Club of Friends relief fund to support the underground network of Syrian medical teams - the Doctors Coordinate of Damascus. Another million crowns from the fund was channelled to help the Syrian refugees in Jordan.
One World: The One World IFF marked record attendance of 110,372 visitors in Prague as well as in other Czech regions. There were 106 films from 44 countries in the programme.
One World in Schools: In 2012 we finished work on a new audiovisual portal atwww.jsns.cz, which offers teachers and pupils on-line materials of One World in Schools.
Club of Friends: The most significant aid provided by the Club Friends was for Syria. The war in this country intensified in the course of the year and we were one of the few organizations able to provide assistance to people in the north.
Real Aid, RealGift:
SOS Philippines: At the end of 2013 we sent first teams to the islands of Philippines, where a typhoon had hit. There, we established a new humanitarian mission.
Help in abroad: In 2013 we worked in 20 countries, and in 15 of them we had a permanent mission. The activities of the People in Need abroad team involved over 600 employees.
Floods in Czech Republic: 50th year flood affected the Czech in June. Afterwards we distributed aid worth more than 70 million. Workers have visited over 1,800 flooded homes. 1,343 of them were individually visited and often had repeated visits, discussing each personal situation and agreeing on an elaborate system of flood assessment. Decision-making committees gave a financial contribution according to specific recovery plans for every ruined home.
Success anti-debt campaign: Since 2009 our anti-debt campaign has changed the behavior of the largest non-bank lenders in the country. In 2013 none of the monitored companies enjoyed an arbitration clause, companies stopped hiring for the recovery of debts and trivial external lawyers enjoyed the higher interest on late payments than required by the Civil Code.
One World in Schools Online: One World launched an online portal jsns.cz, where teachers and students can enjoy free streaming of documentary films and use accompanying educational and methodological materials. At the end of the year there were registered over 1,400 schools.
In Syria three of our employees perished along with other civilians in a rocket attack on a residential neighborhood of Aleppo. People in Need in Syria has become one of the few organizations operating within war zones. Syrians have become the largest recipient of our humanitarian aid especially with food.
The conflict in Ukraine: Since the beginning of the year we have human rights projects in Ukraine extended for humanitarian aid. First for civilians injured in the conflict and families of those killed at the Kiev Majdan and later for people affected by the war in the east. We focused mainly on assistance to refugees, reparing damaged houses and the distribution of food and medical supplies.
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