April 2020 Newsletter
| Welcome to our April newsletter.
All of us at The BEARR Trust send our best wishes to all partners and supporters in these difficult times. Under COVID-19 restrictions, our work is more vital than ever. We at BEARR are trying to carry on normally as far as possible.
Self-isolation is aggravating existing problems of domestic violence everywhere. This issue therefore focusses on the twin themes of COVID-19 and domestic violence in our region. On COVID-19 we haveAn overview of how the virus is affecting Eastern European and Central Asian (EECA) countries.A report on how some recipients of 2019 grants are coping with the restrictionsOne UK NGO’s account of how its projects in Tajikistan are faringVarious news itemsOn domestic violenceAn in-depth report on the situation in Ukraine and MoldovaA book review covering this topicReports from BEARR-funded domestic violence projects in Ukraine, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan.Also: latest information on the 2020 Small Grants Scheme, Annual Lecture and Annual Conference.
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Coping with COVID-19, challenges in the region
BEARR volunteer Nathan Dampier offers us an overview of the situation and a report on how NGOs and partners in the region have been affected.
Some NGO regional partners update us on how COVID-19 has affected their work and ability to operate.
COVID-19: a UK NGO’s experiences in Tajikistan. Analysis of the situation from our UK NGO partner Healthprom
Project reports from some of our 2019 Small Grants Scheme; for projects dealing with Violence Against Women and Girls.
Crisis Center Sezim, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, reflects on the successes of their project ‘New Beginnings’ set up to establish club meetings for women of 55+, with legal services, counselling, art therapy and computer literacy.
Tolerspace, Kyiv, Ukraine, offers a mid-term report on the progress of their project, combatting violence and harassment of young women (ages 13-15) through peer-to-peer seminars and comic book stories.
NGO Parastor, Dushanbe, Tajikistan, reports on their project to open a rapid response centre in Dushanbe to assist victims of violence, plus training for NGO and crisis centre staff, police, judges and doctors.
2020 Small Grants Scheme – statistics on applications received
New volunteers at BEARR – Nicholas Cornforth and George Leech
2020 Annual Lecture, now scheduled for 22nd September
The BEARR Trust Annual Conference will be held on 20th November on the theme of ‘Supporting Migrant Workers in the EECA region’