Project Report: Fortifying the mental health and emotional resilience of Georgia’s young people

SGS 2023 Grantee: Partnership for Education and Communication (PEC), Georgia Project: Improving Youth Mental Health through Emotional resilience Here is their report: According to Geostat (National Statistics Office, 2020), 66.3% of children aged 1-4 have experienced psychological abuse, and 30.6% physical abuse in their families in Georgia. Despite recognising the importance of fully supporting the mental …

BEARR Newsletter April 2024

Art therapy session in north-eastern Ukraine funded by BEARR April 2024 Dear friends and colleagues,  As spring arrives, we’re delighted to share the latest updates and achievements from the BEARR community.  Last month, we relaunched our Ukraine Appeal with a captivating online event with Olesya Khromeychuk. In this edition, we’re sharing the update on the funds raised and their vital impact …

New BEARR Special Adviser Armorer Wason

Armorer Wason has kindly agreed to join BEARR as a Special Adviser. Armorer spent the latter years of the 20th century researching and producing documentaries in the former communist countries for British television, and running journalism initiatives in Mongolia and Central Asia for BBC World Service Trust. With an increasing interest in ensuring a voice …

Rethinking resilience: men and conflict trauma in Ukraine

BEARR representatives attended an event at King’s College London, 20 February 2024, on work funded by FCDO through the XCEPT programme (Cross-Border Evidence, Policy and Trends). Here they share some of the main points. Moderated by Lt Gen Dr Martin Bricknell, ex-Surgeon-General of the UK Armed Forces and current Professor in Conflict, Health and Military …

New BEARR Trustee Clare Brooks

BEARR is delighted to welcome a new Trustee, Clare Brooks. Clare has worked with grant-making trusts and foundations for over thirty years, in the UK, Central and Eastern Europe and Australia. Her introduction to civil society organisations (CSO’s) began in 1991 when she lived in Prague, and joined one of Czechoslovakia’s first foundations, the Civic …

Investiture of Megan Bick and Daryl-Ann Hardman

Two people who have played a formative role in the history of The BEARR Trust were awarded an MBE in the King’s first Birthday Honours List: Megan Bick (left) is a current trustee and former director of The BEARR Trust. Daryl-Ann Hardman (right) is a former director and trustee. Both have been involved in a …

Project Report: WINGS helps combat domestic violence in rural areas of Kyrgyzstan

SGS 2023 Grantee: Chance Crisis Center, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, with other CSOs Project: Pilot project to test American evidence-based WINGS methodology to reduce risk of domestic violence Here is their report: In Kyrgyzstan, as well as in other countries of Central Asia and all over the world, violence against women and girls remains a serious social challenge. …

Project report: Help for rural migrants in Tajikistan

SGS 2023 Grantee: Development and support of innovations “Almaz”, Nurek, Tajikistan, with partner CSOs Zanoni Komeb (Women of Komeb), and Садои Кухсор (Sound of Kukhsor). Project: Information centres for rural migrants and their families affected by the war in Ukraine Here is their report: In three regions of Tajikistan – Nurek, Khovalinga and Rogun – meetings …

Ukraine Appeal fundraising under the EBRD Community Initiative

The BEARR Trust is delighted to announce that it has joined staff of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) in a fundraising effort under the Bank’s Community Initiative. The Community Initiative matches funds raised by EBRD staff in support of local charities and philanthropic activities in the countries where the Bank invests. The …