BEARR Newsletter, June 2021

 23 June 2021 Dear friends and colleagues,  In this edition we are delighted to share with you the winners of our 2021 Small Grants Scheme, as well as those of our 30th anniversary photography competition. We bring news of a partnership with Luke Grenfell-Shaw as part of his tandem bike journey from “Bristol to Beijing” raising …

An ordinary story of a simple village woman

June 2021 Read the inspiring account of a woman who was once a beneficiary of NGO Bonuvoni Pyanj’s support services and now gives talks and provides training to other volunteers at the organisation. Bonuvoni Pyanj, Tajikistan, received a grant in 2020 for a project focusing on raising awareness of domestic violence within 10 communities in …

Women in a man’s world

Pippa Ebel joined Luke Grenfell-Shaw for the Azerbaijan leg of his tandem ride from Bristol to Beijing, staying in various communities and visiting charities on the way, including 2017 and 2020 BEARR grantee, the Centre for Women in the Modern World. A full account of Pippa’s experiences can be found on Luke’s blog at “A country …

BEARR’s 2021 Small Grants Scheme: Results

This year BEARR’s Small Grants Scheme sought applications from across the Eastern Europe and Central Asia region for projects to “reduce the social isolation of people living with disadvantage”, an issue which has been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. We did not specify the beneficiaries: instead, applicants were asked to describe the problems faced by the …

Young people leaving care in Russia

Charlie Walker, Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Southampton and BEARR Trustee  Young people leaving care are amongst the most vulnerable members of any society. Compared with the wider youth population, they are at significantly greater risk of educational failure, unemployment, homelessness, poor mental and physical health, and involvement in prostitution and crime …

Online photography exhibition

BEARR 30th Anniversary Photography Competition: Side by Side To celebrate 30 years of building connections and mutual support within Eastern Europe and Central Asia (the EECA region), BEARR organised a photography competition on the theme “Side by Side“ in May-June 2021. Photographers were invited to submit photos celebrating community spirit, particularly following over a year …

The BEARR Trust’s summer lecture

The Londongrad Laundromat and its consequences  Ross Gill, BEARR TrusteeMay 2021 Oliver Bullough’s Moneyland tells the compelling story of how extreme wealth has been siphoned off some of the world’s poorest and weakest states, laundered and hidden, with the support of the tax and legal systems in the UK and elsewhere. Since Moneyland was published three years ago, Oliver has become a …

Project report: empowering women and young people in rural areas of Abkhazia

Grantee: Women’s Fund for Development, Georgia  Project To give women and young people in rural areas the skills and capability to identify local needs, lobby and advocate for them, and participate in civic and social activities in their local communities.  The Women’s Fund for Development ran several initiatives supporting women and young girls living in rural areas of Abkhazia, aiming to equip rural women and youth initiative groups with leadership skills and capacities enabling them to advocate and lobby for their …

BEARR Trust 30th anniversary: photography competition

“Side by Side”: celebrating 30 years of building connections and sharing understanding between communities Deadline for submissions: Tuesday 1 June, 23:59 BST Please note that this competition is now closed. You can see our online exhibition here. Thank yo to everyone who submitted photos! 2021 marks 30 years since BEARR was founded in Moscow to …

BEARR’s 30th anniversary photography competition: the judging panel

Nadia Beard Nadia is a journalist and pianist. She is the Editor in Chief of The Calvert Journal, and previously lived and worked in Russia where she was the Moscow correspondent for The Independent. Her work has appeared in The Guardian, The Telegraph and Reuters among several others. Jadwiga Bronte Jadwiga is an award-winning social documentary photographer exploring relationships between human identity and politics …