BEARR Newsletter February 2024

A pottery workshop in north-eastern Ukraine funded by BEARR February 2024 Dear friends and colleagues,  As the second anniversary of Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine approaches, we are relaunching our Ukraine Appeal and, to kickstart our efforts, we are hosting an online lecture titled ‘Loss, Defiance, and the Fight for Justice’ by Olesya Khromeychuk on 4 March. Join us in making a …

Relaunching our Ukraine Appeal with an online lecture on 4 March

As the world looks back on two years since the start of Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, The BEARR Trust marks the second anniversary of our Emergency Appeal for Ukraine which we launched on 27 February 2022. We are enormously grateful to all who have donated to it, as are those who have received the …

Project report: Support for Families of People with Disabilities in Armenia

SGS 2023 Grantee: Unison NGO for Support of People with Special Needs, Armenia. Project: Support for Families of Persons with Disabilities in Armenia. Here is their report: All families face various challenges. The families of people with disabilities (PWDs) encounter even more difficulties and stereotypes, which may hamper the process of overcoming problems. Family members are …

Special Advisers

We are delighted that two BEARR Trustees who have come to the end of their terms have kindly agreed to stay on as Advisers. (For more information about our team and other governance issues click here.) Charlie Walker, who finished his last three-year term as a BEARR Trustee in October 2023, continues to support BEARR’s …

Small Grants Scheme 2024: Application statistics

For the 2024 Scheme (for details click here) we were pleased to receive 82 applications from 8 countries: Armenia (8), Azerbaijan (6), Georgia (5), Kazakhstan (2), Kyrgyzstan (3), Moldova (9), Tajikistan (11), Ukraine (38). 67 of the applications were for Strand A (for projects on the theme “Community Integration of Displaced People”; and 15 for …

Project report: Combatting child trafficking and gender-based violence in Kyrgyzstan

SGS 2023 Grantee: Oasis Foundation, Kyrgyzstan. Project: Support for victims of child trafficking and gender-based violence. Here is their report: Research by UNODC and Oasis shows that social orphans, children left without parental care, are the most vulnerable to becoming victims of trafficking. UNICEF states that 277,000 children in Kyrgyzstan live without parental care. Some experts …

Project report: Together we are a force!

SGS 2023 Grantee: Rushdi Inclusia, with Zanoni komyob, Rogun district, Tajikistan. Project: To inform and support the marginalised population in Rogun. From August 2023 “Rushdi (develop) Inclusia”, a public organisation for parents of children with disabilities and specialists, in collaboration with the public organisation “Zanoni komyob” (successful women) in Rogun district, have implemented the project “Together …

BEARR website now also in Ukrainian!

Our Ukrainian friends and partners will be pleased that our website is now (partly) in three languages – including Ukrainian. Not all pages will be in all languages, and it will take some time to translate the ones we want to have in Ukrainian. There may also be a few glitches at the beginning, so …

New Information and Administration Officer at The BEARR Trust

The BEARR Trust is delighted to welcome its new Information and Administration Officer Valdonė Šniukaitė. Currently, Valdonė is pursuing her Master’s degree in International Conflict Studies at King’s College London. Having graduated from Politics, Sociology and East European Studies BA at University College London, she has worked in think tanks focusing on Central and Eastern Europe …

BEARR Newsletter December 2023

Dear friends and colleagues,  As the year draws to an end, all of us at The BEARR Trust send you our warmest greetings and best wishes for your good health and safety in 2024! This edition of our bi-monthly newsletter brings you an update on our Ukraine Appeal, details of the Small Grants Scheme for 2024, and …