Project report: supporting victims of domestic violence in Uzbekistan

Grantee: CISC Fergana branchProject: Improving service provision for victims of domestic violence 13.08.21 During 2020-1, with financial support from The BEARR Trust’s Small Grants Scheme, the Centre for the Support of Civil Initiatives (CISC), Fergana branch, in Uzbekistan implemented its project, “Improving service provision for victims of domestic violence”. “Until now, we have taught women …

Bristol2Beijing Update

10.08.21 Blink and you may miss some of the activities Luke Grenfell-Shaw, Bristol2Beijing, has managed to fit into his journey through Central Asia so far! Here is an update on the recent events in the fourth leg of his journey, during which time The BEARR Trust is delighted to be Luke’s official partner.  B2B Challenge  On the …

Review: Grey Bees by Andrey Kurkov, Maclehose Press 2020

(First published in Russian by Folio, Moscow, in 2018). Translated by Boris Dralyuk. This unusual and delightful novel by Kurkov, a Russian-born Ukrainian, follows many others. He is probably best known in Britain for his satirical novel Death and the Penguin. All of them are humorous but with a hard edge. Grey Bees, which is …

Project report: family relationships without violence

Grantee: Bonuvoni PyanjProject: Raising awareness of domestic violence within communities in Pyanj province Implementation of Tajikistan’s State Programme for the Prevention of Domestic Violence for 2014-23 depends on cooperation between the Committee for Women and the Family; the state structures for education, healthcare and internal affairs; the Commission for Children’s Rights, and public organisations. The CSO Bonuvoni Pyanj, in cooperation with the district branch of the Committee for Women and the …

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  June 2021 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 …

Online photography exhibition

BEARR 30th Anniversary Photography Competition: Side by Side June 2021 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 …