Updates from Luke Grenfell-Shaw’s “Bristol2Beijing” expedition

Here are two articles from Luke Grenfell-Shaw’s time in Moldova as part of an intrepid journey cycling over 23,000km from Bristol to Beijing, via many of the countries which BEARR supports. He has been raising money for different charities and visiting some of BEARR’s grant recipients – past and present – along the way. Whilst …

The womanly face of change in Belarus

Alison Cameron got in touch with BEARR recently to offer her services as a volunteer, renewing contacts going back decades.  She has been involved with Belarus for most of that time. We asked her to tell us about her latest project.  This year is the 30th anniversary of my involvement with Belarus, a link that has weathered storms both political and personal including my life-changing experience …

Tushinskaya Trust assets are transferred to The BEARR Trust

The BEARR Trust is very grateful to Dr Harald Lipman and his fellow trustees for choosing BEARR to receive Tushinskaya Trust’s residual assets following the Charity Commission’s recent approval of Tushinskaya Trust’s dissolution.  Tushinskaya Trust was established in 1988 by Dr Harald and Nahid Lipman, whilst Dr Lipman was Medical Attaché at the British Embassy in Moscow. Its aim throughout its years …

New volunteers

BEARR is always delighted to welcome new volunteers, who play such a great role in our activities. Here are two of our newest recruits.  Holly Battye  Holly graduated from Cambridge with a degree in Russian and French and has spent a number of years studying, working and volunteering in Russia, primarily with a focus on translation work. Most …

October 2020 Newsletter

This edition includes updates about BEARR’s three forthcoming webinars, as well as the results of our survey on the impact of Covid-19 on civil society organisations; project reports from several of our Small Grants Scheme recipients; an in-depth piece about the issue of statelessness in Ukraine, and news from throughout the EECA region.  BEARR Events …

Project Report: The Graphic Novel Tackling Violence

Grantee: Tolerspace, Kyiv, Ukraine  Project: to create a graphic novel for 10-13-year-old girls, and training of peer-guides in interactive use of this to raise awareness of violence.   One of Tolerspace’s peer-guides, 17-year-old Olga Sidelnikova, describes her involvement in the project:   On a sunny September Saturday ten teenage girls and two psychologists gathered to discuss personal safety, protection from bullying and harassment. …

Project Report: “I’m a Woman” Club

Grantee:  Women’s Initiatives, Blijniy, Moldova  Project: Group and individual psychological and legal counselling for women suffering from domestic violence, developing guidelines on the theme: ‘Your family is not the place for fear, violence or cruel treatment’. Being a woman means to improve oneself, develop and always be happy.   Many women would like to fulfil their creative potential and exist as an …

Project Report: Refuge for Victims of Domestic Violence

Grantee: Kitezh, Moscow Project: To build a network of shelters for women in Moscow and the Moscow region, using networked IT to ensure women are not turned away unnecessarily. Kitezh is the only low-threshold refuge in Moscow and receives a huge number of calls not just from Moscow but from all over Russia, elsewhere in …

New hope for stateless people in Ukraine?

Maryna ParfenchukSeptember 2020 Statelessness arises when an individual is not recognised by any state and thus does not hold any nationality. With no rights or record of one’s life, statelessness is a legal anomaly that leads to the individual’s invisibility and non-existence in political, legal, economic or societal systems. There is no exact number of …