Project report: Vlada Brusilovska Charitable Foundation

Innovative designs for children with neurological disorders  Grantee: Vlada Brusilovska Charitable Foundation, Ukraine Project: To improve the design of hospital play areas for children with neurological disorders  Medical institutions frighten patients and create an atmosphere of stigma around them. Often, children with neurological conditions and their families find themselves cut off from the outside world and …

Project report: PO MIR, Office for Initiative Development, Tajikistan

In this era of the Covid-19 pandemic, vulnerable families need our shared support Grantee: PO MIR, Office for Initiative Development, Khujand, TajikistanProject: Reintegration of vulnerable groups affected by COVID-19 through their involvement in socially significant initiatives. The ongoing coronavirus pandemic is affecting all of us and having an impact on our communications, our work, and …

Project report: YCF Next, Ukraine

“Hospital is not a prison” Grantee: YCF NEXT, Odesa, Ukraine Project: Using hospital facilities to assist children with mental disorders, especially eating disorders  The project was based at the Odesa Regional Children’s Psychiatric Hospital. The direct beneficiaries were children and adolescents aged 6-18 years who were patients in the hospital. Their parents, initially subsidiary beneficiaries, in …

Project report: Association of wives and mothers of soldiers participating in the war in Eastern Ukraine

Women united by war Grantee: Association of wives and mothers of soldiers participating in the war in Eastern Ukraine Project: “United we are Stronger!” supporting groups of vulnerable elderly women in remote areas of the Donetsk region  The Women of the Donetsk region are among those most affected by the war. Many of them have lost …

The BEARR Trust Small Grants Scheme 2022

A) Projects to improve the social welfare of migrant workers and the wellbeing of their families. B) Projects to improve the welfare of the applicant organisation’s staff and volunteers, and its resilience. Small Grants Scheme 2022 The deadline for applications for our 2022 Small Grants Scheme has now passed. Applications are being assessed and both successful …

Project report: I can do anything because you believe in me!!

Grantee: Society of People with Disabilities, TAUR, Moldova Project: to reduce the social isolation of people with disabilities  People with disabilities need our support, they need somebody to believe in their capabilities. In Moldova, even in the capital, there is no accessibility for people with disabilities. The social support guaranteed by the State is miserable (about €100 per month).  With the isolation engendered by the pandemic, life has become even more difficult… There are no support services for families with severely disabled members, and home medical assistance is unavailable.  But… …

Webinar: ‘How to make sure that our assistance does not cause harm’

The BEARR Trust webinar on safeguarding held on 1 December 2021Report by Nicola Ramsden Almost 30 people took part in BEARR’s first webinar about safeguarding, including representatives of civil society organisations in the region. ‘Safeguarding’ was a new concept for some participants. A poll taken at the beginning of the webinar showed that around two-thirds …

Sewing for confidence and independence: a social enterprise for Roma women and girls

Grantee: Winds of Change, Odesa, UkraineProject: creation of a needlework social enterprise for Roma women and girls.  Poverty and multiple forms of discrimination have long kept Roma women in the shadows. What is expected of Roma girls is to stay silent, get married as early as possible, have children and spend their life on housework and child-rearing, sometimes earning a small …

‘I am not your cat’: a graphic novel informing young girls in Ukraine about ‘their sexual safety, their body and boundaries’

Last month, photographer Alexander Parkyn-Smith visited one of BEARR’s former grantees, Tolerspace in Kyiv, Ukraine. In 2019 they started their project creating a graphic novel “I am not your cat”, exploring issues of sexual harassment and consent among young women. Alex looks at the positive impact the novel has already had in Ukraine, and how …

The BEARR Trust CSO Survey 2021

Following on from last year’s survey, which received an overwhelming 328 responses and informed many of BEARR’s activities (such as webinars and the Small Grants Scheme 2021), The BEARR trust is launching a new survey to analyse the continuing impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on civil society organisations (CSOs) in Eastern Europe, Central Asia, and the …