global good | people in need

Since becoming involved with Artbound in 2010, I have been able to clearly see how a group of dedicated individuals can combine their efforts to effect change. We started by fundraising for an Arts Centre at Kisaruni High School for Girls in Kenya and, after successfully breaking ground and implementing artistic programs there, a new project blossomed in India. Big things are in the works for Artbound in 2015, but before we get to that, I really wanted to highlight an NGO called People In Need.

Established in 1992 by a group of war and foreign correspondents, the humanitarian organization strives to provide aid in troubled regions and support adherence to human rights globally. Over the last 20 years, they have implemented emergency relief and development aid programmes in more than 25 countries during natural disasters or at times of major international crises. PIN also manages long-term development programs that build schools, repair wells, and train farmers.
I had the good fortune to meet their CEO, Simon Panek, on a train from Berlin to Prague. He filled me in on the heavy lifting they have been doing in places like Syria and Ukraine… Think working with military experts to demine areas of land in conflict zones.
Not disregarding their homebase, PIN also works in the Czech Republic – running educational campaigns at schools and working with socially excluded communities. Every Spring, they produce a wonderful film festival in Prague called One World, which showcases human rights films.

While People in Need is one of the biggest non-profit organizations in Central Europe, they continually fundraise to support their offices and projects worldwide.

There are several ways you can support:
*Buy a goat for a farmer, 20 chickens for his wife, or a blackboard for schoolchildren in Africa. It is as simple as purchasing a gift certificate via real-gift.org.
*You can become a long-term supporter of PIN.
*If you are in Europe, you can click here to make a one-time donation. Those in the US can donate via CAF America (please indicate that you would like your donation to be used for foreign charitable organizations).

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