Aid Convoy

Aid Convoy is a British charitable organization running and Supporting various humanitarian aid projects, mostly in Eastern Europe . They are mainly committed by running convoys .

Projects

Aid Convoy’s projects focus on Albania and Ukraine . Past Balkans countries, especially Kosovo , and Aid Convoys also have slow support and expertise in Burkina Faso and Gaza .

Albania

The organization raises funds for digging a borehole to supply clean water to the residents of the Bathorë shanty town , just outside the capital Tirana .

Ukraine

Chernobyl Nuclear Disaster is primarily working in the area of Chernobyl nuclear disaster .

  • Providing a safe and alcohol-free social space for young people
  • Volunteering at orphanages
  • Running the Anomaly Theater group which runs drug- and HIV -awareness physical theater productions at schools in the country and also in Poland
  • Publishing the “BiT” newspaper
  • Training and encouraging similar youth groups in other cities

The youth group, based in Chernihiv is also supported by other charitable organizations, and is also involved with other initiatives including hospitals, orphanages, schools and universities.

Ethos and methodology

The organization is entirely operated by unpaid volunteers , who are both in the area of ​​support and in the donor countries.

Funds and supplies are raised through special fundraising events and from members of the public, private companies, and trust funds. The organization claims that its small scale and localized fundraising helps it to make its supporters feel empowered and involved.

The small scale of the organization and its policy of working directly with small local projects in its target countries are intended to reduce inefficiency and potential for corruption, through local knowledge and the ability to react quickly.

Supplies are delivered by small convoys of vehicles, rather than by commercial freight methods, to allow for meetings between the volunteers and the people to whom they are delivering supplies.

History

The Kemptown Network in the Kemptown area of ​​the British town of Brighton . In early 1999 meetings to the Chat Supporting Kosovan Refugees Were Organized by founding members Giles Hippisley and Kieran Turner (the lath being white now Director of Aid Convoy and a Green Party politician [1] [2] [3] ).

In the United Kingdom at the Tinsley House Immigration Removal Center , it was decided to send a message directly to Kosovo refugees. It was decided that the Albanian and the Serb populations should be able to meet the requirements .

The first trip, consisting of five vehicles, was run by the Workers’ Aid for Kosova , and delivered to a support organization based in Tirana, Albania.

The first convoy, it was decided to run a second trip, which was sent to a refugee camp in the Republic of Macedonia , on the border of Kosovo, with the support of the United Nations , and in conjunction with Canterbury Charity, British Humanitarian Aid, and Tewkesbury -based Charity Tewkesbury Independent Aid. In the event, the front row of the group broke down en route . However, the Dodge 50 Series has been saved thanks to Simon Mayo of BBC Radio 1 . It arrived in time to meet the rest of the forty-four convoy in a United NationsCompeting in the Republic of Macedonia, But elected to deliver its load directly to the village of Pirok (near Tetovo ) rather than the neighboring refugee camp,

By now the group is clearly going to continue to exist, separate from The Kemptown Network, and has become known as “Brighton Lifeline for Kosova”. Afterwards incorporating a Brighton student-run group, “Brighton Lifeline Humanitarian Aid”.

The next convoy Was one of the very first western charitable convoys to enter Kosovo Itself partner after the NATO bombing campaign of spring 1999 and Traveled with sponsorship from the University of Aberdeen Students ‘Representative Council (now Aberdeen University Students’ Association ), and in conjunction with Workers’ Aid for Kosova. The convoy’s six vehicles traveled to Pristina and Kosovska Mitrovica , where the University of PrishtinaStudents ‘Union and various miners’ trade unions were supported.

During this month-long project the team also developed contacts in Đakovica and Prizren , and in Rubik, Albania .

The group continues to travel to Kosovo, often in conjunction with British Humanitarian Aid and Tewkesbury Independent Aid. The success of these combined convoys included the delivery of ambulances and surgical equipment to a hospital in Gnjilane . The organization and puts HAS Worked with Representatives of other NGOs Including CO-PLAN , the International Organization for Migration , the International Rescue Committee , and the British Council .

In 2001, with large amounts of international redevelopment support in Kosovo, it was decided that the group would be of greater value in Ukraine, working with colleagues from Kosovo, including Tewkesbury Independent Aid again, and Horsham -based Bear Essential Aid. Aratta, for short, a Ukrainian public organization which supports people living with the legacy of Chernobyl. The work with Aratta continued for several years, later evolving into the work of the Our Youth Youth Group, as well as hospitals, orphanages and schools in the area.

During 2002-03 the organization was renamed Aid Convoy, in order to leave the association with only one British town.

Further work in Albania began in 2003 following a novel fund-raising event, “Canvas”, which took the form of a raffle of works of art in Brighton. The success of that event led to an ongoing series of similar high-value art raffles for both Aid Convoy and other charities.

Since 2009, Viva Palestina and other charities, with convoys delivering medical aid to Gaza.

In 2010, Aid Convoy’s Director Kieran Turner was kidnapped – and later released – while supporting the Road to Hope to convoy to Gaza. [4] [5] [6] [7] [8]

References

Footnotes

  1. Jump up^ ” ” Democracy Club: Who Can I Vote For – Calder Valley ” ” . Retrieved 2017-08-10 .
  2. Jump up^ ” ” Hebden Web Bridge: The General Election in the Calder Valley ” ” . Retrieved 2017-08-10 .
  3. Jump up^ ” ” Calderdale Green Party ” ” . Retrieved 2017-08-10 .
  4. Jump up^ “Liverpool aid worker Kieran Turner held hostage on Gaza aid convoy ship” . Retrieved 2017-08-31 .
  5. Jump up^ “Kidnapped Aid Workers Speak Continuing Ordeal Aboard Absconding Greek Ship” . Retrieved 2017-08-31 .
  6. Jump up^ “Kieran Turner’s Liverpool Aid Worker . Retrieved 2017-08-31 .
  7. Jump up^ “British Aid worker Kieran Turner free after being taken hostage by Greek ship captain” . Retrieved 2017-08-31 .
  8. Jump up^ “Liverpool aid worker tells of hostage experience (VIDEO)” .

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