Dear European Leaders:
As organisations working directly with refugees and migrants in Europe, we ask European Union Member States present at the European Council meeting of 17th and 18th March 2016 to take the opportunity to come together in solidarity and conclude bold, unified and decisive policies to address the humanitarian crisis.
On February 2011 we have launched the project of vocational training for internally displaced people from the region of South Ossetia and Abkhazia.
The aim of the project is to assist vulnerable IDPs in improving their income and employment prospects. During the period of one year we will train 110 – 130 vulnerable IDPs in 8 training groups with the aim to improve their employment and income-generation options. The training participants will be IDPs from Tbilisi and Tserovani (the largest IDPs settlement in Georgia).
We have launched new project in Central Kenya, in the district of Laikipia, which aims to increase knowledge and attractiveness of employment in the agricultural sector.
Kenya is classified as an emerging African nation, one of the fastest growing countries in sub-Saharan Africa, however, still struggling with problems typical of developing countries. Most of the rural population depends on agriculture and sale of produce.
Lack of education belongs to the key challenges.
Heavy monsoon rains hit Pakistan in July 2010. Since then more than 20 million people have been affected by the flooding. Almost 12.5 million of those are expected to be in urgent need of humanitarian assistance. People in Peril Association (PIPA) joined the international effort and on 2 August announced an emergency appeal SOS Pakistan.
As of 30 September 2010, 6,560 EUR was raised in the public donation appeal. PIPA also allocated 30,000 EUR from SlovakAid Programme.
On August 15, 2008 PIPA launched a public collection to help the victims of the war conflict in Georgia. Public can donate to the account n. SK15 1100 0000 0026 6052 0502, VS: 1118.
Russian troops entered Georgia's breakaway province South Ossetia on August 8, as violence broke out between Georgian troops and Russia-backed separatists, putting the region on the brink of an all-out war. On August 13, both parts agreed on the French plan aimed on the restoration of peace in the region.
In total, 1 297 268 Slovak crowns (approx. 43 240 EUR) were raised in the public collection launched by People in Peril (PIPA) to support the victims of the cyclone Nargis in Burma.
Furthermore, PIPA used 200 000 Slovak crowns (approx. 6660 EUR) from its humanitarian fund Donor=B4s Club to help the cyclone victims.
On May 13, PIPA joined the humanitarian project coordinated by our partner organization People in Need (CZ).
In March 2008, PIPA in cooperation with local partner The Saint George Peasants Cartel distributed humanitarian aid to 970 peasants in 15 regions of Moldova, those most affected by draught in summer 2007.
Immediately after the August cease-fire, most refugees and IDPs returned to southern Lebanon. Our team moved from Syria to South Lebanon, where we witnessed a serious situation. Over 15,000 homes had been destroyed or damaged, and over 3,000 people were forced to remain in temporary shelters elsewhere in Lebanon. In many areas there was a shortage of drinking water, food, and of basic hygienic and cooking facilities. Many children were suffering psychologically from traumatic experiences.
People in Peril Civic Association (PIPA -- ?lovek v ohrození) is the first Slovak humanitarian organisation to provide assistance to civilian victims of the war conflict in the Middle East. From the 6th of August till 20th of August an advance team from PIPA was in Damascus, Syria, where they had joined the efforts of the Syrian Arab Red Crescent to provide essential support to Lebanese refugees in Syria. PIPA also launched a public campaign to raise funds for civilian victims of the current conflict.
PIPA is supporting a microcredit scheme to provide training and small loans for women tsunami in Aceh, Indonesia victims who wish to start their own small businesses to support their families. Our local partner NGO Mata Hari is providing the financial and legal advice to set up the scheme, which will eventually belong to the women themselves, proving a long-term solution to poverty.
PIPA is investigating other opportunities to create livelihoods in tsunami-devastated Aceh, particularly in isolated rural areas.
PIPA is supporting relief and reconstruction in the Bantul and Klaten districts, south of the earthquake centre near Jogyakarta. As in our tsunami reconstuction campaign in the Indonesian province of Aceh, we are working with the local NGO network INSIST.
PIPA conducts two rounds of 3-months courses
in rights awareness, building civil society, advocacy, leadership and project
management skills for 50 rural women leaders in the provinces of Kapisa
and Parwan. After trainings, 10 community-based committees are gonna be
Main task of committees is to advocate for rights of local women and to participate in public affairs, development planning and policy making. Women committees will be linked to the local network comprised of the local women NGOs, ministries and governmental offices for farther cooperation.
A microfinance program for women is launched in the province of Kapisa. It is to support women's income-generation activities such as carpet-making, sewing and farming. Women are attending special trainings on marketing skills, reading and writing abilities.
We are planning to empower about 200 women through vocational trainings and 40 of them will receive a small credit for starting income-generation activities. Loans will be paid off in a couple of months and money will be used for crediting another group of women.
Small-scaled but helpful development activities
implements PIPA in Sri Lanka in the province of Matara. There has been
already launched the permanent housing project for 50 tsunami-affected
families in the village of Dickwella. Basements of first houses were founded.
Foundation stone blessing ceremony was held according to Buddhist traditions.
A local company will serve the whole building project supported by Slovaks who donated 400.000 euro to earthquake devastated regions of Asia.
People in Peril Association was founded as a civic association in May 1999. Its main mission is to raise the public's awareness of human rights and development issues and to implement efficient and effective projects in support of people suffering consequences of conflicts, natural disasters and authoritarian regimes in lesser-fortune countries.