PEOPLE IN NEED
Photos from Afghanistan, Cuba and the Czech Republic
Afghanistan - Iva Zimova
Cuba - name of the autor has been withdrawn for his personal security reasons
The Czech Republoic - Karel Cudlin, Maria Kracikova
"When the Czechs needed a helping hand from the world, we got one. Now that we are better off we feel it is our moral responsibility to help others".
Jaromir Štětina, Czech Senator, People in Need Co-founder
People in Need (PIN) is a Czech non-profit organization that provides relief aid and development assistance, while working to defend human rights and democratic freedom. At home, People in Need administers social integration programs in the Czech Republic and Slovakia and provides informative and educational activities. PIN is one of the largest organizations of its kind in post-communist Europe, and has administered projects in thirty-seven countries over the past fourteen years.
The Relief and Development Department - In 2005/06, providing relief aid and development assistance through offices in Afghanistan, Armenia, Chechnya, Ethiopia, Georgia, Jordan, Iran, Iraq, Namibia, Romania, Serbia and Sri Lanka, Uzbekistan.
The One World Human Rights Documentary Film Festival - using documentary film to inform and inspire more than 50,000 viewers annually through festival venues in fifteen Czech cities and educating Czech youth through a network of 664 teachers participating in the One World in Schools program.
Human Rights and Democracy Department - working to support peaceful, democratic change and exporting information about the successes and failures of Czech democratic transformation to Belarus, Burma, Cuba, Moldova and Ukraine.
Field Social and Educational Programs - combating the negative effects of social exclusion and ghettoization with a team of over fifty experts in social work, education and law working in 20 neighborhoods in the Czech Republic. Through the Variants Educational Program implementing the lessons of intercultural and global development education in area impacted by social exclusion through materials for teachers, training programs, games and e-learning.
What is PIN today began in 1992 when dissidents and leaders of the Czechoslovak Velvet Revolution teamed with conflict journalists to form the Epicentrum Foundation, renamed People in Need and partnered with Czech Public Service Television 1994. From its beginnings, PIN has aimed to deliver relief aid and development assistance while raising the public's level of awareness of the countries in which PIN works. Over thirteen years, PIN has developed many public awareness campaigns aimed at providing independent and unbiased information for journalists, opinion makers and the general public. Through campaigns, information projects and media supplements PIN believes it is possible to support an informed and empowered civil society both at home and abroad.www.pinf.cz