Aug 012015
 

International
The donation of August 2015 goes to:

logo of Leger Uten GrenserMédecins Sans Frontières
Leger Uten Grenser
Doctors Without Borders

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), or Doctors Without Borders, is an international humanitarian-aid non-governmental organization and Nobel Peace Prize laureate, best known for its projects in war-torn regions and developing countries facing endemic diseases. It was founded in France. The organization is known in most of the world by its localized name or simply as MSF. In 2015 over 30,000, mostly local, doctors, nurses and other medical professionals, logistical experts, water and sanitation engineers and administrators provided medical aid in over 70 countries. These doctors and nurses decided to volunteer their time to solve issues of world health. Private donors provide about 80% of the organization’s funding, while governmental and corporate donations provide the rest, giving MSF an annual budget of approximately US$ 610 million.

Médecins Sans Frontières was created in 1971, in the aftermath of the Biafra secession, by a small group of French doctors and journalists who believed that all people have the right to medical care regardless of race, religion, creed or political affiliation, and that the needs of these people outweigh respect for national borders.

Jul 042015
 

International
The donation of July 2015 goes to:

Equilibrium - The Bipolar Foundation - logoEquilibrium — The Bipolar Foundation

Equilibrium aims to become the foremost international partnership organisation working to advance the understanding and treatment of bipolar disorder; it also seeks to address the stigma and prejudice that often surrounds bipolar disorder.

Key partners:

  • People with bipolar disorder.
  • Families and loved ones affected by bipolar disorder.
  • Clinicians and health professionals working with people who have bipolar disorder.
  • Research partners seeking to understand causes and develop treatments.
  • National Bipolar Advocacy Organisations working with self-management and support.

Equilibrium recognises that bipolar disorder is an international problem and that there is a clear need to develop models of health awareness and applicable approaches of treatment for non-westernised and developing nations. To these ends, we seek:

  • To create a unique collaborative centre and associated network, of patients, families, clinicians, researchers, and others interested in bipolar disorder. The Foundation’s aim is for this network of interested parties to work together to advance the understanding and treatment of bipolar disorder through the sharing of ideas and innovations
  • To promote early recognition of bipolar illness through public and professional education
  • To help de-stigmatise bipolar disorder
  • To promote excellence in treatment of bipolar disorder
  • To support and fund research into the causes of bipolar illness, its diagnosis and treatment
  • To prioritise research by liaison between professionals and the people affected by this illness.
Jun 012015
 

International
The donation of June 2015 goes to:

logo WWFWWF Norway

WWF (World Wide Fund for Nature, formerly World Wildlife Fund) is:

  • the world’s leading independent conservation organisation
  • a truly global network, working in more than 100 countries
  • a challenging, constructive, science-based organisation that addresses issues from the survival of species and habitats to climate change, sustainable business and environmental education
  • creating solutions to the most important environmental challenges facing the planet so people and nature can thrive
  • an organisation that makes a difference
May 012015
 

Nepal
The donation of May 2015 goes to:

Unicef (logo)Unicef – Nepal earthquake children’s appeal

A devastating 7.9 magnitude earthquake has struck Nepal, causing severe destruction and loss of life in Kathmandu and surrounding areas. An earthquake of this size can be deadly, toppling buildings, and destroying roads and infrastructure.

Hospitals area overcrowded, treating people in the streets and running out of emergency supplies. The power is out and communications are badly affected and we don’t yet have a full picture of the devastation. UNICEF fears the disaster, which is reported to have already killed hundreds of people, will have a severe impact on children.

UNICEF is on the ground, evaluating what needs to be done to urgently respond to children’s emergency needs for protection, water and sanitation, health and nutrition.

[donation made via Unicef Norge on April 26th because of the urgency of the matter]

Apr 012015
 

Greece
The donation of April 2015 goes to:

Animal Care Samos - logoAnimal Care Samos

They are a group of both Greeks and foreigners living on Samos, Greece. To help improving the situation of the stray animals on Samos, they’ve formed the association Zoofiloi Samou (Animal Friends of Samos) in 2003.

Their main goals are:

  • Rebuilding of the existing animal shelter.
  • Regular examination and vaccination of dogs that are brought to the asylum.
  • Gathering more volunteers to take care of the animals.
  • PR work to establish a sense for animal rights on Samos.
  • Announcemnts in the local newspapers to increase poopularity of the asylum and give dogs a chance to find a new home.
  • For short term help, evacuation of as many dogs as possible.

The attention to our efforts here on Samos is overall much stronger than we expected.
Help is promised by officials as well as local companies for supply with some material and services.
Although this is very encouraging there is still a long way to go.

Mar 072015
 

Netherlands
The donation of March 2015 goes to:

KNGF Geleidehonden - logoKNGF Geleidehonden

KNGF Geleidehonden (The Royal Dutch Guide Dog Foundation) has been training guide dogs for visually impaired people for more than 75 years. Established in 1935, the organisation has trained over 5,000 dogs for guide dog users in various parts of the Netherlands. Our organisation is an accredited member of the International Guide Dog Federation, which sets operational standards that its members must comply with.

KNGF is the oldest, largest and best-known guide dog school in the Netherlands. It has a staff of more than 70 employees, 500 volunteers, 45,000 donors and several key sponsors. Next to our core business of training guide dogs for the blind, we now also apply our knowledge and expertise to help people with other disabilities with a specially trained dog.

Since 2007, they’ve been training autism guide dogs for young children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder. They deliver an average twenty of these dogs every year. Autism guide dogs are guiding child and parent outside their home. With the dog’s help, a family is able to go out again, as the dog prevents the child from bolting and breaking away. Dogs prove to have positive effects on the social and communicative behaviour of children with ASS.

Recently they’ve started training assistance dogs for people in a wheelchair. As an experienced dog school, they find it their duty and aim to help a broader group of impaired people with a specially trained dog. They use several training methods for the training of assistance dogs, depending on the client’s situation. The training and instruction programme is planned together with the client, in order to create an ideal cooperation between the dog and its user.

Check out their award-winning commercial for veteran dogs:

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