We are a non-governmental, non-profit organization founded on the ideals of humanism, freedom, equality and solidarity. We consider human dignity and freedom to be fundamental values. We believe that people anywhere in the world should have the right to make decisions about their lives and to share the rights expressed in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
We strive for a society that is open, informed, engaged and responsible with respect to problems at home and around the world. We want to actively participate in shaping a society where cultural, ethnic, racial and other differences are a source of enrichment rather than conflict.
We are an intrinsic part of civil society. Our work is based on the personal initiative and activity of hundreds of our employees and volunteers, both in the Czech Republic and in the dozens of other countries where we operate, as well as the trust and support we are endowed with by individuals, businesses, governments and international institutions.
We determine the specific areas and priorities of our activities with respect to the level of urgency and our actual capacity to change the situation. We cannot be everywhere, but it is essential that our work makes a real difference.
We provide humanitarian aid in critical regions around the world in response to a real need, in the spirit of the Code of Conduct for the International Red Cross. We help people overcome disaster and support them in the time of recovery so that they can get back on their feet.
We combat poverty, the roots of which we consider to be insufficient access to education, natural resources, as well as unjust treatment, discrimination, and poor administration. We help people to overcome these limiting circumstances and support them in their ability to improve their lives. We target the roots of these problems and cooperate with the people affected to remove them.
We base ourselves on the experiences of our own country in the 20th century to provide help in authoritarian and transforming regimes. Just as the free world supported the struggle for freedom in former communist states, we support people engaging in critique and dialogue with power, demanding that fundamental human rights are observed, and striving for more open societies. We support civil society so that it may be the cornerstone of improved maintenance of public affairs in emerging societies and countries.
Through concrete social work based on mutual respect and responsibility, we help people living in social exclusion in the Czech Republic. We cooperate with them to solve their problems. We particularly support the education of young people with the objective to improve their prospects in life. We also strive to solve key structural issues such as over-indebtedness, discrimination, labour market exclusion, and segregational tendencies in education.
Our work entails supporting the development of free and responsible people who navigate the contemporary world, approach information and opinions openly and critically, and wish to shape social life. We engage with the experiences of the people we work with, while addressing key global topics such as climate change, sustainable development, a struggle for freedom and human rights in dozens of countries, social inequality, and the position of minority groups.
We believe that when we attained our freedom after decades of living in oppression and informational isolation, we also attained a shared responsibility. We are convinced that closing our eyes to what is happening in the seemingly distant world is just as short-sighted as forgetting our own past. That is why we have been building People in Need for over 25 years, doing real work and motivating the public to take action together with us.
People in Need organization was established in 1992 by a group of Czech war correspondents who were no longer satisfied with merely relaying information about ongoing conflicts and began sending out aid. It gradually became established as a professional humanitarian organization striving to provide aid in troubled regions and support adherence to human rights around the world.
Throughout the 30 years of its existence, People in Need has become one of the biggest non-profit organizations in Central Europe. In addition to humanitarian aid and human rights, it now also targets education and helps people living in social exclusion.
We are part of Alliance2015, a strategic network of seven European non-governmental organizations engaged in humanitarian aid and development projects. This collaboration increases effectiveness, both in working in the target countries and in campaigns aimed at influencing the attitudes of politicians and the general public in Europe.
Emergency Relief and Development Cooperation
- People in Need provides emergency relief to people during natural disasters or at times of major international crisis.
- At the same time, PIN focuses on delivering long-term aid to people living in poverty and deplorable living conditions. In countries across Africa, Asia and Europe it conducts development programmes, whose aim is to improve access to education, health care and drinking water, raise hygiene awareness for the local population and to help develop local means of subsistence as well as to encourage people’s engagement in activities which may influence social processes in their home country.
- Our humanitarian teams have also assisted several times during floods in the Czech Republic.
- Within the 25 years of existence, People in Need has implemented relief and development aid programmes in more than 40 countries.
Human Rights Support
- Helping dissidents and supporting civil society in repressive states and countries that are undergoing democratic transition has been underlying the core philosophy of People in Need since its establishment.
- The human rights team concentrates its efforts on working in several dictatorships, authoritarian regimes and in countries sharing similar experience of democratic transition as the Czech Republic.
- People in Need organizes the One World International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival annually.
- Every year, People in Need presents the Homo Homini Award to people who have made a significant contribution to advocacy of human rights and democracy.
Social Integration Programmes
- The Social Integration Programmes team promotes social improvement for the poor or vulnerable families through counselling and educational services.
- In more than 70 Bohemian, Moravian and Slovak municipalities, the team provides support for local governments leading to social cohesion and municipal development.
- It supports children from vulnerable families in receiving education which will enhance their future chances on the labour market.
- It motivates their parents to take an active approach not only in their children’s education, but also in dealing with the family’s overall living situation.
- It seeks solutions in cooperation with schools, local municipalities, the police and non-profit organizations.
- Our clients or partners actively participate in all activities.
Educational and Awareness Programmes
- People in Need works to increase awareness within Czech society about the problems of poverty, development cooperation, migration, and human rights violations. It also seeks to combat prejudice regarding race and origin, and directly addresses the problem of xenophobia within Czech society.
- The educational programme Varianty is focused mainly on teachers and university students for whom it prepares seminars, conferences or workshops with intercultural and global development education issues.
- International human rights film festival One World is one of the cornerstones of the People in Need. Since its inception in 1999, it has become the most important festival of its kind in the world and in 2007 it won a special mention from UNESCO for its contribution to human rights education.
- The programme One World in Schools works with teachers and students, who are provided with documentary films and other methodological materials for teaching about current events of the contemporary world and modern history.
- Informational programme Migration are aimed mainly at Czech journalists.
People in Need in Numbers
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