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FAQ

Who are we?

We are a non-governmental, non-profit organisation founded on the principles of humanism, freedom, equality, and solidarity. We consider human dignity and freedom to be fundamental values. We believe that people everywhere must have the right to make decisions about their lives and share the rights expressed in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. 
Read more about our values ​​and goals.

Are we a political organisation?

No. We are a non-governmental organisation; we are not a political organisation nor are we affiliated with any political party—our colleagues hold a plurality of political persuasions.

Do we deliver weapons or medicine?

No. We never supply arms. We also do not primarily deal with medicines and medical aid; however, in several countries, we implement health programs focused on the fight against malnutrition and the improvement of maternity care and hygiene education.

What do we do?

We focus on five key areas

  • Humanitarian and development aid – we send material aid to people afflicted by natural disasters, war, or other crises. In Africa, Asia and Europe, we work to improve access to education, health care, drinking water, and sustainable livelihoods. We have also helped during floods and tornadoes in the Czech Republic. Humanitarian aid is foundational to our existence. Read more about our work in the humanitarian and development field.
  • Supporting human rights worldwide – we help dissidents and support civil society actors in countries undergoing democratic transformation. Read more about the work of our Centre for Human Rights.
  • Social work in the Czech Republic – we provide counselling to adults—including professional social counselling, debt counselling, and socialisation programs. Furthermore, we have a particular focus on children, who make up roughly 40 per cent of our clients; we provide tutoring, preschool clubs, and low-threshold centres to disadvantaged children. Generally, we support the social mobility of low-income, vulnerable, and refugee families. Read more about our social work in the Czech Republic.
  • Education and information activities for the public – we organise the One World international human rights documentary film festival. Our JSNS program delivers films and courses on modern Czech history to more than three thousand schools. Our Variants program educates teachers and the general public on poverty, development cooperation, migration and xenophobia. 
  • Adaptation to climate change – we are dedicated to preventing climate crises and disasters and helping local communities implement adaptation and mitigation measures. We are looking for ways to face climate change successfully. Read more on our climate change website

Where do we operate?

We currently operate in 43 countries; we provide humanitarian and development aid in 24 countries, including the Czech Republic. In the Czech Republic, we also help with social programs in 13 regions and deal with education, debt counselling and climate change nationwide.

How do we help globally?

Two of our departments work around the world: 

  • Relief and Development Department – we provide material assistance to people in need during natural disasters, war, and other crises. We improve access to education, health care, drinking water, and sustainable livelihoods in Africa, Asia, and Europe. Humanitarian aid is foundational to our existence. Read more about our work in the humanitarian and development field
  • Centre for Human Rights – we help dissidents and support civil society actors in countries undergoing democratic transformation. Read more about the work of our Centre for Human Rights.

How do we help in the Czech Republic?

In the Czech Republic, we work primarily in the field of social work and education, but we have also provided humanitarian aid in the event of natural disasters—such as the floods of 2002 floods, or the 2021 tornado—and climate change.

  • Social work – we provide counselling to adults—including professional social counselling, debt counselling, and socialisation programs. Furthermore, we have a particular focus on children, who make up roughly 40 per cent of our clients; we provide tutoring, preschool clubs, and low-threshold centres to disadvantaged children. Generally, we support the social mobility of low-income, vulnerable, and refugee families. Read about our social work in the Czech Republic.
  • Humanitarian aid – we help in natural disasters such as floods, torrential rains, and tornadoes. Read more about our humanitarian aid in the Czech Republic. 
  • Education and information activities for the public – we organise the One World international human rights documentary film festival. Our JSNS program delivers films and courses on modern Czech history to more than three thousand schools. Our Variants program educates teachers and the general public on poverty, development cooperation, migration and xenophobia.
  • Adaptation to climate change – we are dedicated to preventing climate crises and disasters and helping local communities implement adaptation and mitigation measures. We are looking for ways to face climate change successfully. Read more on our climate change website

How do we manage our funds?

We have minimal permanent financial resources, and most of our income is collected for specific projects. Our primary funding sources include the European Union, foreign governments and UN agencies, the state budget of the Czech Republic, and donations from individuals and companies. Read more about our financial management.
 

Why don't we use a transparent account?

Although a transparent account allows tracking incoming and outgoing payments, it is unsuitable for our work for the following reasons: 

  • From a transparent account, it is impossible to learn how funds are cumulatively used. For example, people cannot learn what share the organisation will use for the costs of holding a collection. According to Act No. 117/2001 Coll., on public collections, this may not exceed 5% of the total gross proceeds. For transparency, we publish an annual report with a Financial Statement every year. Our Financial Statement undergoes an externally certified audit, making it the most reliable data source for our expenditure. 
  • We must protect the personal data of contributors. A contributor's personal data is protected by the Act on Public Collections (Act No. 117/2001 Coll.), according to which the collection organiser may not publish any data about contributors to the collection unless the contributor consents. We respect the privacy of donors; some do not wish to make their donation public. 
  • We must protect the privacy and safety of our donors and the recipients of our help. We work in countries under dictatorship and authoritarian regimes; these can be dangerous places where revealing a recipient's identity could seriously endanger their life.  

What are our salaries?

Our staff salaries range between the 1st quartile (bottom of the market) and the median (middle of the market) and may vary across sections due to different funding sources. For key executives, our salaries are around the median; in exceptional cases, we reach the 3rd quartile (the upper limit of the market). 
For a better idea, we present examples of salary scales. The specific amount of salary always depends on the professional/professional seniority of the given person:      

  • Worker in direct work (social worker, educational worker, career counsellor, resocialisation worker): 25,000 – 32,000 CZK   
  • Finance officer: 38,010 – 43,995 CZK
  • IT support: 38,169 – 43,533 CZK

How can I get involved?

If you want to help us, you can make a one-off or regular donation or get involved directly as a volunteer or intern. You can also work with us, part-time or full-time, or you can screen films and learn with us. Read more about other ways to get involved with us.
 

How can I donate?

There are two basic ways to donate: 

  • Once off, you can help immediately and choose a specific collection or project you want to support. Read more about one-time donations
  • Regularly – this is the best form of help for us; firstly, regular donations allow us to plan projects more effectively; secondly, we have funding agreements with national and international organisations to subsidise our funding up to ten times the value of our private donations. Read how to become a member of the Club of Friends
Donating is simple; you can donate by SMS - read more about SMS donation. You can also bequeath a donation through your will: learn about bequests in a will. With some exceptions, we do not accept material donations – if you want to donate medicine, sanitary material, or non-perishable food, please read our page on in-kind donations
Need a donation receipt? Please see our tax-deductible donation page.
 

How can I help as a volunteer?

If you are looking for stimulating life experiences, want to help a good cause and get a valuable entry on your CV, you can volunteer with us.  
We are continuously looking for volunteers for our Relief and Development Department, social programs in the Czech Republic, our media department, and the One World film festival team. Please read our guide on volunteering in People in Need.

Can I work for you?

We are constantly recruiting new colleagues in the Czech Republic and abroad. Find vacancies on our career pages and our social networks. Learn about our working conditions and culture in our Frequently Asked Questions.