Donors, supporters & partner organisations around the world
Our first partners were newly established community projects and non-governmental organisations (NGOs), formerly forbidden and new to former soviet countries.These partners worked with the Lydia Project to organise training programmes and gatherings as well as adding support to fundraising efforts. These included the Barka Foundation, Useful to Albanian Women and the IAHC in Belarus linked to Children of Chernobyl.
As women gained confidence and know-how to set up their own new inspiring projects and programmes, they began to run these organisations in partnership with friends and the Lydia Project network.Mutual inspiration and support has come about through earlier programmes and continued contact. All are partners in the work to transform society to become inclusive and participatory.
Support and solidarity came from international organisations (such as the Fellowship of the Least Coin and the World Council of Churches), donors and trusts (from Belgium, Canada, Finland, Norway, the Netherlands, Scotland, Switzerland, the USA, and more) for initial programmes and the projects that grew out of them. Many people gave support and hospitality, sharing their own experiences in community work, driving participants to visit projects, helping to use computers, drafting clear project proposals and budgets,and even enjoying Scottish country dancing.
New projects need help to become reality; supporting hands remind those in the Lydia Project network that they and their work are important to us all.
‘Useful to Albanian Women’
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Barka Foundation, Poland
International Association for Humanitarian Co-operation (linked to Children of Chernobyl) an early partner of the Lydia Project.
In recent years restrictions have been applied to the programmess and outside help.
Over the years extensive support has been provided by Scottish trusts and congregations. For example:
Kirk Yetholm, by Kelso in the borders have links with a rural project in Lithuania, having hosted the person working there. To fund this they asked their congregation to donate just £2 per person per month for a year and managed to get 40 people involved. A small amount making a big difference.
The congregation at Wellington Church gave a generous donation for training.
Several grants have been made to support projects as well as the travel of a photographer for the 2006 gathering in Poland.
Many congregations raised funds for projects, gathered by the Church of Scotland Guild or given individually, and this enabled many new projects and programmes to take place that were not possible without these warm-hearted contributions.
Rotary Clubs in Ottawa and Orillia have supported numerous projects run by Lydia Project women. Four showers were put into a rural school for Lithuanian children with learning difficulties. A kitchen was equipped for an Armenian ‘Rainbow Club’ in a poor district of Yerevan, and a tractor was partly financed for a young persons centre in Latvia, ‘Mercy House’, where they learn how to live socially and develop skills that will help their future.
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