Sunday, July 24, 2005

SPIRIT AID - A Celebration of Human Spirit


A Celebration of Human Spirit


MISSION STATEMENT

Spirit Aid is a Glasgow based Humanitarian Relief Organisation dedicated to the Children of the Earth whose lives have been devastated by war, genocide, abuse, poverty, and lack of opportunity, at home and abroad.

Every 2 seconds, somewhere in the world, a child dies of hunger.
Our mission simple
To raise Humanitarian Relief funding for Children, through events and campaigns- press, media, communities and schools. All related to specific projects at home and abroad.


*In 2002 we made two trips to Kosovo in partnership with ‘Glasgow the Caring City’. We took teams of firemen, nurses and builders. We helped refurbish 2 primary schools and a community house. Took aid into Plemintina refugee camp and medical supplies and treatment to the orphanages.

* In November of 2001 we funded the digging of a well in Guinea Bissau, West Africa, to provide a township of 45,000 people with fresh drinking water for the first time. We also built an irrigation system to sustain the crop fields.

*In 2003/4 through our ‘Children of the Rubble’ Appeal we raised money to take medical teams into the area of Baglan Province in Northeast Afghanistan. It is an area of 500,000 people who have no access to medical services, limited educational opportunities and a life span of 43 years. David Hayman our Head of Operations has made three trips to Baglan to assemble and manage the medical teams who examined and treated over 20,000 people. In October of 2004 we established the first ‘mobile clinic’ in the Hindu Kush Mountains of Baglan. It is now in constant demand and the medical staff treat hundreds of patients, mainly women and children, every week.

*In March of 2005 we headed for Hikkadua in southwest Sri Lanka to work with the tsunami victims. We built 5 fishing boats at a cost of £2,250 each. Each boat provides for 15 families, approx 100-150 people. We adopted an orphanage that we are developing by establishing a farm, a carpentry workshop, and a metal workshop to train the orphans in basic skills and we are expanding the orphanage by building a girls dormitory.
We subsidised 100 acres of rice and 100 acres of vegetables, we kick started over a dozen small businesses and on a daily basis, delivered immediate humanitarian relief, in the form of rice, cooking pots, mosquito nets, bedding, medicines and toiletries, to communities of people in desperate need. In July of 2005 a team of 5 Spirit Aid members headed back to Hikkadua to spend a month working with children and young people in the displaced peoples camps and orphanages. On August 7 another team of 6 head for Sri Lanka with £10,000 to spend on humanitarian aid.


*‘Shooters’ is our filmmaking arm that exists to produce films and videos with vulnerable young people in Scotland, including asylum seekers and refugees. We put the young people through a 3-month introduction to all aspects of media including camera, sound, editing, acting, scriptwriting and music. So far we have made 10 films with a total of over 50 youngsters. We are actively engaged in providing ‘follow through advice and support’ for any young person who wishes to further their involvement in the media industry.

* Every Christmas we deliver hundreds of hampers full of gifts, toys, sweets and clothes to really vulnerable families through our Children’s Christmas Hamper Appeal. Last year we managed to deliver, on Christmas Eve, to 400 people who normally would not have had a Christmas. This year we hope to reach many more.

Our aid partners are Aid International, Halo Trust and World Disaster Help

Liz Cameron, Lord Provost of Glasgow is Spirit Aid’s Patron

We are supported by :

Caledonian University
Stowe College
La Plante Productions
Paisley University
BAFTA Scotland
NUJ
Glasgow City Council

The Lord Provosts Office
S.T.U.C
and Hannay Recycling support Spirit Aid.

Our Directors include :

Bill Spiers, Gen. Sec STUC and John Ferguson, Chair, Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations.

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