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People in Need


People in Need (PIN) is a Czech organization that provides relief aid and development assistance, while working to defend human rights and democratic freedom. At home, People in Need administers social integration programs in the Czech Republic and Slovakia and provides informative and educational activities. PIN is one of the largest organizations of its kind in post-communist Europe, and has administered projects in thirty-seven countries over the past fourteen years.

What is PIN today began in 1992 when dissidents and leaders of the Czechoslovak Velvet Revolution teamed with conflict journalists to form the Epicentrum Foundation, renamed People in Need and partnered with Czech Public Service Television 1994. From its beginnings, PIN has aimed to deliver relief aid and development assistance while raising the public’s level of awareness of the countries in which PIN works.

PIN’s human rights and democracy section implements projects aimed at the support of civil society in non-democratic countries. Its approach is based on a belief that civil society is a cornerstone of each and every functional democracy, for which it is perceived as a fundamental threat by non-democratic regimes.

In cooperation with the Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs, People in Need realizes programs within the Transition Promotion Program aimed at enhancement and development of civil society in countries such as Cuba, Burma, Belarus, Moldavia/Transnistria, Ukraine and China.

People in Need also grants the Homo Homini Award annually to individuals who significantly contributed to advocacy of human rights and promotion of democracy and holds the One World International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival.

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