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IRT work with ‘Monitor Man’

July 22, 2019

13/11/2018 Up and coming artist Yassine Khaled exhibited his recent work ‘Monitor Man’ at the Watermans Art Centre, Brentford last weekend. Yassine is a Moroccan born artist who travelled from Helsinki, briefly stopping in London on his way to Finland, especially to exhibit his new piece. In Monitor Man, Yassine Khaled creates an embodiment of […]

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13/11/2018

Up and coming artist Yassine Khaled exhibited his recent work ‘Monitor Man’ at the Watermans Art Centre, Brentford last weekend. Yassine is a Moroccan born artist who travelled from Helsinki, briefly stopping in London on his way to Finland, especially to exhibit his new piece.

In Monitor Man, Yassine Khaled creates an embodiment of virtual communication in the public space. The artist wears a helmet affixed with an iPad, which offers a real-time connection with a person outside of Europe and the Western world. Through technology and his own body, Khaled uses the performance to transgress actual national borders which separate people. The performance is an opportunity for people to meet with someone who is physically far away and restricted in their freedom of movement. Monitor Man was inspired by the current overseas refugee crisis and how it is unfolding in relation to the internet, social media, and the omnipresence of technology. The project began on the streets of Helsinki but is ongoing, as the artist continues to present the work in different locations around the Western world.

Yassine has asked, The International Refugee Trust, to include refugees and staff working on their projects in Uganda, Tanzania, South Sudan, and Jordan. The refugees and project staff have agreed to be part of his exhibition and they will have the opportunity to talk to members of the public all over the world, through Yassine’s Monitor Man helmet.

Jessica Eames, Fundraising Manager of IRT said: “We are so excited to be supporting the incredibly talented Yassine with his worldwide exhibition, and we’re so grateful for his help in raising awareness of the ongoing refugee crisis overseas.

His Monitor Man exhibition will mean the general public in the western world can talk directly to refugees overseas (and the humanitarians assisting them) helping them understand that the refugees we help are just regular people like you and me. Sadly, these refugees are caught up in war and conflict in their home countries, they need our help from the western world.”

Find out more about Yassine Khaled and his work.


Refugee charity visits the House of Lords

July 22, 2019

19/10/2018 In developing countries, more than 24,848 civilians were killed by explosive violence in 2017. Explosive violence is one of the main causes of the worldwide refugee crisis. Chiswick-based charity, International Refugee Trust (IRT) recently attended a meeting at The House of Lords with The All Party Parliamentary Group on Explosive Threats (APPG) to discuss […]

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19/10/2018

In developing countries, more than 24,848 civilians were killed by explosive violence in 2017. Explosive violence is one of the main causes of the worldwide refugee crisis.

Chiswick-based charity, International Refugee Trust (IRT) recently attended a meeting at The House of Lords with The All Party Parliamentary Group on Explosive Threats (APPG) to discuss the issue.

The APPG works with various charities and humanitarian organisations to determine how Parliament can help to reduce explosive violence in developing countries and support victims.

At the meeting, The APPG on Explosive Threats launched an awareness campaign to highlight its inquiry into assistance to victims of explosive violence. It has set up the REVIVE Campaign Ltd as a not-for-profit organisation to undertake its research, fundraising and activity management. ‘REVIVE’ stands for Reduce Explosive Violence Increase Victim Empowerment.

The fatalities recorded in 2017 showed a staggering increase of 175% compared to 2011, when the APPG was first created. The previous year, 2016, saw the highest number of annual recorded casualties since 1999 (9,228), the most child casualties ever recorded, and the highest number of annual casualties caused by improvised explosives.

Roger Mullin, former SNP MP and former chairman of the APPG, is to be REVIVE Campaign’s first Chair.

Speaking at the launch in the House of Lords, Mr Mullin said, ‘It is so important for REVIVE Campaign to work with the International Refugee Trust. The indiscriminate use of IEDs is often a major factor in people becoming refugees as they escape from the horrors of violence. But becoming a refugee is of course not an answer to the problems people face. They often carry serious physical and mental scars from being victims of violence, and this is an area of particular concern to REVIVE. Hopefully REVIVE and IRT will be effective partners in this great humanitarian cause.’

Steve Smith, CEO at IRT, said: ‘IRT is helping refugees overseas in numerous ways. Every day, we see the effects of explosive violence in developing countries. Landmines, shellfire, air-launched weapons, missiles and IEDs kill and disable indiscriminately, leaving tens of thousands in need of urgent medical care and prosthetic limbs. More work is required, not only to help victims, but also to raise awareness of this shocking humanitarian catastrophe.’

Jessica Eames, Fundraising Manager at IRT, added: ‘We are also working with the local community in Chiswick who are helping us to raise awareness and vital funds for our work. We are incredibly grateful to the Chiswick community. Without their support, we would not be able to continue our important work with refugees overseas.’


The Comboni Missionary Sisters

July 22, 2019

Illness knows no boundaries, and nor do the Sisters. Their compassion for everyone seeking their help is deep, and the medical care which the Sisters and their staff give is second to none. The Comboni sisters came into being in 1872 as an exclusively missionary institute and as a result of the prophetic inspiration of […]

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Illness knows no boundaries, and nor do the Sisters. Their compassion for everyone seeking their help is deep, and the medical care which the Sisters and their staff give is second to none.

The Comboni sisters came into being in 1872 as an exclusively missionary institute and as a result of the prophetic inspiration of Daniel Comboni. He was a missionary who was passionate about Africa and who always and everywhere gave priority to the poorest and most excluded people in the world.

THERE ARE CURRENTLY 1563 COMBONI SISTERS, FROM 33 COUNTRIES WORKING AROUND THE WORLD. THE SISTERS WORK IN 30 COUNTRIES ON FOUR CONTINENTS, HELPING THOUSANDS OF REFUGEES EVERY YEAR.

IRT are very proud to be supporting the sisters at the Karak hospital in Jordan, The paediatric ward at Nzara hospital and various schools in Sudan.

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Organisation for community action (OCA)

July 22, 2019

OCA was established in 2001 in Lira, Northern Uganda to mobilize resources to implement various community based activities geared toward improving standard of living of the rural subsistence farmers. OCA look after our StepUp programme in Uganda.

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OCA was established in 2001 in Lira, Northern Uganda to mobilize resources to implement various community based activities geared toward improving standard of living of the rural subsistence farmers.

OCA look after our StepUp programme in Uganda.


Sacred Heart Sisters

July 22, 2019

The Sacred Heart Sisters, and Sr Maureen Kojoa has been running the Moyo Babies Home for over 7 years. The sisters also run the Redeemer Children’s Home in Uganda. Along with the Sisters the home employs support staff such as nursery carers from the surrounding districts.

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The Sacred Heart Sisters, and Sr Maureen Kojoa has been running the Moyo Babies Home for over 7 years. The sisters also run the Redeemer Children’s Home in Uganda. Along with the Sisters the home employs support staff such as nursery carers from the surrounding districts.


The Tanzania training centre for orthopaedic technologists (TATCOT)

July 22, 2019

TATCOT is a supra-regional training centre providing courses in the field of orthopaedic technology in Africa. The Centre provides the ideal location for testing the technology, advising on modifications and improvements, and refining the manufacturing process, so that the technology might be easily replicated in developing world countries. TATCOT look after the prosthetics for refugees […]

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TATCOT is a supra-regional training centre providing courses in the field of orthopaedic technology in Africa. The Centre provides the ideal location for testing the technology, advising on modifications and improvements, and refining the manufacturing process, so that the technology might be easily replicated in developing world countries.

TATCOT look after the prosthetics for refugees project in Tanzania.


The rainbow volunteers

July 22, 2019

The Rainbow Volunteers are a local community group supported by the Comboni Missionary Sisters. They organise themselves and are both highly competent in the care they give and passionate in the support they give those affected. The Rainbow volunteers look after the Nzara HIV/AIDS programme in South Sudan.

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The Rainbow Volunteers are a local community group supported by the Comboni Missionary Sisters. They organise themselves and are both highly competent in the care they give and passionate in the support they give those affected.

The Rainbow volunteers look after the Nzara HIV/AIDS programme in South Sudan.


The Dominican sisters of the presentation

July 22, 2019

The history of the dominican sisters goes back more than three centuries ago in 1653, founded by Marie Poussepin of Dourdan. Their charity has grown over the years and the sisters now work in 36 countries around the world helping those in need of their help. The Dominican Sisters of the Presentation run the Italian […]

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The history of the dominican sisters goes back more than three centuries ago in 1653, founded by Marie Poussepin of Dourdan.

Their charity has grown over the years and the sisters now work in 36 countries around the world helping those in need of their help.

The Dominican Sisters of the Presentation run the Italian Hospital in Amman, Jordan where they treat as many refugees as they can.


PayPal Ride for IRT

July 22, 2019

A special thank you to a team of 7 cyclists from PayPal who are cycling the Prudential Ride London to raise money for IRT. The 100-mile event starts at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park before finishing on The Mall. Jess Tinker, from PayPal in Richmond, approached us and graciously claimed all our Ride London spaces. She […]

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A special thank you to a team of 7 cyclists from PayPal who are cycling the Prudential Ride London to raise money for IRT. The 100-mile event starts at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park before finishing on The Mall.

Jess Tinker, from PayPal in Richmond, approached us and graciously claimed all our Ride London spaces. She ambitiously emailed around to her colleagues to start a team. Thankfully she found some keen cyclists in the office who have since been training for this very demanding event. For most of them this is their first time and, having met them, they are all very enthusiastic to get started. We went along to their cake sale, on Friday 20th July, where the team had baked some delicious cakes and biscuits to further support their fundraising.

Though they will be riding as individuals, they are all part of Team IRT and we are so grateful for their dedication and support.

We would like to wish Max, Alex, Jess, Justin, Dan, Oliver and Rob a massive good luck and an even bigger thank you!


De La Rue takes on the Yorkshire Three Peaks

July 22, 2019

Two teams from De La Rue’s R&D department in Basingstoke took on the first official StepUp Challenge this June. They set themselves the huge task of hiking up the Yorkshire Three Peaks (Whernside, Ingleborough and Pen-y-ghent) in under 12 hours. In doing so they set the target of raising £3,000 to support 10 families (70 […]

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Two teams from De La Rue’s R&D department in Basingstoke took on the first official StepUp Challenge this June. They set themselves the huge task of hiking up the Yorkshire Three Peaks (Whernside, Ingleborough and Pen-y-ghent) in under 12 hours. In doing so they set the target of raising £3,000 to support 10 families (70 mums, dads and children) for the full four years of StepUP. Through months of fundraising including bake sales, baby pictures, funny dress days and match funding from De La Rue, they raised an astounding
total of £4,913.57! This means they are now supporting 16 families (over 112 people) to rebuild their lives. We’ll be updating them on the families’ progress and achievements throughout the four years. They also completed their personal challenge to finish the hike in just over 11 hours.

WE CHOSE IRT BECAUSE THEY STAY AND HELP PEOPLE EVEN AFTER THE CAMERAS HAVE LEFT. THE PROJECTS ARE FOR LONG TERM SUSTAINABILITY. IRT GIVE PEOPLE RESOURCES FOR LIFE SO THAT THE WORK CONTINUES WHEN THE CHARITY LEAVES. THE PEAKS CHALLENGE WAS A TRULY INCREDIBLE EXPERIENCE AND I WAS GLAD TO BE PART OF A FANTASTIC TEAM AND SOME BRILLIANT FUNDRAISING FOR A VERY WORTHY CAUSE.” – KAREN