House to House fund

Human Rights House Foundation’s House-to-House (H2H) fund provides financial and technical support to groups of two or more Human Rights Houses working in partnership to address common human rights issues in their communities.

About H2H

 

The House-to-House fund provides financial and technical support to groups of two or more Houses working in partnership to address common human rights issues in their communities.

The fund is designed to advance HRHF’s four strategic objectives:

  • Establish and support Human Rights Houses
  • Connect Human Rights Houses
  • Protect human rights defenders
  • Advance the freedoms of assembly, association, and expression and the right to be a human rights defender, the four rights core to the promotion and protection of human rights

Established in 2017, the fund embodies the solidarity and collaborative nature at the heart of the Human Rights House concept. It helps to strengthen and connect Human Rights Houses, encourages knowledge and competency sharing, increases capabilities and capacities, and ultimately enhances impact on human rights in local communities.

A total of 29 organisations from 10 countries received funding from the House-to-House fund in 2018 and 2019. Houses implemented a wide spectrum of projects; including human rights schools for young activists, protection of human rights defenders, exchange of skills and tools to monitor closed institutions, field trip missions and promotion of international standards for the treatment of minors in fostering institutions.

Highlights

Tackling burnout among defenders in Ukraine

Identifying burnout at work as “the scourge of the 21st century”, two member organisations of Human Rights House Tbilisi and Educational Human Rights House Chernihiv developed a programme for human rights defenders offering guidelines and best practices to prevent and recover from burnout.

Since the creation of the programme, 12 human rights defenders have become trainers working on the issue. These trainers provided over 250 people with insight and techniques in managing burnout in Ukraine. Read the full story here.


Human Rights Houses Mission to Crimea

Aiming to break the wall of silence surrounding Crimea, representatives of Human Rights Houses from Azerbaijan, Ukraine, and Belarus undertook a mission to the occupied peninsula between 14-18 September 2018. Their unique access to the peninsula, the first of its kind since 2015, allowed the team to document the human rights situation first-hand in a report and short documentary. Read the full story here.


Hand in hand for survivors of gender-based violence

Three organisations working on women’s rights in different countries have connected to share experience and advocacy strategies for combatting gender-based violence. Read the full story here.

Projects to date

Advancing the freedoms of expression, assembly, association and the right to be a human rights defender together

Occupied Crimea through the eyes of Belarusian journalists

2 Partners: Belarusian Association of Journalists; ZMINA Human Rights Centre (UA)

Duration: June 2019 – July 2019

Project objective: to provide an opportunity for the Belarusian journalists to receive objective information about the situation in Crimea and give an opportunity for the Crimeans to tell the Belarusians about their living conditions and issues they have been facing since the occupation.


Human Rights Defenders: standards, memoirs and testimonies

2 Partners: Human Rights House Zagreb, Human Rights Information Center (UA)

Duration: October 2018 – February 2019

Project objective: to improve rights of Human rights defenders (HRDs) in Crimea and Croatia through awareness-raising among public about the rights of HRDs, as well as to contribute to building a positive narrative on HRDs, help build an understanding of international standards protecting HRDs and the valuable work that they do.


 Field trip of Human Rights Houses to Crimea

4 Partners: Human Rights House Crimea; Educational Human Rights House Chernihiv; Belarusian Human Rights House; Human Rights House Azerbaijan.

Duration: June 2018 – December 2018 

Project objective: to break the wall of silence and document first-hand the human rights situation in Crimea.

Improved protection of human rights defenders at risk

Protecting and Empowering Human Rights Defenders in Georgia, Serbia and Croatia

3 Partners: Human Rights House Zagreb; Human Rights House Tbilisi + Human Rights House Belgrade 

Duration: December 2019 –  October 2020 

Project objective: to transfer the knowledge between the Houses and strengthen the capacities of Houses in addressing the human rights defenders’ issues, and improve the understanding of the needs and protection of human rights defenders in Croatia, Georgia and Serbia.  


Improved work on protection cases through capacity building of the HRHs staff on physical and digital security and review & elaboration of the joint protection guidelines 

3 Partners: Human Rights House Tbilisi + Belarusian Human Rights House + Educational Human Rights House Chernihiv 

Duration: October 2019 – December 2019

Project objective: to improve work on protection cases through transferring knowledge, strengthening capacities & elaboration of the joint guidelines between the three houses.


Tackling burnout among defenders in Ukraine

3 Partners: Center AHALAR; Educational Human Rights House Chernihiv; Georgian Centre for Psychosocial and Medical Rehabilitation of Torture Victims 

Duration: December 2018 – September 2019

Project objective: to support and train activists, members of public organizations, as well as volunteers working in the Ukrainian civil sector, who are at a risk of so-called “burnout syndrome”. Special emphasis is made to people from South-eastern regions of Ukraine.


Consultation on digital security

 2 Partners: Russian partner organisation, Belarusian Human Rights House

 Duration: September 2018 – December 2018  

 Project objective:  to protect and secure important organization information (financial documents, donor information, communications with all beneficiaries, etc). 


Armenia’s Velvet Revolution: The Role of Civil Society, Challenges and Prospects

4 Partners: Human Rights House Yerevan; Educational Human Rights House Chernihiv; Human Rights House Tbilisi; Human Rights Information Centre (UA). 

Duration: December 2018

Project objective: to conceptualize revolutionary processes in Armenia, learn from experiences from Ukrainian and Georgian defenders, better understanding of challenges and threats, prospects and priorities for Armenian civil society organizations (CSOs), and mark Human rights defenders’ day.

Strengthening human rights mechanisms

Bring international standards home 

2 Partners: Educational Human Rights House Chernihiv + Belarusian Human Rights House

Duration: July 2019 – December 2019

Project objective: to build capacity of Belarusian human rights defenders, lawyers, civil society activists in the field of advocacy and protection of public interests.


Human rights protection through the UN mechanisms: capacity building for lawyers and defenders

2 Partners: Belarusian Human Rights House; Educational Human Rights House Chernihiv

Duration: July 2019 – December 2019 

Project objective: to develop skills of practising human rights defenders, including lawyers and researchers, ILIA graduates, and participants of educational programs of the human rights houses, in using mechanisms of the United Nations system for the protection of human rights. 


Conference on the seventieth anniversary of the Universal Declaration on Human Rights

3 Partners: Belarusian Human Rights House; Educational Human Rights House Chernihiv; Article 42 of the Constitution (GE) 

Duration: September 2018 – December 2018

Project objective: to provide a scope for human rights defenders, legal professionals, academics and alumni of ILIA from Belarus, Ukraine, Georgia, Moldova, and Azerbaijan in order to form an insight into the origin of the Universal Declaration on Human Rights (UDHR), as well as the implementation of human rights principles and standards that UDHR helped to establish.


Supporting Ukrainian legal professionals to participate in an amicus curiae conference in Poland. 

3 Partners: Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights; Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union; EHRH Chernihiv

Duration: September 2019 – November 2019

Project objective: to strengthen the proficiencies of Ukrainian legal professionals in using the amicus curiae instrument in their respective country.


International Course on Human Rights for young activists from Belarus, Georgia and Ukraine  

4 partners: Human Rights Center “Viasna”(BY); Human Rights House Tbilisi; Belarusian Human Rights House; Educational Human Rights House Chernihiv 

Duration: April 2018 – June 2018 

Project objective: to train a group of activists from Belarus, Ukraine and Georgia to master skills and competence, which will help them be engaged actively in human rights protection and advocacy work at the national and international levels.

Strengthening Human Rights Houses to address local human rights challenges

Addressing the forcible transfer of population in Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia

2 Partners: RCHR ( HRH Crimea)  + CreDO ( Moldova) 

Duration: October 2019 – June 2020

Project objective: to develop a unique, methodology on documenting the forcible transfer of population from the occupied territories and to develop a comprehensive strategy to address the issue of the forcible transfer of population at the international level in combination with the national actors.


Ensuring effective service delivery to war-affected children through capacity building of psychologists 

2 Partners: Georgian Centre for Psychosocial and Medical Rehabilitation of Torture Victims; Human Rights House Crimea

Duration: October 2019 – February 2020

Project objective: to empower and equip with knowledge and skills 2 psychologists from Crimea, who work with children and families with war-related traumatic experience.


Promotion of International Standards for the Treatment of Minors in Correctional and Fostering Institutions of Ukraine

Partners: NGO “MART”(UA);  Polish Helsinki Human Rights Foundation; Educational Human Rights House Chernihiv

Duration: August 2019 – January 2020 

Project objective: to strengthen the capacity of the employees of the penitentiary institutions of Ukraine, where there are children who violated the law, on the observance and practical implementation of international standards of proper treatment.


Hand in Hand against gender-based violence

2 Partners: B.a.B.e (HR); Women’s Association for Rational Development 

Duration: November 2019 – December 2019 

Project objective: to enhance the professional capacities of both organisations’ and to collaborate in addressing the need for improvements in institutional strategies of preventing and combating gender-based violence.


Increasing the protection of the most vulnerable groups in Russia and Belarus together

2 Partners: Russian Research Center for Human Rights (Russia) + Legal Initiative (Belarus)

Duration: March 2019 – April 2019

Project objective: to improve professional skills and build the capacity of Human rights activists and NGOs working with vulnerable groups, and to review monitoring methodology of closed establishments in Russia and Belarus.


Development of the system of justice and re-socialization of children in conflict with the law in Ukraine 

3 Partners: NGO MART (UA); Educational Human Rights House Chernihiv + Helsinki Foundation for Human rights

Duration: August 2018 – January 2019 

Project objective: to bring juvenile justice system in Ukraine in line with international human rights standards and to provide recommendations on the development of the juvenile justice system in Ukraine.


Hand in hand for victims of gender-based violence

2 Partners: B.a.B.e. Be active. Be emancipated. (Croatia);  Women’s Resource Center (Armenia)

Duration: November 2018 – December  2018

Project objective: to improve general conditions for women victims of gender-based violence by improving the system of support for women victims of violence and increasing: capacity of relevant professionals from B.a.B.e. and WRC and political influence of WRC in context of ratification of Istanbul Convention.


Strengthening Media Skills of Georgian LGBT Human Rights Defenders

2 Partners: Sapari (Georgia); Lawyer’s Committee for Human Rights (Serbia) 

Duration: November 2018 – December 2018

Project objective: to improve public speaking skills, create strong messages and enhance self-confidence when engaging with media actors Georgian LGBTI Activists. 

Enhanced institutional capacity and sustainability of Houses

Access to Information in Restrictive Environment, Working with Information from Open Sources and Fact-Checking

2 Partners: Belarusian Association of Journalists; Educational Human Rights House Chernihiv

Duration: July 2018 – December 2018

Project objective: to improve the situation with access to information in such a restrictive environment as Belarus.

Education

The project of the International Human Rights School for Young Activists (Fest festival) 

8 Partners: Educational Human Rights House Chernihiv + Human Rights House Yerevan + Human Rights House Tbilisi + Russian research centre for Human Rights + Human Rights House Belgrade + Human Rights House Voronezh + Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights + Belarusian Human Rights House

Duration: July 2019 

Project objective: to strengthen the potential of the human rights movement through the development of cooperation of the network of Human Rights Houses and expand opportunities for young activists in accessing human rights education by creating an international educational platform.

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