Every morning, millions of people wake up to a life of poverty and exclusion. This is a scandal that IM/SOIR will never accept.
IM/SOIR is a Swedish aid organisation fighting and exposing poverty and exclusion. The organisation was founded in 1938 and is active in twelve countries worldwide.
IM is the abbreviation in Swedish for Individuell Människohjälp.
SOIR is the abbreviation in English for Swedish Organisation for Individual Relief.
IM started showing interest for the people in the Himalaya region already in the 1960s. Tibetan boys and girls left their parents in Tibet, and trekked across the Himalayas to India. They fled from the Chinese oppression.
Within IM we saw an opportunity to do something. We turned to the Swedish public and got a great response. Many wanted to become sponsors to the Tibetan children in India. Through the contributions from the sponsors, the students received food, school books, and the schools were equipped with the necessary materials. The work grew and we were also able to support Indian and Nepalese children going to school. Today our sponsorship reaches more than 10 000 students in 33 schools in India, Nepal and Tibet.
Through these important humanitarian interventions as a base, we have established extensive development work in cooperation with local organizations and authorities in the Himalaya region. We have focused on four areas: schools, health, social work and the environment. The needs remain large.
For this Himalaya Project, we have chosen organizations and institutions in India and Nepal that IM has cooperated with for many years. They have previously been positive to interventions suggested by IM. Since some time back, we have started a student council in Nepal and a pilot project against physical and psychological punishments in five schools in India through collaboration with partners. IMs partners have not participated actively in the work with the project plan for the Operation Dagverke Project, but they have been kept informed about the plans. The application has been translated to English and will be distributed to all the involved partners. The baseline is a way of receiving information and feedback on the project, as well as anchoring the projects within the schools.