Grants to the NY Estonian Education Society
(New Yorgi Eesti Haridusselts)
Grants to the Estonian Archives in the US
(Eesti Arhiiv Ühendriikides)
Grants to the Estonian Boys Scouts and Estonian Girl Guides in the USA
(Eesti Skautide Malev USA-s ja Eesti Gaidide Malev USA-s)
Grants to Support the Long Island Estonian Children's Summer Camp (Lastesuvekodu) Property and Estonian Cultural and Sporting Events
Grant to the SOS Children's Village in Estonia
Grants to the Federation of Associations for the Advancement of Estonian Youth
to Support Järvemetsa Campgrounds (Lakewoodi Laager)
(Eesti Skaudi- ja Gaidisõprade Seltside Liit USAs)
The FAAEY, know as the "Liit" owns, maintains and operates the Järvemetsa campsite property in Jackson, NJ. Järvemetsa hosts the summer camp and other outings for the Estonian brownies, girls scouts, cub scouts and boy scouts. Thousands of Estonians from all over the world have participated in the camps over the decades.
During the joint annual meeting of the Estonian Girl Guides in the US and the Council of Estonian Scouting in USA, the Estonian Relief Committee (ERC) provided their annual grant to the Federation of Associations for the Advancement of Estonian Youth (FAAEY). From left to right in the 2014 photo, taken by Urve Põhi, are Toomas Kilm (ERC President), Mati Kobin (FAAEY President) and Virve Vaher (ERC Treasurer/General Secretary).
See photos of the kitchen and roof renovations funded by ERC grants.
Grants to the Estonian Association of Injured Soldiers
The Estonian Relief Committee has provided financial support to the Estonian Association of Injured Soldiers for decades. The funds are used to support:
• Estonians who were injured fighting for Estonia's independence
• Widows of deceased Estonian war veterans
• Members of the Estonian Armed Forces, Defence League and Border Guards who have been injured while protecting the interests of a free Estonia
• Families of Estonian Armed Forces, Defence League and Border Guards who lost their lives in the line of duty
Grants to Tallinn Children's Hospital Foundation
Grants to the Estonian Support Union of the Deafblind
The Estonian Relief Committee has provided numerous grants to the Estonian Support Union of the Deafblind whose mission includes:
• Protection of the lawful rights and interests of Deaf-blind people
• Pedagogical and social rehabilitation and quality of life of affected children and adults
• Training of teachers and partners
• Collection and disemination of information
• Cooperate with legal entities and individuals in related fields.
Grant to the Valga Food Bank
The Valga Foodbank is the only soup kitchen and foodbank in Valga county which is one of the most economically-depressed areas of Estonia, where over 25% of the population lives below the poverty line. It is staffed and run entirely by volunteers under the auspices of the Domus Petri MTÜ. The foodbank gives food aid to poor families, the aged and long-term unemployed, prioritizing those with many children or young children. The families are selected with the help of the local social services department. The grant is being used to renovate the food bank warehouse, for food transport and to defray the costs of electricity and heat.
The Estonian Relief Committee is a regular financial supporter of the Tallinn Children's Hospital Foundation. The funds are used to support the purchase of advanced medical equipment and projects that will benefit children across Estonia.
The Tallinn Children's Hospital's mission is to provide the best family-driven support, to be engaged in clinical development, to participate in research and to help prepare the next generation of children's health workers, doctors and nurses.
Estonian Folk Dancing Troupes and Estonian Choirs at LEP Esto 2013 in San Fransico
June 28, 2013 - July 1, 2013
Over the years, the Estonian Relief Committee has provided financial support to Estonian folk dancing troupes and singing choirs in the Northeast in order to preserve and promote Estonian culture and heritage.
The New York "Saare Vikat" dance troop and the Connecticut Estonian School dance troop "Jaanik" as well as their choir were able to perform at the West Coast Esto Fesitival based on grants provided by the ERC. The event provided an extraordinary opportunity for Estonians of all ages to participate and view folk dancing groups and choirs from all over the world.
Please read some of the thank you letters written by the Connecticut Estonian School youngsters who were able to participate in the events.
(Photo of CT. Estonian School participants by Avo and Merike Siismets)
SOS Children’s Village in Estonia is an alternative to foster families, which shall ensure children with permanent families and homes. They provide children without parental care living conditions, which resemble a life in a family. Children are referred to the SOS Children’s villages by local authorities of Estonia. Children are provided with a safe living environment, which facilitates their further development. Reliable relations and love, which they can experience again, will give the child an opportunity to recover from previous experiences, which have often been traumatic.Children can live in the same family with their biological siblings while still keeping contact with their biological parents.
Estonian Folk Dancing Troupes and Estonian Choirs at Estonia's 2014 Song and Dance Festival
Over the years, the Estonian Relief Committee has supported the Estonian Boys Scouts and Estonian Girl Guides in the USA, including grants for participation at summer camps held in Estonia and in Jackson, NJ. The camps and ongoing scout and guide activities are key to establishing and maintaining our Estonian heritage and provide a path for our future leaders.
The Estonian Relief Committee is a regular financial supporter of the Long Island Estonian Educational Society which operates and maintains the 7 acre property. The site inlcudes: cabins, a pool, track, volleyball court, sauna and main hall with a kitchen and dining area.
Many Estonian events are held there including the "Lastesuvekodu" summer camp, "Jaanipäev" and the annual Estonian-American Amateur Athletics sports day.
The Estonian Relief Committee is a member and regular supporter of the Estonian Archives in the US. The EAU was established in 1969 with the aim to preserve the history of Estonians in exile. The archives are housed in a specially erected building near the Estonian Evangelical Lutheran Church in Lakewood. The membership consists of Estonian organizations in the U.S. The archives are run by volunteers and the costs of the archives are covered by membership fees and voluntary donations.
In 2003, the Estonian Archives in the U.S. established the Hildegard Must Estonian-American Studies Fund at the University of Minnesota to preserve Estonian archival materials. By the end of 2003 about one third of EAU’s collections had been transferred, and this work is selectively continuing. For the time being those archival collections needed by organizations in their activities or used in on-going research remain in their place.
Over the years, the Estonian Relief Committee has provided financial support to Estonian folk dancing troupes and singing choirs in the U.S. in order to preserve and promote Estonian culture and heritage.
During the summer of 2014, many members of these groups were able to demonstrate their skills by representing the U.S. at Estonia's Song Festival and Dance Festival held in Tallin, Estonia.
For decades, the Estonian Relief Committee has supported the non-profit activities of the NY Estonian Educational Society. Programs include support of Estonian groups such as the Estonian School, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, choirs and dance troupes. The New York Estonian Educational Society was established on December 7,1929. Since then, the Society has served as the center and focal point of Estonian activity in New York.
Grants to the Lakewood Estonian Association
(Lakewoodi Eesti Ühing)
Over the years, the Estonian Relief Committee has supported the non-profit activities of the Lakewood Estonian Association which owns and operates the Estonian House in Jackson, NJ. Programs include support of Estonian groups such as the Estonian School, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, choirs and dance troupes, and other sports and cultural events.
Grants to the NY Mixed Choir
Over the years, the Estonian Relief Committee has supported the NY Estonian Mixed Choir and its predecessors -- the NY Estonian Womens Choir and the NY Estonian Mens Choir. The choir practices at the NY Estonian House and performs at numerous Estonian cultural events and venues throughout the year.
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