About Us

Eaglewatch has been founded in March 2016 by former Polish Navy Lieutenant Commander Bartosz Rutkowski.

At the same time, the so-called Islamic State was carrying out numerous crimes against civilians initiated in 2014. Religious minorities, that is to say the Christians and the Yazidis that managed to flee from towns seized by terrorists were in urgent need of help in the internally displaced persons’ (IDP) camps. A humanitarian crisis was already taking place while the antiterrorist coalition armies were only beginning to form their ranks.

Before starting the foundation, Bartosz Rutkowski had served as the chief training officer at Diving and Deep Diving Training Center of the Polish Armed Forces in Gdynia.

On the 7th of October 2015 at 7:15 am, just a quarter before Bartosz was about to start his everyday activities, he read an article about a 12-year-old boy tortured and crucified in Syria. It made him think about his own sons, one of whom was the murder boy’s peer. After a quick consideration whether he was able to prevent at least one child from going through the same ordeal, he took a life-changing decision. He decided to retire and travel to the Middle East, to the Iraqi Kurdistan, in order to figure out how help could be provided. At the end of 2015, he left military service, and three months later he was on his way to Iraq.

While in Iraq, he sought to personally assess the needs of war victims and to determine the best ways of addressing them. Holding a press card of one of the Polish television broadcasters he was associated with proved to be helpful. It enabled him to meet with representatives of affected communities, local authorities, and to reach places to which access was limited due to hostilities.

„I m only here to help…”

A documentary produced by the Telewizja Dla Zdrowia tells the story of the Eaglewatch Foundation and its founder and president Bartosz Rutkowski.

 

Runtime: 21′ 30
Directing: Mirosław Sokół, Wojciech Tora
Camerawork: Wojciech Tora
Production: Telewizja dla Zdrowia, 2016

„I m only here to help…”

A documentary produced by the Telewizja Dla Zdrowia tells the story of the Eaglewatch Foundation and its founder and president Bartosz Rutkowski.

 

Runtime: 21′ 30
Directing: Mirosław Sokół, Wojciech Tora
Camerawork: Wojciech Tora
Production: Telewizja dla Zdrowia, 2016

Eaglewatch Foundation Team

Bartosz Rutkowski

Bartosz Rutkowski

President and Founder

Dawid Czyż

Dawid Czyż

Dariusz Celiński

Dariusz Celiński

Our partners

Assyrian Aid Society (Iraq)

Beth Nahrain (Iraq)

Caritas Polska (Poland)

Dep. Pomocy Humanitarnej przy KPRM (Poland)

Fundacja Dziecko i Rodzina (Poland)

Fundacja Innovaid (Poland)

Fundacja Pomocy Dzieciom w Żywcu (Poland)

Gilgamesh Organization for Development and Relief (Iraq)

OurBridge (Iraq-Germany)

Shengal Charity Organization (Iraq)

Telewizja Dla Zdrowia (Poland)

Yezidi Human Rights Organization (Iraq)

Charity Council

Małgorzata Rzepecka

physician

Ryszard Klimczyk

legal advisor

Andrzej Rzepecki

businessman and philanthropist

Piotr Sawrycki

MD, PhD

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