Something ends, something begins – The summary of our activities in 2019, part I
I will start the summary from the beginning of the year, but I will not be strictly chronological.
In the first part I will say what has changed within the foundation and our closest environment. In the second part I will try to sum up the results of our work.
Just a year ago I was dividing my time between paid work and activities in the foundation. I was coming back home to sit in front of the computer. On weekends, I was going to fundraisings, and I was spending my holidays in Iraq. It was not always easy, and definitely not very effective. There are only 24 hours in a day. I had to give up something. So in January 2019 I became the only full-time employee of the Eaglewatch Foundation. Many things have changed in my life, but I do not regret those changes.
It was not an easy task – paperwork is our weakest point. But at the end we succeeded. At the same time, in cooperation with Andrzej and Paulina, we applied for other funding which we received in September. I will write more about it the following part.
Several days after coming back Bartek went to Brussels to collect funds for further activities.
In April we celebrated the third birthday of our foundation. But there were neither fireworks nor big party. We sat in the evening with beers in our hands wondering how we were managing to do all that. None of us had ever thought that our activities would develop so much.
Z WODY W PIACHOur own YouTube series in which we talk about how the foundation was created, our activities and the current situation of people that we are aiding (only in Polish for now).
In August we recorded the first episode of „Z wody w piach” (From water to the sand). It is our own YouTube series in which we talk about how the foundation was created, our activities and the current situation of people that we are aiding. Where does the series’ title come from? Bartosz Rutkowski, the founder of the foundation, spent most of his service in the Polish Army as a diver. He left the army to help victims of ISIS in the Middle East. I think no further explanation is needed. Obviously, it is just the beginning and we will be continuing this form of publicity. We have no experience in such productions, but we try to make sure that every episode includes information that you may find interesting (only in Polish for now).
Our first visit to Iraq in 2019 took place in August. Apart from Bartek, the team included Dorota and Krzysztof Błechow as well as Andrzej Ochał. The first two are the representatives of the Children Help Foundation in Żywiec which has been supporting our various projects from the beginning. Andrzej is a former soldier of the Foreign Legion and a widely understood social activist. He is passionate about finding archives and documenting the history of his hometown Prabuty. After coming back from Iraq he wrote a book „Orla Straż. Kiedy świat udaje, że nie widzi” (The Eaglewatch. When the world pretends not to see), presenting his take on the situation of the victims of ISIS and the Eaglewatch’s activities.
In December I went to Iraq with Bartek and Anrzej Rzepecki. Not long time ago you could read about that trip on our website. I invite you to have a look, if you have not yet done so.