Aid Convoy provides humanitarian aid, and supports the victims of conflict and disaster in rebuilding their lives and communities.
Increasingly, we act as a consultancy, providing advice, training, and support to the myriad small community groups that spring up every time there is a crisis in the world. We draw on our long-term experience running convoys and supporting local projects, and share this with groups such as those that have emerged to provide kitchens and shelters for refugees — such as in Greece, the Balkans, and Calais. Our contacts form the Humanitarian Aid Volunteers’ Network (HAVN). Our core team also provide expertise and consultancy services to large aid agencies, as the current refugee crises change the nature of aid provision, and increasingly draw it to the shores of Europe.
On the subject of those refugees, here is our reaction to the Syrian refugee crisis.
Our projects range from deliveries of emergency supplies through to cultural groups such as an HIV-awareness youth theatre! We help community centres, hospitals, schools, youth groups, universities, voluntary organisations, and trade unions. Traditionally we have focused principally on Albania, Gaza, Kosova, and Ukraine. We also support work in Syria, Mongolia, Peru, South Sudan, and many other places.
Our projects are overwhelmingly run at a “grass-roots” community level, with the vast majority of decisions being taken by the local people, backed up with carefully targeted support and advice from us where it is most effective. We provide training for volunteers, and our long-term aim is one we believe should apply to all charities: in the end, we should make ourselves unnecessary!
Past news releases and updates are available in the online archive, organised chronologically. The archive can be accessed using the list of dates on the left of most pages (or the bottom, if you’re viewing this on a small-screened mobile device). We hope this will help you to look back and follow the progress of projects over our 16 years of operations — we believe in being accountable and giving our supporters detailed feedback. The majority of the programmes described are still running, often sustainably and independently, and always welcome your interest and participation.