WHO ARE WE?
Communication Workers Union Humanitarian Aid (CWUHA) is a charitable organisation which was set up in a response to the plight of vulnerable children. We operate mainly in Eastern Europe but also assist projects inthe UK, Republic of Ireland & Africa.
HOW DID IT ALL BEGIN?
CWUHA was set up in 1995 in response to an appeal from trade unionists living in War torn Bosnia, in particular the town of Tuzla. The first convoy arrived in Tuzla in July 1995. The determination to deliver the aid direct to those who needed it most, cutting out the risk of it falling into the hands of self-interest middlemen, set the agenda for every CWUHA convoy that was to follow.
WHAT MAKES US SO SPECIAL?
Of course, there are other charities, which collect medical equipment, food, clothing, toys, and other forms of aid for needy children. What makes CWUHA unique, however, is our cardinal principle - our volunteers actually deliver the aid to the places where it is needed most. This way, Donors can therefore be confident that their generosity will be translated into aid at the point of need! We are also unique in that we pay no wages or honoraria. The CWUHA office is also run at virtually no cost because thanks to the CWU and BT we pay no rent, no phone/internet bills. All this keeps our office admin costs below 5%.
With the support of CWU, BT and Royal Mail (Royal Mail & BT loan us vehicles & supply fuel). CWUHA developed new aid routes to Bulgaria, Romania, Lithuania, Ukraine, Moldova, Transnistria and Albania. CWUHA has delivered thousands of tons of aid to hundreds of orphanages, hospitals, schools and direct to vulnerable families. To build on our successes CWUHA has over the last few years sought new supporters like AnPost, Eir (Irish based companies who also supply vehicles and fuel), Communication Workers Union (Ireland), UIA, UnionLine and Pellacraft. Their involvement guarantees that we can continue in our work to help needy children. Many of the children residing in orphanages are not orphans, but are placed there by families who confronted with overwhelming poverty believe that their children will be better cared for in these institutions. Working closely with other charities in these countries we can target and help the most vulnerable families, and assist local fostering and adoption schemes. Hopefully this ensures that these children grow up in a loving family environment. Thanks mainly to CWU Ireland we have also delivered life saving medical equipment i.e. incubators, scanners and other medical equipment to rundown children’s hospitals in Eastern Europe.