The Rory Peck Trust is the only organisation in the world dedicated to the safety and welfare of freelance newsgatherers and their families. When freelancers get into difficulty, we can help them.
We're a small organisation with a big reach.
We currently operate in over 60 countries, and give up to 100 charitable grants a year to freelancers and their families in crisis - each one tailored to individual need and situation.
But as a non-profit, non-partisan organisation we rely entirely on contributions from corporations, trusts, foundations and individuals to provide that help.
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How your money helps freelancers
In many cases, relatively modest sums can help transform the situation of a freelance journalist - or their family. For instance in 2010:
- £400 saved the life of a freelancer in Somalia who had been attacked and repeatedly threatened. We helped her escape danger and find a safe place to stay
- £950 provided essential physiotherapy for a Canadian freelancer who was shot in Thailand. He is now back at work
- £700 provided medicines, clothing and food to a seriously ill freelancer imprisoned in Tunisia. He is now working again after his release
- £550 enabled the family of a freelancer murdered in India to survive without their breadwinner. They set up a business which supports a family of four.
- £750 - the cost of a Rory Peck training bursary - equipped one freelancer with the essential safety skills needed to work hostile environments. Last year we gave 38 bursaries.
And we help many more freelancers with practical support and advice on insurance, trauma counselling, safety and other welfare issues.