Welcome to the Kavli Trust

The Kavli Trust owns the Bergen-based Kavli food group, and this ownership provides the basis for its financial support of good causes. Part of Kavli’s profits are reinvested to strengthen and develop group’s operations, while the remainder benefits research, cultural activities and humanitarian work through the trust. Although the overall amount can vary from year to year, donations from the trust have recently increased substantially.

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Both the Kavli Trust and the Kavli group have their main office in Bergen, Norway. The Kavli Trust is currently in the midst of an exciting development phase. Traditionally, it has received applications and spread support widely. But the recent trend has been towards backing fewer, larger and more long-term projects. In this way, the trust can make a bigger contribution to meeting important social needs and have a clear impact in these areas. The new approach also permits a closer partnership with recipients over a longer period, so that the two sides can jointly achieve better results and a bigger return for society from the funding.

Silvija Seres joins Kavli Trust board

The board of the Kavli Trust has elected Silvija Seres as a new trustee. She replaces Reidar Lorentzen, who reached retirement age in December 2014.
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Life Support for Mothers and Babies in Dar es Salaam

The Swedish organisation Life Support Foundation will contribute to save mothers and babies through the teaching of basic life support measures in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
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Transforming education in Ghana

Reach for Change in Ghana recently partnered with the Kavli Trust to support four social entrepreneurs with new outlooks on education in the West African country.
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Clean water to the people

Sierra Leonean Winston Clett Johnston is a true social entrepreneur. With the support of the Kavli Trust, Johnston and his company Indie Group has installed the first UV water purification system in schools in Sierra Leone.
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Injecting positive spin-offs

A vaccination project in Niger offers health benefits not only for children in poor countries over the long term but also for the population as a whole right now.
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Grateful for a chance to learn

Theresi Sabanda can report excellent results as one of the many Zimbabwean students being funded by Norway’s Sabona organisation. He recently took a BSc in psychology and aims to do a master’s degree in 2016.
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“I don’t want to be poor – so I work hard”

The best thing about school is that it provides something to strive for, says 12-year-old Rasmata in Burkina Faso, and ventures a cautious smile.
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Cultivating a better life

Nisaron is one of several hundred women in Bangladesh who have started growing vegetables on land which was previously waste, thanks to a project supported by the Kavli Trust.
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The big leap

Mary Wanjiku is a one of hundreds of new small-scale Kenyan entrepreneurs, trained by the organisation Hand in Hand.
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Farm schooling helps to boost productivity

Life is slowly becoming more secure nutritionally and financially for Debit Taban and other small farmers in strife-torn South Sudan, thanks to good advice on food production, storage and sale.
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Small investment grows into big capital

More trees and plants are set to be planted in southern Ethiopia with support from the Kavli Trust, to benefit both the climate and the national economy.
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More equality on the land

An agreement on strengthening entrepreneurship and learning for female farmers in Uganda was recently signed by the Kavli Trust with Norway’s Forum for Women and Development (Fokus).
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Eradicating hunger

Efforts by Sweden’s Hunger Project to make the village of Nkawanda in eastern Ghana self-sufficient by the end of 2016 are receiving support from the Kavli Trust under a recent agreement.
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Learning today for a better tomorrow

Thinking about an education and the future seems pointless when the main preoccupation is simply to survive in the here and now. That is where the Human Practice Foundation (HPF) comes in.
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Surviving that vital minute

Infant mortality in the west African country of Mali is to be reduced using an educational method developed with support from Norway.
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Turning non-physicians into surgeons

The Ebola epidemic has reduced Sierra Leone’s health system to a level not seen since the civil war of the 1990s. A pragmatic approach is needed to make progress here, says Håkon Bolkan.
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Back in the healing business

The Ebola epidemic force Masanga Hospital in Sierra Leone to shut down for several months. It is now taking steps to reopen with the aid of funds from the Kavli Trust.
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More support for green initiative

The board of the Kavli Trust has decided to back Norway’s Climate Breakfast project for a further two years, when six meetings per annum are due to be held.
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Talk on tap

Suicide is the commonest cause of death among Swedish youngsters and men under the age of 44. The Kavli Trust is supporting Sweden’s Mind society, which offers a lifeline to people facing a personal crisis.
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Broader backing for the best

The 1B1 classical music ensemble backed by the Kavli Trust since 2013 has now also won support from Talent Norge, the government’s programme for developing artistic virtuosity.
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Creating jobs to combat poverty

Where others see poor people, Sweden’s Hand in Hand organisation sees grassroots entrepreneurs full of energy and ideas. Its work in Kenya will be backed by the Kavli Trust for the next two years.
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Keen to contribute

Marthe Dahlin has always known that she wanted to give of herself and her time to help others, after having enjoyed every opportunity in her own life. She is now fulfilling that wish.
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New progress in identifying senility

A new method based on electroencephalography (EEG) appears to offer a useful tool for diagnosing dementia, according to a Nordic scientific study backed by the Kavli Trust.
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Expanding educational opportunity in Zimbabwe

The Kavli Trust recently decided to expand its support to a fund established in 2014 by Norway’s Sabona organisation to help young people in Zimbabwe secure further education.
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Tanzanias future entrepreneurs?

The Girl Power project supported by the Kavli Trust in Tanzania combines training in entrepreneurship with health information. It wants to see if this mix will make young women in the east African country more economically independent.
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Living the dream in Myanmar

A five-year project to improve the position of 3 000 families in Myanmar’s Ayeyarwaddy district has been launched by Norway’s Strømme Foundation with support from the Kavli Trust.
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Talk of improvement

Language training which holds the key to social participation is being offered to refugees in Norway, Sweden, Denmark and the UK by the Red Cross, with support from the Kavli Trust.
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Kavli Trust funds playground

Employees at St Helen’s Farm, owned by the Kavli Group, has chosen to fund the redevelopment of a playground in Seaton Ross as their good cause.
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Warming up with vaccine

Research on global health issues represents an investment in saving lives. So the Kavli Trust is supporting a Médecins Sans Frontières vaccination project in Niger.
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Planting sustainable development

Work by Norway’s Strømme Foundation to encourage entrepreneurship and education in Bangladesh has long been backed by the Kavli Trust. Their partnership is now being extended to a new programme.
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Tackling a medical mystery

What exactly is myalgic encephalophathy (ME), also known as chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), and how can it be treated?
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Growth plan for good diet

Nisaron’s garden is flourishing in Bangladesh. She is one of the women now cultivating vegetables stuffed with healthy nutrients under a project run by Impact Norway.
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Female role models help girls go to school

The British organisation Africa Educational Trust (AET) has learned that female role models make everybody listen.
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Putting in all efforts for children in Ghana and Kenya

The Kavli Trust supports the Danish organisation 100 % to the Children, who runs projects in Ghana and Kenya in cooperation with local organisations.
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Number of infections from tick bites increasing

An international conference on vector-borne diseases is to be staged by the Nordic organisation NorVect on 30-31 May 2015 with support from Norway’s Kavli Trust.
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Tracking the source of dementia

Scientists agree that a connection exists between Alzheimer’s and cardiovascular disease, but how it works remains a mystery. Two young researchers are now trying to find the answer.
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New directors of Kavli Holding

Frank Mohn and Lise Hammergren have been elected by the Kavli Trust to the board of Kavli Holding, the parent company for Norway’s Kavli food group.
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Doing her bit for ME research

Maria Gjerpe, a doctor and sufferer from myalgic encephalopathy (chronic fatigue syndrome), has raised NOK 3 million to back work on a disease about which little is known.
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Environmental music therapy for dementia care

Every year between 9 and 10 000 Ethiopian women get obstetric fistulas during childbirth. Fistulas might occur if the child is stuck.
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Environmental music therapy for dementia care

A Norwegian project headed by Dr Audun Myskja which aims to develop future environmental song and music therapy for dementia sufferers is being supported by the Kavli Trust.
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A new life for underprivileged girls and women

LittleBigHelp is working to secure vulnerable children and women their basic rights through eight projects in West Bengal, India.
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Turning poor women into entrepreneurs

Chime is a Norwegian society established by Jennfrid Stellberg in 2009. After a cautious start-up with the provision of pigs to 20 women…
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Big Sing and Big Sing for Mini Singers

The Kavli Trust supports some of Sage Gateshead’s core projects, The Big Sing and The Big Sing for Mini Singers.
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Educating underprivileged childrenEduc

A project which uses various theatrical formats to highlight the many challenges faced by women and children in Nepal is being extended and developed with support from Norway’s Kavli Trust.
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Street theatre as a weapon

A project which uses various theatrical formats to highlight the many challenges faced by women and children in Nepal is being extended and developed with support from Norway’s Kavli Trust.
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Supporting female entrepreneurs in Myanmar

Work by the Partnership for Change (PfC) organisation to train and advise businesswomen in Myanmar is being supported by Norway’s Kavli Trust.
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- Privileged to be able to support local organisations

The Kavli Trust’s staff in the U.K has chosen four organisations that will receive in total £33, 650. The donations are given to organisations located in the North East of England.
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Saving lives of mothers, almost dying, where there are no doctors

The Kavli Trust supports educational projects in the South and wants specifically to spread knowledge that can directly prevent young girls and women fromdying because of pregnancy and childbirth.
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English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Training for Newly Arrived Migrants in Glasgow

The Kavli Trust recently entered into collaboration with the British Red Cross to deliver a new project providing ESOL training for newly arrived migrants in Glasgow.
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Step forward for Malawian child learning

A training school for early childhood teachers founded in Malawi by Norwegian enthusiast Marit Svahn with support from the Kavli Trust has now received official accreditation.
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A crucial chance

Young people in the west African state of Benin are to get a new opportunity to attend school with help of Norway’s Kavli Trust and Unicef.
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Supports Girls Education in South Sudan

The Big Sing and The Big Sing for Mini Singers are part of an inspiring project designed to connect children with music beyond the resources available to their schools. The project enables a journey through song, specially designed for the age groups and abilities they serve.
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Supports The Big Sing and The Big Sing for Mini Singers

The Big Sing and The Big Sing for Mini Singers are part of an inspiring project designed to connect children with music beyond the resources available to their schools. The project enables a journey through song, specially designed for the age groups and abilities they serve.
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Chamber music for everyone

The three string quartets organising the Oslo Quartet Series are Engegårdkvartetten, Oslo Strykekvartett and Vertavokvartetten.
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Medical students helps mothers and children in Sierra Leone

To contribute to a world where a safe birth and upbringing for granted”. This is the vision of Medical Students’ humanitarian action (MedHum) in 2014…
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Discovered new method to diagnose dementia patients

Scientists in the Nordic Research Network of Dementia Diagnostics are attempting to discover new methods for diagnosis patients with dementia.
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Offers street boys in India shelter and a new chance

The LittleBigHelp team runs projects such as: the Open Shelter, a Pre and Primary School and also an Adult Learning Centre for women.
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Improves the surgical capacity in Sierra Leone

In order to provide the citizens with a better health care system in developing countries, the World Health Organization recommends further training of existing health personnel.
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The history of the Kavli Trust

Olav Kavli established strong international business relations through frequent business trips to the USA, India and most countries in Europe. This international business approach was later expanded by Olav’s son Knut Kavli (1896-1965).
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Music Education in Sierra Leone

The best band in the southern part of Sierra Leone can be found at Kakua Music Academy in the provincial capital Bo. The Norwegian music teacher Catharina Drivdal is the driving force behind the music academy and its excellent Kakua school band.
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The Kavli Trust Supports Sensory Room and Local Treatment Unit

Part of the funds distributed by the Kavli Trust go to projects recommended by Kavli employees.
Kavli employees in the UK voted for the Kavli Trust to support a sensory room for children with multiple learning difficulties, and a local renal treatment unit.
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Preschool teachers and nurseries in Malawi

The first 18 preschool teachers in Malawi graduated in March 2012. They are now working full time in one of Malawi’s seven nurseries.
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The Kavli Trust cooperates with MyGoodAct to inspire young people to support charities

MyGoodAct.com is a social network where people who care are able to raise financial support for different charitable projects and NGOs.
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Helping to save and strengthen Ethiopian mothers

At least 287 000 women die every year in connection with pregnancy and giving birth, and more than 99 per cent of these deaths occur in the Third World.
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Feeding the needy

Hard-up people in Oslo will be offered free supplies when the Food Bank opens this autumn with support from the Kavli Trust. Good but surplus food can then benefit the poor rather than be discarded.
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Follow developments with Shonglap

The Shonglap project provides a one-year education for girls aged 11-19 who have missed out on school through poverty. It will give them pride and independence, teach them their own rights and provide opportunities to earn their own money.
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Kavli Trust helps teach African smallholders how to farm

Model farming training centres being established by Norwegian People’s Aid with support from the Kavli Trust will provide 460 small farmers in South Sudan with an education in agriculture.
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Company is the best medicine

Youngsters are not alone in needing to hang out with others. But many elderly folk find their friends dying one by one. The Kavli Trust is supporting the Salvation Army’s efforts to encourage new contact between people.
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Putting girls in charge of their own lives

The Shonglap educational programme aims to overcome to problem of child brides in Bangladesh, with backing from Norway’s Strømme Foundation and the Kavli Trust.
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Educating educators in the world´s poorest country

Norwegian enthusiast and social entrepreneur Marit Svahn has opened seven new preschools in Malawi with support from the Kavli Trust. The project is also training their teachers.
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Kirkcudbright Swimming Pool

Colin Wyper (General Manager, Kirkcudbright Swimming Pool), met with Elaine McConnell and Paul Lewney of Kavli UK to formalise plans for the development work that will take place at the local pool and fitness centre.
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Washington Riding Centre

Eileen Curley (Centre of the picture) met with Maureen Brown and Paul Lewney of Kavli UK to discuss plans for developing the Riding School facility in Washington, Tyne and Wear.
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Supporting international diagnostic trials

Many years of backing for the Kavli research centre for aging and dementia is now being extended by the Kavli Trust to international scientists at seven different clinics. They are testing a new method for simpler diagnosis of various dementia conditions.
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Providing a route out of poverty

The Bungano upper secondary school – the first of the kind in its area – is being constructed in Malawi with help from the Kavli Trust.
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Protecting children in a digital world

Norway’s Barnevakten (Kids and Media) organisation has acquired a global reach with backing from the Kavli Trust. It is now a big operation with various web-based activities in the USA, the UK, Australia and Denmark as well as at home.
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Hope for CFS/ME patients

The latest medical research to be supported by the Kavli Trust focuses on myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME), often called chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS).
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