Kavli trust projects
The trust gives priority to large, long-term projects. An example of collaboration from each of its three main areas of humanitarian work, research and culture are provided below.
- Gibside School in Gateshead is a school for pupils with learning difficulties and special requirements. The school is located just to the west of Kavli’s facility in Gateshead. The Kavli Trust supports the school in various ways, including providing play equipment for the outdoor area of the school, as well as a minibus to be able to move the disabled children around. The support that the Kavli Trust provides to Gibside School is based on suggestions from the employees of Kavli UK. Visit www.gibsideschool.org for additional information.
- Sally Ann is the Salvation Army’s international fair trade concept. It transforms people’s lives and combats poverty by promoting such commerce. More than 1 000 people in four continents are currently employed in manufacturing quality products based on good design. Visit www.sallyann.com for additional information.
- The trust has created a dedicated centre for dementia research at the Haraldsplass Diaconal Hospital in Bergen. Since 2008, this facility has expanded its scope to embrace aging. The goal is to contribute to a better life for older people and dementia sufferers by developing a strong cross-disciplinary research team. As another new initiative for 2011, the Kavli Trust is supporting an international research project involving participants from Reykjavik, Bergen, Oslo, Stockholm, Copenhagen, Roskilde, Kupio and Vilnius. The objectives of the project are to test a new method for diagnosing a variety of dementia illnesses, to collect data from patients for subsequent use in research, and better to differentiate between various dementia illnesses and between “healthy” and “ill”. The network behind the project is co-ordinated from Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, Sweden, while the research project in question is being run from Landspitali University Hospital in Reykjavik, Iceland.
- Support from the Kavli Trust is making it possible for 4,000 children to attend school in Burkina Faso. Speed School is an intensive form of education for children who have missed out on schooling in Mali, Burkina Faso and Niger. The objective of the Strømmestiftelsen foundation’s Speed School project is to help bring children back to the classroom. As the name suggests, Speed School is an intensive form of education for children aged 8–12 who do not currently go to school. Some of the children have been forced to discontinue their education at an early stage, while others have never had the opportunity to start it in the first place. The cause is almost always the same: poverty. After nine months of teaching, the Speed School pupils sit a test. If they pass, they can join regular third or fourth grade classes. The objective of Speed School project is to help bring children back to the classroom – and back to the future. The Kavli Trust is supporting the Speed School project in the period 2010–2012, and the funds made available by the Trust will provide schooling for more than 4,000 children in Burkina Faso. Visit www.stromme.org for addtional information.
- Giving Nordic talents a chance: Since 1938, De Unges Konsert (The Young People’s Concert) has been a recognised soloist forum for a number of leading young musicians in Norway and the Nordic region. Thanks to support from the Kavli Trust, De Unges Konsert gives young talents the chance to perform as soloists with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra. De Unges Konsert is rich in tradition and a widely recognised soloist forum in Norway. Over the years, it has given more than 500 talented young musicians their “baptism of fire” as soloists with a professional symphony orchestra. Well-known musicians including Truls Mørk, Håvard Gimse, Henning Kraggerud and Tine Thing Helseth all got off to a flying start through De Unges Konsert. In 2011, De Unges Konsert will become a Nordic project with support from the Kavli Trust. Young musicians can qualify to appear in this year’s concert by successfully passing auditions held in Copenhagen, Gothenburg, Bergen and Oslo. Every year, the auditions normally attract 60–70 talented young musicians, of whom only five or six get the nod from the professional jury and go on to perform at De Unges Konsert. The opportunity to play, at a young age, in front of a full house with a professional symphony orchestra is a very rare and valuable experience for a young musician, and it can help to launch a glittering career. The upper age limit for instrumentalists is 24, while for singers it is 27. The support also includes a scholarship for the young musicians, which they can put towards their musical education and their own development. Visit www.harmonien.no for addtional information.
- The shocking human suffering in the wake of the earthquake in Haiti in 2010 has prompted the Kavli Trust to support efforts to bring relief after the disaster. Although the Trust does not have emergency disaster relief as one of its primary objects, it’s important that everyone pulls together on this occasion. The money given will be divided equally between the work of Médicins Sans Frontières and Save the Children in the Caribbean nation.
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