PaganAid is a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) registered as a charity by the Charity Commission of England & Wales, registered charity number 1158075. PaganAid is run and funded by Pagans who want to support efforts to protect the environment and lift people out of extreme poverty.
Run entirely by committed volunteers and with minimal running costs, PaganAid receives money from concerned Pagans who give regular donations or organise fundraising activities. That money is then given as grants to other trusted organisations to fund projects that help poor and marginalised communities to protect and develop their own livelihoods and the environment about them – projects that put equal value on ending poverty and protecting Mother Earth.
Examples of the types of project that we could fund are:
- Training and supporting small-scale farmers living in semi-arid areas of Africa to adopt traditional low-input agriculture techniques (similar to permaculture) that enhance the local environment, increase crop yields and help build their resilience to the continuing effects of climate change.
- Supporting tribal peoples living in the rainforests of South Asia and South America to fight against the destruction of their forests by logging and mining companies.
The beneficiaries of projects we fund can be of any faith or none, so long as they want to live in harmony with nature.
We will also be asking our supporters to campaign with us and with other organisations to challenge the actions of those who despoil our planet and drive people into poverty.
PaganAid's official charitable objects are:
- To promote sustainable development for the benefit of the public by:
- the preservation, conservation and the protection of the environment and the prudent use of resources;
- the relief of poverty and the improvement of the conditions of life in socially and economically disadvantaged communities;
- the promotion of sustainable means of achieving economic growth and regeneration.
- To advance the education of the public in subjects relating to sustainable development and the protection, enhancement and rehabilitation of the environment and to promote study and research in such subjects provided that the useful results of such study are disseminated to the public at large.
Note that the Charity Commission and its regulations defines “Sustainable Development” as “development which meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.”
There are five trustees from the Pagan community who sit on the Board of PaganAid and oversee all its work (click here for details).