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The mission of the Karelian Registry is to save lives. Transplantation of bone marrow is the only chance to save many people, in particular, kids and teenagers, who suffer from leukemia and other deadly diseases. The more people we list as marrow donors, the more chances we give to thousands yet incurable patients, whom we are able to help. Whom do we aid? The Karelian Registry finds compatible donors for the patients who urgently need bone marrow transplantation. An acceptable bone marrow donor is very hard to find: on average, only 1 of 10 000 donors is compatible. Donors from abroad are genetically different from Russian people, and the number of donors from Russia is still very small. Thus, the main aim of the Karelian Registry is to dramatically increase the number of bone marrow donors in Russia. We are moving towards this aim in the following ways: (i) Telling people about bone marrow donorship, destroying myths and fears of transplantation and donorship, evaluating risks for the donor and for the patient, we facilitate more and more people to become deliberately listed as bone marrow donors. (ii) Growing the donor database, we give hope to the growing number of patients, who suffer from leukemia and other blood disorders, and whose only chance is bone marrow transplantation. (iii) Working in a wide team of volunteers to aid those, who desperately need help, we construct an honest professional environment based on humanism, voluntariness, and unmercenariness, which allows the team members to implement their demands for self-fulfilment, self- and mutual respect. (iv) Giving our business partners and philanthropists an opportunity to take part in charitable programs, we allow them to increase their self-esteem and gain respect from the society. How many patients in Russia need bone marrow transplantation? More than 4,000 people need the transplantation every year, and only less than 20% of them can find a related donor. With only 45,000 donors listed, less than 200 unrelated transplantations are performed in Russia. As many as 4,000,000 bone marrow donors are required for Russia. What are the unique features of the Karelian Registry? The Karelian Registry the only non-state registry of bone marrow donors in Russia. The Registry has great experience in donor recruiting and in searches for compatible donors. The donors listed in the Registry are available worldwide. The Registry is a member of The World Marrow Donor Association (WMDA), Bone Marrow Donors Worldwide (BMDW), Bone Marrow Donor Search system of Russia, Kazakhstan, and Armenia (BMDS). The Karelian Registry is registered by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Board of European Students of Technology is a non-profit and non-political organisation that since 1989 strives to improve communication, cooperation and exchange opportunities for European students. The mission of BEST is to help students achieve an international mindset, reach a better understanding of cultures and societies and develop the capacity to work in culturally diverse environments. To achieve this mission BEST offers high quality services to technology students all over Europe. These services include a European engineering competition, academic courses, career events and events on educational involvement. BEST offers these events in 96 European Universities, spread among 34 countries, reaching over one million students, with the help of 3300 members. It is BEST's mission to provide complementary, non-formal education in every event that it organises. This to make sure that the students that are reached grow to their full potential before they enter the job market. It is essential for BEST to show students the value of complementary education, not only to widen their perspective on the technology topics covered in their studies, but also to teach them the needed soft skills. To begin, these soft skills are covered in BEST's events by bringing students together with its two other stakeholders, universities and companies, and letting them dialog. Secondly, BEST provides specific training sessions to teach students how to acquire these skills in a safe and stimulating environment among peers. Lastly, this is done not only towards outside students, but also towards BEST's own members. By letting them organise events after they had a thorough knowledge transfer and did some in-depth training sessions, they acquire a lot of hands-on experience that makes them valued assets on the job market. In all this soft skill acquirement, there is one thing that makes BEST special: everything happens in a culturally diverse environment. BEST's volunteers really learn how to cooperate with project members from all over Europe and also the outside students are introduced to a specific mindset that BEST likes to call 'the BEST spirit'. This means that everyone works together, respecting each other's backgrounds, to achieve a common goal: empower students and give them a voice in today's society. For this donation campaign BEST would focus on the educational involvement that it stimulates among European students. It is namely very unique that an organisation run by students offers their peers a voice by collecting data in surveys and events and presenting that data to the relevant authorities. BEST, therefore, attends a lot of conferences about education to be able to share our outcomes to the fullest. We hope to raise some donations in this campaign to be able to carry out next year's planning around the theme of Digital Literacy. This theme focuses on how prepared students and universities are for the upcoming digitisation wave. It raises the question of how we will learn and teach digital skills and how industry 4.0 will make its way into our education. For this program BEST invests in conducting surveys, doing symposia on education and writing scientific papers with the purpose of disseminating the outcomes. It is not the first time that BEST is going to conduct such an Educational Involvement Programme. Last year, for example, the theme was 'Diversity in STEM education' and the years before we covered topics such as pedagogical skills, new teaching methods, relation between university and industry, etc. So what were the steps BEST undertook to create all the materials around last year's topic? First, a team was created to do research on existing literature about 'Diversity in (STEM) education'. Based on that research a survey was created in which 4 diversity types were tackled: cultural diversity, ethnic diversity, gender diversity and students with disabilities. Then, after the answers of the survey were gathered and analysed, the subtopics for the BEST Symposia on Education were identified: in this case, each symposium had a different diversity type. The same team that worked on the content creation of the symposia also prepared and delivered the sessions of those symposia. After the events, the input of all the participating students is gathered in a scientific report, which is then either published in conferences, or disseminated through social media and newsletters. The approach used last year proved to be a successful one and will be repeated in this year's Educational Involvement Programme. If we manage to get more funds via Global Giving, this will mean that we can elaborate this process and spend more resources on content creation, promotion of the surveys and dissemination of our results. In short: we will be able to make a lot more noise in the educational world.