Estonian American Fund
PO Box 7369
Silver Spring MD 20907-7369



Mission statement

Estonian American Fund for Economic Education, Inc. was founded in January 1990 to take advantage of the opening provided by perestroika to broaden contacts and address needs in Estonia the very existence of which had been denied during the 50 years of Soviet occupation.

At the time the U. S policy favoured democratization and economic reforms while promoting the territorial integrity of the Soviet Union. Accordingly, the Fund first concentrated on economics, then a "politically correct " approach. As the bylaws permit a broad range of activity, the Fund soon got involved in healthcare, general welfare, education, training economists and statisticians, developing nonprofit organizations, supporting youth-oriented voluntary services.

The Fund works on the basis of projects. Anyone is welcome to propose a project. Execution depends on a verified need and trustworthy partners in Estonia, and personal commitment of effort, expertise and resources on the part of volunteers in the United States.

 

Lugupeetud Eesti sõbrad ja toetajad!

Hea pealehakkamine  on pool võitu, ütleb   vanasõna. Kakskümmend viis aastat tagasi hakkas Eesti vabadus koitma, kuid kahtlus toimesaamises iseseisva riigina ringles nii Ameerika valitsuses kui ka ajakirjanduses. Kuid N. Liidu lagunemise algus tõotas ootamatuid võimalusi.

Eesti Ameerika Fond loomist ajendas soov kaasa aidata N. Liidu lagunemisele.  Kuigi USA poliitika seda tollal ei soosinud, oli võimalik hankida kirjastustelt N. Liidus keelatud kirjandust tuginedes külma sõjas kultiveeritud antikommunismile. Omaette kurioosum oli võimalus kontrabandi Eestisse toimetada punalipu all seilavate teravilja vedavate puistlast laevadega.

Fondi avatus aitas inimestel ja eesti organisatsioonidel häid mõtteid konkreetselt teostada. Kui meditsiinilise kõrgtehnoloogia saadetistesse ruumi üle jäi, täitsid ameerika eestlased konteinerid riiete ja jalatsitega.  Kasutades Fondi riiklikku tunnustust, hankisid agarad vabatahtlikud väärtuslikku aparatuuri  ja varustust, mille Eestisse toimetamist võimaldas mitusada  toetajat.

Üheksakümnendate algus oli eesti rahval väga raske.Oli raske nii materiaalselt kui ka moraalselt. “Meid julgustab teadmine, et me pole üksi,”  kommenteeriti tänukirjades.  Heategevus oli midagi uut, sest  N. Liidus polnud heategevust. Fondi tegevus tekitas Eestis arutlust heategevuse teemal ja  tiivustas heategevuse arengut.

Fond soosib arengut. Hea näide oliAmeerika Punase Risti verepanga uue süsteemi juurutamine Eestis. Fondi kaudu toimus see Eestis enne kui Ameerikas. 

Uued ja uuenduslikud mõtted on teretulnud.
Täname kaastöö ning toetuse eest!


Dear friends of Estonia!

Just as Estonia is punching above her weight, the Fund has also achieved much more than generally expected twenty-five  years ago. It happened because individuals and Estonian societies from all corners of the United States pitched in with ideas and material support. Cooperation with U.S. charities multiplied our effectiveness.
Early on, doubters questioned whether we could fill up even one 40-ft container.  Thanks to partnering organizations and generous supporters pitching in from all over the U.S., we got 32 forty-footers underway, packed with medical supplies and equipment, medicines and nursing supplies, scientific literature, clothing and footwear.
There were doubts about the transfer of medical high technology. But bolstered by training provided in the U.S., Estonian physicists and physicians laid doubts to rest. That competence helped pave the way to major World Bank loans to modernize healthcare in the whole country.
Just as important as material assistance was the moral support that accompanied it. It is comforting to know that we are not alone, was the sentiment expressed in Estonia in the early 1990’s.
We remember in gratitude the 248 early supporters, their hands-on efforts and advice. And we thank the hundreds who keep alive the spirit of giving, cooperation, and generosity.

Twenty-five years ago the Fund was an experiment. It worked. It takes your participation to keep it working.

 

You are invited

Estonia is still very much a work in progress.  The Fund is an open organization: your expertise, ideas, and material support are welcome.

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