BYSOL supports families of political prisoners, strike committees, courtyard communities, dismissed workers and expelled students, local initiatives that help Belarusians fight against lawlessness in the country.
About the work of the Foundation
The BYSOL Foundation was the response of Belarusian society to the wave of lawlessness and violence that struck our country in August 2020. At that time, we focused on helping people who lost their jobs for political reasons and those who were forced to leave the country.
For 2020, BYSOL paid €2.9 million to support people fired for political reasons, striking workers, and people who were forced to leave Belarus because their freedom and safety were threatened.
In 2021, in addition to the foundation's core activities, we successfully campaigned together with you:
In the shortest possible time, the BYSOL team created a money transfer system in Belarus, invulnerable to illegitimate authorities. All attempts at financial interdiction and cyberattacks orchestrated by the regime proved fruitless.
Today BYSOL supports initiatives that help repressed and victimized Belarusians. We help medical, sports and cultural solidarity foundations. We support political prisoners and their families, as well as those who have been released and need support. We help people who have been dismissed for political reasons to retrain, so that they can acquire a new profession with the skills they need.
We create and develop relevant fields, responding to the challenges of our time:
All these initiatives unite Belarusians in their struggle for freedom.
Belarusian solidarity is not just words. Since 2020, we stand against lawlessness. We fight for freedom of Belarus and now for freedom of Ukraine.
BYSOL regularly publishes reports on social networks and on the official website: there you can find all receipts and expenditures of funds.
At the moment, the foundation employs civil activists, human rights activists and people who were engaged in other spheres before 2020 — two dozen people in total.
The head of the Fund is the Belarusian human rights activist Andrei Strizhak.
More than 90 thousand people have already become donors of the Fund — people not indifferent from all over the world who help to give birth to a new, free and democratic Belarus.
The main areas of work of the BYSOL Foundation are: