INDEXA is proud to announce the formation of a new fund within INDEXA that specifically supports humanitarian projects carried out by DXpeditions. The generous initial contribution by Mr. Zorro Miyazawa, JH1AJT, will enable INDEXA to begin humanitarian support grants beginning mid-January of 2016. The tag line for this fund is “Hams with Hearts.”
To qualify for humanitarian grants, DXpeditions must present a clear plan for a humanitarian project to coincide with their DXpedition. The project must provide direct, physical benefit to the local population and go beyond leaving behind ham equipment, making a video, or giving a class in amateur radio. Examples of acceptable projects include, but are not limited to, providing school supplies, clothing, medical supplies, first aid equipment, water purification supplies, etc. In every case, the INDEXA board will review the plans and make a decision as to whether or not to fund the project.
In the early years of this fund, it is likely that grants will be modest. We therefore will be seeking low cost but high impact projects. As this fund grows it may be possible to encourage DXpeditions to conduct humanitarian project by supporting both the DXpedition itself and the humanitarian project it carries out.
We are grateful to Zorro for his generosity and acknowledge the many humanitarian projects he has carried out on a personal level. With this new fund we hope to benefit humanity and enhance the image of amateur radio around the world.