Final Reports from UNICEF as a five year projects closes down

The largest project Aurora has signed on to is the five year educational project in the West African country Sierra Leone, that Aurora supported in cooperation with UNICEF in Iceland and UNICEF in Sierra Leone. The project focused on building a child friendly educational environment, especially focusing on the girl child. In total Aurora donated about 1,7mUSD to this project which was essentially split into two projects. The final report can be found in the sidebar of each of the project pages here and here.


Allocation to the daughter funds and to Aurora Fund’s educational project inSierra Leone

The Aurora Fund’s fifth allocation took place on 15 February when ISK 85 million were allocated to Aurora’s Design Fund, Kraumur Music Fund and UNICEF.

The board of Aurora Fund decided, according to the policy of the fund, to adjust this allocation better to a difficult situation on the financial markets.  Great fluctuations on the markets have resulted in the rate of return being lower than in the first years of the fund. According to the objectives of Aurora Fund the allocations may not exceed the return of the fund.  It may therefore be expected to affect the allocations of the fund in the next few years.  However, despite a collapse in the economic market in 2008 as well as a difficult situation following the collapse, the fund is strong as before.

This fifth allocation of the fund was ISK 40 million to an educational project in Sierra Leone in cooperation with the education authorities in the country as well as UNICEF in Iceland and in Sierra Leone.  This is the fifth and the last allocation to this largest and most important project of the Fund from the beginning; to build a child friendly educational system and school facilities, focusing especially on the needs of girls. All in all, the fund has allocated about ISK 240 million to the project, including the ISK 36 million that the founders of the fund donated earlier.

Aurora Design Fund will receive ISK 25 million which is the first payment of ISL 75 million that the board of Aurora decided to allocate to the Design Fund to ensure its continuation for the next three years.   The Design Fund will continue to respect the policy to support exceptional designers who have a solid business plan and a clear future vision.

Kraumur Music Fund received ISK 20 million to give boost to the Icelandic music scene, mainly by supporting young musicians and assist them in promoting their art.</br>


Performing arts, the search and rescue team Ársæll and the exhibition ofLouise Bourgouis at the National Gallery of Iceland are new sponsor projects ofAurora Fund

Today, 16 February 2011 Aurora Fund allocates for the fourth time ISK 100 million to six projects within the field of humanities, education and culture in Iceland and in Sierra Leone.
Grants for performing arts:
In Iceland performing arts have been in a great uptrend recently and the creative energy has received international attention.  Aurora has decided to sponsor performing arts in Iceland, i.e. theatre, dance and song for about ISK10 million. In this way Aurora Fund wants to strengthen even further the performing arts by sponsoring exceptional and ambitious projects.  Aurora Fund has recruited Viðar Eggertsson director and Ingibjörg Þórisdóttir dramaturge and critic, to give professional advice in selecting projects and a great emphasis will be on projects that are artistic, bold and professional.
Applications may now be sent in and further information is on the Fund’s homepage.

The Search and Rescue team Ársæll:
The Search and Rescue team Ársæll is a department within the International rescue team of Slysavarnafélagið Landsbjörg and they assist in storms, earthquakes and flooding in inhabited areas everywhere in the country.  The team did a huge feat in a difficult situation in Haiti following the earthquake in January 2010 and they were among the first rescue teams to arrive on the site.  Much of their specialised equipment needs maintenance and replacement and therefore the Aurora Fund has decided to donate ISK 3 million to the team. The money will be used to buy equipment.

Further information: www.bjorgunarsveit.is

Louise Bourgeois – Exhibition of her artwork in the National Gallery of Iceland:
Louise Bourgeois is one of the best known women artists of the contemporary world. She died in 2010 when she was 99 years old, still agile and working vigorously as an artist. She started her career as a painter but around the middle of the last century she started sculpting which developed into massive instalments. She is a pioneer in that field and considered by many to be the artist that bridged the gap between modern- and contemporary art.  Now, at her 100 year anniversary exhibitions of her work are more popular than ever and therefore this is a unique opportunity for the National Gallery of Iceland to get an exhibition of this size and the first one in Europe since the artist passed away. Foreign visitors are expected that will come solely for the exhibition. The Aurora Fund has decided to donate ISK 3 million to the National Gallery of Iceland to sponsor the exhibition of the works of Louise Bourgeois and publication of a book about the artist which will give Icelanders a chance to get to know this artist a little better.
Attached is further information as well as pictures, one of Louise in 2007 taken by Dimitris Yeros and the other one is of her work Spider from 1995.

Further information: www.listasafn.is 

Kraumur Music Fund:
Kraumur Music Fund was established in 2008 by Aurora Fund as an experimental project for three years. The Kraumur activities have been flourishing and the fund has engaged in miscellaneous cooperative work with people within the music industry. During these three years around 100 musicians, bands and various music projects have been allocated about ISK 60 million.  Kraumur has, among other things, sponsored concerts and tours in Iceland and abroad, assisted in overseas marketing and launched new musical awards under the name of the Kraumur List.  It is therefore clear that the fund’s presence is important in the music sector in Iceland and the fund has now received 232 applications for the next allocation. Therefore the board of Aurora decided to continue this good work and provide another ISK 60 million for Kraumur Music Fund for the next three years.

Further information: www.kraumur.is

Aurora Design Fund:
Aurora Design Fund was established two years ago and is now receiving ISK 25 million for the third time. The fund has supported and worked with a diverse group of designers and the objective of the fund is to support designers and assist them is promoting themselves, their ideas, products and projects in Iceland as well as internationally. Besides, the fund also shares knowledge in the field of design and architecture in cooperation with others in the field as needed. Aurora Design Fund has as an objective to support promising designers and strengthen design work on the grass root level. The fund emphasises the support of projects that are exceptional in some way, encourage creativity and imagination within Icelandic design.

Further information: www.honnunarsjodur.is 

UNICEF’s educational project in Sierra Leone in Africa:
Aurora allocates for the fourth time ISK 40 million to build up a child friendly educational system and school facilities, especially with girls’ needs in mind. This is a part of the Fund’s most extensive project since its foundation and a total of ISK 160 million has been allocated to the project.  The project is in cooperation with the local educational authorities and UNICEF in Iceland and in Sierra Leone.  As a result of this project there are already over one hundred teachers who have received retraining and about 60 schoolhouses have been built with the appropriate water supply, plumbing, furniture and teaching materials.  A great effort is put into the education of teachers and training in teaching methods where the child is in a priority position and the community is activated by establishing parents’ associations at the schools as well as clubs for mothers. The project has been very successful and the same approach may be used in other parts of Sierra Leone.

This is the fourth time that grants are allocated from the Aurora Fund since its establishment in January 2007 by the couple Ingibjörg Kristjánsdóttir and Ólafur Ólafsson who started the fund with a capital sum of ISK one billion.  During these years grants have been allocated from the fund to projects that can contribute to a better life in Iceland as well as the developing countries.  Aurora Fund is a non-profit organisation that has fulfilled its objectives to support few, but large projects where there is need for considerable amounts of money in order for them to be realised.
The board of the Fund also wants to see the projects having a profound influence in the community. An emphasis is on the contributions in Iceland strengthening innovation and new projects so as to boost the variety of economic activity in the country. Projects that Aurora sponsors in the developing countries are first and foremost within education and culture. An effort is made to follow through with projects and support awardees and partners as much as possible.


Aurora fund allocates USD 800 thousand to four projects in Iceland and in Sierra Leone

The board of the Aurora Fund announced last week, March 16th, its decision to allocate USD 800 thousand in support of four projects in the field of humanitarian aid, education, and culture in Iceland and in SierraLeone.

One of the Fund’s latest projects is supporting Brúðuheimar in Borgarnes – a Centre for Arts and Culture which will become an important part of cultural tourism in the area. Brúðuheimar will receive USD 120 thousand, USD 55 thousand of which will be in the form of a loan.

Three projects will be receiving grants for the second or the third time: The Aurora Design Fund will receive USD 200 thousand, Kraumur, Aurora’s Music Fund, will receive USD 150 thousand, and an educational project in the African nation of Sierra Leone will receive USD 330 thousand.

The Aurora Fund was founded in January 2007 by husband and wife Ólafur Ólafsson and Ingibjörg Kristjánsdóttir who contributed the initial capital of USD 14.3 million. This is the third year Aurora distributes grants, supporting projects that contribute to the betterment of society in Iceland and in the developing countries. The initial capital has grown nicely, today amounting to around USD 1.8 million.

One of Aurora Fund’s goals is to support few but large projects that can really benefit and flourish from the support. The Board of the Aurora Fund also considers projects which have a decisive impact on their communities. For the Icelandic projects the emphasis is on empowering innovating, new projects and thereby adding to the variety of the market. Aurora Fund’s projects in the developing countries are related to education, culture, and health care. The Fund places an emphasis on following through with projects and to assist the beneficiaries of these grants and their co-workers as much as possible.

The Aurora Fund has allocated grants in total of USD 3.2 million to 11 projects over the past three years. 1.5 million of these have gone to four projects in Africa and Nepal, and 1.7 million to 7 Icelandic projects. Before the Aurora Fund was created, Ingibjörg and Ólafur gave USD 800 thousand in support of two projects, one in Iceland and one in Sierra Leone, which brings the total amount of grants up to USD 4 million.

The Settlement Centre in Borgarnes, one of the two original projects supported by Ingibjörg and Ólafur, marked the beginning of the Aurora Fund. In many ways the Centre is typical for the kind of projects the Fund supports in Iceland, and it has unquestioningly had a great impact, both in the rural Borgarnes area and the whole of Icelandic society. Sigurgeir’s Stuffed Bird Collection by Lake Mývatn is another interesting project that the Aurora Fund has supported outside the capital area. The Fund has also initiated the creation of two specialized funds: Kraumur, Aurora’s Music Fund, and the Aurora Design Fund.

Brúðuheimar (e. Puppet World) will receive will USD 120 thousand, for the creation of a Centre for Arts and Culture in Englendingavík in Borgarnes, Iceland. USD 65 thousand of this amount will be a grant going towards the design and development of a Puppet Museum, while USD 55 thousand will be in the form of a loan to secure accommodation and preparing the premises. This is the first time that the Aurora Fund provides support in the form of a loan, a form of assistance the Board can see increasing, especially with projects that are business-related.

Brúðuheimar, a Centre for Arts and Culture, is founded by husband and wife Bernd Ogrodnik, puppeteer, and Hildur Jónsdóttir, general manager. The Centre will be located in the old buildings that used to house the rural area’s grocery store. These houses date back to the 19th Century and are an important part of Icelandic history. They are under protection and are now being renovated according to 19th Century building styles. The Centre will be an interactive Puppet Museum on one hand, and on the other a Puppet Theatre showing pieces for children and adults alike. There will be a café on-site with an emphasis on serving healthy food. A visit to Brúðuheimar will be an enchanting adventure and an enjoyable activity for people of all ages.

Brúðuheimar is set to open in May of 2010.

Brúðuheimar have everything it takes to become a magical world for both young and old. Its artistic director, Bernd Ogrodnik, is among the foremost puppet artists in the world. Brúðuheimar is a great addition to the cultural tourism in Borgarbyggð, and will support other local tourist attractions, such as the Settlement Centre and Snorrastofa in Reykholt. The future vision of the people behind the project is both ambitious and professional, which is why the board of the Aurora Fund has decided to assist them in enriching the local daily life and culture.

An educational project in the African nation of Sierra Leone will receive a grant USD 330 thousand to create a child-friendly educational system and to build schools which take special note of the needs of girls. This is the third of five grants which have been allocated to the project. Aurora Fund’s largest project to date, it is developed in collaboration with the country’s educational authorities and UNICEF in both Iceland and in Sierra Leone.

Over the last four years, USD 1.5 milljon has been put into the project, including USD 500 thousand, Ingibjörg and Ólafur had donated before the foundation of Aurora to build 50 schools in the country’s poorest regions.

As a result of this project over one hundred teaches have been re-educated and around 60 schoolhouses have been built with running water, toilets, irrigation systems, furniture, and other materials needed for teaching.

Last year a decision was made to improve the quality of education and to adjust it specifically to the needs of the children, girls in particular. The goal is to keep the girls in school for as long as possible, hopefully to prevent them from getting married and having children at much too early an age.

More effort has been put into educating teachers and providing them with training in a manner of teaching where the child is put first, as well as involving the community by creating Parents’ Associations in the schools and Mothers’ Clubs. More information on the project can be found on Aurora Fund’s web-page, www.aurorafund.is, and also on UNICEF Iceland’s webpage, www.unicef.is

Kraumur, Aurora’s music fund will receive USD 150 thousand to strengthen the music life in Iceland, primarily by supporting young musicians in performing and presenting their work. This is done through direct grants, professional assistance, and various forms of cooperation. Instigated by the Aurora Fund, Kraumur was created in early 2008 and is now receiving a grant for the third time.

Kraumur’s activities have been extensive and successful. Over the past two years the fund has given over USD 300 thousand in direct grants to 74 musicians, bands, and music related projects. Kraumur has also collaborated with a wide array of people, groups, and institutions within the musical spectrum – providing support for concerts, road tours in Iceland and abroad, the marketing of Icelandic music overseas as well as instigating a new music award, Kraumslistinn.

It is quite clear that the presence of this fund is hugely influential in the Icelandic cultural life. The manager of Kraumur is Eldar Ástþórsson. Further information can be found on Kraumur’s lively web-site http://www.kraumur.is/

Aurora’s Design Fund will receive USD 200 thousand, to strengthen the roots of Icelandic design by giving financial support to talented designers so they can get their designs produced, noticed, and sold both in Iceland and abroad. The Design Fund was created in February 2009 with the initial capital of USD 250 thousand.

The Design Fund’s goal is to harness the power that lies within the sphere of design through direct financial contributions to outstanding designers, and to assist them in getting themselves, their ideas, and products noticed. The Design Fund is also meant to promote information regarding design, encourage innovation, and to be a platform for cooperation between designers and members of the production/business sectors. It also provides support to young designers through counselling, networking, and scholarships.

The Fund also emphasises supporting project that excel in some way, thereby encouraging originality and creative thinking in Icelandic design.

The Aurora Design Fund has allocated in total of USD 300 thousand in grants to 25 projects and designers, and participated in various projects within the field of design. The Fund’s manager is Hlín Helga Guðlaugsdóttir. Further information regarding the Aurora Design Fund can be found on its web-site www.honnunarsjodur.is


Aurora fund allocates 111, 5 million ISK to projects in Iceland and in Africa

The Board of the Aurora Fund has allocated ISK 111.5 million in support of six projects in the field of humanitarian aid, education and culture in Iceland as well as the African countries of Sierra Leone and Mozambique. Four of these projects have not been Fund beneficiaries before.
This is the second time the Aurora Fund allocates grants from its funds. Aurora was founded in January 2007 by Ingibjörg Kristjánsdóttir, landscape architect, and her husband, Ólafur Ólafsson, a member of the board of Samskip and Alfesca.

The foundation was initially capitalised by ISK one billion and its annual contributions will derive from interest and other profits from the initial funding, in addition to any money that may be donated. The primary aim of the foundation is to enhance and strengthen cultural and humanitarian activities in Iceland and in the developing countries. It should be mentioned that most of the Fund’s assets were protected during the economic collapse, and its Board will continue to work in the spirit it was intended.

The Icelandic Red Cross will receive ISK 20 million in support of three projects:

Aurora Board Reasoning:
The Icelandic Red Cross is highly respected for its extensive humanitarian aid –  both locally and abroad – where professionalism and selflessness are always at the forefront. The Aurora Foundation decided to assist those who suffer as a result of the economic crisis in Iceland, and collaboration with the Icelandic Red Cross seemed the best way to approach such a goal. The three projects, that Aurora is supporting this year, all serve different groups in need of assistance.

The Newly founded Aurora Design Fund is a three year experimental project, receiving ISK 25 million per year to support designers getting their work noticed and to assist in product development, primary production, and marketing, both locally and internationally. The Foundation will also communicate knowledge in the field of design and support collaboration between designers and the general economy. A Fund such as this one has never before existed in Iceland.
The Aurora Design Fund will soon open the website www.honnunarsjodur.is where further information can be reached.

Aurora Board Reasoning:
There is a clear need for a design fund in Iceland, to support promising designer as well as to empower the design grassroots and be a platform for ideas and creative thought in the field. The board of Aurora hopes that the new fund will encourage the growth of Icelandic design and that it will become one of the foundations for renaissance in business.
Hugi Guðmundsson, composer, will receive ISK 3 million for the webpage MusMap.com in support of an international cultural project, meant to empower classical music and reach new audiences through the internet.

Aurora Board Reasoning:
MusMap.com is the result of a pioneering spirit of the sort that Aurora Foundations wishes to encourage and strengthen. It is a unique project, especially in that it helps to introduce classical music to young people. Hugi Guðmundsson has a clear vision for the future and even though the project is still relatively small, it has all the means to become a driving force and a large influence in the world of classical music.
UNICEF in Iceland receives ISK 3, 5 million to support an award winning child-to-child radio programme organised by UNICEF with children and young people in Mozambique. The radio programme focuses on peer tutoring, empowering oneself, and the participation of children. The National Radio of Iceland, Rás 1, is now working on a similar radio show for children in Iceland, also in collaboration with UNICEF, honouring the 20 year anniversary of the UN’s Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC).

Aurora Board Reasoning:
The project in Mozambique is a fascinating example of peer tutoring where children and teenagers use radio to conduct a discussion on their own premises regarding problems they face. UNICEF and the National Radio’s plan on starting a radio programme in Iceland built on the Mozambique project is very interesting, but the goal is to create a connection between the young people in these two countries and thereby uniting their two different worlds of experience.

UNICEF’s educational program in Sierra Leone will receive ISK 40 million continued support to create a child-friendly educational system and to build schools, keeping the needs of girls especially in mind. The project began last year, promising Aurora’s continued support for a total of ISK 120 million, to be paid out in three parts between 2008-2010.
The project in Sierra Leone is Aurora Foundation’s biggest project to date, and has already trained over a hundred teachers. Nine schools are currently being constructed in the Kono district, with proper water and drainage systems, furniture and teaching utilities.

Kraumur, Aurora’s music fund will receive ISK 20 million to support aspiring musicians in their art and the marketing thereof. Kraumur was founded last year,  at the behest of the Aurora Foundation, with a promise of ISK 50 million to be divided in three payments from 2008-2010. The Aurora fund decided to add another 5 million to the expected 15 million contribution this year, since Kraumur has proven itself to be sorely needed, and its presence of enormous value.
Kraumur’s operations are extensive and flourishing, and the fund has contributed widely. It has supported concerts and tours both in Iceland and abroad, assisted in marketing and created a new award, the Kraumur Award, among other things. Further information can be found on Kraumur’s lively webpage:  http://www.kraumur.is

 


Aurora Charity Fund allocates ISK 210 million to four projects in Iceland and Africa

The Board of Aurora Charity Fund announced today its decision to allocate a total of ISK 210 million to the fund’s first projects. The couple Ingibjörg Kristjánsdóttir, landscape architect, and Ólafur Ólafsson, Chairman of Samskip and Alfesca, established the foundation one year ago on Ólafur’s 50th birthday, 23 January 2007, with an initial donation of ISK one billion. It was later given the name Aurora Charity Fund, a charter and operational procedures were approved and a Board of Directors appointed.

Income from the foundation, which will derive from dividends and interest, will on the one hand be earmarked for various projects in developing countries, and on the other to enhance life in Iceland by supporting projects in areas of culture, education and the arts in accordance with the fund’s charter.

The Board of the fund now announces its first grants, a total of ISK 100 million earmarked for four projects this year. Two of the projects are for three years, so the Board is actually allocating a total of ISK 210 million:

  • Sigurgeir’s Stuffed Bird Collection in Mývatnssveit district, receives ISK 20 million to fully complete exhibition facilities with all necessary equipment in the museums new building at Ytri-Neslönd in Mývatnssveit district.
  • Mangochi District Hospital in Malawi, Africa, receives ISK 20 million to build a children’s wing and strengthen the infrastructure of the children’s ward.

Two projects received grants for three years:

  • A UNICEF educational project in Sierra Leone, receives a total of ISK 120 million over three years to develop a child-friendly educational system, including the building of schools, in particular with the needs of girls in mind, i.e. ISK 40 million this year, ISK 40 million in 2009 and ISK 40 million in 2010.
  • New fund to strengthen young musicians, Kraumur Music Fund, receives a total of ISK 50 million to support young musicians in performing and presenting their works: ISK 20 million this year and a total of ISK 30 million in 2009 and 2010. The Kraumur Music Fund was established on the initiative of Aurora Charity Fund.

Sierra Leone’ Minister of Education, Dr. Minkailu Bah, came to Iceland on the occasion of the Aurora Charity Fund’s decision to support develop his country’s educational system. He met with Iceland’s Minister of Education, Þorgerður Katrín Gunnarsdóttir, and visited both the University of Iceland and Reykjavík University.

  • The Board of the Aurora Charity Fund comprises the founders, the couple Ingibjörg Kristjánsdóttir, landscape architect, and Ólafur Ólafsson, Chairman of Samskip and Alfesca. The other Board members are Sigurður Einarsson, Executive Chairman of Kaupthing Bank, Sigurður Guðmundsson, Iceland’s Medical Director of Health and Þórunn Sigurðardóttir, Artistic Director of the Reykjavík Art Festival.
  • The Board of the Kraumur Music Fund comprises Þórunn Sigurðardóttir, Ásmundur Jónsson and Pétur Grétarsson. The newly appointed Managing Director of the fund is Eldar Ástþórsson.
  • The Consultancy Committee of the Kraumur Music Fund comprises Björk Guðmundsdóttir, musician, Anna Hildur Hildibrandsdóttir, Managing Director of Iceland Music Export (IMX), Árni Heimir Ingólfsson, Music director of Iceland Symphony Orchestra, Árni Matthíasson, journalist on the daily Morgunblaðið, Mist Þorkelsdóttir, Dean of the Department of Music, Iceland Academy of the Arts, Kjartan Sveinsson, keyboard musician for Sigur Rose, and SJÓN (Sigurjón Birgir Sigurðsson), author.
  • The Aurora Charity Fund has opened a website www.aurorafund.is where detailed information can be found regarding the foundation, the Kraumur Music Fund and projects being supported.

Sigurgeir’s Stuffed Bird Collection is named after Sigurgeir Stefánsson from Ytri-Neslöndum in Mývatn, who had a keen interest in birdlife and nature, and who died in an accident in 1999. He collected stuffed birds and eggs, and had accumulated about 320 from some 100 species of nesting birds in Iceland. After his passing, Sigurgeir’s relatives decided to build a museum in his memory to house the collection, along with Sleipni, a boat owned by Jón Sigtryggsson from Syðri-Neslöndum and one of the first modes of transportation for the people of Mývatn. The new museum was weather-tight in 2006, but various equipment and displays were still needed. The Aurora Charity Fund intends to provide the support necessary to open the museum to the public.

The Board of Aurora Charity Fund explained the reason for the decision:

“The family of the late Sigurgeir Stefánsson deserve credit for having built a home for the stuffed bird collection, and for having shown great determination and perseverance in their efforts. The Board of the Aurora Charity Fund has decided to take part in the project in order that Sigurgeir’s Stuffed Bird Collection receives the equipment necessary to enrich life and culture in Mývatn as well as the entire country.”
Health Project in Malawi. The Aurora Charity Fund is financing the building of a new addition to the children‘s ward in the Mangochi District Hospital in Malawi, expected to be fully operational by fall 2008. The current children‘s ward is much too small, and the new addition will double its size, adding 36 new beds to the 36 already in place. Also intensive care and newborn units with 10 additional beds will be established, as well as a reception area and a duty station for the health care staff. Furthermore, necessary work will commence on the hospital‘s sewage system and septic tanks.

The Board of Aurora Charity Fund explained the reason for the decision:

“It is imperative to improve and strengthen health-care services in Malawi, in particular for children. Ten percent of all newborn children die before reaching their fifth birthday. This must certainly change, and the Aurora Charity Fund intends to play a role in improving health-care services at the children‘s ward of the Mangochi District Hospital in Malawi.”
Educational Project in Sierra Leone. The goal of this project is to support UNICEF and the government of Sierra Leone to ensure a primary education for all school-aged children by 2015. The Aurora Charity Fund will collaborate with UNICEF in Iceland to ensure that 85% of the children in Sierra Leone will be receiving a primary education by 2010. The foundation will grant USD two million over the period three years (2008-2010) to build schools in Sierra Leone. Each school building will have 3-6 classrooms for children between the ages of 6-12. Furthermore the foundation will provide furniture and necessary supplies for the schools, including water, bathroom facilities and playground equipment. It will also finance the educating and training of teachers, as well as putting a special focus on the education and ensuring the safety of girls, and support women‘s and mothers‘ groups.

The Board of Aurora Charity Fund explained the reason for the decision:

“Education is one of the most powerful weapons fighting poverty in the world. In particular, it gives children the opportunity to achieve a decent living, increases their self-respect and goes a long way to creating an informed society. UNICEF has formulated, in the opinion of the Aurora Charity Fund’s board, a well-rounded programme for developing primary education in Sierra Leone, one of the world’s poorest countries. Solutions are focused at the roots of the problem: addressing most factors that prevent children of primary school age, especially girls, from receiving the education that is rightfully theirs.”
Kraumur Music Fund is an independent fund established by the Aurora Charity Fund. Its aim is to strengthen Icelandic musical life, primarily by supporting young musicians in performing and presenting their works. This will be done by strengthening the position of young musicians in Iceland through direct grants, professional assistance and various forms of cooperation. The fund also intends to fulfil its mission by sharing knowledge in the field, for example by courses, consulting and workshops, as well as through working in cooperation with those who share the same goals. The Board of Aurora Charity Fund explained the reason for the decision:

“Icelandic musical life has a special uniqueness, in particular because of the palpable power and boldness that characterise young musicians. The Sugarcubes and Björk pioneered the global explosion of Icelandic music, and many musicians have followed in their footsteps with amazing results. Today, the Icelandic music experience has become one of the strongest elements of the image that Iceland and Icelanders enjoy abroad. The unusual interplay of pop and classical music can be a driving force in ongoing successes. The support of young musicians in their works, and in various forms of cooperation, creates a stronger foundation under this important growth area of Icelandic culture.”