Last year, the 18th century Veleslavin chateau in Prague 6 was set to be sold at auction. The Hradní Potok Civic Association ran a petition that helped save it from that fate. Now the association is striving to provide public access to the chateau and is advocating for sensitive development of the neighborhood. We spoke with asssociation members Veronika Zapletalová and Lucie Vobořilová to find out more.Read More
Thanks to the Living Communities program and citizens’ original ideas, places you would otherwise overlook can turn into artistic works that delight the eyes and hearts of many. Take a look at how people are creating a colorful mosaic on a concrete wall, knitting sweaters for their town and turning old buildings into community spaces – all through Living Communities.Read More
“We want to support people who are islands of optimism and hope, who set an example for other people,” says Zdeněk Mihalco, Via Foundation’s new Executive Director. Zdeněk took over from Jiří Bárta, who had led Via for 22 years, on October 1st. Find out which key issues the foundation will be addressing and how former director Jiří will continue to serve Via in a new role.
ViabilityNet 3.0 is a program that supports local community leaders in Central and Eastern Europe and their ideas. Participants take part in four meetings and four study visits over a one-year period. We also support participants with grants and mentors to make their community projects sustainable and successful going forward and we provide opportunities for inspiration and sharing with other participants. Here are impressions from last meeting´s site visit in the Czech Republic.Read More
In May 2019 our CEE partner organization network enabled an exchange visit between the Hungarian Association for Community Development (HACD) and TRAG Foundation in Serbia. Kitti Boda and Lucia Csabai from HACD share what they learned during the visit.Read More
On Monday, September 16 we once again had the honor of gathering with Via Bona Award winners, Via donors, supporters and Stephen B. King, US Ambassador to the Czech Republic, at his residence in Prague.
Over the past two years, in our ViabilityNet 3.0 program, we have regularly met with staff from organizations that are similar to Via but operate in other CEE countries. The purpose of these meetings is to exchange experience and learn more about the contexts in which the participating organizations work. In June 2019, Via’s Executive Director Zdeněk Mihalco took a two-day trip to visit the Polish organization Szkola liderow.