Čepice is a small village in southwestern Bohemia. Although most of the residents commute to jobs outside of the village, there are many community events on the weekends and evenings, mostly organized by the local volunteer firefighters’ brigade. The firefighters submitted an application to our program, The Community in Which We Live, in the spring of 2017. Despite the fact that no one in the village had any previous experience with writing grant applications, they succeeded in our call for proposals and joined the program. Read More
The CEE partner organization network is a new regional grouping of seven civil society support organizations from six CEE countries. The main objective of the CEE partner organization network is to strengthen and develop local communities in the Central and Eastern Europe region. Member organizations agreed that it is very valuable for them to exchange their community practice and as one of the ways how to do it is exchange site visit. This time we would like to share with you impressions of Milena Vujovic from Serbian TRAG.Read More
The last cycle of the ViabilityNet 3.0 program ended in June of 2017. Via Foundation supported 14 participants in making changes in their local communities. Here’s an update about what four of them achieved. Tereza connected various initiatives around the Dvorek space, Zuzana and a group of other people who actively work with young people looked for a way to support young people even more meaningfully, Petru and his group planted trees while Věra organized community events to give residents a chance to share their interests and skills with neighbors.Read More
Ready or not, here come our 2019 Young Philanthropists program participants. The youngest is 10 and the oldest is 18, there are over 150 of them in all and they come from all over the Czech Republic.
The small village of Vrbice lies on the western periphery of the Central Bohemian region, which was predominantly populated by Germans in the past and where we can now find both the melancholic traces of a vanished world as well as attempts to forge new beginnings. One such new beginning is doing very well right in Vrbice.
Members of the local civic association Let’s Save Vrbice rented the deconsecrated Church of the Ascension of the Holy Cross and are gradually transforming it into a place to meet, sit together, share potluck meals and talk about what’s new. They are restoring the church very sensitively in the process.
A total of 18 people from seven non-profit organizations in Central and Eastern Europe came together in late September for a four-day inspirational meeting in Belgrade, Serbia. The meeting was part of our international program ViabilityNet 3.0 and gave the participants a chance to share experience from their community work in their respective countries.
At the core of the meeting was a multi-day workshop led by Aline Brachet, an expert practitioner in mediation and conflict sensitivity, an approach that analyzes conflict potential in projects. We looked at how this approach can be used in our program planning to reduce the potential for conflicts in the communities which we support.