Cecilia Lohasz is Alumni of the international program ViabilityNet 3.0. Since graduating in geography, Cecilia has worked for an environmental NGO addressing energy policy in Hungary. “Energy policy can often be very abstract. I felt I wanted to do something in my free time that reflects issues that are important for me like climate change, sustainable living and community life and I wanted to see concrete changes in the city,” says Cecilia. Seven years ago, she and a group of friends founded an association called Valyo, the city and the river, which aims to transform the Danube embankment in Budapest into a livelier public space.Read More
ViabilityNet 3.0 is a program supporting community leaders in Central and Eastern Europe. The year-long program includes four meetings, four study visits. We also provide participants with community project grants and mentoring to strengthen their efforts and make their projects sustainable.
What is happening in our participants’ communities in different parts of Europe?
Last month three members of the Via team had the good fortune to take part in the Pittsburgh Agreement Centennial, which commemorated a memorandum of understanding between the Czech and Slovak immigrant communities in the US 100 years ago. The Agreement was an important step towards the founding of an independent Czechoslovakia some months later, in October 1918 (watch video here). The Centennial was a wonderful opportunity to meet Czech- and Slovak-Americans and we would like to thank everyone who shared their time with us. We were particularly pleased to have Jan Školník and Marcela Školníková, longstanding Via donors and community patrons in Broumov, as part of our group. Our special thanks go to Carol Hochman and the Friends of Via Board of Directors, who did so much to make our time in Pittsburgh memorable. Dekujeme!
Via’s Living Communities program gives people the tools they need to make a difference where it matters most to them – in their neighborhoods and communities. We have awarded support to 25 community projects so far this year. Each receives a small grant, mentoring and fundraising advisory services as well as inspiration from people leading similar initiatives to create vibrant communities.
ViabilityNet program’s third meeting was held in the beautiful mountains of Fagaras and focused on assets and impacts. Gradually, through the homework tasks, participants are now almost finished with their research on the resilience of their communities. Under the heading RESOURCE ROBUSTNESS, they described the resources in their communities and the quantity and quality of those resources. They also looked at the quality of the learning process and the innovativeness and the connectedness in their communities, which is called ADAPTIVE CAPACITY.
Via Foundation recognized individuals and companies which are donating their time and money to help others through the 21st Via Bona Philanthropy Awards, held on Monday, May 21, under the patronage of the US Embassy. This year, Via engaged the public through online voting. Whether on not you were among those who voted, you may be interested to read about the winners of the 2018 awards in five categories – Patron, Personal Engagement, Young Personal Engagement, Good Company and Bequeaths.
Dress nicely and polish your shoes.
Love what you do.
Words of wisdom shared by Wendy Luers, wife of US Ambassador William Luers and founder of the Foundation for a Civil Society (FCS), the predecessor to Via Foundation. Wendy’s life lessons have been etched into Via staff memory and, just in case memory fails, posted on the wall of our conference room.