It was about 1 p.m. on a summer Saturday when we arrived in Rašovice, a small village in South Moravia about 30 km from Brno. As we drove through the village we didn’t see a single person out on the street. It was in the middle of a tropical heat wave and the thermometer in the car showed 35° C (that’s 95° F). “I bet everyone’s swimming in the nearest lake,” I thought as did Anna, our photographer, who had come along to take photos of the community’s third work party.
They’re young but they’re helping others more than a lot of us older folks. And they pick challenging issues to address – education of Roma students or building bridges between different generations, to name just two. Best of all, they’re enthusiastic and their drive often leads other young people to join in and their work brings tangible results.
Wondering where to find interesting projects in Prague? As part of our Come On, Community! Community Forum (May 12-14), we visited a number of local initiatives that are worth knowing about.
A Garden in Vršovice
About people actively engaged in improving their communities
What do residents of an old, inland industrial city like Detroit want most of all in their new public square? It would probably not occur to any architect that the answer is not a fountain or park. In fact, what they miss most of all in their city is a beach!
Via Foundation has opened nominations for the 19th annual Via Bona Philanthropy Awards. Each year, through the Via Bona Awards, we highlight inspiring stories of giving and charity and thank people who selflessly help others by giving their time, energy, money or experience to help a good cause.
Anyone can submit a nomination – companies, non-profit organizations, schools or individuals – online at www.nadacevia.cz/viabona.
Markoušovice is a small village near Trutnov in Northeastern Bohemia. It was an independent municipality until 1981, when it became part of another town (Velke Svatoňovice), which led to the decline of many community activities. Residents in Markoušovice no longer felt there was any reason to get together as a town community and neighborly relations began to deteriorate.