They connect people in their communities. They create places where people of different generations or social circles can gather and meet. Simply put, they spark engagement in their communities.
Prague, 8 September 2016 – Via Foundation opened public voting today for the 19th annual Via Bona Philanthropy Awards. Via Foundation also introduced the finalists in each category selected by the jury.
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!