The Ana and Vlade Divac Foundation, with the support of “Europe for Citizens Programme“ of the European Union, in October 2016 started the project “Celebrating Solidarity“. Through this project, the Foundation together with its partners from Bulgaria, Albania, Macedonia, Poland, and Hungary had explored, stimulated debate and advanced solidarity as a crucial topic within European societies.
At the first meeting held at the beginning of October, the Foundation gathered all the partners, thus starting the project with the aim of promoting good practice examples, especially in a time of crisis and other misfortunes.
During one year (2016-2017), and across six countries, partners have directly involved 26.856 individuals, both young and elderly, volunteers and professionals, in exploring the issue of solidarity, channels and mechanisms of European solidarity, as well as responsibility, and common solutions.
We all have a turbulent history of facing a crisis, both man-made (political, social, armed conflicts, etc.), as well as the natural disasters (such as earthquakes, floods, etc.). This project explored the variety of turbulent times those countries and their citizens were/are facing while celebrating and understanding the importance of solidarity and love to another human being in a word of conflicts and disasters.
The development of a virtual museum of solidarity attracted over 732.000 page views and provided huge audience and possibility to share of 27 edited stories of solidarity from 6 countries and much other content and information. We have interviewed various people who shared their stories and presented many examples of solidarity and inspirational stories of supporting people.
General objectives of Europe for Citizens Programme 2014-2020 are: to contribute to citizens’ understanding of the Union, its history and diversity, foster European citizenship and to improve conditions for civic and democratic participation at Union level through promoting opportunities for societal and intercultural engagement and volunteering at Union level.
This project was funded by Europe for Citizens.
For more information, please visit http://bit.ly/2Dni4NO.
On the following links, you can find more information about: Solidarity list of Events and Solidarity Festival in Skopje.
Report of the whole project can be found here.