hlavnaWe were pleased to welcome a precious visit in Veľká Ida on Thursday (September 11th). The former firehouse in Veľká Ida is being currently reconstructed to become a new community center. The visitors were precious not only because of coming from a great distance, but especially due to their enthusiasm for help.

Missionaries of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the Elder and Sister Miller, along with two other young missionaries from Utah, arrived to Veľká Ida at 8:30 am in the morning already and started to help to our building coordinator and his local assistants from Ida´s marginalized Roma community immediately. The reconstruction works are carried out since the beginning of August.

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IMG_0965On Thursday, August 28th, together with Michal Kaščák, Matúš Vallo, Lydka Šuchová, Sendreiovci and the other musicians from Para and Slobodná Európa, we went to the settlement on Budulovská street. After the festival Moldava Together 2014 was banned, we decided to visit people from settlement and spend the day together – by playing football, listening to and making good music and enjoying the really good weather.

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In agreement with municipality of Veľká Ida, we embarked on rebuilding the former firehouse at the community center (CC).  This center is now situated in the premises of the local castle. In the new building, there will be two rooms for children, so they can run multiple activities at the same time. Local men are helping the building coordinator who is in charge of reconstruction with work. They are currently working on digging drains and covering the interior walls with plasterboard. “We have been working since the beginning of August. Now we are working on the sewers.  Soon the work will be done, “says Zdenko, one of the men working on the rebuilding.

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IMG_1516Adam Ganik is an American who was born in Prague and he lived there for some time. His father came from Slovakia, so Adam speaks a variety of Czech and Slovak languages. Presently, he is studying at Harvard University in Cambridge, MA.  Adam first visited the settlement Budulovská in September 2009 as one of the students of the International School in Prague who helped in the construction of 12 social housing apartments.This summer Adam  returned to Moldava nad Bodvou after five years to see the friends he had made in the settlement, spending two weeks with them.

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IMG_1293Talented children and youth from the marginalized Roma settlement Budulovská in Moldava nad Bodvou, who regularly attend the community center, once again showed that trough the art they can express what can only hardly be described by words – that their everyday reality is full of joy and sadness, that they often have to face discrimination in various forms but also that the stage is for them a space where they can freely express their personality.

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IMG_0039On Saturday, July 5th, 2014, three artists from the Dramatic Adventure Theatre (DAT) in New York, the USA arrived to Košice to deliver interactive art workshops to children and youth from the marginalized Roma settlement Budulovská in Moldava nad Bodvou.

It was three years ago, when for the first time, actors from DAT visited Eastern Slovakia and delivered their first interactive art workshop to children and young people from marginalized Roma communities.

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IMG_0692Thursday, June 26th, 1:30 pm. The doors to room A in Kasárne–Kulturpark are slowly closing, a signal to participants that the performance is about to begin. Our colleague, Lucia Hrubá, who has planned this whole day for the children involved in the project Art4Rom, welcomes guests and start with a video greetings from children  from the community center in Rudňany who had hoped to participate in the performance, but due to jaundice had an enlarged livers and could not leave the settlement. The video greeting is sincere and full of hope that we will all meet at similar event in the future. Lucia invites onto the stage Danka Pustulkovú, leading the CC Rudňany.

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pozvanka A4R 26.6We cordially invite you to watch the final artistic performances of children from community centers in Stará Ľubovňa, Rankovce, Moldava nad Bodvou and Košice – Šaca, on Thursday, June 26th, at 1:30pm. in Kasárne – Kulturpark on Kukučínova Street in Košice. The performances are a part of the international project ‚Art4Rom‘. 

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DSCN6172The international project Art4Rom, which has been introduced at our five community centers: in Košice – Šaca, Moldava nad Bodvou, Rudňany, Rankovce and Stará Ľubovna,is reaching the end of it’s opening phase.

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IMG_0187On Friday, June 6th, ETP Slovakia organized a mobile workshop for invited representatives of foreign embassies in Slovakia, the European Commission Representation in Slovakia, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints Humanitarian Programme and also representatives of the Government Office.

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