Wild poppies- education for talented Roma children

Apr 4, 2014

Enjoy GIPSY FOOD FESTIVAL 2014 with Wild Poppies!

Enjoy Gipsy food festival in Bratislava!
Enjoy Gipsy food festival in Bratislava!

Divé maky association (Wild Poppies c.o.) is continuously working on the school progress and talent development of children from Divé maky stipendium program. Half year results at the end of January were in nearly all cases very good and children work hard on their progress. Divé maky currently work also on preparation of second year of Gipsy food festival in Bratislava.

The second week of April 2014 you can taste in Bratislava restaurants and food markets traditional Gipsy specialties. This gastronomy experience have beneficial character. By every meal you taste, you also donate project of charity organization Wild poppies.
Thanks to our donors we can helps the involved Roma youth and children living in poverty to further their education, trigger motivation, and aspiration to reach their potential.
 Wild poppies support their journey towards a fulfilling life and social integration.!

We would like to invite you to these restaurants in Bratislava, Slovakia to taste the Gipsy cuisine during the week 7.-13.4.2014, or you can help to Wild poppies also via donation at
www.globalgiving.org <http://www.globalgiving.org> .
The list of restaurants you can find at: http://gipsyfoodfestival.divemaky.sk/restauracie.html 

Next time we'll inform you about the preparation of Summer academy and Gipsy food festival in August. 

Dearg donors, thank you very much for your support!

Team of Divé maky  

Roma cuisine
Roma cuisine
Roma cuisine 2
Roma cuisine 2
enjoy your meal! :-)
enjoy your meal! :-)


Dec 27, 2013

New school year began!

Jan from Dive maky scholarship program
Jan from Dive maky scholarship program

In September all 67 children of Divé maky returned to their school duties. The new school year began. Some of them are still on elementary schools, but lot of them are studding secondary schools and 3 eldest are attending already Universities. One of them is Jan. He is 20 years old and he is studdying the second year at the University of Medicine. Divé maky started to support him when he was 16. He was talented cimball player and he dreamed to became doctor. One of only few Romany doctors in history of Slovakia. This level of education is for young people from Romany communities without support likely not reachable. But Jan did it! He is a lucky guy because he has a donor who is financing his studdies and Divé maky are giving him also support through regional tutor. You can read his profile here: http://www.divemaky.sk/clanok/397-jan-deme

But not all children of Divé maky have donors and their are still waiting for their chance. You can read their profiles here: http://www.divemaky.sk/deti/ .

Untill the end of the year we plan no workshops, we need to concentrate on adminstration of Divé maky scholarship program, tutoring and fundraising for the next year.

Thank you our dear donors for your support and Divé maky wish you Marry X-mas and Happy new year!


Sep 13, 2013

Summer academy

Summer academy is a one-week long summer camp for talented Roma children organized by Divé maky since 2007. This year from 24.8 - 30.8. 23 children developed their talent and skills with the help of professional artists as famous Czech singer and musician Mário Biháry, talented violin player Barbora Botošová, theatre leader Nada Uherová, professional dancer Ladislav Cmorej and other artists. During this week children prepared with artists musical, theatre and dance performance for festival Cigánsky basavel. The festival presents Romany art and culture and the children of Divé maky perform every year with a new program. This year the festival happened on 29.8. on Cervený kamen (Red castle about 25 km from capital city Bratislava) and children received very positive feedback from more than 2,5 thousand audience. The theatre, dance and musical performance was great!

Next step is to organize a visual art workshop for our talented artists in Autumn. Hopefully we will raise enough funds to organize a 4-days workshop with X-mas auction. Thanks a lot for your support dear donors!.:-)

Jun 17, 2013

Our workshops are full of fun!

The last workshop was in December and our children enjoyed 4 days of fun and of course work. They prepared the X-mas concert for public together with profesional musicians led by violin player Barbora Botošová. Christmas concert was also about the baptism of CD from summer festival Gipsy bashavel. The result of the creative coperation of Divé maky with famous Slovak musicians is a brand new CD.

The concert took place in Bratislava - Arena theather on the first Sunday of Advent. Our children and proffesional musicians played most beautiful songs from the CD. In the middle of concert the CD was ceremonially christened by charismatic singer Anita Soul and frontman of famous slovak band PARA. There was also a well-known percussionist Eddy Portella, who  worked with us few years and performed on the concert as well. Event was honored by extremely talented violinist, Barbara Botošová. Granddaughter of famoust Roma virtuoso John Berky - Mrenica work with children continuously for 3 years. The whole concert was marked by a spirit of quiet, pre-Christmas atmosphere. Visitors prepared for cattering cakes from poppies. On this event we raised 919,60 Eur - we used the money to cover some costs of winter workshop.

Now we are preparing the summer workshop - 20-25 of july. We started to cooperate with famous Roma musician from Czech republic - Mario Bihari. Mario together with his musicians will work with our children to prepare new program for festival Summer basavel 2013. The theme of the festival this year is: "back to the roots" - so the music program should be in traditional gypsy style. We are looking forward to see the result! :-)

Dear donors, thanks for your support and please support us again, we need funds for summer workshop and also for summer academy in August.  Thanks!


Feb 13, 2013

Preparation for the workshops culminate!

Gipsy bashavel 2012
Gipsy bashavel 2012

Gipsy food festival

INTERNATIONAL Romani Day, April 8 - Divé maky organized the first year of the Gipsy Food Festival, in which selected restaurants and pubs in Bratislava offered delicacies typical of Roma gastronomy. Frugal but filling – and tasty – Roma dishes are made mainly from flour, potatoes, pulses, milk products, tripe and smoked meat products. Names like pašvare, goja, chumer with buky, and marikla (i.e. roast ribs, pork tripe with potatoes or peeled barley, noodles with liver, and batter-cake) add to the exotic flavour of the food. 4 Bratislava restaurants have signed up to serve Roma food between April 8 and 14: El Gaucho, San Marten, Pohoda tea, coffee & bar and Štefánka. The proceeds from sales of the meals go to the Divé Maky scholarship programme, which focuses on educating the young Roma generation by supporting talented children from marginalised or socially disadvantaged families. Updates and more information, including some recipes, can be found at www.divemaky.sk.

Workshop in Bratislava 22. - 26.7.2013 

These days are dedicated to the art workshop where our young Romany singers and musicians will work under the leadership of the profesional Roma artists. The workshop will be led by such famous names as Mário Bihári (famous Czech singer and musician), Barbora Botošová (Slovak violin player). About 20 children and youth from Dive maky program will develope their talent and prepare performance for summer festival Gipsy bashavel. (29.8.2013, Cervený kamen castle)

Core mission of this event is to give the children a chance to show their talent and progress achieved thanks to our workshops and work during whole school year.  The children are really grateful for such a chance and applause from audience is highly motivating for them. Last year about 4000 people visited our festival Gipsy basavel. More info: www.ciganskybasavel.sk

We know how much demanding work must be still done and that we wouldn´t succeed without your – our donours.

Thanks a lot – on behalf of our association and all our children!

We attach photos from last festival Gipsy Bashavel (29.8.2012). 




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Barbora Kohutikova

Bratislava, Slovakia

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