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Feb 27, 2019

Bringing back happiness to grieving and incurably ill children thanks to YOU

505 visits to families with incurably ill children around Slovakia

During the past year (2018) thanks to our home care palliative program 26 incurable children could safely stay with their families at home. Our home care professional team (doctors, nurses, social worker) visited them regularly in their natural family environment. More life, less pain for children and families, for us and for our donors and supporters is our vision we want to achieve. During the whole year, we visited families 505 times. We also provided 24 hrs phone medical consultation for parents during the whole year in order to improve their care and comfort at home.

We comprehensively approached the families and paid attention to every member of the household. In total, we spent 462 hours with the families at home. We offered them professional medical, nursing care, psychological support and social counselling. If needed, we facilitated communication with schools, employers and other governmental authorities.

Grieving children overcome their pain thanks to you

The Centre of Grief Therapy provides professional psychological and psychotherapeutic help for children and families who suffer the loss of a loved one (father, mother, sibling, child, etc.)  We also provide social counselling. Centre offers its services to children and adolescents all around Slovakia who have lost a loved one under any circumstance, as well as to families who have lost a child. Our aim is to help bereaved children and their families to overcome feelings of isolation, pain, guilt, anxiety and other feelings which occur after the death of a loved one. We help them to cope with the loss of a loved one and rediscover colors of life. We try to create a safe space where children, adolescents and families could be free to share their feelings, memories and thoughts. In 2018 in Centre of Grief Therapy we helped 116 clients (49 children and 67 adults ) during 759 individual and family therapeutic sessions.

All services, home visits as well as all services of Centre of Grief therapy are free of charge. Professional help could be offered to incurable and bereaved children only thanks to trust and generous support of our donors.

Thank you very much for helping us! We do help together!

Words of thanks we received from a family are words they wrote also for all our donors:

We have received more than we had hoped for. I think that in the beginning, we had no expectations. We just knew that our aim was to have Ondrejko at home. As a family, we wished to be at home, together. And it is true, that we were vulnerable. We were vulnerable and we didn’t know “what”, we didn’t know “how” but the help came from you. And not only the physical help, that you came to our house, checked Ondrejko’s chest, measured his oxygen saturation, etc. You also listened to us and I always felt a little stronger when you were leaving. You showed me how to massage him so he could breath better. We arranged with your doctors to create together some kind of a carousel for him. That was not a standard medical aid. You’ve provided us with above standard services. And it was always so pleasant, I always looked forward to your visit. I don’t even know how to express it. It was very enjoyable. We were here with Hanka and Ondrejko and you were here for us. I always looked forward to meeting you so much!” Katarína K.

Jan 15, 2019

Extraordinary taxicab helped drive change in Slovakia

Waiting for first passengers
Waiting for first passengers

How to drive positive change in society? In order to contribute to positive change in our country, we drove quite literally!

In December an extraordinary taxicab drove around cold streets of Bratislava. Multiple Slovak celebrities volunteered to be a taxi driver for a few hours to help a good cause. How about you get picked up from Christmas market by your favourite celebrity? Well, that is what happened during our Christmas campaign. The passengers did not have to pay for the ride, but they donated the money to organizations of Great Country.

Passengers' contributions to the "Christmas taxi" were split between 60 organizations, which bring positive change in Slovakia in education, anti-corruption, poverty, community and healthcare. Passengers of the "Christmas taxi" donated total of 754 Euros. What is more, the campaign raised awareness about the mission of Great Country, its projects and organizations, raising more than 35,500 Euros online! These will be used to fight corruption and poverty, improve education and healthcare and support communities in Slovakia.

Not only were we happy to have raised awareness about our mission, but the celebrities enjoyed driving change as well. "It was the best experience! I am grateful that I met so many great people. It was amazing. I am looking forward to next Christmas" said one of the celebrity taxi drivers, actress Tana Pauhofova.  

 We drive positive change in Slovakia. You charge us up. Thank you!

Charge up!
Charge up!
Taking decoration seriously
Taking decoration seriously


Dec 6, 2018

Fall in Katarinka

The fall season of Project Katarinka was filled with celebrations and also competitions – we feel very thankful for the appreciation that was given to our project from both public and expert committees.

We felt very honoured when we were chosen as one of four winners  of the special award called Fénix - Monument of the Year 2017. The restored tower of the Church and Monastery of St. Catherine, which was opened to public last year, won in this acclaimed competition which appreciates  the reconstructed historical monuments.

Our project was praised as an example of the great cooperation between young volunteers from a non-ptogit organisaton and experts from various fields  –all the conservation and restoration work was performed under the supervision of historical researcher Jaroslava Zuffová, structural engineer Vladimír Kohút, archaeologist Ivana Kvetánová and Michal Slivka, as well as the carpenter Miroslav Cársky and Michal Hrcka. The restoration of the tower was carried out between 2010 and 2017 and it was performed by hundreds of volunteers from all over Slovakia with the use of traditional techniques, which were used by our ancestors during its original construction in the years 1700-1714.

We felt very moved and thankful, when theMinister of Culture Lubica Laššáková presented the statue of Fénix to the representatives from project Katarinka –  to the founder of the project Peter Herceg, as well as the mentioned experts. Moreover, at the same time NGO Katarínka also won a additional public vote award - we received the highest number of likes in the online competition organized by SPP together with the SPP Foundation and became the winner.

In November 2018 we continued in the celebrations  of the 400th anniversary of the foundation of the Monastery of St. Catherine. Public celebrations took place on 5 July during the Day of Open Doors on Katarínka. Another part of the festivities took place on 17th of November in the historical chateau in Chtelnica, which was owned by Count Kristof Erdödy and his wife Barbora Thurzova and where they also issued the founding charter of the monastery in 1618. The festivities included an expert conference that summarized  the results of the profound research and expert work, which was done during the 24 years of project existence. The results of archaeological, historical, geophysical or anthropological research were presented by the invited experts, who dedicated a lot of their time to the work on this project and have a close bond with Katarinka.

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