Sep 6, 2019

This is The Land of Bees

We have been at this place for six years. Let us sum up our main activities we have focused on throughout the years: 

  • Educating the public in an experiential manner about the significance and irreplacability of pollinators.
  • Creating positive relationships between humans and bees. Tearing down the fear of the unknown.
  • Creating a general awareness in society that man cannot just sever his ties with nature and bind himself to technology. 
  • Creating an educational centre in Slovakia that will offer programmes about bees and other pollinators for everyone from the smallest children (as you can see in the picture :) ) to the elderly, from laymen to experts.

We want to share a video with you, which is about honey bees, which we used to focus on mainly. But this year, a lot has changed. We have launched new program about bumble bees and butterflies. Next year you will find more and more about all pollinators.

Be part of this change. Thank you. 

Watch our video here: Remember to turn on the subtitles. :)

This project is managed by Vceli kraj - The Land of Bees. Thank you for your support.

Sep 3, 2019

Treasure chest for FOUNDlings

„I was given a box with an instruction inside what to do with it. It contained stuff like gifts, souvenirs and some letter. I took a deep breath and took out the letter first.“

If you were a child taken from your family, spent some time in an orphanage and in substitute family, you would have very few knowledge on why this all had happened. You‘ve met your original family several times or not, you’ve received severeal letter or not, but you feel emptiness and lack of knowledge about your own life, about yourself. If you experienced this, your feelings would depend on the people around you:

  • How they speak about your past, how they understand it and which information they prefer. How they interpret the court statements about your parents.
  • How they manage their own fears.
  • And how they can attune to you so that you can understand them, how sensitive are they to your questions, notes, behavior in connection to such a crucial point as your personal pas tis.

„The letter was rolled, bended with a cordon with a brief message saying that I will find here something from my life. I touched it as a first thing, it was on nice paper, I liked the color.“

As child taken away from the family, you may have some memories, maybe you ask questions the new adults around you. Sometimes there are a lot of questions, sometimes you expect they’ll guess what you have on your mind and will ask themselves, because for you it‘s too difficult to ask.

You need to know what was happening. It’s a part of you, it is you. You have to sort it out. You have experienced something existencial – you were separated from your original family and you have to find meaning for your next life with this part of you. Based on what you hear and not hear you make a puzzle of you ancestors and yourself.

„For years I’ve been accusing my mother that she left us. I thougt I wasn’t okay if she left me...“

One of very important information sources for children separated from their family are the court statements and statements from various experts involved in the proccess. But these reports are rather technical, not easy to understand and most importantly they don’t cover the most interesting information, just because these experts haven’t seen them. The story of the original family, motivations of parents, situation of the family, how the parents felt, what they tried and not tried, how they acted towards the child, how they smiled, talked touched the child, and what the child was like – these all crucial information is missing. Then the children have a huge hole in their memories and it is a problem for them to see any meaning in life, when they don’t understand the base and they feel so insecure, their whole life is trembling.

„This 3-page letter was titled „Acknowledgement“ – acknowledgement that many people during my life cared for me. I’ve been reading about important people in my life like mother, grandmother, sisters, foster mother, social worker, judge, psychologist... with different eyes. I’ve been reading bit by bit about my life and how these people stood in various situations by my side. It’s cheered me but on the other hand it’s shaken me, it‘s touched me deeply. I’ve never before been thinkong about my life this way.

For years I’ve been accusing my mother that she left us... but now I’ve found that she repeatedly tried to get us back. She desperately wanted us. I’ve felt relieved.

I was happy to find picture of my aunt and short message and small notebook about my hometown, date of birth, name, picture of the entrance to our house – this Picture is a real treasure for me. And than there was a picture of me as a little girl when I arrived to a new family and we were all together. The letter from a social worker have surprised me a lot, she new me as a small baby when I stayed with my mother, she could remember me and she wrote me! The treasure chest encouraged me. Now I want to meet my aunt and see my hometown and I’ll try to meet my mother. I won’t go there alone. But now I have the courage to do it.“

The court verdicts are important but doesn’t tell everything. We don’t want and don’t let them to have crucial impact on the life and identity of children taken from the families. Inspired by the narrative approach in therapy and counselling we together with young FOUNDlings (children separated from original family but found by some other family), their parents, our colleagues and other exeptional people we have founded a new project Treasure chests for FOUNDlings. We are doing our best to find as many people and information from the children’s past as we can to fill the missing parts of the life story puzzle.

We address and involve anybody who was important in child’s past, who still live in the place of child’s birth and past, anybody willing to add some treasure to the child’s chest. It can be a neighbour, doctor, social worker, assistant from a nearby shop, aunts and uncles, friend of original parents. Or just people with a similar experience who can write something inspiring for a child.

We can see a healing proccess based on exploring true positive information from the past. We added this method to other we have used before. We are happy to have the privilege to introduce it to you as a big thank you for your trust and support.

This text was created just a few days after the first Treasure chest for FOUNDlings was handed over to 18 years-old Rosie, who have decided to disclose it and support the creation of more and more others. THANK YOU, ROSIE, THANK YOU, GLOBAL GIVING SUPPORTERS!

Yours Navrat

Aug 30, 2019

Help in the forest

Bratislava, capital of Slovakia, is surrounded by a beautifil nature. Within few minutes drive you can escape a noisy hectic city and enter a peacful nature full of wild life and beautiful sceneries. But behind a beautiful sceneries of a nearby forest, gardens or wild river banks, there is a distant and hidden world. In this world homeless people try to stay unseen living their quiet life undisturbed by foreign intruders. Visitors are not welcomed, because any visit might bring a threat or force to leave the space.

Two years ago, responding to many requests from local municipalities, Depaul Slovensko opened a streetwork service which brings help to these homeless people. Many of them are scared of the outside world and do not want to have any contact with social institutions. The key element to successfully bring help to these people is to overcome their protective barrier of suspicion and to build trust with them.

During one of their many trips our streetwork team discovered a small hut hidden in the forest. In the hut big enough for two, four men were living in. It took several visits and liters of hot coffee to win the  trust and these men until they started to open their lives. Among them was Laci, 57 years old, strong and energetic man, always optimistic and always positive. He was making his living by collecting iron. Every day he tried to collect as many heavy iron pieces as he could and bring them to city to sell them. He was missing personal documents and because of that for state institutions he was non-existing. But he was willing to cooperate with our team on improving his situation. Dealing with offices is often very stressful and to obtain any legal paper is a long and complicated procedure. After six months of hard work Laci got his ID card, health insurance and other necessary documents. At the end he even received a letter from social office informing him, that a regular social benefit of €62 was granted to him for which he has to do 32 hours per month of public works for that municipality. Laci was excited. As the first day of his work slowly approached we discovered during one of our visits that his right arm was swelling: „That is nothing, maybe just an insect bite“. We took a nurse, our colleague to visit him. She warned us, that if not treated properly he might loose his fingers or even the whole arm. We took him to hospital for emergency and after that we regularly visited him to treat him. After three weeks his arm was healed and Laci was ready for work again.

Now, six months later, he is still doing public works, his arm is clean and he is cheerful and optimistic as always. People from municipality responsible for public works are happy with his work and just recently Laci got an offer from them for a permanent job.

We keep visiting this small crowded hut in the forest and we keep our fingers crossed. We are looking forward to learn where this new journey of Laci will end.

The project is managed by Depaul Slovensko. Thank you for your interest and support.

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