Dive maky, o.z.

That financial support to improve conditions for achieving higher quality education to talented children and provide space for self-expression. In the long run we also contribute to the integration of the Roma minority and improvement of Roma image in the eyes of public opinion.
Oct 27, 2016

Gypsy Bashavel has changed lives once again

„Thank you, thank you very much for convincing me to come to this Festival, to enjoy this amazing atmosphere and to support these fantastic children...“ said a young man from Chile, who came to see the Castle Devin, but we changed his mind and convinced him that supporting young talented Roma children and youth from Dive maky and being a part of a Gipsy Bashavel was definitely worth it.

And he was just one of 2000 amazed visitors, who realised that art not only breaks down the prejudice in non-violent way, but it also connects people and creates a new point of view on our children, Roma artists and actually the whole Roma community as such. We truly believe that during the Festival many visitors told themselves, YES – THESE ARE OUR ROMA PEOPLE AND WE ARE PROUD OF THEM. Those who work hard and present themselves and their culture with a smile and excitement. Yes, they are different from the majority in their nature and their habits. However, they are different in a beautiful way. In a way that you want to be a part of them, while they are having fun dancing, singing. Their presence will make your prejudice disappear and suddenly you realise that you are dancing in front of the stage with a smile on your lips.

This year Gipsy Bashavel provided a rich program for whole families. Adult visitors could finally begin with studies of Roma language. They could learn basic phrases, listen to breathtaking stories of our children, which deeply touched their hearts. They could also admire the work of traditional Roma craftsmen and jewelers; try out traditional Roma food and a great wine from Slovak winemakers :) Children could also ride ponies,  paint on stones or just play at magical children playground. Besides all that, there was also a possibility to try out face-painting, henna body painting, many craftshops and others…

Evening was gradually culminating by the performance of the Gipsy Nicol, the Hollosy band, fenomenal Hungarian band Parno Graszt and finally galaprogram of the children and youth from Dive maky. People who do not know anything about Dive maky would have probably had low expectations – „ They are just children, the performance will be nice, but....“ However, there was no time for any doubts during that day. We can honestly say that all visitors were amazed by what they saw during the performance of our children. Leader of the music band, Filip, who has been studying at conservatory only for 1 year showed an amazing technique that was praised also by professional musicians. The performance of Stanko who has been playing piano for 3 years was even better than that of the graduates from music schools. When beautiful Kristinka sang Je t'aime, people in the crowd had goose bumps. .... Visitors could experience a real Roma theatre, which had unbelievably good responses. They could also enjoy the display of drawings and paintings of our great creative artist Miso, and later they could enjoy a great dance performance. 

The main idea of a Gipsy Bashavel is to connect people and to show to wide public what are our children and youth with the support from donors and fans capable of. And we are not only talking about a financial support but also about the support provided through applause, appreciation and every single positive comment on Facebook that is saying: „ I wish you all the best, I believe in your work„… Every single „like“, every single euro, every single person, who sees and recognises that Roma people are working hard on their talents and they will be if we give them a chance. However, it is necessary to have open minds, eyes and hearts. There is no problem in the world that cannot be solved if we stick together.

Thanks to you, our great sponsors and supporters we can organise summer camp for these children and youth every year. There they can work on improving their talents, skills and personalities. We can also organise small trips, train our mentors (who are the second parents of our children) and also deal with unexpected expenses and hard life situations of our children, that unfortunately sometimes occurs. Gipsy Bashavel expresses also our THANK YOU for all your help and trust that you are giving us. 

Thanks to your support and your donations via GlobalGiving we change lives of talented Roma children who need it the most. We would be very pleased if you became our donor and support our activities. With your help we can create new generation of Roma- educated, hardworking, confident and proud.

We thank you very much from the bottom of our hearts for your supprt :-)

 

Yours,

Dive maky

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Aug 18, 2016

Gypsy Bashavel -festival of Roma culture

Gypsy Bashavel at Devin castle
Gypsy Bashavel at Devin castle

Do you fancy lively entertainment full of good music, dance and theatre? Then you’ll definitely enjoy our annual highlight of supporting program Divé maky – multi-genre festival of Roma culture Cigánsky bašavel (Gypsy bashavel), this year under the aegis of president of Slovak Republic. Castle Devín will brighten up on Saturday 20th of August thanks to our incredibly talented children and youth.

You‘ll have an opportunity to see with your own eyes what happens, when talented Roma children get a chance to develop and show their extraordinary talents. Participants of program Divé maky under guidance of violinist Barbora will show their wonderful skills in the evening galaprogram. But don’t worry – we’ll keep you busy all day long! :)  

Performance of young diva Gypsy Nicol, traditional Roma band Hollósy Band and headliner of festival brisk Parno Graszt will hold music lovers interest. Dancers from group Jagalo Jilo and Lacko & Credance will surely make everybody move. But of course we didn’t forget about the drama lovers – for you we have prepared theatre performance of Divé maky under guidance of Nada and two movies in summer cinema.

Performances on stage will be accompanied by rich number of activities, such as circus workshop, children playground and board games, art workshop or face painting. If you’re truly interested in Roma culture and you want to know it better at first hand, try workshop of Roma language with Peter (Roma politician) or listen to people’s life stories in Live library with Janette (Roma coach). 

You can also taste traditional Roma food in Cigánska krcma and buy products from Roma craftsmen. Gain from tickets and sold products will be used for support of talented children from Divé maky program.

But why do we organize this event? It’s not just for fun and entertainment. Our object is to show people that support changes children’s lives. A child who comes from difficult conditions is often underprivileged and fragile like wild poppy. Too often happens that this beautiful flower breaks, because is not given a chance to prove that deserves to blossom.

During Cigánsky Bašavel you’ll see children and young who had the luck and above all the inner strength to fight for their chance. Peoople who don’t improve their talents just for fun, but they continue studying on conservatories and universities in Slovakia and also in foreign countries. Thanks to their tenacity and support of program Divé maky they gained possibilities they didn’t even dream of before. But who makes our program possible? Nobody else but YOU! Kind people willing to help – our donors and sympathizers who truly believe that can make some difference and change somebody’s life. And for that we sincerely thank you with all our hearts.

We are looking forward for your visit! Come and join us, because who never experienced real gypsy festivity, doesn’t know what fun is! :)

program
program

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Jun 7, 2016

Roma youth visitng the concert of classical music

our youth with some members of the orchestra
our youth with some members of the orchestra

It was October, when we received an email from Aimo, one of the organizers of the concert of Netherland Student Orchestra in Bratislava. She said they would love to do a small concert for children and youth from Dive maky and if necessary they could do it anywhere in Slovakia. It is their regular activity- anytime they do concerts in Europe, they always make time to visit and do a small concert for children from orphanages, hospitals or elders from retirement homes. And now, this great opportunity presented itself!

However, we were little bit concerned if we could make it all possible. The truth is, that for any non-profit organization it's almost unrealizable to organize unexpected event for all 35 children if you haven’t counted with it in your budget in advance. Although the concert would’ve been free for us, we would’ve had to provide accommodation, food, transport and that would’ve been a very high sum for us. And so we transformed the whole event into something much smaller and affordable. We agreed that there doesn’t have to be a special concert for our children, but a few of them will come to our capital Bratislava and attend official concert in the Slovak Radio. So we made a “selection procedure” for our young ones and we picked 5 of them, whom we could pay all expenses. Just to paint you a picture- for many Roma the visit of capital city is the unique opportunity and experience they remember for the rest of their lives. That's why we wanted to make it as special as we could. So when the day of their visit came, we had a pretty busy schedule prepared for them to make the most of their visit.

Our Roma girls and boy came from the very East part of Slovakia and it took them 8 hours to get to the capital. We checked in the nearby hostel and went to the Slovak Radio, since we wanted to be on rehearsal, too. We were warmly welcomed by amazing Netherland students. They were very interested about our girls and a charming boy Jozef. They asked about their talents, future plans and dreams. Jozef and Dominika even practised their English and we were sooo proud of them :) After the rehearsal they invited us to dine with them and their true interest about our program was amazing. And then… the time of the concert came! For each of us it was the first concert of classical music and it truly took our breath away. We saw university students whose majors are psychology, politics, literature, etc. and they were playing these music instruments on professional level. It was such motivating experience for all of us! It's these events that show our “kids” how far they can go and that the life opportunities are limitless.

After the concert we went for a walk to the city centre. We talked about our strong impressions, took pictures at sights and talked a lot about our lives and dreams.
We, in Dive maky, help our children and youth as much as we can, but often times when we meet them and see how mature and modest they are and it is them who help us and give our “job” real purpose.

It is extremely important for Roma children and youth to leave their communities at least just for a while and see a new world. The world where there is no prejudice and where they have good role models. That's why the contribution you'll make to our project on Globalgiving will next year also go on such unexpected activities. So we will be able to make a trip not only for 5 children but for 10 at least. We want to spread the knowledge, we want them to see a new world and show them that not all people have prejudice. New experiences will not only inspire themselves but also their friends and families.

The team of Dive maky will guide them and be there for them anytime they need a support. With your help we will try to do everything to make their future brighter.

 

Thank you for spreading our message and for any kind of contribution you make.

We appreciate it very much :)

Dive maky

Jozef in Bratislava
Jozef in Bratislava
at the hostel
at the hostel
in front of the Slovak National Theatre
in front of the Slovak National Theatre
 
   

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