We hope this message finds you and your loved ones save. The last few months were a challenge for us all. But also gave us the opportunity to slow down the pace and rethink our priorities. The Global Pandemic one again reminded us about how connected we are and emphasized on how we should strive for good relationships and build strong communities, and be conscious about the repercussion of our actions. This situation made us realize once more the need for a place where children can learn and find their own path, become aware of their place in the world, and understand how every choice and action of theirs has an impact on others. For us, this place will be the Green Educational Centre ELA – a magic, cosy and hospitable study place for children and adults, which will invite them to connect to themselves, blend in with nature and the surrounding world.
Over the last months we had to postpone some of the repair and renovation activities in the Centre due to the global safety restrictions. While we were finishing our architecture and design plans, we focused on building a community around the Green Centre. We developed a stronger bond with the local community and a small, but dedicated group of volunteers who are willing to join us in building the Centre in the months to come.
We already changed the joinery and started the renovation of what will be the main hall in the Educational Centre. A small hearth was built in the yard and the trees we planted in the fall are flourishing.
Everyone willing to volunteer in the creation of the Green Centre will be warmly welcomed by our team, just get in touch with us on www.ela-bg.eu! In the meanwhile, we continue our fundraising efforts and are actively searching for donors who can support us by donating construction materials, solar panels and sports facilities.
On behalf of our team, let me start by expressing once again our deepest gratitude for the support and encouragement you gave us for the creation of the Green Educational Centre ELA. It gave us the requisite confidence that we are on the right path.
In order to become a reality, each great idea needs a clear-cut plan and parameters in addition to patience, commitment and focus. Over the last two months we have been working with an enthusiastic team of architects, engineers and construction experts so as to prepare an elaborate plan for the repair and renovation of the Green Centre ELA. This process has taught us a lot and, at moments, it is a real challenge because it is important that the drafts not only meet the safety regulations and technical parameters, but also fulfil the educational and discovery needs of our future visitors. We aresetting up a magic, cosy and hospitable study place for children and adults, which invites them to connect to themselves and blend in with nature. We are led by the desire to make this place accessible to all, taking into consideration their differences.
In the meantime, we continue our fundraising efforts and are actively searching for donors and supporters. We plan on participating in the Little by Little GlobalGiving campaign that will be conducted between 23-27 March. During that period GlobalGiving will match at 50 % all donations under 50 USD.
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