Sport  Kosovo Project #18039

Kosovo Wants to Play

by Kosovo Glocal

 

As Kosovo 2.0 we are more than happy  to let you know, as one of our big supporters of our "Kosovo wants to play" project, we now feel the joy to let you know that we have already published our 'Sports' magazine edition by the begining of March.  Worth mentioning is the fact that the support gained from the “Kosovo Wants to Play” campaign raised by GlobalGiving has really helped us to gain great expectations, as the project has been promoted through a crowdfunding campaign on TV, local media, social media and events.  

After years of failed applications to be recognized by international sporting bodies, Kosovo is finally obtaining recognition in the Sports arena that any other independent state in the world has. Coinciding with this, Kosovo 2.0's role with the 'Sports' issue had given a push to understanding of the intricate social, cultural, political, and economic dimensions of sports in Kosovo. 

This magazine looks at how sports play a role in identity and nation-building, social-integration, and cultural development, but it also speaks to how Kosovars managed to become champions when encountering a great lack of institutional support within a harsh political and social context, often fighting gender discrimination, unemployment, migration, poverty, etc. 

We were convinced that this topic would gather great support and generate debate.That’s because seven years into Kosovo’s independence, sports have been a constant reminder of the nation’s marginalized position in international forums. The inability to participate showed how some basic and fundamental rights are challenged. In the arena of sports, this has been apparent in two main domains.

On the other hand, we were just as convinced that our responsibility as a magazine bestowed on us the obligation to equally highlight the shortcomings that sports in Kosovo have faced due to negligent state policies. The political barriers to the right of representation in international competitions were not acted upon or met withconsistent state support. On the contrary, sports were never high on the government agenda, and little has been done over the years to offer the financial and infrastructural support that Kosovar sports need in order to thrive.

We began this issue with a determination to point to such barriers and struggles characterizing Kosovo’s sports and with a conviction grounded in the belief that sports can significantly serve as an agent of international recognition and, especially, an internal social and economic force.

It was last time, when we said, hopefully the next time we write a report, it will be on summuraizing the realising of the printed magazine. And now, we feel more than happy sharing the news with you. 

We want to thank you from the the bottom of our hearts (as a whole team) for the support you have given to us in the most difficult stages of our organization. We feel thankfull towards.

Hopefully we will be able to continue our cooperation with th next up following projects that we have for this year. Your support for us, means a lot. 

By wishing you all the best,

Team Kosovo 2.0

 

 

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Dear friend,

First of all, the team of Kosovo 2.0 wants to wish you a happy new year, plenty of adventures and good moments ahead. Secondly, we want to tell you, as one of our big supporters of our "Kosovo wants to play" project, that we know we finished the year without doing one thing we said we'd do: publish our 'Sports' magazine edition. We want to inform you why and when it will be published, because we haven't cancelled our plans!

When we contacted our printer house back in October, they informed us that it would be impossible for them to print the magazine in December, as planned. Therefore, we had to re-schedule the launch of the magazine, which now is set to be launching by end of February, beginning of March.

We took advantage of this change of plans to invest more time in the production of stories for this upcoming issue, and many stories have been already filed and are in editing process. Indeed, this change of plans has given us space to update our table of contents, since Kosovo will play at the next Olympics! 

In the meantime, did you know that a Kosovar martial arts expert is also learning how to use this sport for the movies? Or the story of how Kosovo got to be part of the International Olympic Committee? Or how an international NGO is using sports to bring together children of all Kosovo communities? We will get to know better footballer brothers Granit and Taulant Xhaka, as well as the relationship between Judo World Champion Majlinda Kelmendia and her coach Driton Kukaj. We have also learned about the challenges the youngest champions of Kosovo confront in their everyday.

This and much, much more, soon to come! 

We will keep you updated with our progress, and hopefully next time we write to you it will be for the announcement of the launch of our magazine. We'll keep working on it… 

In the meantime, 

Have a great start of the year!

Kosovo 2.0

One month ago, on September 1, we had a crazy day. We woke up knowing that in that evening, we were presenting to the country and to the world, an enormous enterprise the result of which was uncertain back then. On that date, Kosovo 2.0 launched Kosovo Wants to Play, a composition of different kinds of efforts to achieve one big goal: lobby for the recognition and acceptance of Kosovar athletes to participate in international competitions in equal conditions with other athletes across the globe. We wanted to tell the story of what sports mean to life, and what it means to be a Kosovar athlete, with their struggles and expectations, through one of our best assets, our topic-based, awarded printed magazine. All the money raised in the project, we planned, will be used to create this publication, and ship it abroad to all international sports federations and influential voices that could make a difference in the current situation of sports in Kosovo.

We launched the campaign with two goals: raise awareness about the current situation of Kosovar athletes and their rights on competition, and promote our crowdfunding through the GlobalGiving Platform. We created a domain, www.kosovowantstoplay.com , that would be used as a direct shortcut to the platform, and which we shared everywhere in our social media, informal converstions, meetings, and so on. First donations came slowly from mainly friends and family, and some enthusiastic Albanian abroad moved by the chance they had to do something. In our launch event at the Sports bar Filikaqa on September 1, we showed a video we had produced with Kosovar athletes, a teaser of the campaign, and a video with interviews to these athletes. We gathered a few donations on boxes, and a few local media showed the campaign on TV. RTK channel agreed to screen the teaser permanently as an ad, for free, during the whole month. This also called for other media to contact us and do some reportages, like Klan Kosova, which also interviews several other athletes with had not touched based with, to tell more about their struggles due to the lack of recognitions or awareness.

From online to the ground

A crowdfunding campaign is never an easy task anywhere, but especially, it is not an easy task in Kosovo, where we confronted two main problems: people did not know what crowdfunding means or the concept behind, and there was little engagement into online donation and online economic transaction. We collected objects that different athletes had donated to the campaign, which we would use as rewards, together with the printed magazine, once it’s published. After two weeks of campaign, we hadn’t even reached the amount of 2,000$. We knew to earn a permanent spot on GlobalGiving we needed at least to gather 5,000$ from 40 different donors. We decided to go offline as well, and organized a big party, with the collaboration of the venue MHz in Prishtina, and the participation (for free) of five Kosovar DJs: Toton, Dardan Ramabaja, AlexUnder, Oda Haliti and Yll Megi. We fundraised 825$. The awareness raising activity continued online, on Twitter and Facebook, and we started asking people to put a photo of themselves with a banner and the hashtag #kosovowantstoplay or in Albanian #kosovaduhetmelujt on it. We managed to get photographs online from Belgium, the United States, Mexico, Italy, or Argentina, where our contributor Tringa Berisha started a parallel campaign among friends and family for this cause. In the meantime with sent several rounds of e-mails to diaspora organizations, civil society, and institutions, to support the cause individually.

Only one week after the fundraising party, Kosovo 2.0 presented another magazine, on Migration. With this event on the agenda since way before the #kosovowantstoplay campaign, we decided to inform everybody that the money from Migration magazine sales would go directly to the campaign, and we also took a chance in the event to present what the #kosovowantstoplay campaign is for. Thus, we added another 456$ to the GlobalGiving platform. In the meantime, an anonymous donation of 500$ came in, surprising us all. After the Migration magazine launch, we organized a barbeque at the new MIQT Pub in Prishtina, to gather a new crew of people. Sponsors responded and we had donations in kind from Prishtina Beer, Dita bakery, Rugova, and Frutomanía. More than 200 people came during the whole day, and we fundraised 482$. The 5,000$ first goal was much closer.

Help from Ljubljana’s art footballers

On the evening of September 29, we received the news an event had been organized in Ljubljana, Slovenia, for that same night, to raise funds for #kosovowantstoplay. The Nogometniki association organized everything and next day, we had in our GlobalGiving platform another 326$. A miraculous anonymous donation of 233$ on the last day of campaign made us go beyond the 5,000$ with one extra dollar. We won the challenge. We earned a permanent spot to keep on fundraising online.

What’s next?

We can’t produce a magazine with only 5,000$. Now that we have a permanent spot on GlobalGiving, we will be able to keep on fundraising online, and we will organize new events. We still need your support.

The editorial team will meet next week though, in order to start planning the contents of this magazine on Sports. We will decide the stories, the writers, the potential contributors, etc. Now we can really think of implementing this whole project, while keeping the campaign up more than ever before.

We still need your help, so don’t forget to spread the word. #kosovowantstoplay

 

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Kosovo Glocal

Location: Prishtina - Kosovo
Website: http:/​/​www.kosovotwopointzero.com/​
Facebook: Facebook Page
Twitter: @kosovo2point0
Kosovo Glocal
Project Leader:
Kosovo Glocal
Prishtina, Kosovo

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