Helping others and caring for the surrounding environment are natural and spontaneous reactions in communities, towns, and cities that have been stirred to active community life.
Under 40 years of communism, this simply was not possible. Where once active nonprofit organizations worked to meet the needs of their communities, the communist government confiscated nonprofit assets and restricted all private initiative. To exert control, the government forced individuals to become dependent upon the state – the government, communists asserted, would take care of all needs. Nonprofit organizations were simply viewed as too dangerous to communist authority to be allowed to exist.
Since the fall of communism, the nonprofit environment in the Czech Republic has been reborn. Today, the Czech Republic is once again witness to individuals working together for the betterment of their community. The concept of private action for public good is once again seen as necessary in the establishment of a healthy community.
For this reason, the Via Foundation financially supports publicly beneficial projects that have been developed on the initiative of and in cooperation with local nonprofit organizations and local residents. This can include the revitalization of public spaces, nourishing youth assisting an at-risk group in the community, or support for effective, successful charity. All of which serve to strengthen and preserve the bonds of community that are necessary to a healthy society.
To support Via’s Environmental Program, please click on “Donate Now” and type “Community Development” in the Designation Field.
Organization: SPOUSTI – Syndicate for Organic Ústí Town: Ústí nad Orlicí Region: Pardubice Region
For several years, the association SPOUSTI has sought to make Ústí nad Orlicí a great place to live. One of the SPOUSTI’s key activities is an initiative focused on a former textile factory – Pearl – that is located in the center of the town and is currently dilapidated and unused.
school students’ enthusiasm in spring 2012. With a Community
Development Fund grant, they are continuing
to involve Prague Suchdol residents in public space
activities and exploring ways to engage students from
the Suchdol-based Czech Agricultural University.