Giving possibility to a child does not only influence one town, one city, one community. Creating possibility for one child can influence an entire lifetime without regard to borders, nationality, or language. By giving an opportunity to a child, you provide a path to the world. The Via Foundation supports local initiatives giving such opportunities to children in communities throughout the Czech Republic; communities that need your support to open the doors to possibility.
Our focus is to assist those groups working on the local level as they identify and meet the diverse needs of children in their own community. A child growing up among the coal-dusted panelaks of Most does not face the same challenges as another growing up in the hills under the Nízký Jeseník Mountains in Moravia. Individualized projects based upon the needs of one community simply have a stronger possibility of creating a true positive influence on a child. With the generosity of donors like you, the Via Foundation supports these organizations working to meet needs locally.
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Strmilov is a small town of 1,445 residents in southern Bohemia. Teenagers in the town wanted a dirt bike park and a pars fitness course; VIA provided the tools to plan, design and build it.
My Activity is a civic association whose main priority is providing quality free time activities for adults, youth and children in the Prague 3 area. My Activity was awarded a grant in VIA’s “The Community in Which We Live” program to engage the broader community in a planning and design process for part of the association’s property.
The dominant landmark of the central Bohemian village of Nebovidy is a formidable fortress. In centuries past the adjacent village green served as the community’s natural center, and together, these two sites defined Nebovidy. However, the village green lost its central role and character through insensitive architectural interventions during the 20th century.
Some years ago, when residents of the village of Chyšky came together to build a rectory in DIY style, they created a community gathering place and elevated local interest about public affairs. They then channeled this energy into a new civic association Naše Chyšecko (Our Chyšky region), which seeks to sustainably develop the village while preserving its cultural heritage.
Blockheaded (Natvrdli) is a civic association founded eight years ago in the town of Velvary, where it focuses on improving the quality of life. The area around the Malovarsky Lake, known locally as Malvaňak, used to be a popular recreation area but gradually fell into disrepair.
In 1998, the municipality of Nové Sedlice separated from the Štítina village. The football field and its surroundings is the only public space in the municipality. The new local authority’s goal is to improve the atmosphere and interpersonal relations in the village through open communication and collaboration between the local authority and citizens with the local societies. Therefore, it was very important for the municipality to start community planning, involving the citizens in the decision-making concerning the future development of their village.
The main purpose of the Embellishing Society for Nadějkov and its Neighbourhood is, among other things, to smarten up the region and to protect the environment. All the activities are done with the effort to involve the general public: the citizens are drawn into active decision-making and collaboration. This hold true also in the project of transformation of the presbytery garden located between the church and the presbytery in the western part or the square in the middle of the South-Bohemian village of Nadějkov.
The municipality of Francova Lhota is located in the Senice river valley in the western part of Javorník, at the border with the Slovak Republic. Several non-profit organizations and societies are active in the village, making the social life rather colourful. These societies make it possible for the local citizens to collaborate well with the municipality. Owing to the new “Oasis of Piece”, a project took place in Francova Lhota that involved the local public in the municipality development. The locals built a relax zone near the community house, which acquired the name “Špuntov” during the project implementation.
The renovation of the park before the building of the Vocational School in Plasy is the logical result of the efforts to follow the recent history of the place. The school building near the plot is built in functionalistic style of the 1930’, the park with its potential to become the natural centre of one of the municipality quarters was hitherto unused. The Academic Top (Akademický vršíček) citizen association, active at the school, organizes the students’ parents, former students and teachers, who gladly assisted in the renovation of the park and its transformation to a community and relaxation spot in Plasy.
In the past, a small pub was closed in the Chříč municipality, leaving the local village square with the park the only place for gatherings and cultural and community events organizing. The square, located in the very centre of the village, acquired its unflattering image in the 1970’ during the event “the village catches up with the town”. The original picturesque village square was formed by a big pond with greenery, old pub and several weekenders’ cottages; then, the community house replaced the pub, which, on being finished, proved to be too big and was never properly used.
Following World War II, the small town of Broumov became a near-ghost town virtually overnight. Of the town’s prewar population of just over 23,000 people, 22,000 were forcibly displaced. This essentially destroyed that which war had not: the displacement of 95% of Broumov’s residents severed nearly all community life, a legacy Broumov’s current population of 8000 is struggling to overcome.
Walking into the room, the first thing that we saw were colorful drawings showing swing sets, merry-go-rounds, dozens of v-shaped birds in the air, and on one, something that looked curiously like an igloo.
Lužná consists of two districts about one kilometer apart. Though that distance may seem small, as town residents admit, there was no real sense of unity between the two parts of the village.
Of Unhošťs 3,500 inhabitants, almost 1,000 are children. With so many children in the town, three local mothers – Marcela Jurková, Lenka Jansová and Monika Beličková – were frustrated that the town had no safe and clean space for kids to play. Instead of simply complaining about the problem, the three women decided to take action.