Watch our videos below and learn more about the projects and the people in context of "Social Projects Internatioanlly".
You can also find information about the many social projects in Europe that are supported by THE VELUX FOUNDATIONS in the Facebook Group The Projects.
HomeStart, Prague, Czech Republic
Alžběta Candia Munoz was only 23 years old when she started the organization Home Start in Czech Republic. Since then she, together with colleagues and a great number of volunteers has helped many families with children in need. Watch the fascinating story of how Home Start came in to being such a successful ngo.
SED and Relevant, Velky Slavkov, Presov, Slovakia
In the towns of Velky Slavkov and Presov in Slovakia two organizations are working with young people in order for them to have a better start in life. The two organizations have a unique cooperation and they get results. Learn more about their work in this video.
Empowering Children Foundation, Warsaw, Poland
Since 1991 the Empowering Children Foundation in Poland has managed a telephone helpline for children who are in need of a talk with an adult. On any given day around 400 children are given advice, consolation and encouragement. See how this important work is conducted.
Equal Chances, Budapest Hungary
Not many ngo's have been active in Hungary for more than 30 years. But Equal Chances Foundation has this claim. They help all kinds of disabled people. Get to know them in this video.
Central European University, Budapest, Hungary
There is no university like Central European University in Budapest, its purpose is to support democratisation in the region, promote the creation of free and open societies and protect human rights. At CEU they also have a unique department for Roma studies, see what they do in this video.
Acta Vista, Marseilles, France
Can young unemployed people learn the ancient skills of masonry? In the French organization ACTA VISTA, they are convinced that this is possible, and for a number of years they have proved it. At their building sites such as the old fort in Marseilles several thousands of young people have received training and have thus been better qualified for a job afterwards. See how it is done in the this video:
Romea, Prague, Czech Republic
When does the work of an ngo turn into something exceptional? What are the events that lead to this? And most important who are the people driving the process of change to the benefit of the needing? These are the highly interesting questions we will explore in 15 different cases. Each week we publish a video and a few days later an article about one of the outstanding organizations, their projects and the people behind it. All of whom have received grants from THE VELUX FOUNDATIONS in the last years.
Fondazione Its Rosario Messina, Milan, Italy
North of Milan, Italy, is the Polo Formativo Legno Arredo vocational training center. Here young people are learning everything about wood work and furniture making. A new school is in the process of being built. See how vocational training in Italy is developing:
Hungarian Interchurch Aid, Kastélyosdombó, Hungary.
In the southern part of Hungary there is a small village with an exotic name: Kastélyosdombó. Here Hungarian Interchurch Aid has set up a farm where poor families get an opportunity for a fresh start. They are taught the basics of farming. The idea is that afterwards they will be able to manage on their own. See how it is done.
Kocka Csoki, Budapest, Hungary
Visit the wonderful little chocolate factory in Budapest. The employees are youngsters with autism and they like to work with the square chocolates. That is why the factory is called Cube Chocolate
Habitat for Humanity, Sofia, Bulgaria
In a number of places in Bulgaria, the organisation Habitat for Humanity with the help of volunteers builds houses for poor families. Mincho Benov is in charge and he has also started a programme in which micro-loans are offered to families in need of renovation their home. See how this is done.
Asociatia Alsterdorf, Oradea, Romania
How do you help young people with mental disabilities? How do you apply modern methods in the work? Well, watch this video. Emil Cuc and his collaborators in Asociatia Alsterdorf, situated in Oradea in Romania, have their firm take on this.
NTF and Czech Street Work, Prague, Czech Republic
For the past few years, people in the Czech Republic have grown accustomed to seeing a pair of wildly painted Mercedes vans driving around between cities and towns in the region. The vans attract the attention of young people using graffiti paintings that ask: “Need someone to talk to?” What was the purpose of this? Find out and see the video about NTF and CAS:
Hope and Homes, Botosani, Romania
The people in Hope and Homes for Children in Romania are doing a great work in closing institutions, helping families stay together and giving support to the young people who leave state care and try to stand on their own feet. We visited HHC in the eastern part of Romania and got a good look at their valuable work. You can see the video we made here.
WHAT IS GOOD QUALITY IN SOCIAL AND EDUCATIONAL PROJECTS?
Get the take on this interesting question in an interview with Jens-Jorgen Pedersen, Head of Programme at THE VELUX FOUNDATIONS. Learn also about the coming new focus areas of the Foundation and revisit some of the projects that the foundation has supported
Can a handicapped young person in a wheel chair learn to paraglide? Find out when you see this video about the truly amazing Polish organization, called Podaj Dalej. It works with young handicapped people in the city of Konin.
Watch how Mária and her colleagues work with children who have been abused by their parents or others. In Nitra, Slovakia, at the Sun Center, the children can get therapy and several forms of help:
Even if you are handicapped you can still learn and enjoy life. In Medias, Romania, Maria and her associates have established a wonderful center that gives training to handicapped youngsters.
In Sacele in Romania Daniel Hristea and his wife Ema, together with a large group of coworkers and volunteers are doing fantastic work with Roma families. Their latest idea is to construct a vocational center for young people in the area. Watch this video about this energetic couple and their achievements.
State funded training and therapy in Romania are limited for children and young people with autism. Thus it is great that organizations as ANCAAR in Bucharest have established possibilities for this group. Watch ANCAAR in their new building and see the training.
In October 2016 a number of gifted Roma students in The Czech Republic received scholarships to go on in further education. The event was celebrated in one of Prague´s splendid palaces by the organization Romea.
There is only one place in Bulgaria that provides a combination of therapy for handicapped children, counseling of parents and education of social workers in how to help handicapped children and their families. The institution is Karin Dom, placed by the beautiful Black Sea in Varna.
All over Bulgaria, Mincho Benov and his colleagues in the organization Habitat for Humanity support families with small loans so that they can make improvements of their homes. See the video about such a family a short distance outside Targoviste.
In Varna, Bulgaria a conference for all the projects supported by THE VELUX FOUNDATIONS was arranged in October 2016. Among the topics up for discussion was the question of how the NGO-sector can be strengthened in Bulgaria.
The wonderful theater group BIS BARD has a boarding school for disadvantaged children in Rusalia, Bulgaria. Apart from the regular school subject the children are doing drama and different forms of arts and crafts.
Learn about the Restart Shop in Prague and learn about the activities here. Young people are trained for future work. Irena and Martina are the directors of this project. They also run a unique mobile social service for young people and children in the rural areas of the Czech Republic.
Several hundred people were present in a conference in Varna, Bulgaria to hear about new forms of therapies for handicapped children. See a little video from the conference.
Lucie from the language school META in Prague in this video describes the interesting project in which young migrants are taught the Czech language. See and listen to Lucie as she explains more.
Sebastian and his co-workers provide education, job training and also apartments for autistic youngsters in Zielona Gora, in Western Poland. See the happy autists and their outstanding work in this video.