On 12th and 13th June an international conference concerning education about refugees and migrants was organised by The Halina Nieć Legal Aid Center in the Institute of American Studies and Polish Diaspora of the Jagiellonian University in Cracow. The conference […]
On 12th and 13th June an international conference concerning education about refugees and migrants was organised by The Halina Nieć Legal Aid Center in the Institute of American Studies and Polish Diaspora of the Jagiellonian University in Cracow.
The conference was attended by approximately 45 national and international participants interested in refugee and migration issues. During the two days of the conference a number of speakers, experts, scientists, practitioners and representatives of non-governmental organizations from Poland, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Lithuania, Slovenia, Slovakia and Croatia were heard by the audience. Moreover, during the workshop „Incorporating international education in the school curriculum“ participants prepared sample lessons plans for primary school students, secondary school students and university students on various issues related to refugees and migration.
The Halina Nied Legal Aid Center strongly believes that in a world experiencing rapid change, and where cultural, political, economic and social upheaval challenges traditional ways of life, education has a major role to play in promoting social cohesion and peaceful coexistence. Through programmes that encourage dialogue between students of different cultures, beliefs and religions, education can make an important and meaningful contribution to sustainable and tolerant societies.
The conference aimed to bring together experts representing international organizations, NGOs and various educational institutions which are involved in designing or implementing different educational projects centered around the notion of intercultural values and teaching about refugees and migrants. In the course of two conference days both speakers and participants were attempting to bring answers to questions about ways of debunking myths and stereotypes about refugees and migrants through education, the role of different actors in this regard, challenges and opportunities of preventing further polarization of social attitudes towards foreigners. The conference was also an opportunity to present examples of good practices from selected European countries: Czech Republic, Slovakia, Lithuania, Hungary, Croatia, Slovenia and Poland.
The conference was organised by The Halina Nied Legal Aid Center from Poland in frame of the project called “Debating New Phenomena of Refugee Migration in Central Europe” (DRM), which is a Central European initiative coordinated by OPU – Organisation for Aid to Refugees. The project is funded by the EU within the Europe for Citizens Programme.
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A number of representatives of organizations working with migrants, professionals, state officials as well as volunteers helping refugees participated in the conference Volunteering and migration – from good to the best stories took place in Ljublana on 11th and 12th […]
A number of representatives of organizations working with migrants, professionals, state officials as well as volunteers helping refugees participated in the conference Volunteering and migration – from good to the best stories took place in Ljublana on 11th and 12th May 2017.
The main aim of the conference was sharing the experience and good practice of working volunteers to provide assistance to refugees and migrants coming to Europe. The participants shared methods of work with volunteers (mentoring, field work) as well as its limits. The parcitipants focused on the period of so-called refugee crisis, which showed that more systemic approach is neccessary to prepare volunteers for the difficult work in the field as well as for possible stressful situations.
The conference was opened with a note of Anica Mikuš Kos, president of the Slovene Philantrophy. Nataša Sip from the Representation of the European Commission introduced a European database of volunteers and introduced a concept how to work with registered volunteers in the European countries. Initiatives from Slovakia, Slovenia, Croatia, Poland, Czech Republic and Hungary then showed good practices and shared challenges of organizing volunteer work in their countries. A summary of good practices will be an outcome of the conference.
Volunteering and migration – from good stories to the best stories
Invitation to the International Conference
“Volunteering and migration – from good stories to the best stories”
In assistance to migrants, regardless of their legal status, volunteering is very beneficial. It helps restore people’s dignity, create a new social network for them, volunteers act as cultural ambassadors, advocates.
You are invited to the international conference which aims to shed some light on various aspects of organizing of volunteer work: from the point of view of users, volunteers, volunteer organizations, institutions as well as from the solidary society’s point of view.
The conference will be held on May 11th and 12th 2017 in Poligon, Tobačna 5, Ljubljana. The working language will be English, admission is free.
We will show good practices of organizing of volunteer work from Slovenia, Poland, Croatia and Hungary, together we will reflect upon pitfalls and challenges of organizing volunteers in the future.
We will examine the years 2015 and 2016, a time when refugees were crossing Slovenia in an organized fashion which could not be done without volunteers. What have we learnt about their role in similar situations? What kind of assistance do asylum-seekers require and how do we help persons who have been granted the refugee status?
We will introduce the European Initiative Solidarity Corps that emphasizes working with refugees. The purpose of the final round table is to embark upon the topic of ethics of volunteer actions and volunteer organizations, of boundaries between the tasks of volunteers and the state and those of migrant volunteers.
The application form for the event is available here, applications are to be submitted by May 5th or until all the vacancies are filled. If you have any questions considering this application, place of venue, how to get there or any other logistical questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org , +386 51 775 237.
International conference on the role of media, journalists and propaganda during the so-called refugee crisis
Prague, 30 January 2017
On 26th and 27th January, an international conference on the role of media, journalists and propaganda during the so-called refugee crisis took place in Prague’s conference centre Evropský dům. The conference was attended by approximately a hundred participants, consisting of professionals, politicians, journalists, students, pedagogues or state officials working with migrants.
The leading topic of the conference were the underlying reasons of massive anti-refugee propaganda in the country affected so little by the refugee crisis. The conference also touched upon the issues of hatred towards muslims or non-governmental organizations and the impact of such propaganda on public opinion.
Firstly, Tomáš Lindner from Respekt and Martin Biben from Hospodářské noviny presented examples of professional and unprofessional journalist work on refugee-related topics. Subsequently, similar initiatives from various European countries were introduced, among them initiatives from Slovakia, Slovenia, Croatia, Poland or Lithuania. Together the participants elaborated on the possibility to change the media discourse and tried to discuss an effective tool for this purpose. Means and parametres of objective media coverage of refugees and the advantages or cooperation among the EU countries in the questions of migration and asylum were another major topic.
The conference was preceded by an introduction of the European report „Pushed Back at the Door – Denial of Access to Asylum in Eastern EU Member States“ on 25th January, which triggered a debate about unlawful factual denial of the right to seek asylum in the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Slovenia and Bulgaria. The analysis was a result of research of Bulgarian Helsinki Committee, Czech Organization for Aid to Refugees, Hungarian Helsinki Committee, Polish Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights and Slovenian Legal Information Center for NGOs. All organizations are members of ECRE, a European umbrella organization for refugees, which has been closely monitoring the events of the so-called refugee crisis.
Contact: JUDr. Martin Rozumek, director of OPU; tel: 731 170 885
Conference on media and propaganda in refugee crisis – Prague 26-27 January 2017
The role of media, journalists and propaganda in the refugee crisis
(Let´s name it)
The sad reality of the so called refugee crisis in the Central Europe and Baltic States is the fact that there is a huge refugee crisis and hysteria without almost any refugees physically present in the region, Islamophobia on the sharp rise but without Muslims being here and plenty of politicians happily playing the role of our saviours gaining significant support from less informed but very frightened citizens. In fact, the refugee issue has become the main hope of irresponsible politicians for future election gains putting aside all the real problems of our societies ranging from widespread corruption, terrible demographic prognosis, stagnating quality of education and health care or enviromental problems. Furthermore, the propaganda targetting always refugees, the EU, Angela Merkel,
Muslims, NGOs and the USA created negative attitudes of the general public towards the solidarity and cooperation of national states as well as within the European Union, NATO and United Nations.
In the two days long conference taking place in Prague from 26 and 27 January 2017 in the European House, Jungmannova street 24, we will take a look at the work of media and journalist during and after the refugee crisis, we will explore what the experts and CSOs can do for journalists and media to make their outputs more balanced and how to loudly name and address the growing problem of propaganda and political populism playing tricky games with myths and facts surrounding the issue of migration. We will also look at how internal political actors are using this media discourse for making their populist arguments more
visible and ‘rational’. The urgent questions are the following: What are the key alternatives for such a negative and one-single sided media response? Are there any good examples, how independent media channels apply (or should apply) ethical protocols while covering issues of our concern? Or are there any other effective instruments for reshaping media discourses in our region?
A side event on 25 January will bring to Prague (European House, 1 pm) key civil society organisations acting in the field of refugee protection in Central Europe, most of them member agencies of ECRE – the European Council on Refugees and Exiles. They will present their brand new report concerning the unlawful practice
of push-backs (refoulement) of refugees at the external borders of the EU in Central Europe as well as highlight some of deterrence measures applied vis-a-vis the people in need of protection such as detention or prolongation of the RSD procedures. Please confirm your registration at email@example.com A valid ID with picture
will be required at the entrance door to the konference. The conference language is English only.
Agenda: Thursday 26 January 1.0 Opening Statements, Martin Rozumek, Organisation for Aid to Refugees (OPU) Assessment of media coverage of the refugee crisis in the Czech Republic and in Slovakia –Adéla Jurečková, People in Need Foundation, Prague, Zuzana Kepplová, SME, Slovakia 1.40 Talk Decoded – Dr. Anna Szilagyi — Language Matters: the Constructions of the Refugee Crisis in Political and Media Discourses in Hungary 2.10 Discussion 2.20 – 2.30 Break 2.30 Presenting the facts – avoiding myths surrounding refugees, how CSOs and experts could support journalists in their work, Tomáš Lindner, Respekt and Martin Biben, Hospodářské noviny 3.10 Overview of public attitudes in the Czech Republic and possible recipies against blackpainting of refugees and migrants – Pavel Fischer, STEM, and Magda Faltová, SIMI 3.40 The medias manic-depression in covering the refugees crisis or how we failed to do our job Clemens Neuhold, Profil, Austria 4.10 Discussion
Friday 27 January 10.00 Mysterious concerned citizens and anti-propaganda efforts in Lithuania”. Daiva Repečkaité , People of Change Foundation, Malta 10.30 Czech state and non-state responses towards the propaganda – Jakub Janda, Think-tank European Values 11.00 What is Russia´s new hybrid warfare and how important is the role of propaganda? The example of the Lisa-Case from Germany, Steffen Dobbert, Zeit Online editor, Germany 11.30 Discussion, Q and A 12.00 Break with „chlebíčky“ /Snack and refreshment 12.30 What can we do for better future? Are there any other effective instruments for reshaping media discourses in our region? How EU citizens can be objectively informed about refugees and the advantages of EU cooperation in the asylum and migration agenda. An overview of views, good ideas and initiatives from the participants from various countries:
Slovenia, Croatia, Slovakia, Poland, Lithuania, 14.00 Farewell and end of the conference
Experts from 11 countries discussed nationalism and xenophobia in Budapest in the context of refugee “crisis”
Sixty experts, scholars, students and professionals from 11 countries mostly from Central and Eastern Europe gathered in Budapest on 3 and 4 November to address effects of the “refugee crisis” on the radical and mainstream politics, recent trends of public attitudes to refugees in the region and civil and grassroots responses to the rise of radical nationalism in Central European countries. The event was organised by the Foundation of Subjective Values from Budapest in frame of the project called “Debating New Phenomena of Refugee Migration in Central Europe” (DRM), which is a Central European initiative coordinated by OPU – Organisation for Aid to Refugees. Some of the most worrying trends discussed in the conference included the unwillingness to prosecute and sanction hate crime and hate speech, xenophobia and Islamphobia frequently expressed and exploited by politicians as well as attacks on Muslim and other minorities in our countries well manifested in the “Map of anti-migrant violence, hatred and sentiment in Europe” presented by ENAR. On the other hand, the experts presented a number of examples of good projects and campaigns to address the growing nationalism in Central Europe. The next international conference under the DRM Central Europe project will take a look at the role of media, journalists and propaganda and will take place in Prague on 26 and 27 January 2017.
6 Refugee Related Conferences Project Launched in Central Europe
Six leading Central European NGOs and a Lithuanian partner Diversity Development Group launched a new project called Debating New Phenomena of Refugee Migration in the Central EuropeThe Project aims at bringing together experts and citizens from Eastern and Central EU MS at 6 conferences in 6 states to discuss 6 main new phenomena concerning refugees arising in the 7 participating countries in last years, explain current EU policies in asylum and migration, discuss Future Europe. Volunteers, academicians, experts and relevant stakeholders should be invited to the conferences. The topics and locations of the 2 days long conferences are the following:
1) danger of extremism, nationalism and political radicalism (Budapest)
2) role of media and journalists in the refugee debate and impact of propaganda (Prague)
3) volunteering in times of refugee crisis (Ljubljana)
4) new approaches on education of children and youngsters on different cultures and refugees (Krakow)
5) role of academicians and religious leaders (Bratislava)
6) synergies between different social groups in solidarity actions towards refugees and the role of civil society (Zagreb).
More than 2000 volunteers joined humanitarian organization Slovene Philanthropy with one goal – to help numerous refugees on their way through Slovenia. The need to do something and not just watch the humanitarian crisis that literally knocked on their doors activated a powerful force of people from all around Slovenia.
“After the arrival of refugees in September, we have established a database of people who not only want to help on the field, but are also willing to host the refugees in their homes, invite them for dinner etc.” explains Tereza Novak, executive director of Slovene Philanthropy. “New volunteers are contacting us daily, therefore there are enough volunteers to go on the field. Furthermore, there are people who are on the waiting list to work on the field, so we are not afraid that their help will run out.”
How can I help? When is the training for volunteers? Do you have any special needs tomorrow? Where can I bring the items that we have collected for the refugees? I am going to the border with my own car and I can give a ride to four more people. We are driving from Switzerland/Germany/Spain with a lorry full of clothing and shoes and volunteers – where can we help? These are the things that are communicated daily. People just cannot stay away, if they know that almost 150 000 people have already came through Slovenia.
The headquarter to coordinate volunteers all around Slovenia is located in a small office at the premises of Slovene Philanthropy. With all the important numbers and timetables on the walls, with phones constantly ringing and people talking and typing on computers, you feel the commotion but at the same time also the good energy. People working, including volunteers, know that their work is important and meaningful.
When volunteers accompany refugees to the doctors they get the opportunity to hear a part of their stories. Otherwise volunteers sort and distribute food and clothing, clean and prepare the centers for new groups of refugees, bring hot water for the babies and very important – help finding the missing family members. And the list continues. “There are so many sad stories that we do not get the opportunity to hear or even dare to ask, but we get so many friendly looks and “thank yous” that you never hesitate to get back,” explains Eva, a volunteer from a small village near Šentilj, where the biggest reception centre is set up. She is on the field for more than two weeks now and her help is essential when new volunteers arrive. If they are properly guided and coordinated, things run very smoothly.
Slovene Philanthropy has been hence a very active to involve local volunteer coordinators who are in contact with all the organizations on the field. Volunteers are present in all the centers where refugees have been staying. “Help from the volunteers and coordinated work of the humanitarian and other non-governmental organization is essential for further improvements in the important work we all are doing” says Tereza Novak.
Slovene Philanthropy was established in 1992 when numerous refugees came from Bosnia and Herzegovina and many experts and philanthropists came together and volunteered to help the refugees. Slovene Philanthropy is umbrella organization for volunteering in Slovenia and has been working with migrants for the past 23 years.
Slovene Philanthropy has been working with refugees for many years and has gained a lot of experience in providing for people in need. As a steady arrival of a large number of refugees from Syria, Iran and Afghanistan is expected, we aim to step up our efforts to help in organizing our professional staff and volunteers. It is our aim to offer the most efficient assistance during the refugees’ first contact with our country and its inhabitants. We provide translators to assist a self-organization of refugees in transit camps and to ensure that they obtain information they need. We constantly monitor the needs on the ground and act on them.
To this end, we collect funds that will be spent to help refugees and to train and coordinate volunteers. Working together with professional services they can respond to their needs, offer various types of relief, as well as emergency financial aid.
This is an urgent appeal to call on your reason and humanity. Harsh winter conditions are just outside the door. And so are thousands of refugees who have nothing but HOPE that someday, somewhere they will have a better life, and hope that this year’s winter will not be too cold.
Let us open our hearts to refugees. Let us make sure they remember our small country as a country of people with BIG hearts.
Donate your voluntary contributions
by bank order to: Slovene Philanthropy bank account: NLB SI56 0201 4025 8581 012, reference number 2901, code CHAR
Slovene Philanthropy was established in 1992 when large numbers of refugees came from Bosnia and Herzegovina, and many experts and philanthropists came together and volunteered to respond to their needs. Since then we have provided psychosocial assistance to refugees, especially to unaccompanied minors, and have implemented several programmes on integration. It is our aim to be instrumental in a speedier and more successful integration procedure in Slovenia. To this end, we have submitted many proposals to successive Slovene governments to exert positive impact on integration processes.
Seminar and study visit in Donostia – San Sebastian – Spain
SOS Racismo and Mugak in cooperation with OPU introduced to 28 experts from 9 EU countries different models of cooperation between municipalities and migrant/refugee associations during a study visit taking place in San Sebastian from the 9th until the 11th of February. Participants from different state, municipal and NGO bodies could closely observe a model of direct democracy and inclusion of immigrants in public life in the city of San Sebastian.
Representatives from different municipal institutions including the Mayor of San Sebastian – Mr. Juan Carlos Izagirre, experts from migrant associations like Esperanza Latina, Bidez Bide, Ahmer and others shared their good experience with immigrants´ participation in the city life.
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The Slovene delegation had three representatives: a volunteer of Slovene Philanthropy with the refugee status in Slovenia, Mr. Admir Baltić from the Bosniak Cultural Union of Slovenia and as the representative of Slovene Philanthropy – Nikolaj Tomaž Benedik.
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What should be the common thread of an international youth exchange, where the majority of participants are between 13 and 18 years old, are coming from three different countries and mostly from socially de-privileged environment and don’t speak foreign languages? For most of them, this will be the first time to participate in an international activity.
Skills! – we all have them, and no matter how old we are, we enjoy learning when we are internally motivated.
In summer 2014 Slovene Philanthropy, Association for promotion of voluntary work, prepared in the frame of Erasmus plus programme, an international youth exchange under the title »Let’s skills exchange« in cooperation with two other youth organization; Asociacion Culturay y de Jovenes “Ajoval” from Valdehornillos, Spain and Netzwerk Spiel/Kultur Prenzlauer Berg from Berlin, Germany. Between 28th July and 8th August 23 young people and 7 youth workers spent fantastic time in a small village Zapotok, located 20 km far from Ljubljana, capital city of Slovenia.
The main purpose of the youth exchange was quality spent time in a cross cultural environment, co-created by young participants. Our aim was also raising an awareness of skills that everyone has and learning how they can be improved, used and shared with others. Youth exchange was focused on non-formal and informal learning, active participation and the acquisition of social skills.
Methods and activities we used supported a creation of safe and stimulative environment in which youth workers could give many tasks and responsibility to young people and provide them with a support so they could carry out their own ideas. The group was formed through variety of social games. Agreements for living together were set by young people. They created colourful posters with day by day program. During the next 3 days participants discovered surroundings and met with neighbours through teamwork games. We lived next to meadows full of herbs and forests inhabited by bears, so local hunter took us into the forest and instructed us about safe behaviour in bear area, while local herb-ladies showed us which herbs are good for making all kinds of healthy teas. Gradually, the group strengthened and youth workers slowly moved in to background, while young participants were getting more and more independent. Participants were split into smaller groups, according to their wishes. In groups they exchanged and learned skills in the fields of music, theatre, creativity, circus, photography… We presented our achievements on a multicultural event in a small town Vipava, home town of some Slovenian participants. During the event our participants performed a musical concert, a theatre show and a cup-song. After the show young participants mixed with audience and showed them how to make bracelets, walk on stilts and slack lines, perform all kinds of circus tricks, how to play different musical instruments, make body painting and colourful hairstyles … Together with around 100 visitors we made a fantastic multicultural – creative play day. In last days we reflected what we learned through the 14 days, celebrated all personal and group achievements and discussed how we can we use new competences in our lives.
What else can we celebrate?
Growing of self-confidence and self-esteem of young participants – youngsters started to open up and trust their own creativeness, share their thoughts and skills with others, lead different activities and communicate openly in their mother tongue, as well in foreign languages. They realized that foreign languages are not just a school subject, but useful skill for communication with their peers from other countries.
Sharing the responsibility and becoming independent, which meant that 23 young people spent 10 days without cooks and cleaners. Together we prepared delicious food, kept the kitchen clean and made a big house cleaning when it got too messy.
Conflict management which was based on morning and evening activities. Each morning, after breakfast the whole group met in a circle. We went through the daily programme, discussed open topics, celebrated achievements and in cases of conflicts we searched together for solutions. After we played a game or two for a good start of the day. Every evening we split into national groups, where participants were able to share their feelings in their mother tongue and discussed what was happening to them through the day. In both circles we encourage them to share their feelings, emotions and needs, so that group was able to respond to that.
Respect and friendship between the participants and celebrating diversity during cultural evenings through food, games, music and dance.
Ferdi, 16 years old, Slovenia
This was my first youth exchange and at the beginning I imagined that it will be just like vacations with parents by the seaside – boring. But after first few days I realized that this is something totally different. I started getting new friends and I was excited with the programme. I joined a group with German youth leader and learned how to breath fire. This was something I did for the first time but not the last.
Karl Konrad, 18 years old, Germany I’m now participating on the 4th youth exchange. Again I learned a lot, improved English and learned some Spanish words. I developed new social skills because I was not only participating on workshops but also leading some of them. I really wish to take part on such events in future.
Lucia, 16 years old, Spain This is the second time that I’m a part of a youth exchange. I’m so very impressed with Slovenian nature and the place where we are staying. I learned some new Slovenian and German words and improved my English which will benefit me in the future. I made good friends and I’m sure that I’ll return in Slovenia if I’ll have a chance. Maybe as a EVS Volunteer under Erasmus+ programme.
Electoral rights of immigrants discussed in Malmö, Sweden
A study visit and seminar on electoral rights of third country nationals, organized for 28 participants from 9 states of Central and Eastern EU, took place in Malmö – Sweden, between the 3rd of March and 5th of March 2014. Government, municipal and immigrants´ association representatives were invited by the Organization for Aid to Refugees and Malmö University to learn from the Swedish experience in including immigrants into public and political life.
The event, supported by the European Union, was a unique learning opportunity for Central and Eastern EU experts with a view to improve participation of immigrants in local election (Lithuania, Hungary, Slovakia and Slovenia) and in five states (Czech Republic, Latvia, Romania, Bulgaria and Poland) to brainstorm the idea of granting the electoral rights to third country nationals.
The Slovenian partner in the project Slovene Philanthropy invited Mr. Peter Bossman, mayor of the municipality of Piran and a representative of the Serbian Cultural Centre Danilo Kiš, Mr. Ognjen Radivojević.
In 1992, a group of individuals – philanthropists helped establish Slovene Philanthropy, Association for the Promotion of Volunteering and also a humanitarian organization. Their actions were directed primarily towards the need for helping refugees from Bosnia and Herzegovina, and the establishers invited numerous volunteers to take part in the efforts. In December of last year, we proudly celebrated the 20th anniversary of our organization together.
We organize many expert events and large scale promotions, hold training sessions for volunteers and mentors and focus on individuals in need of our assistance. However, our assistance could never be as extensive and high in quality without the numerous volunteers who help refugees and migrants, carry out intergenerational and other preventative programs and thus raise the quality of life in our community.
Our activities are divided among several programming units: volunteering, migrations, intergenerational cooperation, promotion of health, international and development cooperation.
Our vision is a kind and secure society that through partner cooperation of national institutions, the economic sector and non-profit organizations, and voluntary activities of citizens assures a safe and secure environment for all, even those who are for any reason unable to provide a comfortable existence for themselves and their families.
Such changes in society require an even greater commitment on our part as we today need even more respect for our fellow humans and nature, solidarity and tolerance, equality and equal opportunities for everybody. No society can develop without the input of civil society, so we continue to develop suggestions and take part in civil dialogue. The central activity is the promotion of volunteering. We firmly believe that through volunteering we can all contribute to a better and more tolerant society.
Receiving the Plaque of the Urban Municipality of Ljubljana and award for the www.prostovoljstvo.org website attest to the fact that we are doing our job well, thinking about the users and enriching the community in the process.
However, challenges still remain. Reductions in financing and expansion of programs do not go hand in hand. We are focused on maintaining our activities and upgrading them with regard to the needs of the community. Our clear and open vision is kept through regular cooperation with various organizations and work in the field.
The engagement of individuals – volunteers and donors, as well as companies and all other financers, remains of key importance to us, so we wish to sincerely thank all our supporters.
In 2010 Slovene Philanthropy gained 98 % of the funding from public tenders, 1.34 % from donations and 0.07 % from membership fees.
21 employees cooperated in the implementation of Slovene Philanthropy programs in 2010. 95 % of these were actively involved in programs, working with and for users, while 5 % or one employee was working in administration.
Through our programs in 2010, 234 volunteers performed 8333 hours of volunteer work (study aid for asylum seekers, refugees, implementation of guardianships, advocacy of migrant workers, volunteer doctors), which amounts to 83,3330 EUR worth of professional work pursuant to the Voluntary Work Act.
Please find attached our Annual Report for the year 2010.