“Celebrating solidarity” project
During October ’16 – October “17, Partners Albania implemented the project “Celebrating solidarity”, through which six partner organizations from Albania, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Poland, Serbia and Hungary worked to promote philanthropy and examples of solidarity in times of crises.
Through a series of activities, the project took a look back at the European history and great examples of solidarity between people and nations, as a roadmap for future generations, remembering the common history and values in order to promote and stimulate solidarity while encouraging people to participate and engage themselves in response to different crises.
Part of the project activities was the Museum of Solidarity (www.museumofsolidarity.eu) an online
collection of stories about solidarity and social causes supported in Albania, Bulgaria, Hungary, Macedonia, Poland and Serbia. Partners Albania identified and prepared a series of audio-visual stories from Albania.
To identify the young people perception of solidarity and helping others, and the role they can take in the community, the project partners developed an online quiz which was completed by about 1100 young people from Albania, resulting in Visionary and Cheerleader as dominant roles. Partners Albania also prepared a study report based on focus groups with young people, to research on the perceptions, young people’ standing on solidarity as a concept, and the existence of solidarity in Albania.
Partners organized The Solidarity Festival, a series of activities celebrating solidarity, understanding, tolerance, and support among people. Activities in the framework of Solidarity Festival included hiking, discussions and solidarity talks, exhibitions, visits to the Elderly home and donations for the elderly, children in need etc.
The closing event of the project was the conference organized in Belgrade, where partner organizations presented the Solidarity Festivals organized in Poland, Albania, Serbia and Macedonia, and also the regional findings from the research work in six countries, with regard to young people’s perception on solidarity.
The project “Celebrating solidarity” was implemented by 6 organizations led by Ana and Vlade Divac Foundation in Serbia, respectively Partners Albania in Albania, Input Output Foundation in Poland, Demnet Hun in Hungary, Multi Kulti Collective in Bulgaria, and Mladiinfo International in Macedonia.