Proposals in Eastern & Central Europe

Kosovo: Integration of RAE Communities in Local Media

The aim of this project is information and presentation of RAE Community activities in the media of Top Radio. The same project is intended to inform the wide public on the activities that the Municipal Assembly of Gjakova, majority and minority non-governmental organizations implements in different areas of life, as in the field of human rights, culture, education, health whth a focus on the RAE Community. Top Radio is a radio that includes the Dukagjini Valley through public information programs on current events in this region. Through this project, we will be employing 5 members of RAE

Romania: I Got Better – Mental Health Recovery Stories

The proximal scope of the project is to empower individuals with mental illness to speak out about their illness. The distal scope of the project is to reduce mental illness stigma in the general public. To meet these aims, we propose to train five individuals with mental illness, proficient in computer and internet usage, to generate original and search engine-optimized content for a blog that will insightful present the individuals behind the derogatory labels and their recovery stories.

Macedonia: Save the Mounting

This project is another step in the fight for the citizens of Skopje , the capital of the Republic . Macedonia , against the construction of buildings and usurpation of mountain water . This mountain is the lungs of the city and has been reforested many years since the previous political system . Many buildings that have sprouted crossed the line of permissible. Due to the nature of the mountain soil on few places, the soil began to descend, and one asphalt is cracked . In the constructed buildings many people have settled and with them they brought many cars and pollution has increased.

Macedonia: Roma Culture Online

Nowadays, the internet started to become a multicultural storage place containing information of various nations, cultures, customs and identities. Living in the age of the internet, vulnerable groups such as Roma face the risk of losing their own cultural narrative, identity, customs and tradition, without participating in 2.0 web interaction or in other words to store digital information about their culture. Our aim is to build the capacity of young Roma to collect, store and upload their own cultural information using open source technology and challenge society.

Slovakia: Keeping Solidarity Alive – Mapping the Field of Women’s Rights

The project seeks to create an open online platform (blog) for mapping, sharing and exchange of knowledge and experiences about women’s rights by presenting facts, news, data, stories, and video and photo documents in social and online media. The project creates the conditions for building skills in digital competences among young people with aim to boost women’s activism. We accentuate the intense work with young leaders from marginalized Roma communities, young people with migrant and LGBTIQ background whose visibility is dramatically unrepresented in public life including public media.

Bosnia Herzegovina: Inform and Transform

The project is created as a powerful tool for the use of the media and social networks for the needs of the youth from the local community. To youth will be given a chance to go through the set of workshops and lectures about audio and video production, the knowledge of textual expression of the web journalists, the importance of the social networks in the information flow and the creating and the maintenance of the web platforms. The primary tool, which will be used at the end of this training, will be an online radio station blended in the web platform that has informative characteristics.

Hungary: MigSzol Migrant Voices Project — Migráns Szolidaritás

The project aims at empowering the refugees in Hungary through media and journalistic training, for them to have a voice in the main political and cultural debates affecting their and their communities’ futures. We will hold 3 trainings in 2 cities in Hungary: Budapest and Debrecen. After transferring the skills, our informal group, composed of refugees, asylum seekers, migrants and Hungarians living in Hungary, will follow up on media creation. The platform for citizen journalism will be our new webpage, which will offer a complex content: personal stories, advocacy videos, initiatives.

Moldova: Youth Power

TEKEDU NGO will implement a five months project that will contribute to the level of ICT Education of children, aged between 11 and 17, from 3 residential homes in Moldova, thus increasing their participation through online presence. The NGO will organise theoretical and motivational presentations, delivered by bloggers, IT freelancers and social entrepreneurs from Moldova. After 2 months of presentation we will launch a mentorship programme for children to receive additional knowledge on how to create their own blog and how to administrate it.

Montenegro: #montenegro-gay.me, the Right to be Yourself

The aim of this project is to involve large number LGBT persons from Montenegro in online activism trough production of personal digital stories that will be published online on www.montenegro-gay.me portal that will be rebuilt within the next one week after the hacking attack and interactive map of our country containing marked different location on which important things happens in lives of LGBT persons and short stories related to them. This will increase visibility of LGBT persons but also increase problems that we are facing with in everyday life.

Macedonia: My Crazy Story – Reshaping Identity

Carrying out this project we’ll help young people (18-35 years old) with mental health issues to tell their stories and connect with each other. Through storytelling trainings they’ll learn the best way to share their experiences and use of coping mechanism and through training for blogging they will gain skills for increasing their visibility. Furthermore, though this process people with mental health issues will be transformed from passive consumers of mental health care into experts by experience. Simultaneously MH practitioners will gather more data from narratives within social context.