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The information can and most likely will change, and we may not register this change in time. We apologize in advance for this and welcome any information on changes in our list of Romani organizations and foundations.MUZEUM ROMSKE KULTURY (The Museum of Romani Culture)
The Museum of Romani Culture has operated as an association museum since April 1991 and was founded by the Society of Specialists and Friends of the Museum of Romani Culture. It is managed with state contributions provided by the Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic's Department for Regional and Nationality Culture.Special Activity of the Museum
One significant event was the exhibition "Roma in Czechoslovakia", set up in the leased premises of the Ethnographic Institute of the Moravia Museum in Brno. It documented the historical evolution of the Roma after their departure from India, their gradual spread throughout Europe, the ups and downs of their life in Europe leading up to the tragedy of the Holocaust, attempts by the state to assimilate them, and the unprecedented upsurge in Romani movements and parties after the Velvet Revolution of November 1991. During the exhibition, there were presentations on the distinctive Romani culture and way of life, traditional Romani crafts, and Romani folklore in both live performances and recordings.Lecture Activity of the Museum
In order to address the public, in April 1993 the Museum launched a popular-academic lecture series entitled "Who are the Roma?" in the lecture halls of the Moravia Museum. The collecting-investigative activity in this area consists of a collection of documentation and objects, photo-documentation, books on Romani topics, and an archive of all available Romani magazines and newspapers. The documentary-historical archive gathers and files copies of the various decrees, patents, and ordinances related to the Roma through history to the present time. The section of current documentation also makes use of a clippings service.Cooperation with Other Museums and Scientific Institutions
The museum has agreed to cooperate with the MZM Ethnographic Institute in Brno, the Moravian Slovak Museum in Uherske Hradiste, the J.A. Komensky Museum in Uhersky Brod, the National History Museum in Olomouc, the Institute of Popular Culture in Straznice, the Silesian Museum in Opava, and several others.Some Foreign Partners
The SAV Ethnographic Institute in Bratislava, the Slovak National Museum, the Ethnographic Museum in Martina, the Provincial Museum in Tarnow (where part of the permanent exhibition is devoted to the life of the Polish Roma), the Ethnographic Museum in Budapest, and the newly-opened Holocaust Memorial in Washington, D.C., whose exposition refers to the suffering of the Roma during the Second World War. In the latter half of 1993, part of the Museum's collection was loaned for an exhibition in the Austria town of Kittsee.Personnel:
PhDr. Jana Horváthová, Museum Director, Historian
Muzeum romske kultury
Aims and goals
- Integration of the Romani population in the society by educational projects aimed at both individuals and organizations
- Removing prejudice and misunderstanding between the Czech majority and Roma minority by presentation of Roma traditions and culture
Roma high school and university students, basic school pupils and teachers, Roma non-profit organizations, majority society
Romaverzitas CZ II.
The project is continuation of Romaverzitas CZ and it aims to assist to Roma high school and university students and to improve knowledge of the majority society of the Roma ethnicity. Romaverzitas helps students to gain funding for their studying, informs them of educational opportunities in the Czech Republic and abroad, it further offers a specialized library, archive of articles about Roma ethnicity, database of academic thesis dealing with Roma
"Romaverzitas CZ" is also preparing thematic discussion evenings dealing with human rights issues and problems of other national minorities living in the Czech republic.
Roma desegregation project
This project deals with the serious issue of segregation of Roma children at remedial special schools. We are concerned about the overrepresentation of Roma pupilsat remedial special schools for mentally retarded pupils. The aim of this project is to find new effective tools to improve current situation.
Weekend-long meetings of Roma students
This project offered young Roma students the opportunity to establish a contact with people of the same ethnic origin and interests.
Lectures about Roma history, traditions, music or language helped the young Roma to regain interest in their own culture. Various educational programs (fundraising, drafting of project proposals, presentation in the media etc.) were also part of the meetings. They helped the participants in their work for the Roma community.
Within two years, five such weekend-long meetings and two week-long holiday schools took place.
Legal Handbook in Critical Situations
This project had the aim to create a simple but comprehensive juridical manual - handbook for the citizens with lower juridical awareness, who can get into situation, where they might face racial discrimination, or they might get into contact with the legal authority.
The juridical manual is a simple but comprehensive guide, how to behave in the four following situations:
* when denied access to public places
Roma Political Leadership Programme in the Czech republic
First round of this project took place in 2000-2001 and gave its participants theoretical and practical training in political questions with the aim to increase participation of young Roma in the political process.
In 2002, the second round of this project took place and at present we are working on preparation of another round for 2004. Some of the participants have been active in the political work, especially at regional level.
The International Roma Day
In 2001, the first celebrations of the International Roma Day, which Roma people all over the world celebrate on 8th of April, were organized by our organization. The aim of this event was to manifest presence of a new Roma generation which wants to encourage renaissance of the Roma nation and improve relationship between the Romany minority and the majority society.
The cultural events and seminars organized on this day were meant to present the Roma nation from a new better side and to present to the majority society the Roma culture and history.
Traditional celebrations of this important day took place also in 2002 and 2003.
Roma Students' Information Centre
The centre was established in April 2001 and open to public in September of the same year.
Aspiration of the "Roma Students´ Information Centre" was to provide both the Roma minority and the majority with comprehensive information regarding the Roma nation.
The centre was helping students to gain funding for their studying, informed them of educational opportunities both in the Czech Republic and abroad, offered a specialized library, archive of articles about Roma ethnicity in Czech press in 2002, database of academic thesis dealing with Roma issues.
This project was replaced at the beginning of 2003 by a new project "Romaverzitas CZ", continuing as well as expanding its activities.
The project was continuation of Roma Students` Information Centre and was still provide services, which clients use to know. Along with the standart offers Romaverzitas also oranized "Program of individual preparation of Roma high school students and graduates for university entrance examinations for the academic year 2003/2004." This program completed with the more or less success 10 students.
"Romaverzitas CZ" also offered thematic discussion evenings dealing with human rights issues and problems of other national minorities living in the Czech republic.
How to become a good manager in NNO
The project "How to become a good manager in the non-profit sector" we prepared for delegates of Roma non-profit organisations. Its aim is to reinforce development of the Roma non-profit sector.
Fifteen weekend-long courses are focused on drafting project proposals, fundraising, basic knowledge of economics, usage of internet, presentation of the organization in the media.
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SPOLECNOST PRATEL CASOPISU ROMANO DZANIBEN (Friends of the journal Romano Dzanibem)
The society Friends of the journal Romano Dzaniben publishes the Romano Dzaniben magazine of Romani Studies.
The Center was set up in Brno by the Romani section of the Helsinki Citizen's Assembly. It's goal is to coordinate and support regional efforts to protect human and civil rights through the Phare program. The Center intends to monitor the position and rights of Roma in the countries of Central and Eastern Europe and to prepare reports for European nongovernmental organizations.
The Center also supports individuals and organizations occupieded with the Roma question, acting as a mediator in relations between the Romani community and European institutions, and it works on specific cultural and educational projects. In 1997 it will take part in three international conferences: in August/September in London on the raising and education of Romani children, then another in Vienna on human rights, and then in several Czech cities on the questions of citizenship.
Activity: Extramural education for children and young people, theater presentations, sporting events, lectures and meetings, counselling, assistance during the application for Czech state citizenship.
Activity: In May 1995, the Fund announced, in cooperation with other organizations involved in the advancement of the education of the Romani minority, a stipend program for gifted Romani students. The intent of the program was to encourage Romani students to complete the highest possible level of education. The stipends are provided for tuition (for private schools), additional training, and for some living expenses.NADACE MOSTY (The Bridges Foundation)
The Foundation's mission is to support the development of the culture and education of the Roma. By doing so it hopes to contribute towards the elimination of social inequality, racial discrimination and hatred. It acquires and distributes finances toward the support of projects utilizing complex and technical means of developing positive elements of coexistence between Romani and non-Romani inhabitants in the localities where the Roma communities live.
The Foundation was established in 1992 by a group of people who had been involved for a long time through their professions with the questions connected with the life of the Roma in the Czech lands, and who had come to the conviction that it was necessary to look for new, "independant" possibilities to support positive models of coexistence with the Roma population in the Czech Republic. Since 1992, it has concentrated funds from foreign sponsors (the Council of Europe, the Dutch government) and from the Foundation for the Advancement of a Civil Society.The Project of Coexistence of Romani and non-Romani Inhabitants in Prague 5 and Its Southwest Side
The object of the project is to provide financial support for securing above-standard resources and opportunities for individual initiatives, which the project brings to fruition. The Project arose at the start of 1993 at the Ministry of the Interior, and since June 1, 1993 it has been in effect in the fifth district of Prague. To prepare a basic model of the project, a working group of experts at the interdepartmental level was created from the Ministry of the Interior, the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs, the Ministry of Education, Youth and Physical Education, the Ministry of Culture, the Czech Government's Council for Nationalities, and the Office of the President of the Republic.
The projecthas provided financial support to elementary schools where Romani children are concentrated, it has covered four terms of summer camp for Romani children from both localities, it continually provides work for two children's folklore groups, and it has started to contribute to the activity of the Barrandov missionary center (the parish of Zlichov), which works with "children from the streets".
In the future, the foundation will attempt another development of the project and it intends to participate in the development and pursuit of other projects, and it will attempt to present to the professional as well as general public, through the above-mentioned means of support, positive changes in the relations between the Roma community and the rest of society.
The Addresses of members of the Administrative Council of NADACE MOSTY
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The New School is engaged in the education of Romani children and the teachers of Romani pupils. Among their projects are the placing of Romani assitants in elementary school classes with Romani students. So far these assistants have been placed in schools in Prague and Usti nad Labem.
For teachers of Romani pupils the foundation prepares an annual week-long course and a monthly half-day seminar. For those interested, it holds a course in the Romani language (in Prague, Ostrava, and Pardubice), courses in Romani music, a course in Wallachian (a dialect of Romany), and the foundation has a library open to the public on its premises with books on the Roma and the education of Romani children.
The New School also held a writing contest for Romani students in the Romani language, and is preparing a drawing contest as well. It also issues a bulletin and presented a reading by the Romani children's author Tera Fabianova.
The Tolerance Foundation is a Czech nongovernmental organization established in 1992 in Prague. Its object is the furtherance of understanding and tolerance between various social and ethnic groups, as well as the prevention of racism, anti-Semitism, xenophobia, and violence.The Program "For Equal Rights"
Within the framework of the "For Equal Rights" program, the Tolerance Foundation prepared a number of documents about the problems of the Romani community:
The project "The Mobilization Campaign of the Romani Community During the Application for Czech Citizenship" (1993/94).
The Project "Who's Who". A list of individuals and organizations active in the Roma minority.
"The Report on the Czech Citizenship Law/Results of the law for the Romani Community" (May 25, 1994)
"A Need for Change/The Czech Citizenship Law/Analysis of 99 Individual Cases" (November 21, 1994).
"Notes on the Czech Citizenship Law's Background" (February 2, 1995) "The Non-Czech Czechs" (August 7, 1995)
ROMODROM is an NGO dedicated to improving the
lives of Roma children in the Czech Republic and
The civic association Documentation Center for Human Rights is a legal entity registered according to the law on the association of citizens. The object of the association is the gathering and providing of information relating to human and civil rights, mainly in the Czech Republic. Further, it supports the legal awareness of citizens and influences legislative and executive bodies in the interest of upholding human and civil rights.PORADNA PRO OBCANSTVI BYVALYCH OBCANU CSFR (Citizenship Counselling Centre )
In summer 1996, UNHCR-Prague asked Czech Helsinki Committee to sponsor a Citizenship Counselling Center to assist many of the thousands of Roma who are de facto stateless following the split of Czechoslovakia in obtaining Czech citizenship. The 1993 Czech citizenship law, which was strongly criticized by local and international human rights community, made it difficult, if not impossible, for thousands of former Czechoslovak citizens living in the Czech Republic to obtain Czech citizenship. Although the law has been amended three times, complex procedures for obtaining citizenship remain. For the first time since it was empowered to oversee statelessness worldwide, UNHCR has established the first citizenship counselling center in the world. In its first six months the CHC citizenship center assisted close to 2,000 former Czechoslovak citizens to obtain Czech citizenship.
The Center for Romani Studies came into being in 1996, when it replaced the Institute for the Study of Romani Culture. The Center's concept is the training of future educators - as well as those in practice - in the field of Romani Studies. Two subjects are taught at the Center - the Romani language (Romany or Romales) and the history and culture of the Roma.
More significantly the Romani Studies Center cooperates with the New School Foundation, taking part in their projects as a specialized educational workplace, and it attempts to be of some assistance to schools in northern Bohemia which have a high percentage of Romani pupils. The Center provides technical advice and information within the framework of its oppotunities.
The Civil Rights and Tolerance Movement arose spontaneously as a reaction to the growing violence in society, particularily violence motivated by discrimination. The main mission of HOST is the propagation of nonviolence, monitoring the social situation, and providing legal protection and guidance.
Among its many different objectives, HOST also placed the exposure of the existence of the discrimatory tendencies in society and, through its Information Service, attempts to warn of their non-resolution. The Movement follows individual cases and the reactions of the state administration and the police. In cooperation with he mass media it attempts to publicize its inquiries. HOST intends to be involved in programs to educate adults and children, to provide guidance for events that benefit the public, and to provide legal protection and couselling to victims of racially-motivated attacks.
HOST's Minorities Section monitors racially-motivated attacks and discrimination toward the Roma, and is creating a legal counselling and information center for projects related to the Roma in the Czech Republic. Through its information service, HOST publicizes a summary of attacks motivated by discrimination.
HOST has more than 300 signatories, among the first being Fedor Gal, Martin Mejstrik, Karol Sidon, Zdenek Trojan, Kamila Mouckova, Jan Urban, Petr Uhl, Stanislav Penc, Lenka Prochazkova, Jan Slovak, Vaclav Trojan, Lumir Tucek, and others.
Activity: monitoring the state of human rights in the Czech Republic, racially-motivated attacks, and the Czech Republic's State Citizenship Law.
This foundation was formed in 1992 with the intent of supporting the education of Romani children and the Romani Center. During this period its activity has provided for summer camps for Romani children, various tours, a parade of Romani children's groups, and the Advancement of the Education of Romani Children and Youth project in cooperation with the Tolerance Foundation.
The Dr. Rajko Djurice Foundation concentrates its activities primarily on the education of the Roma. It organizes training programs (the most well-known was the annual course for Romani assistants) and it attempts to establish schools oriented toward the education and training of Romani children and youths.
The first experimental Romani secondary school, which is supposed to prepare students for careers as Romani assistants and advisors, is scheduled to open in September 1998 in Kolin. The course should be completed by graduation and on the basis of permission from the Ministry of Education, the school will admit 50 Romani students a year from the entire republic. Among the subjects are Romani language, Romani culture and history, practice in communication and resolving conflicts.
The Foundation is trying to set up a private Romani conservatory in Liberec, which would develop the kinetic and musical talents of Romani students and would enable them to expand their education as well, since again among the subjects would be Romani language, history and culture and a subject for graduation would be Czech language.
The Foundation for a Civil Society announces competition for projects oriented toward the education and training of Romani children and youth and education in tolerance and against racism. The competitions are open to non-governmental organizations in cooperation with local organs of self-government and state administration and contributory and grant organizations.
Advisors for Project Execution
The Civil Society Development Foundation was established in April 1993. The foundation's function is to support the development of the non-profit sector in the Czech Republic. The foundation administers the resources of Phare EU and provides grants to non-profit, non-governmental organizations for projects beneficial to the public. Over its five years of activity, NROS has awarded arould 900 grants with a value of 150 million Kc.OBCANSKE SDRUZENI KHETANE-SPOLU (The Khetane-Spolu Citizen's Association)
The Khetane-Spolu Citizen's Association was founded in December, 1996 as a non-profit organization, with its activities directed by an executive board and its finances managed by an auditory commission. The main object of the association's activities is to mediate contact between Romani and non-Romani children by means of arts and crafts instructon.
The meetings take place in the atypical and peaceful environment of an open-air studio while working together, which helps the children know themselves and each other better, talk about their mutual prejudices and fears, and understand that majority and minority are numerical expressions that don't say anything about the quality of the individuals or groups. The knowledge and skill in arts and crafts acquired can also aid the children in their future search for professional orientation.
The father of this idea and the author of the shared-studio project is the Romani sculptor and stone-mason Eduard Olah, who is mainly known as the creator of the memorial to victims of the Holocaust in Hodonin u Kunstatu in Moravia, on the site of the former "gypsy camp". He heads the wood-carving and stone-cutting workshop at the "Studio by the Red Dog", which was opened on April 1, 1998 on Radlicka street in the Smichov district of Prague.
Besides these studios, children can attend classes every weekday from 2 p.m. to6 p.m. in ceramics and visit a graphic arts workshop, where they can get acquainted with drawing, painting, water-colors, stage-painting and the basics of graphics. Current instruction is also in an introduction to the history of Romani culture and the history of art in general, with regular visits to galleries, museums, exhibitions and landmarks not only in Prague, but also in Bohemia and Moravia.
Though the Studio by the Red Dog is already open, but is still far from ready, and for this reason the Khetane-Spolu Citizen's Association welcomes any kind of help (not only financial) or ideas. Finances for the technical equipment were provided by the Open Society Fund and the studio space was reconstructed with its assistance.
Chavorikane Luma ("Children's world" in Romany) is a group of games and ideas for Romani children which was founded in November 1996 by Mrs. Olga Fecova. In the group are children from Neratovice and from the south side of Prague where Fecova lives.
The children devote themselves partly to education (completing lessons, instruction in foreign languages, Romani and Czech literature, education in the arts), and partly in dancing, singing, and musical and artistic training. So far, the group has had its greatest success with the original Romani musical "Aunt Lydia" by musician Jozka Feco. The group also appeared, for example, at the closing of the "E luma romane jakhenca" exhibition in Lobkovitz Palace in Prague.
The Romani women's musical group Amare Romnija appear in the cultural programs of Chhavikane Luma, and it is also led by Olga Fecova.
Among the Fund's projects:
The Romani Matrix has published a Romani translation of the Bible, held seminars on the education of Romani children, youth and even adults, as well as meetings for Christian Roma in the Czech Republic.
Contact Address: PhDr. Vlado Olah, Chairman Vondrousova 1193 163 00 Praha 6 - Repy IISDRUZENI OLASSKYCH ROMU V CR (The Association of Wallachian Roma in the Czech Republic)
The Association of Wallachian Roma in the Czech Republic attempts to help Wallachian families through advice, personal assistance and mediating contacts with officials and other institutions and brings about the projects Olasska rodina (Wallachian Family) and the Project of primary to tertiary drug prevention for Wallachian Roma.
Dzeno Association is the legal successor of Foundation Dzeno, which was established by Ivan Vesely and Dr. Klara Samkova-Veselá on January 18, 1994. Dzeno Association was created in response to the start of a massive wave of Romany immigration from the Czech Republic to the countries of Western Europe and Canada. The basic goal of Dzeno is to organize citizens of Romany nationality who want to help strenghten their nation. The association aims to support and develop traditional Romany values and characteristics.
Dzeno provides assistance to regional Romany organizations by organizing regional events and transferring experience and skills to local groups. Other activities support the education of Romany youth. The organization also serves as an information center on an international level, helping to promote Roma human rights and an end to discrimination and racism. Dzeno Association is the publisher of Amaro Gendalos, a monthly Romany socio-cultural magazine.ROMSKA OBCANSKA INICIATIVA (The Romani Civic Initiative)
This political party was formed shortly after November 1989 and in 1998 it has approximately twenty thousand members. After the Roma exodus in 1997, the ROI worked for the acceptance of Romani applicants to the police force, their re-training and incorporation into the patrol services, and the earmarking of spots at police academies for Romani applicants and called on the government to accept a measure to increase the safety of Roma in the Czech Republic.
Contact Address: JUDr. Emil Scuka, chairman Marta Tulejova, ROI spokeswoman Celakovskeho sady 12 120 00 Praha 2 Tel./Fax.: (+420) 224 914 690DEMOKRATICKA ALIANCE ROMU CR (The Democratic Alliance of Roma of the Czech Republic)
The Democratic Alliance of Roma civic association arose in March 1998 from the Civic Association of Roma in Valaske Mezirici. DAR (the abbreviation means 'fear' in the Romani language) set as its goal the raising of the political, economic and cultural level of Roma, their civilization. It demands that the government and regional state bodies ensure the safety of all citizens with regard to the current situation and conditions for the better incorporation of Roma in society. The DAR wants to be not only a representative of the Roma, but also a mediator in the implemetation of all measures and meetings with other bodies.
This foundation is located in Bratislava, Slovakia, and was established by the Open Society Fund Bratislava, the Minority Rights Group - Slovakia, and Nadacia pre romske dieta (the Foundation for Romani Children).
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