3. novembar 2011.

Monitoring poseta Josefa Bednareka


3. novembar 2011. je bio veoma važan datum u životu našeg Centra. Imali smo veoma očekivanog gosta. Posetio nas je gospodin Joseph Bednarek iz Vašingtona. On je predstavnik organizacije The Global Fund For Children i zadužen je za rad ove fondacije u centralnoj i istočnoj Evropi.

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 Prvo je posetio Centar Mesečine u Subotici, gde se upoznao sa radom i životom Centra. Posle razgovora i boravka gospodin Bednarek je otišao u Malu Bosnu da poseti Klub br. 8. Nadamo se da je naš gost bio zadovoljan sa utiscima o našem životu i radu u Klubovima. Iskoristili smo priliku i lično smo izrazili zahvalnost za dodeljen gran od strane GFC u iznosu od 8,000 USD.

 

 The Moonlight Clubs Still Shining Bright

Submitted by Joseph Bednarek | Friday, November 11, 2011 - 4:34 AM | Region Europe and Eurasia
Autumn in southeastern Europe means cool and foggy weather, but on this evening outside Subotica, Serbia, the weather is even foggier than usual. Driving from Subotica toward a village, the director of GFC grantee partner Club 21 Udruenja za Pozitivnu Komunikaciju (Association for Positive Communication), Deze Kiss, a retired schoolteacher, tells us that this is the worst fog he’s seen in 25 years. He is an extremely dedicated director, though, and although he drives more slowly than normal, he laughs off the unusually spooky just-after-Halloween weather because he is excited to show us one of Club 21’s Moonlight Clubs in the village of Mala Bosna (Little Bosnia). The club in Mala Bosna is Moonlight Club #8, and it is located in the only school in this village. In early November, and especially with some heavy fog, it’s dark here in this little community as early as 4:00 PM, and until recently, there were no places for the village’s children to get together after school for group activities such as sports or other games. Deze worked with the school’s director to open up some large rooms after school until 9:00 PM to serve as one of the Moonlight Clubs, where children can come to be with their friends, play games, get a meal, and spend time with adult volunteers. We arrived at the Mala Bosna school with one of the volunteers, a former theater student who greets the children quickly and then launches into a series of “getting-loose” warm-up activities that actors often use. Deze explains that the overall goal of this particular club is a preventive one: most of the children are at-risk children from families living in difficult conditions. Besides facilitating the nightly activities at the club, the Moonlight Club volunteers often bring the children into Subotica to visit museums, the theater, and other venues.
On this night, we had driven to Mala Bosna from the Moonlight Club in the center of Subotica, a club that focuses more on rehabilitative activities for youth who have already experienced problems in their families or at school. The volunteers at this club are a mix of youth and older adults. When I arrived at the club, some volunteers were giving table tennis lessons (several recent table tennis champions have come from Subotica), some were giving instructions for crafts, while other younger volunteers were busy with music lessons and social media training. I got to spend some time with Bojan, a young man who has been volunteering for the Moonlight Clubs for five years and who is one of the leaders in maintaining the Moonlight Clubs’ Facebook page. Bojan also showed me a presentation that he made about The Global Fund for Children, based on information available on the GFC website and elsewhere on the Internet. While visiting the Moonlight Clubs, I was very impressed by the family atmosphere of the clubs . . . and was thinking that they would have been the perfect place to hang out after school.

 

 

 

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