Social understanding

A drop of life is a student project of the Faculty of Organization and Informatics in Varaždin. It is an application that will directly connect blood donors with institutions that collect blood and thus help to save lives. The application works by connecting donors with institutions for the purpose of collecting blood. Thus, the user using the application can see their previous donations and when and where the next opportunity to donate blood will be. Also, if institutions lack certain blood types, they can specifically notify users with that blood type (through the so-called Push notification) to come to donate blood if they are able. In addition to linking institutions and donors, the application has an educational role, the goal of which is to get more people to donate blood and to increase awareness of the need for blood donors. (prepared by: Anđela Knez)

This project, which has been being implemented from 2005 - 2016, is focused on the organization of quality activities, integration and the improvement of social skills of preschool and school children of national minorities (who have no financial resources for the attendance of regular kindergartens and extracurricular activities); and on the encouragement of voluntary work and employment of the unemployed teachers and educators. Project is being implemented during the whole school year, (10 months) in the town of Vodnjan, and activities are being implemented in the playrooms and creative workshops in five programs:

  1. Preschool playroom – a short program which is oriented at the emotional, psychophysical and social development of 3 - 7 year old children
  2. Little school – a short program which is oriented at the preparation and integration of children into the educational system of Croatia
  3. Learning assistance for school children – this creative workshop aims to improve the abilities and motivation of primary school children for successful mastering of educational requirements, and therefore reduce the risk of failure and the discontinuation of schooling
  4. Media workshop – visibility, encouraging the use of Croatian, Romani and English languages, and user involvement through community activities
  5. Skills workshops: computer science, film, tailoring and sewing workshop, designing and manufacturing souvenirs.

(prepared by: Dario Marjanović)

The Geography Students’ Club Zagreb has joined the action of gathering plastic bottle caps in order to help the association of people with leukemia and lymphoma. The association sells plastic bottle caps and from obtained money they buy medicines which are not on the list of Croatian health insurance. With this action, the Geography Students’ Club Zagreb works socially and ecologically. (prepared by: Marin Mićunović)
Developing a system of education that responds to the different needs of its students and ensuring the availability of regular educational system. Assistant Teachers help the children individually in coping with the teaching material, ensuring help to the teacher and whole class also. This raises the quality of the teaching process and the students are learning, through their own experiences, about the tolerance and understanding the needs of other and different people. The purpose of the project is in employment of the unemployed people who are acquiring new experiences, as well as the active participation of the local community as an institution that responds to the specific needs of its citizens. (prepared by: prof. Borna Fuerst Bjeliš, PhD) 

RED NOSES klaunovidoktori (clown doctors) is an association that provides psychosocial support using humor and joy of life to people who are sick and suffering. The main objective of the association is to reduce their suffering and to facilitate the recovery process using humor as a therapeutic agent. Klaunovidoktori are specially trained professionals (actors, musicians and entertainers) who, with their clown - therapeutic action, help sick children and their parents to cope with the stress caused by the disease and hospitalization. Currently, the association consists of 20 clown doctors. (prepared by: prof. Borna Fuerst Bjeliš, PhD)

„Ulične svjetiljke“ is the first croatian magasine about the homeless and other similar social themes. The magasine was started in the city of Rijeka and it is humanitary project designed to help the most endangered people in our society. The goal of this magasine is returning the dignity to the homeless and to prevent the begging. Half of the money raised by selling the magasine goes to the seller-homeless, and the other half goes to the funds for printing of the new issue. (prepared by: Marin Mićunović)
„O la la 365 dinners“ is a project started by to women from Split. The goal of the project is helping the homeless and ones in need every day, not only during the holiday season. They gathered the volunteers in Split and enprovided a dinner for the homeless avery night in the shelter. Cooking a meal once a year and feeding 20 people is realy a nice gesture which shouldn't present a problem to anyone. (prepared by: Marin Mićunović)
„Tete i barbe pričalice“ is a project in hospitals in Rijeka, Zagreb and Split. Going to the hospital is an uncomfortable experience for everyone, and especially for childeren who find it a traumatic experience. To help children feel better and more comfortable in the hospital, the volunteers come to the hospital every night and tell stories and talk with sick children. The kids are loveing the project “Tete i barbe pričalice“ and every night they eagerly wait for them to come and bring smiles to their faces. (prepared by: Marin Mićunović)
Darda municipality is one of the most successful in Croatia regarding the money usage from the European Union funds. So far Darda accepted almost 70 mil. HRK from the EU funds, and the plan is to accept 78.3 mil. HRK until 2020. They used it for reconstruction and building roads and sewerage system. Very important is investment part of that money in the integration of Romani people and ensuring their better well-being. Darda municipality will build 42 houses for Romani people and will build or reconstruct sidewalks and sewerage system in their part of the municipality. (prepared by: Slaven Gašparović, PhD) 

Zelena akcija joined this year in an international campaign ,,Make fruit fair''. Aim is to activate consumers so they can influence on reducing of enviromental damage and labour rights violations,that is typical for the production of tropical fruit. (Prepared by: Paola Marinović)

Secondary school ''Matija Antun Reljković'' from Slavonski Brod was the leader of the project ''ECO HORTY LAB II'' (from January 2015 until July 2016). The overall objective of the project was to contribute to social inclusion of people with disabilities and to raise their self-confidence and self-esteem by increasing their level of employability and self-employability and their integration into the labor market through training in line with labor market needs. (prepared by: Slaven Gašparović, PhD) 

Cycling register was created from a wish to help cycling community in a way of decreasing number of stolen bikes. When it was realised that there was no register of bikes on national level, developers decided to create a web page which would be available to anyone and at anytime. Till today, support came from many Cycling assocciations, Police department (which also uses this register), and also from Agency for protection of personal informations. Besides registration, Cycling register offers buying od stickers which are warning to potential stealer that this bike is registered. (Prepared by: Matej Žgela)

Program urbanism.zg was started by Assocciation of Zagreb Architects and it was conceived in format of short presentations after which will be held public speech and Round table. This year program will be concntrated on theme of public space and its relation to politics and money, and it will be presented as a Club Tuesday. Unfortunately, public city spaces in center of Zagreb are disfigured by inappropiate use and following equipment. Most of decorated space presents weakness in a try of consolidating architecture, urbanism and constantly growing apetites of private bussinesses. Due to that, as a part of Club Tuesdays,which are staring 22.11.2016. in space of AZA, will be held promoting of this program  until it is recognised in wide public. (Prepared by: Matej Žgela)

Let's be good hosts! In Croatia there are many who had to leave their homes or never had one in the first place. Among them there are creative young people without parental support, or refugees that came to Croatia escaping from war. In order for them to create and be what they are, they need instruments, paint brushes, dancing shoes, a place to sing, a photocamera. 

(prepared by: prof. Borna Fuerst Bjeliš, PhD) 

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Project Buba Bar

Project Buba Bar will be caffe bar in which people with dissability will work as waiters. Project is created by the unprofitable organization Bubamara in Vinkovci. The aim is that Buba Bar becomes a place where people with dissability would accomplish their basic right- right to work and that they can show how hardworking they are and how much they can contribute to the community with their work.
The aim of the project is to improve the quality of life for the intellectually challenged, and to evolve the Croatian societal views and acceptance of these individuals into society. (Prepared by: Jasminka Dimšić)