Highlights

More than a year ago, Diana Sivitskaya launched her social project "Socks from Grandma”. With this project, she took part in the Biz4all "Social Entrepreneurship Incubator” programme organized by ODB Brussels (Belgium) in partnership with TNU Network University (Netherlands) with financial support from the European Union. Diana Sivitskaya and Olga Miklashevich, the project team, organized two social crowdfunding campaigns. The first campaign was part of a home task for the Biz4all programme, and then the girls just did not want to stop.


Late December saw the final meeting of the working group on social entrepreneurship development in Belarus. In late 2016, the Ministry of Labour and Social Protection entrusted the Research Institute of the Ministry of Labour and Social Protection of the Republic of Belarus with the task to conduct a survey on “The need for and the degree of legislative regulation of the sphere of social entrepreneurship in the Republic of Belarus”. In April 2017, the Research Institute of the Ministry of Labour and Social protection, with support from the Support Programme of Belarus of the Federal Government of Germany and ODB Brussels, came forward with an initiative to create a working group to help organize this survey. Throughout the year, the working group had 5 meetings, the last of which happened on December 19, 2017.


A team of professional artists, photographers and designers from Minsk with many years’ experience in visual media have presented their project “VEHA”, which is taking part in the Biz4all “Social Entrepreneurship Incubator” programme, which is implemented by ODB Brussels in partnership with TNU Network University, with financial support from the European Union. The project aims to process analogue photo archives, thus helping families preserve their visual history and pass on this heritage to future generations. “VEHA” provides helps with genealogical research, creates high-quality copies of old photos, structures the collected information and creates a uniquely designed “family book” – the book of heritage.


For many years now, the Public Association of Mental Health Consumers has operated in Minsk. Veranika Kavalyova describes that several years ago mothers who have children with mental illness or special mental abilities took the initiative to create an organization that would protect the rights of their children. Over several years, the association organized two first season of rehabilitation camps. Specialists and volunteers provided help to more than two dozens of young men and women. Veranika Kavalyova and psychologist Tatiana Yurachkina came to the EU-funded Biz4all “Social Entrepreneurship Incubator” with their project of a rehabilitation camp for people with special mental abilities “Adnaulenne” (“Renewal”).


On August 31, Brest has hosted an intensive course on social innovation in the creative field. The training was organized by the Berlin Social Innovation School "Eastern Partnership" and ODB Brussels and initiated by the Dekabristen e.V, a German non-profit organization, with financial support from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Germany. More than 20 people from all over Belarus came to the cozy space of KH to get to know each other, exchange contacts, and discuss their projects and plans for the future.


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