27th of January: International Holocaust Remembrance Day

International Holocaust Remembrance Day, is an international memorial day on 27 January commemorating the tragedy of the Holocaust that occurred during the Second World War. It commemorates the genocide that resulted in the death of an estimated 6 million Jewish people, 200,000 Romani people, 250,000 mentally and physically disabled people, and 9,000 homosexual men by the Nazi regime and its collaborators.

Holocaust survivors and various leaders make their voices heard on the International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust. Many of them speak publicly about the Holocaust or their experiences around the event, its aftermath and why the world should never forget what happened in Europe in the 1930s and 1940s.

The UN organizes and supports events such as: concerts by musicians who survived the Holocaust or are survivors’ descendants; art exhibitions influenced by the Holocaust; presentations of special stamps; the introduction of special educational programs; and film screening and book signing focused on the Holocaust.

5 Places to Remember Holocaust Day

1. Auschwitz (Poland)

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2. Anne Frank’s House (The Netherlands)

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3. Yad Vashem (Israel)

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4. Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe (Germany)

 

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5. Shoes on the Danube Bank (Hungary)

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We, as Fundacja CAT, went to Auschwitz to remember and witness one of the darkest moments of the history.

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5th of December: International Volunteer Day

International Volunteer Day (IVD) (originally as International Volunteer Day for Economic and Social Development) is an international observance designated by the United Nations since 1985.

It offers an opportunity for volunteer organizations and individual volunteers to make their contributions visible – at local, national and international levels and is a chance for individual volunteers, communities and organizations to promote their contributions to development at the local, national and international levels.

Being a volunteer is a big opportunity to develop your skills by working for an NGO. You could learn new things, meet many and different people from another countries and make new friends.

Fundacjia CAT has a tradition of hosting volunteers for EVS programs from many countries of Europe. Also, it has a variety of people of the local community who are active volunteers and work with us, promoting the aims and the goals of our organization.

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We would like to thank all of our volunteers for being part of CAT.

Without you nothing would be the same!

Thank you!

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Winter Workshops with CAT

Winter workshops:

February in CAT:
Winter workshops are organized by CAT foundation during winter break between 30th of January and 10th of February. Our goal was to entertain children and youngsters of Leszno in order to present them to other cultures and to teach them some skills. We were divided in small groups and were sent to different places around Leszno.
First week, we were going to Lasocice and to Leszno’s schools. We had the opportunity to introduce our land and culture to kids- between 6 and 10 years old. The presentations consist on showing the map, showing some photos from landscapes, the best places to go and basic facts and cultural games (teaching them some basic words from each language). The countries involved were Greece, France, Italy, Lithuania, Finland, Spain and Portugal. Between these cultural presentations we organized some workshops involving recycling objects, handmade crafts, juggling and magic but also games and sports activities. Apart from that the English volunteer and the Ukrainian volunteer, James and Tetyana , were in the Lenguage commutation project concentrating on CVs’ and team building activities in the Ekonomic school of Leszno. Ida, the Finnish volunteer said “At first, the contact with the kids was difficult because of the barrier of the language. But after get to know them and games, they were really active and excited.

During second week, we changed from Lasocice to Trzebiny, another little town near Leszno. The kids were really passionate about everything and to get to know new things. Miglė, the Lithuanian volunteer said “I didn’t expect that kids would be so creative”. In addition, we learnt that with kids we cannot follow the schedule and just do things according with their personalities. At the end of the week we’ve had the opportunity to participate in a Carnaval party for all the little once.

Furthermore, the English communication workshops continue to work but with other volunteers involved, practicing with the youngsters and develop their language capacities with games and team building activities. In this week we also had the Italian Communication Workshop, we taught first the basics of language beginning from the grammar rules and then using not formal activities to help youngsters to memorize the words. Then we specifically spoke about sentences that can be useful for working in restaurants. Generally the young were very interested in the lessons, and I was so surprised to see so much interest and curiosity.

Let’s not forget the activities we’ve had for Action Reaction group. We all took turns and involved our young participants in amazing ideas around the city. We’ve created our own version of a Leszno map, we’ve placed all best places to visit and even did a bit of modern art by getting Leszno known graffiti in the journal.

What an Amazing time !!!

World AIDS Day

World AIDS Day is held on the 1st December each year and is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV and to commemorate people who have died. World AIDS Day was the first ever global health day, held for the first time in 1988.

World AIDS Day 2016, the hands up for #HIVprevention campaign will explore different aspects of HIV prevention and how they relate to specific groups of people, such as adolescent girls and young women, key populations and people living with HIV. More and more governments are responding to the crisis by acknowledging that AIDS is a major concern, by establishing high-level coordinating bodies, and by taking measures to prevent the spread of AIDS.  The global challenge of HIV/AIDS is to intensify international action to fight the epidemic and to mobilize the resources needed.And for raising awarness we put hands up as well !

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International Youth Day

International Youth Day is observed annually on 12 August. It is meant as an opportunity for governments and others to draw attention to youth issues worldwide.And this year we celebrated as a real international format.Because we had participants from Spain,Italy,Turkey,Greece,Slovakia,Romania,Bulgaria and of course Poland.We did beach volleyball tournament,zumba and much more flash mob at Rynek.When started the zumba a lot of people danced all together.And we really had fun..

Also you can find another information here;

http://www.leszno24.pl/Miedzynarodowo_znaczy_radosnie_zdjecia,30665.html

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