Community Centre Veľká Ida

The village of Veľká Ida is located in the District of Košice. It has 3 430 inhabitants, out of which 1 460 are Roma, representing 43% of the local population. 225 of the Roma live dispersed among the majority population, 230 are concentrated within the village (Nový Tábor locality), 865 are concentrated on the outskirts of the village (Starý Tábor locality) and 140 are segregated in a locality with so-called houses of lower standard.

There is one kindergarten located in the centre of Veľká Ida with the capacity of 49 children, currently attended by 42 non-Roma kids. The local primary school has 30 classes (grades 1st–9th), including 9 special classes. There is also a branch of Technical High School in Košice situated in Veľká Ida, offering study programs for tailors and bricklayers.

There is an urgent need for a new kindergarten in Veľká Ida that would also enroll local Roma children, who commence their primary education underprepared, lacking basic hygiene habits, facing communication problems and having underdeveloped fine motor skills. The needs of these socially excluded children are effectively addressed by ETP, which provides Pre-school preparation classes on a daily basis to children from the age of three to six.

The ETP Community Centre (CC) in Veľká Ida was established in 2012, as a result of the cooperation with the local Municipality, which provided ETP with a room in the local manor house building to run its educational activities. Soon, the great interest of children to attend the CC activities made the premises no longer sufficient. Therefore, ETP, supported by the decision of the Local Council Members, reconstructed an old municipal fire station to create a new Community Centre. With the financial support of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, ETP started the reconstruction works in August 2014, engaging the local Roma as part of their activation work program. The CC moved to the new premises in February 2015, where it continues to enjoy great popularity among the local community.

The clients of the CC in Veľká Ida are assisted by four full-time members of the ETP team, including the CC Leader (CCL) Lucia Lučaiová, the Assistant to the CCL Martin Balog, the Special Pedagogue Vladimíra Fortunová, and the Local Assistant Jozefína Janová. There are also two Mentors, three Tutors and two Volunteers, who are a part of the CC team.

The CC in Veľká Ida provides social counseling and undertakes field work.

Once a month it organizes meetings with the parents of the children attending the Pre-school preparation classes to teach them how to interact with their children more effectively.

School children enjoy attending the English language classes taught by the volunteers of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

The CC offers children a variety extra-curricular activities, such as the IT and Literacy Club, Photography Club, Creative and Handicraft Workshops and Sport Games. For the list of recent ETP projects implemented in Veľká Ida, click on the image below:

CC projects

For detailed information on the particular Project activities, browse through the Projects section.

To mention some of the extraordinary events that took place in Veľká Ida last year, there was a Photography Workshop for teenagers led by two Spanish photographers, Eva Peray and Josu Trueba Leiva, who have been organizing similar events all around the world.

In August 2014, a Romani Design fashion show by a Budapest agency was hosted in Veľká Ida, which combined traditional Roma motifs with a contemporary design. It was accompanied by the artistic performances of the children attending our Community Centres in Moldava nad Bodvou and Rudňany.

In the summer of 2015, the local community was once again visited by the actors from the Dramatic Adventure Theatre in New York, who came to organize drama workshops for children to strengthen their individual voices, support their creativeness and increase their self-esteem.

To find out about the latest events of the CC in Veľká Ida, check out the Upcoming Events page.

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