At NGO Academy, we believe in the power of collaboration. That is why we aim to provide spaces for networking to our members whenever possible. When we heard about two of our member organisations, Kozlići and Zeleno Zlato, collaborating succesfully since 5 years after meeting at an NGO Academy workshop, we simply had to ask for their story. A big thanks to Vera & Martina for sharing how together, they brought culture to 200 kids in undeveloped areas of Croatia.
At first glance, the two Croatian organisations Kozlići and Zeleno Zlato do not have too much in common: they are active in different fields and in different parts of Croatia. Kozlići is a small organisation from Zagreb that creates interdisciplinary art programmes for kids and youngsters. Zeleno Zlato is based in Sisak-moslavina County and dedicated to promoting sustainable development by empowering vulnerable groups and developing a civil society via local communities.
2017, in Kozlići’s founding year, project manager Vera participated in one of NGO Academy’s Regional Programme workshops – and so did Martina from Zeleno Zlato. The two met and quickly realized that despite working in different fields of activity, they had similar interests and stayed in contact.
The two organisations collaborated in a series of cultural programmes for kids in central Croatia where art performance is less accessible than in the bigger cities. Thanks to the collaboration, almost 200 children from cities and villages such as Petrinja, Glina, Topusko, Hrvatska Kostajnica, and Sisak had an opportunity to participate in the programme. Martina, who also works as a headmaster at Banovina Heritage Interpretation Centre (ICBB), organized performances there, as well as in schools and kindergartens in the county. The cooperation was so fruitful that two organizations jointly produced and created original “kamishibai” folk tales from the region. The illustrator of these stories was the local artist Mima Juracak.
In the midst of COVID-19 pandemic, when travel in the country was forbidden, Kozlici and ICBB organized a three-day online festival of kamishibai stories, which was the first of its kind in Croatia. Thanks to Martina, the festival travelled across the kindergartens in Petrinja where the kids could watch a live broadcast of Kozlici’s performance in Zagreb.
The Ministry of Culture in Croatia now recognizes the programme the two organisations jointly created. It has been successful for five years, and its future looks bright. If that is not a NGO Academy success story, then what is?
Kozlići is a small organisation from Zagreb, Croatia, that creates interdisciplinary art programmes for kids and youngsters. Through art they deal with important issues such as gender equality, environment, poverty, and social inclusion. Alongside performing arts and creating programmes for kids of normal development, Kozlići continuously design and produce programmes for kids with hearing disabilities, kids in the spectrum of autism and other developmental difficulties.
Zeleno Zlato is promoting sustainable development by empowering vulnerable groups and developing a civil society via local communities. The programmes are divided into several (green) branches with different projects. The organization is active in the fields of social entrepreneurship, sustainable development, establishing communities and inclusion and digital agenda.
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