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Fordon. Together

Children and youth Completed
School Complex Number 20, Bydgoszcz, Poland
2014-02-03 - 2015-12-15
280 063,34 PLN
251 836,12 PLN
voluntary service
Project description
The Old Fordon is considered to be the most neglected community in Bydgoszcz. Until 1973, it was a little town (c 9 thousand inhabitants) with its own local government and its own elite taking care of the local matters. Then, against the residents' will, it became part of the city of Bydgoszcz. Soon a district of housing blocks appeared in the close vicinity - New Fordon with 70,000 inhabitants - and the Old Fordon started to decline, they also lost their local government and the elite. The residents came into apathy, they have not even had their representative in the City Council for years now. The local Housing Estate Board has no authority any more, local NGOs are non-existent. Last year sociological survey “Old Fordon - revitalization" reveals a very pessimistic image of the community. Unemployment is three times higher than in Bydgoszcz as whole and 23 per cent of residents are recipients of social assistance. In spite of great wealth inequalities, the crime rate is not higher than in the rest of the city - the residents still maintain close neighbourly relations, characteristic for small towns.
The aim of the project was to undertake some social activity related to what seems to be the most painful for the local citizens and to create a group of young people convinced that they themselves can improve the local situation.
Thanks to the commitment of young people and support of the local inhabitants, it was possible to open a community centre Café Rynek - a venue for meetings and initiatives.
The project implementation included film workshops and training for secondary schools and university students. The young people made two videos on the Old Fordon and conducted a survey on the district problems.
Seconadry schools and university students living in the Old Fordon benefited from the project. The partner was School Complex No. 20, the only educational institution in the Old Fordon - the school staff was very helpful in facilitating the contacts of young people with the district residents.
We use the grant for capacity building