After a 3 year-long cooperation with students from the University of Wisconsin – Green Bay (USA), in May 2008, we together implemented the educational project, “Bright Communities,” as a part of the “Healthy Communities” project.
A group of American students and professors prepared, jointly with the Association, a training program specifically aimed at raising the awareness of health and art workshops. The project took place in four settlements in eastern Slovakia – Stráne pod Tartami, Hranovnica, Spišský Štiavnik and Vydrník.
The main topics of health education were: first aid sanitation, the most common diseases in the settlements and their symptoms, prevention and treatment, diet and its influence on health, the right diet for mothers with children, the importance of vaccination, the importance of breast feeding and the art-educational workshop “Happy Families“ for mothers and children.
Art workshops were led by Katina Daanen, who worked with a group of artists in Arusha, Tanzania, where she took part in an art camp for orphans and HIV positive children. The participants went through the basic theory and then they tried it in practice. The topic of the murals in Slovak Roma settlements was “Bright Communities”.