Stories

Unitarian Kaláka Summer Update

Posted by on Jun 30, 2017 in Stories | Comments Off on Unitarian Kaláka Summer Update

We have some exciting changes to tell you about! Unitarian Kaláka has been on hiatus for the past few months, but we are looking ahead to the fall – and a new way of crowdfunding for projects in Transylvania. Our two-year pilot program during 2015 and 2016 successfully funded eight projects in Unitarian villages. Your support was deeply appreciated. Now, we would like to broaden our efforts by crowdfunding through a UU website called Faithify.org.

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Our Partners Celebrate 10 Years!

Posted by on May 10, 2017 in Stories | Comments Off on Our Partners Celebrate 10 Years!

Congratulations to our partners in Transylvania, the Szekelyudvarhely Community Foundation (szka.org), on their 10th year anniversary as a community development foundation in Romania. In their first decade, they have achieved amazing things – organizing community fundraising efforts, starting a youth volunteer “bank,” creating the Good Idea grant-making program, and many other impressive programs that encourage community engagement and investment. Check out this graphic timeline of SzKA accomplishments from 2007 – 2017. (We’re there starting in 2014!) We are proud to have partnered with SzKA over the years, both as Unitarian Kaláka and previously as Project Harvest Hope. We look forward to future opportunities to work with them on rural community development efforts in the Unitarian villages of...

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Kaláka: “…with love and responsibility”

Posted by on Mar 19, 2017 in Stories | Comments Off on Kaláka: “…with love and responsibility”

This February, the newspaper, Unitárius Kozlony (Unitarian Gazette), published a story about Torockoszentgyorgy (Coltesti) and the village’s kaláka effort to build a new community hall. As the villagers tell it, participation in kaláka benefits the community in more ways than one.

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“The spirit that defines us.” – Torockoszentgyorgy

Posted by on Dec 28, 2016 in Stories | Comments Off on “The spirit that defines us.” – Torockoszentgyorgy

Villagers in Torockoszentgyorgy discovered the power of community when they began planning an addition to their fellowship hall. The first step was to build a foundation, which they did with help from Unitarian Kaláka donors and many volunteers who donated their time and talents. Here is their 2016 kaláka project summary.

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Firtosváralja Celebrates Church Restoration

Posted by on Dec 28, 2016 in Stories | Comments Off on Firtosváralja Celebrates Church Restoration

This fall saw the completion of a project long in the works for people in the small village of Firtosvaralja. Their ancient Unitarian church, which had been in disrepair for more than six years, was once again restored to its central place in community life. Watch their “thank you” video and read their final project report here.

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Homoródszentpéter: Partners Pitch In

Posted by on Nov 12, 2016 in Stories | Comments Off on Homoródszentpéter: Partners Pitch In

This year, volunteers in Homoródszentpéter made great progress toward a longtime dream: opening a daycare center in their local school to serve families of villages up and down the Homoród valley. They needed new beds and furnishings, a fridge for their kitchen, new playground equipment–and one unexpected hurdle: they needed to install an extra bathroom. In true kaláka fashion, local volunteers and partners from abroad came together to help. Watch the video summary of their project success.

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