NGO Word 21 is nongovernmental non-profit organization founded in 1999 in Prague. The executive director is Mrs. Jelena Silajdzić, the organization team counts 9 full-time employed and high number externally employed people (the number differentiates each month according to projects in realization). The executive body is member committee. In 2009 the expenses were around 13.700.000,- CZK and profits around 14.200.000,- CZK (the difference presents the financial sources for projects continuing in 2010). The expenses and profits in 2010 should be higher because of 5 projects financed by European Social Fund. Other sources of funding are: Ministry of Culture CR, City of Prague, Ministry of Interior CR, Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport CR, Ministry of Labor CR, various foundations and embassies.
Our organization regularly cooperates on projects with international partners (e.g. Netherlands, Portugal, Slovenia, Slovakia, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Spain etc.).
Non-governmental organization SLOVO 21 realizes educational, cultural, media, public awareness and other projects, especially Roma projects and project aiming on integrations of immigrants. Through our projects we want to combat racism and xenophobia and as very effective tools we use presentation of minorities through culture and positive values or support of personal relationships. Our leading goals are: to protect and professionally present cultural heritage, to promote human rights and to encourage tolerance towards ethnic minorities. We cooperate with organizations from the Czech Republic and abroad. The diversity is one of the crucial topics for us as we believe that combination of different traditions, cultures and nations within the Europe can be very enriching and contributing.
Most important projects are:
The World Roma festival KHAMORO – realized since 1999 once a year during the last week of May, offers concerts of traditional Roma music and Gypsy jazz, international seminars, exhibitions, film screenings, dance workshops etc.
Family Next Door – realized since 2004, innovative integration of immigrants into major society through informal meeting of Czech and immigrant’s families directly in their homes, till today we involved 766 families coming from 26 countries.
Roma women’s group Manushe – group of women from whole Czech Republic led by motto “Education, emancipation, and self-confidence!”
Bulletin “Word for foreigners and about foreigners” –published 4times a year and contains important information about new laws, rules, institutions or cultural events.
We Are on the Long Way – international workshops for Roma youth from whole the world with rich educational and cultural program with the aim to motivate young generation.
Information about other projects you can find on www.slovo21.cz.