Newsletter October 2011


II.International Mother Centres Day, 10th Oct 2011 

[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"91","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","style":"border-style: initial; border-color: initial; border-style: initial; border-color: initial; border-style: initial; border-color: initial; border-style: initial; border-color: initial; float: left; ","typeof":"foaf:Image"}}]]


Under the slogan: “Meet the world in Mother Centres” with a sub slogan: “a place of safety, development and friendship” we met Bulgaria on the 10th October 2011 in following countries: Argentina, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, the Netherlands, Poland, Russia, Slovakia and the USA. Many thanks to our friends from Bulgaria,  for sharing their experiences. Special thanks to Semah Yekzaman, the U.S. Peace corps volunteer, now working in MC in Razgrad, Bulgaria, for her excellent work on all material preparation. 

So, how was it going?








The amazing life in 3 Roma Mother Centres in Bulgaria, is shown in the video, shooted with the support of Integro Association ( and can be found here:


Tony Kirilova from MC Dobra maika, Sandanski shares her experiences: " We are so happy to be a part of this network and more happy to be the focus of the celebration day - 10.10.2011. Thank you! We invited children and women who are our visitors and volunteers and we had our celebration. Every woman cooked some dishes- moussaka, cake, Bulgarian banica and we had a birthday cake, too. The children made a theatre performance. We read Roma stories and  we talked about famous Roma people. We had a nice day as you can see in  the pictures.

[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"92","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","style":"width: 270px; height: 203px; ","typeof":"foaf:Image"}}]]    [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"93","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","style":"width: 270px; height: 203px; ","typeof":"foaf:Image"}}]]    [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"94","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","style":"width: 270px; height: 203px; ","typeof":"foaf:Image"}}]]  [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"95","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","style":"width: 270px; height: 203px; ","typeof":"foaf:Image"}}]]






About 50 participants gathered together in Centro de Madres y Familias in Suarez to celebrate 10-10-11. They had interesting discussions on the stories of brave Roma women, which showed many similarities between Argentina and Bulgaria. In this sense the mothers created the slogan, expressing the main idea of IMCD and networking itself:  “When we know more about the world, distances will become bridges” – you can see in the picture below in its Spanish original. And we can reveal the news that Argentina will be in focus of 10-10-12!

[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"96","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","typeof":"foaf:Image"}}]]  [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"97","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","typeof":"foaf:Image"}}]]



the Czech republic

The network of mother centers in Czech Republic followed up the II.IMCD first of all with disseminating the information campaign and 7 mother centers organized special events. The program was different in each center and varied:

  • Geography and history of Bulgaria through games
  • Tasting meals
  • Reading stories of Bulgarian
  • Meeting with the native Bulgarians and their families, and stories about Bulgaria
  • Bulgarian tradition
  • Learning Bulgarian poems, drawings, familiar fairy tale characters
  • Use of English materials from Bulgaria in English lessons

Finally, the centers also talked about the mission of the international network mine.

Thanks to the campaign we managed to eliminate some of the prejudices and barriers.  We put up all materials on our websites for further using by our Mother Centers.

Rut Kolinska, Network of Mother Centres in the Czech Republic

How did the celebration go in Trebicske MC?


Our Mother Centre celebrated this great event on two days:

[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"98","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","style":"float: left; ","typeof":"foaf:Image"}}]]Mother Centre, Fr. Hrubína 753
10.10. All day celebrations    
- in the morning: playschool and discussions on the topic “Habits and traditions in our country and abroad”. We spoke about differences and similarities of various countries and compared cultures and as well cuisines. Perfectly prepared stories about Bulgarian women were inspiring and powerful.  
- in the afternoon: games and competitions for families called “With a fairy tale all over the world” were prepared  (reading fairy tales from different countries, building a sand castle, drawing with a chalk on the pavement, creating autumn decorations, and so on.

- in the evening: Relaxing evening for women - doing exercises and mediation lesson   

In our English lessons we watched together with students the video about living in Bulgaria and then exchanged our impressions. Most of the students appreciated the positive attitude in such as hard situations. With children and adults we translated the 10-10-11 leaflet, discussed the meaning of words in headlines and enjoyed the recipes.


Mother Centre DaR         

[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"99","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","style":"border-style: initial; border-color: initial; border-style: initial; border-color: initial; border-style: initial; border-color: initial; border-style: initial; border-color: initial; float: left; ","typeof":"foaf:Image"}}]]


12.10. All Day celebrations called
Darovanky (from the word DaR = gift) = playing, giving and making gifts.
A gift can be a smile, a picture, a creative craftwork.
We made gifts for children and mothers who were less lucky than we are.

In both Centres presentations about Bulgaria was prepared and the video shown. 


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Anicka Machatova, Trebicske MC



Yet not specified number of MCs in the Baden- Wurtemberg and Bavarian network joined the II. IMCD.

Susanne Baier shares experiences from their celebration:


[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"102","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","style":"float: left; ","typeof":"foaf:Image"}}]]We had a very nice celebration party in my Mother-Father-center in Munich. I cooked the bean soup bob, the banitsa and the chopska salad and the other women brought fine selfmade other food too. So we have watched the wonderful video from the Bulgarian mothers, we talked about Bulgaria, listened to the childrens songs and I translated the stories about the Roma women and we read them. Our mothers were touched from the power, the problematic situation and the positive energy of the Bulgarian mothers. 



[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"103","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","style":"float: left; ","typeof":"foaf:Image"}}]]We had a great time on Monday. We watched the video and talked about the women we could get to know from the profiles, we learned to sing the Bulgarian song/lullaby Todora, we prepared cold cucumber soup and aubergine paté with walnut and listened to a Bulgarian folk tale. The celebration had some coverage in the local media, they had the chance to watch the video and listen to the profiles as well. Earlier a mother suggested making an altar to extend the day's celebration to our own mothers, so at the end of the day from the mine community through Bulgaria we returned to our own mothers. Thank you, mine.

Asztalos Erzsebet, MC Holdam Miskolc





[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"104","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","style":"float: left; ","typeof":"foaf:Image"}}]]On this day we had a lot to celebrate. We celebrated an official opening of new local we got from municipality, we started with new interactive artistic project - Boom for theater  and after this we had a first meeting with mothers in new Grundtvig project...                

Agniezska Papis, Mamy Czas, Warsaw






[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"105","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","style":"float: left; ","typeof":"foaf:Image"}}]]Our friends in Russia celebrated our Day by work on preparing opening their new space for Three Generation Centre in Pushchino (open on 22nd Oct.2011). As Galina Sapozhnikova wrote on 10-10-11 to the group-mine conference: " We are so happy to be part of this network and  celebrate with you all day. Thank you!"







On the occasion on II.IMCD the network of Mother Centres in Slovakia awarded 7 Mother Centres by a title "Academy of Practical Parenting", what means that more than one third of the network members has this status.

How did the celebration go in Mother Centre Mami-Oaza?

[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"107","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","style":"float: left; ","typeof":"foaf:Image"}}]]"Our II. IMCD celebration was in intimate atmosphere, we watched the video about Bulgarian MCs, we had a small creative workshop for children and mothers, fairy tale for children, we tasted some salates and a cold cucumber soup.Message of this video for us was - We have a diferent problems in our centres but we try to solve them with the same enthusiasm, with love and heart." 

Katka Zarnovicanova, MC Mami-Oaza Zlate Moravce




the USA

[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"106","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","style":"float: left; ","typeof":"foaf:Image"}}]]Mothers’ Centers in the US shared the 10/10/11 celebration through our Mothers Central Blog with two posts: “The Greatest Book of All: Our Stories”:   and “A Mothers’ Curiosities in International Living”  Please take a moment to read the posts and share your thoughts! We’d love to hear from Mothers Center moms in other countries.

At the National Office the staff celebrated by making and sharing the Bulgarian dish Shopska Salata – it was delicious! 

Lissa Kaplan – Miller, NAMC, New York



* mine partner´s news * 


 With this letter I would like to remind you of the application period for the 4th European Award of Excellence "City for Children" on the topic of "Child-Friendly Neighbourhood Planning". The application deadline is December 15th 2011.

Please find the call for submission and application form at the page's bottom:

In the context of increasing international local competition, child-friendly urban planning has become an important location factor. Cities need to attract families by providing child-friendly living spaces. The standard of urban neighbourhoods is especially important for children’s quality of life. The 4th European Award of Excellence “City for Children” is therefore directed at projects in the field of “Child-Friendly Neighbourhood Planning”.

The Award will be presented to projects, in which neighbourhoods are designed with a holistic approach. The jury searches for innovative neighbourhood planning projects which take the perspective of children and their families when conceptualizing the qualities of urban areas with regards to development, architecture, free spaces and usage. Submitted projects should focus on being socially inclusive as well as ecologically and socially sustainable. Subjects to submission must be projects of neighbourhood planning that either lead to the construction of new neighbourhoods or which remodelled existing neighbourhoods. The projects must be conceptualized according to the needs of children and young people in the context of integrated, interdisciplinary strategies of urban planning.

Please don't hesitate to contact me, if there are any further questions.


Lena von Seggern

Coordinator European Network Cities for Children
Telephone:  +49 711/ 216 - 72 91
Fax:                 +49 711/ 216 - 61 05




Thanks for reading up to here.

We would appreciate if you send your feedback to info(at)

The deadline for sending your inputs for the next newsletter issue is

15th Nov. 2011

They are patiently expected and welcome at: elena(at) .

Thanks so much for sharing.

Sharing is living.