There are two activities in our European Solidarity Corps project “Hands & Paws”.
Activity 1: Unfortunately, there are so many stray cats and dogs in the streets. And most of them are ignored by the people. The activity
covers work of the survival of the patient, elderly, disabled, baby and orphan (in oral period) cats and dogs without owners. The work is in short: Assisting the surgeries, diagnosis, treatment, post op care, struggling against the viral diseases, orphan care, daily check-ups, going to the calls, feeding, adopting and fund raising activities. In order to do these tasks, we would like to host young vets as volunteers and run to the help of our stray friends with them. With the project, we will be able to save not all of the animals that need help maybe but we certainly will be able to save some of them.
Activity 2: The activity will be hosted by the Association of Sustainable Development in Sinop. This association organizes artistic and cultural activities for the sustainable development of Sinop. Their biggest project is Sinopale. Sinopale is an International Sinop Biennial. It is the second biggest biennial after the Istanbul Biennial. It has wide range of artistic and cultural events every two years and also it often meets the audience with its mid-performances between the biennials. Thus Sinop is never behind the art. But in order to realize this kind of events, a great amount of financial and voluntary support are needed. Even though the sponsors are found, the young volunteers who can assist foreign artists and curators with their artistic background are needed all the time. Voluntary support is as important as financial resources. The artist without an assistant can’t contribute in such a big event. It needs solidarity and team work. Voluntary activities are in short: being a part of the biennial working team, assisting the artists and curators, correspond with the people and the institutions, having ideas about all kinds of art and practice them, installing the materials and taking their responsibility, ushering and being participant in the workshops. Even though Sinop is a very small town, we would like to realize artistic and cultural events like the ones in the big cities with the voluntary support.
Sending Organisation: Center for Bridging Communities, Tirana, Albania
Activity Period: 05.01.2021 – 05.07.2021
Marjo participated in the surgery operations such as sterilization, amputation, implantation, etc, handled the post-op care and Distemper, Panleukopenia and Parvoviral Enteritis treatment of a lot of stray friends with Vet Volkan Tuncay of the Municipality of Sinop. He fed the ones who are sick, weak, young and old with special food. He did their daily check-ups and reported to the vet. Marjo also took care of the ones who need special and intensive care at his home. He took Turkish lessons during his 6-month-long activity. He made a lot of friends.
Sonia Maria Margineanu
Sending Organisation: Asociatia Forumul Cetatenesc pentru Actiune Sociala si Educatie Civica, Romania
Activity Period: 09.11.2021 – 07.06.2022
Sending Organisation: Club Culturel Ali Balhouane, Tunis, Tunusia
Activity Period: 15.10.2020 – 14.10.2021
During her activity, Rihab worked on her two passions: animal welfare and products themed Christmas, Valentine’s Day and summer to be sold for stray animals. The income from the sales was spent fort he surgeries, treatment and food for the stray animals. She gave them a place of warmth and comfort while they recovered from their injuries and surgeries. One of those stray cats that Rihab wound up adopting permanently, a lovely cat named “Cookie” who was unfortunately diagnosed with a chronic gastrointestinal condition but was able to receive treatment due to the selfless efforts of Rihab and our association. Also Rihab took Turkish courses. She learned about the Turkish culture. She made friends with the Turkish people and the volunteers who came from different countries.
Sending Organisation: Unit, Kiev, Ukraine
Activity Period: 05.07.2020 – 01.09.2021