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FOUNDATION PROVIDES CZK 7.9 MILLION IN SUPPORT FOR YOUTH THROUGH DONATION TECHNOLOGY AND PROJECTS

20. March 2007

An SMS mobilization service for blood donors, the PC game GHETTOUT! to help young people get out of ghettos, a GSM/GPS navigation system for the blind, and another 59 projects received funding from the Vodafone Foundations’ Vpohybu grant program, which provided a total of CZK 7.9 million in support. Most of the winning projects were carried out by young people up to the age of 26, which is one of the conditions of participating in the project. “The objective of the Vpohybu grant program is to support independent generally beneficial activities of young people and to connect technology to assistance for those in need,” says Inga Kaškelyte, Director of the Vodafone Czech Republic Foundation, adding, “In the first round of the Vpohybu program, we supported 62 projects throughout the Czech Republic with a total of CZK 7.9 million.

An SMS mobilization service for blood donors, the PC game GHETTOUT! to help young people get out of ghettos, a GSM/GPS navigation system for the blind, and another 59 projects received funding from the Vodafone Foundations’ Vpohybu grant program, which provided a total of CZK 7.9 million in support. Most of the winning projects were carried out by young people up to the age of 26, which is one of the conditions of participating in the project.

“The objective of the Vpohybu grant program is to support independent generally beneficial activities of young people and to connect technology to assistance for those in need,” says Inga Kaškelyte, Director of the Vodafone Czech Republic Foundation, adding, “In the first round of the Vpohybu program, we supported 62 projects throughout the Czech Republic with a total of CZK 7.9 million.”

The Vpohybu program aims to connect communication technologies to assistance for those in need, and to support individual initiatives of young people.

1) COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGIES AND UNDERPRIVILEGED GROUPS – the objective is to connect technology to assistance for the needy and to create conditions so that underprivileged groups can lead a fuller life with the help of communication technologies.

The most interesting projects include:

GHETTOUT! a computer game to help young people get out of ghettos (CZK 535,800, Czech Republic)
  • a computer game that simulates the life of a resident of a social ghetto in an attractive and relevant manner
  • intended for a wide-ranging group of PC gamers and educational institutions
GSM/GPS navigation system for the blind (CZK 1,800,000, Czech Republic)
  • construction of a call center for a GSM/GPS navigation system for the blind
  • the system enables immediate location positioning and navigation for the blind throughout the entire territory of the Czech Republic (the system was developed by the Vodafone Research and Education Center, ČVUT and Ericsson)
  • it was implemented by the United Organization of the Blind and Purblind (Sjednocená organizace nevidomých a slabozrakých – SONS)
SMS mobilization service for blood donors (CZK 500,000, Czech Republic)
  • construction of a central database of blood donors and SMS mobilization system for immediate communication between blood donors and transfusion stations in the Czech Republic
Computer games for the blind (CZK 131,845, Brno)
  • a project of specific computer games for blind children at special elementary schools (implemented by secondary school students)
Geocaching club for socially underprivileged children (CZK 97,000, Ostrava)
  • geocaching club as a safe place for children to spend their free time
  • geocaching is a new sport (game) that uses GPS navigation and mobile phones in a game (sport) based on searching for treasure and orientation racing

YOUNG PEOPLE AND THE COMMUNITY – the objective is to support independent activities of young people and cultivate responsibility and skills in young people that are important to leading an independent life and future employment (for non-profit organizations and young people up to 26 years old.

The most interesting projects include:

Summer camp for girls suffering from anorexia (CZK 40,000, Horní Lomná))
  • a summer camp for girls (13-19 years old) that takes place three times per season
  • an attractive holiday connected with anorexia prevention programs and gaining self-confidence (organized by secondary school and college students)
Street theater festival at the train station (CZK 100,000, Prague))
  • a series of student theater performances (Sade’s Sour Cherries, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, The Cannibals, Beggar’s Opera) in public areas of the Prague Main Train Station (implemented by secondary school and college students)
Anthology of North Bohemian comics (CZK 100,000, Ústí nad Labem)
  • the creation of anthology of North Bohemian comics, mapping the regional history of the genre and supporting the development of new comics in Ústecko region (carried out by secondary school and college students)
Trmalová Villa and the Clazzic citizen’s association (CZK 200,000, Prague)
  • the creation of a new cultural center in the Trmalová Villa in Prague
  • presentation and support of a young generation of artists – photography, music, theater, poetry (carried out by secondary school and college students)
Stuttering – documentary film (CZK 89,700, Brno)
  • a documentary film project about the life of young people suffering from stuttering (distribution on TV and in cinemas)
  • breaks the barrier between healthy members of the population and people suffering from stuttering

Two hundred and seventy-three projects were submitted in the first round of the Vpohybu program. From these, the administrative board decided to provide support to 62 projects in nine regions of the Czech Republic: North Bohemia (CZK 659,000), Central Bohemia (CZK 1.9 million), East Bohemia (CZK 575,000), South Bohemia (CZK 90,000), West Bohemia (CZK 1 million), Vysočina (CZK 130,000), North Moravia (CZK 1.1 million), South Moravia (CZK 433,000), Central Moravia (CZK 148,000).

The next round of Vpohybu grants will be announced in Spring 2007.

The Vodafone Czech Republic Foundation

The Foundation was created in 2005 and focuses especially on providing support for young people (the Vpoho and Vpohybu grant programs) and connecting communication technologies to assistance for those in need (the Vpohybu grant program). The Foundation is financed by Vodafone Czech Republic and the Vodafone Group Foundation, which coordinates Vodafone’s charity activities globally. The founding of a local Vodafone foundation and investments into charity projects is mandatory for all Vodafone branches. The Vodafone Group was rated as the world’s most socially responsible firm in 2006 (http://www.accountabilityrating.com).