Glina residents learn about community fund-raising
The bridge reconstruction efforts were needed to restore reliable access to the main road for rural communities situated on the far side of the bridges. Many of these villages are populated mainly by ethnic Serb returnees. The new bridges should help residents re-establish regular agricultural activities and make use of the services provided in the community center, thereby improving living standards in remote rural villages.
The physical reconstruction work will be complemented by a series of three workshops designed to promote awareness among residents of the importance of the village boards, the lowest level of local government, in identifying and addressing community needs. These self-government bodies were long dormant in the Glina area but now may be revived. The workshops will cover the following topics: the legal framework for local government, the impact of local boards on local development, and raising money for local development.
Attendance at the first workshop was modest, but participants were intrigued to learn about a variety of the sources of funding available for small-scale community activities and youth exchanges organized by volunteer groups. One example is the Agency for Mobility and EU Programmes. Residents also heard about successful examples of small-scale fund-raising from other Croatian towns facing challenges similar to those in Glina, such as aging populations and war damage. The remaining two workshops will be held on 4 and 6 May, at the same time and on the same place.