Portal Summary - www.witrynawiejska.org.pl
The Rural Development Foundation’s portal – WITRYNA WIEJSKA- is accessible to those living in large cities as well as small villages. Its main purpose is to not only to give practical advice, information, and direct help to its users, but also to display current topics on education, advising, financing and life in local communities. City-dwellers are encouraged to look at the site to stay updated on the progress happening in rural areas, while the people living in villages look at the site to gather information about improving their quality of life. The portal focuses on simplicity and works hard to pay special attention to each person’s individual case. Along with being a basic guide to help users create successful projects, it is also a connection to information from all over Poland. The portal WITRYNA WIEJSKA provides helpful knowledge for the local communities.
Atlas Initiative (Atlas Inicjatyw)
The portal had its beginnings in the Atlas Initiative. This was an agreement between organizations and the foundation in which money was given to aid in their project in exchange for sharing their success story online. This program allows the portal to show practical use of money and knowledge. The list of these programs can be found under the link for the Atlas Initiative.
This program began in 2004 and is called ‘Active Village. Information Society Building.’ Its purpose is to educate rural communities on installing and using the Internet.
Internet in Rural Areas (Internet w rozwoju wsi)
A guide for rural communities to implement the set-up and use of the Internet in their village.
This link has information about how to make a business, where to register, addresses, what kind of paperwork you will need, etc.
Social Work (Działania społeczne)
A portal for people in social work that shows the current programs going on in the foundation.
Must Read! (Warto Przeczytac)
This section has daily topics about obtaining money from the EU, education, conferences, etc. The list is most helpful when it is checked everyday!
Advising (Doradztwo dla organizacji lokalnych)
Includes information about the financing an education with money from the European Union as well as the laws and procedures required for NGO’s. This includes a description of the necessary papers, where you can register, and explains volunteerism.
The library contains connections for social working, education, etc. There is a list of articles and books on various helpful topics.
Cultures and Traditions (Filmoteka, Postawy, O tym się mówi)
This part of the portal is unique in that it reports on the different and interesting activities happening around Poland. It includes videos and articles on local heroes. The video include examples on how to make traditional Polish bread and cabbage.
Topic of the Month
This is updated monthly and focuses on important issues in the country. Some examples of topics in the past have been immigration, the recent convention earlier this year, how to work on the Internet, simultaneously having a traditional and modern village, conserving and saving the environment, and friendliness towards animals in the villages.