The Women’s Educational Institute (commonly known as Vesna) is a continuation of the activities of the Czech Women’s Educational Association based in Brno, which was founded in the early 1870’s. It focuses on educational, social, and recreational activities.
In its current form, it was officially founded on February 7, 2022. But the current team started already in May 2021 as a group of volunteers. Its core activity was humanitarian aid distribution centre for families in need. Vesna cared for ca. three hundred families. It was not only clothes, appliances, electronics or toys. Vesna offered a consultation on social services in Brno and South Moravia. In summer 2021, Vesna helped tornado victims and organized school days to provide school supplies to hundreds of families.
The Vesna Šatník (Wardrobe) is a unique source of basic material needs. It also functions as a centre for the transfer of information on educational, cultural, recreational, physical, and social activities. The operation of the Wardrobe would not be possible without the thousands of hours of work of hundreds of volunteers from different countries. During the first three months of the war in Ukraine it provided aid 10 hours a day, 7 days a week. In 2022, 32 000 people visited Šatník. Since June 2022, the Wardrobe has again been operating in “pre-war” mode, with visitors making appointments for specific dates. You can find the rules of Šatník and register for a visit here. The material for families in need is supplied by donors from Brno and the surrounding area, including a large number of foreigners. Foreign women are also part of the Šatník’s clientele.
In cooperation with the Brno diocese, we created 20 rooms for Ukrainian refugees at the former Ursuline convent at Josefská 1.
The historic buildings of the Vesna association on Údolní 10 also serve as a venue for a number of educational and recreational activities aimed primarily at women and children, and for public meetings and cultural events. We also have here a group “Vesnenka” for children 3–6 y.o.. In 2022, more than 5000 women and children participated in Vesna’s activities at Údolní 10.
Now Vesna operates as the important humanitarian aid distribution centre and social centre for people in need living in Brno and around.
Vesna is always open to cooperation and offers volunteering opportunities for both corporate groups and individual expats. Some of the staff can communicate in English and will be happy to tell you about the various activities you could join.
Dear “new” citizens of Brno,
We would like to invite you to participate in the project
My life in Brno – Brno through the eyes of “New Brňáci and Brňanky”
The identity of a city is created by the individual identities of its inhabitants – which is you, no matter where you were born and what circumstances brought you to Brno.
So, do you consider Brno your city?
What was the defining moment or experience that made you realise that you are a true citizen of Brno? Or vice versa – what prevents you from embracing Brno as your own?
So please write us, in your own language or in Czech, a short story (maximum 1800 characters) about the moment that was decisive for you realizing that “you are from Brno” – or, on the contrary, that Brno is just a stop on your life journey.
We will create a collection of your stories, and then the selected stories will be given a new artistic form, such as a comic or a short video.
Please send your text by 25 April 2023 to email@example.com
Thank you – we look forward to an interesting read!