From July 7-13, 2007, twenty four participants, including twelve people from Ukraine, six from Serbia and six from Moldova, took part in special workshops held in Nowy Sacz which provided them with the skills needed to establish and run Solidarity Clubs in their regions. The workshops were intended to provide information about the Polish Solidarity movement and to offer some practical training to these future leaders. After returning home, the participants established 12 regional Solidarity Clubs.  In addition to overseeing these clubs, project participants organised an awareness day on August 31 to promote what they learned through the project “Solidarity – Passport to Democracy”. In the autumn, the most active participants returned to Nowy Sacz in order to sum up the work of their clubs. They also visited the Polish capital city, Warsaw, and met with representatives of the Polish government. 

As we are still in contact with these groups, we know that their work did not end with this project.  Many are still active and are using the skills and spirit of Solidarity to improve their local communities.  For example, the Solidarity Club in Subotica, Serbia has registered itself as “Protega” and is determined to preserve the historic district of the town from being overrun by commercial developers.

We would like to extend our sincerest thanks to the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs for their support and trust.