Community Assistance Program
COMMUNITY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM - INVESTMENT CRITERIA
WOOD FOR SCHOOL IN BRESTOVAC AND GRAVEL FOR THE LOCAL HORSE CLUB PROVIDED
Responding to the needs of the local community, our company, in cooperation with the company “S Inzenjering” from Bor, provided a certain amount of wood for the Elementary school “Stanoje Miljkovic” in Brestovac. So far, about 10 cubic meters have been provided, and the agreement is to provide an additional amount of wood for this school, as well as for the department of the school in Metovnica.
When it comes to cooperation with the Horse club “Cavalo” located near the Brestovac spa, Rakita, also together with the company “S Inzenjering”, delivered close to 15 cubic meters of gravel. According to the representatives of the Horse Club, this donation will mean a lot to them because more and more families from Bor and surrounding towns come to the Horse club and enjoy the nobility and welfare of these animals. By setting the gravel, an adequate access for motor vehicles is provided to the Horse club.
RAKITA HELPS BEEKEEPING DEVELOPMENT IN SLATINA
In cooperation with the Beekeeping Association “Slatina”, our company, within the Beekeeping Development Program in this village, organized a delivery of the material that will provide better conditions for a successful long-term bee pasture.
Representatives of our company delivered 85 liters of fuel, 300 kg of fertilizer to each beekeeper in Slatina, as well as 10 kg of phacelia seeds. According to the Program plan, each beekeeper will receive 20 seedlings in the spring of next year.
The main goal of this program is the sustainability of beekeeping as a branch of agriculture in this region. Bearing in mind that during the year the hoarfrost has greatly endangered the acacia bee pasture, this donation will precisely accelerate the conditions for yields in this area to be better.
In addition to this program, our company recently provided a donation for all beekeepers in Bor and its surroundings as a lecture given by professor of the Faculty of Agriculture in Belgrade, Zoran Stanimirovic, on the topic: “Bee diseases, prevention, treatment, and clinical examination”.
RAKITA’S SUPPORT TO THE ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT OF WOMEN THROUGH THE PROJECT “HANDICRAFTS”
At the initiative of our company, the “Handicrafts” project, aimed at economic empowerment of women in rural areas, is realized by stimulating entrepreneurship through the production of handmade high-quality items with the market placement of products. The project is being realized in cooperation with the Associations “Handicrafts Arhaik” and “Association for Development of the Municipality of Bor”.
According to plan, the Association “Handicrafts Arhaik” will conduct training in the villages of Brestovac, Slatina and Metovnica from the end of August to November this year. After successful completion of training, participants will receive a certificate and membership in the Association that will enable them to sell items through a dedicated website. Important information is that the Association “Handicrafts Arhaik” is a member of the Ethno Network of Serbia, which has been implementing such projects for several years, as well as the sale of articles via the Internet.
First, a training was held for women in Brestovac to master the technique of embroidery and gold-embroidery, then in Slatina a training was held for the felting technique, and in the upcoming period, a training for weaving in Metovnica will be organized.
All trainees who completed trainings so far are thrilled with the acquired knowledge that can enable them to provide additional income.
SUPPORTING THE ”IT ENTREPRENEURSHIP“ PROJECT
Rakita has supported the realization of the “IT Entrepreneurship” project which will provide the opportunity for citizens to acquire or improve their knowledge of internet technologies (web programming, graphic design, web marketing, internet in tourism, etc.) to assist them in attaining careers in the IT sector.
The “Educational Creative Center - OKC” from Bor leads the project, and other support is provided by the Ministry of Trade, Tourism and Telecommunications. After the training sessions, which are taking place between February and June 2017, the trainers will help the trainees establish contacts and assist them in bringing their ideas to the IT market. The project’s final goal is the establishment of an IT hub in Bor, which is expected to be the center of IT development in Eastern Serbia.
Rakita has recognized this project as a great way to help the local community create employment opportunities. Local capacity building and skills development through education and training is a goal Rakita shares with other supporters of this project and is proud of our partnership with the Educational Creative Center - OKC. Rakita believes that it is important to contribute to the community by investing in the strategic, long-term and sustainable projects which can have a positive impact by potentially decreasing the unemployment rate in the Municipality of Bor.
Rakita is financing the training and mentorship, therefore, they are available free of charge for all trainees. The project will run through January to September 2017. Please visit okc.rs for more info about the “IT entrepreneurship” project.
DAILY AND WEEKLY NEWSPAPERS DONATION TO PUBLIC LIBRARY IN BOR
Thanks to Rakita, members of the Bor Public Library and broader local community have the access to daily and weekly newspapers in the library premises since January 1st, 2017. Rakita recognized the needs of a many citizens to be informed, which is what triggered this initiative. As a result, the library has seen many more visitors early in the morning with a high demand for the newspapers. This initiative is in cooperation with the Bor Public library and will continue for all of 2017.
LIBRARY RENOVATION IN BRESTOVAC VILLAGE
Rakita supported the Bor Public library’s initiative to renovate their branch in Brestovac in 2015 with the hope that the youngest residents of the village who visit the library would be the biggest beneficiaries of this support.
The library in Brestovac is a place where the school children of the area enjoy spending their time reading, learning, and having fun and we hope our support will help future generations of children enjoy it as well.
EASTVILE 2015 CULTURAL EVENT
Eastville is an annual event which gathers history lovers from local villages in the Municipality of Bor. The attendees had an opportunity to witness music events such as: Eastville Ethno-song, Eastville Rock, and Eastville – Differences are Connecting Us, which promotes national minority traditions.
Rakita supports the diversity of local communities.
COMPUTERS FOR SNEZANA KINDERGARTEN IN BANJSKO POLJE SUBURB NEAR BOR
The Snezana Kindergarten located in the Banjsko Polje suburb near Bor was supplied with computers donated by Rakita in mid-2015.
15TH INTERNATIONAL YOUTH WORK & RESEARCH ECOLOGICAL CAMP IN BOR
The Association of the Young Explorers is a local environmental group and organizer of the annual International Eco-Camp, which hosts volunteers from around the world. The activities of this event focus on environmental protection, which is a priority shared with Rakita. For this event, the company provided funds for accommodation and food for the participants.
PURCHASE OF ECG MACHINES FOR THE HEALTH CENTER IN BOR
After a request by the Health Center in Bor, Rakita allocated funds for purchasing two 3-channel ECG machines. The machines were purchased for treating children and pregnant women.
EDUCATIONAL MATERIAL FOR THE VIDOVDAN ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY SCHOOL FOR CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES
The Vidovdan School for the elementary and secondary education in Bor focusses on supporting children with special needs. A donation was made by Rakita to help with improvements to the educational work in the school, including support for the application of Montessori methods.
The Montessori approach provides a special environment, didactic material and activities for children’s psycho-physic abilities development by using an individualistic approach and respecting the children’s need for freedom within internal boundaries. Rakita’s donation, together with support from the school, made this possible.
NEW WOODEN TRAIN ACTIVITY CENTRE IN THE BOR ZOO
The Bor Zoo is a popular local attraction where visitors can see a variety of animals including a lion and a wolf. Rakita recently provided funds for a new wooden train for kids to enhance the zoo experience.
INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON MINERAL RESOURCES IN SERBIA
TGI Group International organizes the annual International Conference on Mineral Resources in Serbia, and Rakita was happy to support this conference. Rakita’s experts contributed to the conference by appearing as conference speakers. The conference is held every year in October at the Metropol Palace Hotel in Belgrade.
30TH ISSUE OF THE BOR PUBLIC LIBRARY’S MAGAZINE “BELEZNICA”
“Beleznica” is a library-produced magazine covering topics like science, literature and culture, and has been in production for 17 years. The magazine also offers valuable information about local history, tradition and culture. Rakita was honored to assist the Bor Public Library continue with the production of this local treasure.
SUPPORT FOR THE ECO-EAST 2015 ECOLOGICAL CONFERENCE AND THE 10TH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON RECYCLING AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT IN COOPERATION WITH TECHNICAL FACULTY IN BOR, UNIVERSITY OF BELGRADE
The annual Ecological Truth – Eco-East Conference is a very important event for the region of Eastern Serbia, especially for Bor. Rakita supports and practices responsible and sustainable mining processes and the company is dedicated to supporting such events to help raise awareness on environmental protection and preservation.
LOCKERS FOR SVETI SAVA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL IN BOR
Rakita provided funds for new lockers for students of lower grades after a teacher’s request.
SUPPORT AND PARTICIPATION IN THE 5TH INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM OF NATURAL RESOURCES MANAGEMENT ORGANIZED BY THE FACULTY OF MANAGEMENT IN ZAJECAR, "JOHN NAISBITT" UNIVERSITY
The John Naisbitt Faculty of Management in Zajecar, organizes the International Symposium on Natural Resources Management. Experts from around the world attend this symposium, and Rakita is proud to support this important event.
SUPPORTING LOCAL SPORTS CLUBS
Rakita has supported many sporting events during 2014 and 2015, and donated equipment and basic supplies to numerous local sports clubs. The company was focused on supporting youth categories to encourage children to participate in sports, especially in the villages.
TIMOK'S 3RD ANNUAL SCIENTIFIC TORNADO IN BOR
The Association of Young Researchers Bor organizes the annual scientific event, Timok’s Scientific Tornado. Every year, this science festival gathers hundreds of students from local elementary and secondary schools along with faculty students who have a chance to showcase their experiments and research.
RENOVATION OF CHILDREN DEPARTMENT AT THE GENERAL HOSPITAL IN BOR
The company carried out renovations on the Children’s Department at the General Hospital in Bor in late 2014. All rooms were painted, worn out mattresses were replaced by new ones, and decorations were added to the kids play room and the room for visitors in Maternity Department.
CLEAN-UP OF BOR RIVER IN SLATINA VILLAGE
Environmental preservation and protection is a corporate priority of Rakita. In 2014, local environmental groups and Rakita teamed up to clean the riverbed of the Bor River.
Over 100 volunteers, including residents of Slatina and surrounding villages, members of local environmental organizations, Rakita employees, and others, participated in the clean-up.
ASSISTANCE WITH SERBIAN FLOOD RELIEF IN 2014
Floods in 2014 affected the people in central Serbia and in Timok region, especially in Negotin. Rakita provided $35,000 to the Serbian Government’s special account for flood relief and provided numerous pumps and dryers in Svilajnac, Paracin and Negotin.
RAKITA EMPLOYEES HELP LOCAL UTILITY COMPANY AFTER ICE STORM
In 2014, ice rain caused severe damage to public infrastructure in Bor and surrounding areas. Rakita employees and a local utility company worked together to remove broken branches and trees in order to make streets and walking areas safe for pedestrians and drivers.
Rakita has supported several charity initiatives over the years. Historically, donations were aimed to support vulnerable groups that typically depend on the good will of people. In 2016, Rakita donated New Year’s gifts to the Mozaik Association for Disabled Children and Adults and to students of the Vidovdan School for Children with Special Needs.