La Paz, Bolivia celebra Croacia

Por Alejandra Pavisich

Despues de un trabajo de equipo que conto con mucha alegria, energia y organizacion, la comunidad croata de La Paz, Bolivia celebro, por primera vez desde que se ha formado, el 26avo aniversario de la Independencia de la Republica de Croacia, en un concurrido almuerzo familiar en el Salon Cafe de la Abuelita Aida ubicado en la zona de Cota Cota en la ciudad de La Paz, la capital de Bolivia. Dentro de la comision organizadora del evento colaboraron en la recaudacion de fondos y administracion de los nombres de las personas que expresaron su deseo de participar en el almuerzo Michelle Brozovic y Erika Katusic.

Esta es la 2da de muchas actividades que llevo a cabo la comunidad croata de La Paz y conto con la difusion del evento por redes sociales, asi como la prensa escrita y una entrevista en el programa “Viva la mañana” de la red de television nacional ATB que fue vista en toda Bolivia y que tuvo lugar el dia miercoles 21 de junio, 2017 que conto con la participacion de Vesna Boric, Kathia Pavisic, Pablo Yankovic, Carlos Rojas Kuljis y Ana Daniela Pabón. Para ver la entrevista total visita el siguiente enlace: Programa “Viva la mañana” entrevista a la comunidad croata paceña.

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El almuerzo supero las expectativas de los organizadores dada la masiva asistencia de los descendientes de croatas que llenaron totalmente el restaurante con 100 personas que pasaron no solo un agradable momento, en un ambiente lleno de cosas croatas como ser los coranzoncitos o “licitars”, banderas croatas, centros de mesa con los detalles ajedrezados del escudo croata, asi como los asistentes que fueron vestidos con poleras y gorras con motivos y colores de la bandera croata.

Ademas de degustar de una deliciosa comida y de compartir con sus familias y los nuevos amigos de la comunidad croata Carlos Rojas Kuljis, vestido con un traje tradicional croata enseño unos pasos de la musica folklorica croata en el evento, para la alegria de los participantes.

Las familias de descendientes croatas que asistieron al evento fueron personas con los siguientes apellidos: Brozovich, Bojanic, Kuljis, Rojas Kuljis,  Bellot Luksic, Valdich, Matkovic, Boric, Komadina, Pabon, Golac, Bakovic, Salcedo, Humboldt,Nigoevic, Kovacev, Tadic, Encinas, Mihotek, Katusic, Kalasic, Kraljevic, Pavisic, Raljevic,  Salcedo Golac, Pereira, Yankovic,  Luna, Defilippis, Luksic, Krstulovic, Papic, Martinic, Macías Kovacev y  Mihotekj.

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Si deseas saber de las actividades de la comunidad croata de La Paz, Bolivia puedes visitar su grupo en la pagina web en Facebook en el siguiente enlace: Comunidad Croata en La Paz, Bolivia

Si deseas adherirte al grupo de WhatsApp de la Comunidad Croata de La Paz, Bolivia contacta a: Michelle Brozovic 785-15091, Carlos Rojas Kuljis 602-02142, Erika Katusic 761-42312 o Kathia Pavisic 720-21849.

 

 

Misa y almuerzo de confraternizacion por la visita consular a Santa Cruz, Bolivia

Por Alejandra Pavisich. Fotos: Piero Andreuzzi.
Dentro de las actividades de la visita consular que tuvo lugar en Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia tuvo lugar una misa y almuerzo de confraternizacion de la comunidad croata en Santa Cruz que conto con la visita especial del Sr. Ivica Glasnovic, Vice Ministro de la Dirección de Asuntos Consulares del Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores de Croacia y la Embajadora Nives Malenica, Embajadora de la Republica de Croacia en Chile concurrente para Bolivia, Ecuador y Peru.
Durante la visita consular a Santa Cruz el oficial consular Boris Dumancic atendio a mas de 100 personas para los diferentes tramites consulares, en el Consulado de Croacia que es dirigido por el Consul Honorario Ing. Robert Jakubek. 
 
El domingo 7 de mayo, 2017 tuvo lugar la misa oficiada por el Padre Ivica Vrbic en la Capilla Virgen de la Candelaria con la concurrida asistencia de mas de 60 personas. La misa se llevo a cabo en español y se dijo el Padre Nuestro en croata, la 2da lectura fue leida por el Vice Ministro Glasnovic.

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A partir del medio dia tuvo lugar el almuerzo en la sede campestre Baneco que conto con la participacion de mas de 300 personas, miembros de la comunidad croata de Santa Cruz de la Sierra Bolivia. El almuerzo fue organizado por el Consul Robert Jakubek, su esposa Jasminka Marinkovic de Yakubek y la colaboracion de varios miembros de la comunidad croata de Santa Cruz que apoyaron en los aspectos logisticos. El evento comenzo con las palabras de bienvenida del Consul Jakubek.
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Durante el almuerzo la Embajadora Nives Malenica hablo del trabajo que viene haciendo la Embajada de Croacia con el Gobierno de Bolivia y las reuniones que tuvieron lugar en La Paz con el Ministro de Relaciones Exteriores de Bolivia el Sr. PhD Fernando Huanacuni Mamani en el marco de celebrar los 25 años de las relaciones diplomaticas entre Croacia y Bolivia, asi como el apoyo que ha dado la Embajada de Croacia para el Encuentro de la Diaspora Croata de Sud America que tuvo lugar en Santa Cruz el año pasado.
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Por su parte el Vice Ministro Ivica Glasnovic en su discurso mencion la importancia de las actividades de la comunidad croata en Santa Cruz, con las clases del idioma croata y la enseñanza de la cultura croata a las nuevas generaciones, de la misma manera enfatizo el trabajo que se esta haciendo para fortalecer las relaciones diplomaticas entre el Gobierno de Croacia y el Gobierno de Bolivia. El Vice Ministro Glasnovic tambien pidio a los miembros de la comunidad que se acerquen a el con preguntas para ver como el Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores de Croacia puede ayudar a las personas y menciono que Croacia no se ha olvidado de la comunidad croata en Bolivia.
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De la misma manera el padre Ivica Vrbic hablo del gran patrimonio cultural, nacional y religioso que tiene Croacia para transmitir a los descendientes de croatas y con la bendicion la comunidad rezo el Padre Nuestro en castellano.
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Al terminar el evento Pilar Mileta, Miguel Zabala, Visnja Domic y el Consul Robert Jakubek entregaron bellisimas artesanias de artefactos de madera chiquitanos tallados y pintados al Vice Ministro Ivica Glasnovic, a la Embajadora Nives Malenica y al oficial consular Boris Dumancic. Tanto el Vice Ministro Glasnovic, como el Oficial Consular Boris Dumancic tambien recibieron poleras con motivos croatas que fueron diseñadas y elaboradas en Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia.

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Embajadora Malenica: 25 aniversario de la declaracion de estado independiente de Croacia

A continuacion la carta enviada por la Embajadora Nives Malenica de la Republica de Croacia (concurrente para Bolivia, Chile, Ecuador y Peru), a las comunidades croatas de Bolivia, Chile, Ecuador y Peru en el 25avo aniversario de la declaracion del estado independiente de la Republica de Croacia.

“Estimados Señores Cónsules Honorarios,

Estimados Presidentes de las Instituciones y Asociaciones Croatas,

Estimadas Amigas y Amigos,

De mi mayor consideración:

Me es muy grato saludarlos en la vispera de este día tan especial y conmovedor para nosotros, el vigésimo quinto aniversario del Día Nacional de la República de Croacia. Para una nación, desde el punto de vista histórico, el lapso de 25 años es insignificante, pero para la escala de tiempo, individual, humana, de cada uno de nosotros, un cuarto de siglo representa una buena porción de nuestras vidas. Para los Croatas que esperábamos más de mil años, ese suceso fue un momento estelar.

Quisiera desearles a todos un muy feliz Día Nacional en nombre de la Embajada de Croacia en Santiago de Chile, de todo el personal y en el mío propio.

Además, por su intermedio, les ruego muy amablemente transmitan nuestros saludos a sus familiares y amigos.

Termino esta breve comunicación para informarles que el día de ayer, jueves 23 de junio, se plantó un olivo en la Plaza de la República de Croacia en Vitacura (Santiago de Chile), con la presencia del Honorable Señor Senador de la República de Chile Baldo Prokurica y el Señor Raúl Torrealba del Pedregal, Alcalde de la Ilustre Municipalidad de Vitacura.

La Embajada acogió este deseo de la Comunidad Croata en Santiago con mucho entusiasmo. El olivo es el símbolo de la paz y de la amistad, al mismo tiempo que representa un vínculo entre Chile y Croacia. Disfrutaremos verlo crecer cada año, juntándonos nuevamente en Plaza Croacia e invito a nuestra Comunidad en todo Chile, Bolivia, Ecuador y Perú a visitarlo mientras se encuentren de paseo por Santiago. De hecho, existe un dicho en Croacia, que dice que cada ser humano debiera plantar un árbol en su vida. Sabiendo lo que representa este olivo, cumplimos este deseo lo cual espero llene nuestros corazones de orgullo y emoción.

Saludos muy amistosos,

Nives Malenica

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Ezequías Alliende 2370, Providencia” Fuente: Embajadora Nives Malenica

 

San Leopoldo Mandic “Ten fe! Dios es medico y es medicina.”

SAN LEOPOLDO MANDIC “TEN FE! DIOS ES MEDICO Y ES MEDICINA”. Por Alejandra Pavisich. El dia de ayer tuvimos una linda misa con la asistencia de unas 70 personas de la comunidad croata en Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia que se dieron cita en la Parroquia de la Virgen de Guadalupe a invitacion del Padre Ivica Vrbic para celebrar el dia de San Leopoldo Mandic. Recien esta semana me entero de la existencia de este santo croata que quizo e hizo grandes cosas pese a sus limitaciones fisicas. El era pequeño de 1.35 metros, tenia un impedimento para hablar, quiso lograr la union de la iglesia catolica con la iglesia ortodoxa, sin embargo su vocacion estuvo dedicada a la confesion y fue conocido porque sus penitencias eran leves, ya que el pedia que las personas dejen sus culpas y pecados sobre sus hombros.
Agradezco al Padre Ivica Vrbic por congregarnos con alegria, fe y devocion en la casa del Padre, la casa de Dios. De la misma manera se hicieron estampitas de San Leopoldo Mandic con su novena, su historia, dichos de el que estan siendo distribuidas como una donacion gratuita las personas que las quieran. El Padre Ivica hizo imposicion de manos y oracion para las personas que asi lo quisieron, con una reliquia de 1er grado de San Leopoldo Mandic, esta reliquia es una de 500 reliquias del santo que se encuentran alrededor del mundo. Como veran despues de la misa, tuvimos tambien un lindo agape con refrescos y masitas preparadas por las habiles manos de las mujeres de la comunidad croata. Fotos: Ivica Vrbic y Alejandra Pavisich
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Comida para el agape despues de la misa.

VEČERNJI LIST: Meeting of the South American Croatian Diaspora

By Alejandra Pavisich

South America has a Croatian diaspora of over 600,000 people spread across a continent of superlative natural wonders from the tropical basin of the Amazon river and forest, through the snowcapped, mighty and majestic Andes, through our Mediterranean climate valleys, our connection to the Antartic in the South Pole and the fertile fishing waters of the Pacific, having  Atacama the driest dessert in the world, being a continent that is the cradle of ancient civilizations and pre-hispanic cultures. This diverse environment shaped the mindsets of the close to 70 vibrant Croatian descendants who gathered in the city of Santa Cruz de la Sierra in Bolivia, the heart of South America to attend the working sessions of the 2016 Meeting of the South American Croatian Diaspora.

 

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Katia Marachi and Liz Yakisich from Paraguay
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Right to left: Robert Jakubek, Ambassador Nives Malenica, Branka Bezic

The event was held at the Inegas congressional center attended by close to 70 individuals that represented a diverse group of professional men and women who represented the 600,000 strong Croatian diaspora communities of the countries of Argentina, Chile, Bolivia,  Paraguay and Peru who brought their very unique experiences and needs of this South American continent. The common goal is to tighten and strengthen the relationships between our South American nations and our motherland Croatia.

This 3 day event is organized around 3 thematic areas which are: the socio-political problems of the South American Croatian diaspora, Croatian cultural experiences in the South American diaspora and strengthening our ties with the Croatian motherland through the learning of the Croatian language and culture, and the business roundtable which aims to develop more businesses between the South American countries and also with Croatia.

Mr. Robert Jakubek, honorary Consul of the Republic of Croatia in Santa Cruz, Bolivia gave the opening remarks recalling the over 100 year old start of the Croatian immigration to South America who came here to seek work and a better future for themselves and their families. He thanked Ambassador Nives Malenica, the State Office for Croats abroad and the Croatian Heritage Foundation for the support provided by the Government of Croatia and the Foundation to the diverse array of projects that have also contributed to the realization of this meeting.

Croatian Ambassador, Nives Malenica (concurrent for Chile, Bolivia, Peru and Ecuador) talked about the support given by the Croatian Chamber of Commerce to establish a commercial office in Chile that will identify businesses and common commercial projects in Chile, Bolivia, Peru and Ecuador to establish a bridge with Croatian businesses in Croatia and also Croatian owned businesses in the 4 countries that she oversees. There is also an initiative to increase information and promote South American tourism to Croatia.

Mrs. Branka Bezic, represting the Croatian Heritage Foundation (matica.hr) from the Split-Dalmatia County congratulated the Croatian community of Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia for organizing the extraordinary event of the 2016 Meeting of the South American Croatian diaspora, and for all the long hours, work, sacrifice and love that the group of volunteers and organizers put into the meeting. She brought her book “Croatian Footprints in the World” which is a compilation of stories and photographs from Croatian communities around the world whose sale proceeds during this South American event will go towards a charitable donation to needy people and children in Bolivia.

Mr. Jorge Kuljis, Bolivian representative to the Croatian World Congress read the letter of Croatian World Congress President Stephen Asic, from Australia regarding the event. He emphasized that the objectives are to be able to invest in Croatia, with the presentation of success stories in Croatia, and to work on this groundbreaking idea of generating commercial opportunities between the South American diaspora and Croatia.

Mr. Josip Hrgetic and his wife, entrepeneurs who are from Venezuela and currently work and live in Zagreb and belong to the G2 meeting organization connected into the working session from Zagreb, Croatia via Skype and talked about the soon to be launched Business G2 portal aimed at Croatian investors from the diaspora around the world, that will have basic information about Croatia, it will also have professional business advice on how to set up a business in Croatia, as well as business legal in Croatia. The idea is to connect investors to the correct professionals, companies and organizations to troubleshoot and solve any problems with their future and current business investments in Croatia. He also mentioned that the 2nd G2 business meeting for Croatian diaspora investors around the world will take place on October 10-12, 2016 in Zagreb and invited South American business leaders and entrepeneurs to attend it.

From the Argentina delegation Mr. Kresimir Jerkovic expressed that the Argentinian Croatian Chamber of Commerce recently celebrated their 25th anniversary, and that the chamber is fully functioning and engaged in the activities and goals that they’ve set up to do as part of their businesses in Argentina and with Croatia.

Mr. Carlos Lonza, President of the Croatian Stadium in Santiago, Chile who led the delegation from Chile, expressed his interest in promoting cultural and sports events, to generate more participation from the younger generation and to strengthen the sporting links between our countries. He also stressed that it is important to ease the obstacles that prevent the participation of Croatian citizens living in the South American diaspora in Croatian parliamentary and presidential elections.

Mr. Alex Tudor also from the Chilean delegation mentioned the project to create a Chamber of Commerce that would unite Croatian diaspora businessmen from Bolivia, Chile, Peru and Ecuador, and said that currently the quantity of business activities is limited.

Dr. Pedro Marinov from Chile mentioned that the Croatian community in Antofagasta is totally integrated, he is also surprised at the quantity of Croatian descendants in his country where every single day he meets a new Croatian descendant, and the community has such an impact in Chilean political life that 10 members of the Chilean congress are Croatian descendants. He mentioned that in Chile, the Croatian community is highly respected in the country because the Croatian diaspora in Chile is perceived as having individuals that are: believable, responsible, serious, honest and hardworking.

Miss Liz Yakisich from Paraguay gave a brief description of the history of Croatian immigration to Paraguay which founded one of the earliest Croatian associations in the continent in 1889. The association was refounded last year under the name of “Paraguayan Croatians Association” with the active participation of 50 members. The hay Croatian language classes that have just began and  have already been featured in articles and interviews in the Croatian Heritage Foundation magazine and HRT’s La Voz de Croacia (Croatian Voice). The main problems that they face is the lack of interest and attention that the Croatian Embassy in Argentina has given them, with  Embassy staff being rude, disrespectful and inattentive with their paperwork and their requests for Croatian nationality.

Mr. Zdenko Teply Bagatelj from Peru thanked the proactive work of the Croatian Embassy in Chile under the leadership of Ambassador Nives Malenica for her efforts to unite the diasporas of the 4 countries that she oversees (Bolivia, Chile, Ecuador and Peru). He mentioned that his community is working on a project to create the Peruvian Croatian Chamber of Commerce, and that Croatian language classes have started in Lima, Peru under the leadership of Father Marko Yukic’ gathering about 50 students.

From Bolivia, Dani Nigoevic expressed that their century old Croatian Club infrastructure has been restored, and also that the Croatian cemetery in Oruro is being restored and preserved. A recent development has been that Bolivian National Archives through a project with a local university is working on preserving, organizing and cataloguing the Oruro Croatian diaspora archives, asking Dr. Gonzalo Nigoevic to become a member of the national program of memoirs for UNESCO.

Also from Bolivia, Mr. Tomislav Kuljis said that it is important to keep awake the interest of the younger generations in their Croatian heritage, and that we have to go beyond commerce and culture, through new initiatives like fostering  Bolivian Croatian exchange programs, and work more efficiently through individual projects targeted to specific needs in order to expedite results and generate community engagement.

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Delegates from Chile and Bolivia

WORKING SESSIONS

During the afternoon working sessions of the “Meeting of the South American Croatian Diaspora” participants from various countries, gathered in 3 different rooms to listen to short presentations from different countries regarding their experiences in the 3 thematic areas of the event. Participants exchanged opinions, expressed the successes as well as the obstacles that arise in their areas, as well as the lessons learned, and proposed conclusions with solutions to these problems. The 3 thematic areas were: a) Socio-political situation of the South American diaspora, b) Culture and learning of the Croatian language in the South American diaspora, c) Business round table and issues of regional trade integration between South American companies Croats and business opportunities and investments with Croatia. The next day the proposals of the 3 commissions, a consensus was reached and the joint declaration of the three commissions will be sent to Croatia, to the authorities in the motherland in the different spheres of government, the Chambers of Commerce in Croatia, institutions involved in the disputed areas.

The “Croatian Culture and Teaching of the Croatian Language” commission was the most attended session of the event. Ana Paola Parada Pavisich and Claudia De Ugarte presented the experiences of the activities of the Croatian language classes in Santa Cruz, Bolivia. Miss Liz Yakisich of Paraguay gave a very interesting speech about the origins of the Croatian community in Paraguay through the experiences of the past as well as the new experiences of the recently created Paraguayan Croatian Association.

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Newspaper clippings of Croatian articles from Argentina
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The most attended commission “Culture and Croatian language courses”

Mr. Gonzalo Pedreros of the Klapa Tri Sulara of Antofagasta Chile, who is not of Croatian origin talked about his personal experience of falling in love with Croatian klapa music and instruments after his marriage to a Chilean Croatian lady. His story was mesmerizing and an example the wonderful and interesting things that happen with the non-Croatian spouses around South America who are actively involved and collaborate in the Croatian communities in their countries.

Mrs. Branka Bezic of the Croatian Heritage Foundation (matica.hr) from Croatia spoke about current and future projects of the foundation that are specific to the South American Croatian diaspora.

Mr. Gonzalo Nigoevic of Oruro, Bolivia proposed the idea of creating a project to rescue the oral history of Croatian emigrants who have been told to their families so that those stories and traditions do not disappear when the Croatian emigrants die.

A representative of Argentina told the story of how her community has recorded Croatian stories through short articles in the local newspaper. These stories reflect the historie and contributions of the Croatian immigrants to Argentina.

Ambassador Nives Malenica spoke about existing projects and a proposal that is being worked on, creating an platform to have access online to Croatian classes online and free of charge that could be accessed by the members of the Croatian diaspora in South America.

Participants of the business roundtable and commercial exchange committee had individual business meetings, formulated strategies and next steps for the current chambers of commerce in Argentina and Chile, as well as the creation of the Croatian Chambers of Commerce in Bolivia, Peru and Ecuador.

CONCLUSSIONS, NEXT STEPS AND JOINT DECLARATION OF THE MEETING OF THE SOUTH AMERICAN CROATIAN DIASPORA

On Saturday, April 30, 2016 all the participants of the “Meeting of the South American Croatian Diaspora” gathered in the final plenary session to present the conclusions reached in their working groups after 2 days of work and discussion. The close to 70 participants representing the Croatian communities of Argentina, Chile, Bolivia, Peru and Paraguay helped to fine tune and signed both the official declaration and the conclussions reached in their individual working groups. Two delegates from each country will sign the declaration, and this declaration will be sent to the Croatian Parliament (Sabor), to key members of the Croatian government, Croatian leaders and Croatian organizations.

Socio-political area

  1. Call to Croatia and the South American Croatian diaspora to continue to work to maintain Croatia as a free and sovereign nation.
  2. South American Croatian voting is very limited and concentrates only in the 3 metropolitan areas of Buenos Aires (Argentina), Brasilia (Brazil) and Santiago (Chile) leaving a large majority of elegible Croatian citizen voters unable to exercise their right to vote in the South American continent.  We request to modify law to allow us to vote through the mail or electronically, because our right to vote is guaranteed in the Croatian Constitution.
  3. Representation in the Croatian Parliament (Sabor). Article 44 of the Law for the Croatian diaspora states that it is indispensable that the Croatian citizens living in the diaspora can and must participate in the socio-political  life. It is therefore crutial that we have real representatives in the Croatian parliament and we request to have 2 members in the Sabor.
  4. Croatian diaspora attaches at the Croatian Embassies. We request that the Croatian Embassies in South America have staff member that would be a Croatian Diaspora Attache whose mission would be to act as liaison between the Croatian communities and the Republic of Croatia.
  5. Croatian language courses. We request that the Croatian Heritage Foundation (matica.hr) develop a Croatian language internet course that is free of cost and easily accessible for our diaspora through the web.
  6. Leadership program aimed at young leaders.  We request the Croatian Heritage Foundation to develop a leadership program based in Croatia aimed at  young leaders from the South American Croatian communities, so they can further develop their leadership skills through short courses in Croatia while they get to know the motherland better.
  7. Student exchange program. We request the Croatian Heritage Foundation to help us develop a student exchange program aimed at having South American students of Croatian origin to go to Croatia and live with a Croatian family, fostering also young Croatian students to come and live for a few months with a South American family.
  8. Quotas for South American descendants to study at Croatian universities.  We request the competent Ministry of Education to provide a number of spaces at Croatian universities  for young South American Croatians to go to  Croatia and study at the universities.
  9. Next meeting of the South American Croatian diaspora will be in Santiago, Chile in 2017.

Business roundtable and commercial area

  1. Bi-national chambers of commerce. Maintain the existing Argentinian Croatian, and Chilean Croatian Chambers of Commerce.  Create and obtain the legal status of the Bolivian Croatian, Peruvian Croatian and Paraguayan Croatian Chambers of Commerce. Develop a Croatian business network of Croatian chambers of commerce which will link efforts with the Croatian Government in the next 90 days.
  2. Coordinating committee. The South American Croatian Diaspora coordinating committee will line-up commercial goals with Croatian businesses, Croatian Embassies and the Croatian Government.
  3. Unified database. A unified database will be created to house the products and services according to the business offer and demand.
  4. South American Business and Croatian Business. The character of business with have 2 objectives, to generate business within the South American region and with Croatia in the next 60 days, using the existing business contacts that we have in South America and Croatia.

 

 

Croatian culture and Croatian language classes

  1. Develop Croatian language learning centers in South America that will teach Croatian descendants the Croatian language using local Croatian speaking teachers.
  2. Promote student exchange programs, such as the model mentioned in the socio political goals.
  3. State Office for Croats Abroad. Request the Office, to publish the call for scholarships to learn Croatian in Croatia twice a year, considering that in South America the seasons of the year are opposite to Croatia for academic purposes.
  4. Support in Croatian language training, and teaching materials. Request the Croatian Heritage Foundation and the State Office for Croats Abroad to provide local South American Croatian language teachers with training opportunities, help us unify the best teaching methods and teaching materials such as books, and request funds for these activities.
  5. Strenghten Croatian heritage and culture in the South American diaspora. Do this through Croatian movies with Spanish subtitles, folkloric music and dancing groups, Croatian cuisine culinary events across the continent, sporting events, etc.
  6. Create an information webpage or portal for Croatian language learning resourses and Croatian culture.
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Mr. Danko Muzevic and Ana Paola Parada Pavisich from Bolivia review Argentinian newspaper clippings of Croatian articles.
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Liz Yakisich of Paraguay gives presentation about her country

Additional requests

  1. Request the presence of high level Croatian government missions that address the political, economical and cultural issues mentioned in this declaration.
  2. Promote the bi-national signing of agreements between our individual countries and the Croatian government to facilitate our work in the socio-political, economic and cultural areas.
  3. Form country specific tailored sporting teams to represent us in Croatian games though the disciplines in which each country is great at.

 

Source: VEČERNJI LIST: MOJA HRVATSKA: Meeting of the South American Croatian Diaspora

Juegos Mundiales Croatas, 18-22 julio 2017

Juegos Mundiales Croatas, 18-22 julio 2017. Nota: Alejandra Pavisich

La 4ta version de los  Juegos Mundiales Croatas se llevara a cabo en la ciudad de Zagreb, Croacia del 18 al 22 de julio 2017. Aunque no es obligatorio que los atletas pertenezcan a un deporte oficial o a alguna organización cultural, deben ser mayores de 16 años de edad y tener ascendencia croata. El evento tendra competencias deportivas, actividades culturales y un montón de diversión! Los 18 deportes en los que podran participar hombres y mujeres son: bolos (bowling), judo, karate, baloncesto, fútbol, fútbol sala, voleibol, voleibol de playa, natación, rugby, balonmano, tenis, tenis de mesa, taekwondo y waterpolo.

PASAJES DE IDA Y VUELTA A CROACIA: Corren por cuenta del competidor

GASTOS PERSONALES: Corren por cuenta del competidor

GESTION Y COSTOS DE VISAS: Corren por cuenta del competidor

ALOJAMIENTO Y ALIMENTACIÓN: Todos los competidores serán alojados en residencias de estudiantes en Zagreb. La alimentación se incluye con el alojamiento (pensión completa).

EQUIPO: A cada competidor se le proporcionará ropa oficial del CMC que incluye: pantalones de buzo, dos poleras polo y al menos una polera para el deporte en el cual están compitiendo.

CUOTA DE INSCRIPCIÓN: No se aplica cuota de inscripción! Una garantía de 100 euros se abona durante el registro del participante  y se devolverá a la llegada del deportista.

FECHA LIMITE PARA REGISTRARSE: 28 de febrero de 2017.

E-MAIL PARA INSCRIPCIONES EN BOLIVIA: bolivija@hsi-cwg.com

Organizan: El Congreso Mundial Croata y la Oficina Estatal para los Croatas en el fuera de Croacia.

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Misa en croata celebrada en Santa Cruz, Bolivia

Por Alejandra Pavisich

El dia domingo 6 de marzo tuvo lugar una misa en croata y español celebrada por el Padre Ivica Vrbic, sacerdote capuchino franciscano que se encuentra en Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia.

La misa celebrada en la Parroquia de la Virgen de Guadalupe fue una oportunidad unica de encuentro de la comunidad croata en Santa Cruz de la Sierra y conto con la participacion de muchas personas y familias de todas las edades que celebraron la misa con el Padre Ivica (se pronuncia Ivitsa en croata) con mucha devocion y con el espiritu de encuentro con Dios y con el projimo que es lo que caracteriza esta epoca de Cuaresma.

Distintas personas de la comunidad ayudaron en la celebracion de la misa, con la participacion del Sr. Nicolas Pincetic que fue el traductor oficial de la lengua croata al castellano, asi como el Sr. Miguel Zabala que leyo la primera lectura y el salmo responsorial y Gisela Poquiviqui leyo la segunda lectura. De la misma manera, estudiantes de las clases de croata del año pasado leyeron las intenciones de la comunidad en croata despues del evangelio y el sermon.

Despues de la comunion, terminada la misa, todos los asistentes pasamos un momento muy agradable en el salon de la parroquia compartiendo deliciosas galletitas croatas hechas por la Sra. Visnja Domic de Pincetic que fue tambien la organizadora de la misa con la comunidad croata.  Se agradece a todos las personas que voluntariamente trajeron comida, sodas y que participaron activamente en la misa. La misa tuvo la participacion del Consul Honorario de la Republica de Croacia en Santa Cruz el Sr. Robert Jakubek y de su esposa la Sra. Jasminka Marinkovic de Jakubek.

El Padre Ivica se encuentra en Santa Cruz de la Sierra, aprendiendo español hasta el fin de la Cuaresma cuando se mudara a la ciudad de Minero en la provincia del Departamento de Santa Cruz donde estara en una parroquia asignada.

De la misma manera el Padre Ivica comunico a los asistentes que se encuentra disponible el resto de la Cuaresma para hacer confesiones, con las personas que asi lo deseen. Lo pueden contactar via e-mail a: vrba14@gmail.com o tambien lo pueden contactar via WhatsApp al +38-59-854-0130.

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Padre Ivica Vrbic
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Comunidad recibiendo la comunion con el Padre Ivica Vrbic
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Niko Pincetic y su esposa Visnja Domic de Pincetic colaborando al Padre Ivica.
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Entrada a la Parroquia de la Virgen de Guadalupe