2012 NGO Market Will Showcase Almost 200 Non-Profits and Offer a Diverse Program

This Friday, May 11, 2012, at the National Technical Library in Prague, the 13th annual NGO Market will take place. This year, the fair will publicly showcase nearly 200 non-profit organizations and will include a diverse program featuring professional and educational events, as well as, activities for relaxing and having fun.

Exhibiting organizations will present the diversity of the non-profit sector. There will be 82 organizations dedicated to social services and health care, 20 exhibitors devoted to human rights and democracy, 17 concerned with development and humanitarian aid, 33 with education and research, 20 with culture and sport, 10 with environment and 7 with religion.

The NGO booths will be accompanied by shops with fair trade and sheltered workshop products and the NGOs will also present their activities through real life examples. You will get acquainted with the work of assistance dogs, as well as, with Irish dancing. You can also experiment with some creative activities, such as, working with glass or sheep’s wool, printing on t-shirts and bags, and the chance to try riding on an electric bicycle, all throughout the day. Those who would like to participate in the activities of NGOs will have an opportunity to visit the volunteer center.

Screenings of documentaries are a new addition to this year’s program and will serve as an introduction to some of the topics of non-profits; from the lives of people with mental disabilities or homeless people, to the problems of third world and humanitarian aid. In the outdoor areas in front of the National Technical Library, there will be an accompanying program held, entitled “We Think About Everyone”, organized by the Metropolitan District Prague 6. The program will include a wide range of non-traditional sporting disciplines and a live stage, where, for example, the music band, The Tap Tap, will play.

Active aging is one of the main topics of this year’s fair and will be addressed by many of the participating NGOs and during several activities. On the contrary, in the children’s corner we have prepared a special program for the youngest visitors, who will have fun with board games and theater performances.

Professional associated events are dedicated especially to NGOs and representatives of companies, but also all those who are interested in this third sector. Several discussions and workshops will focus on corporate social responsibility and NGO management, and the day before the fair, we will host an international conference on the sustainable development of NGOs in Central Europe.

Further information about the 2012 NGO Market can be found at www.forum2000.cz/ngomarket. The course of preparation and the event can also be followed on Facebook.