On January 24 to February 18, two groups activist from Russian NGOs took part in project “Increasing cross-border networking Russia – Poland”. The first course was held from January 24 to February 4, 2005, in which the representatives of the following NGO participated: Murmansk Regional Public Charitable Organization «Humanitarian Institute of the North», Noncommercial Partnership the Educational Center Modern Technologies, Oryol Regional Public Environmental Movement “Center Kovyl”, “Club Firn”, Samara Regional Public Organization “Historical Ecological Cultural Association “Povolzje”, Territorial Regional Public Organization of Russian Youth Union, Samara Youth Union, Samara City Youth Social Organization “The Support Centre of Youth Democratic Initiatives”, The Autonomous Non-Commercial Organization "Interregional Center of Supplementary Education". The second course was held from February 7 to 18, 2005, in which the representatives of the following NGO participated: Charity Foundation "Territory", Chuvash Republic youth organization "Union of Students and Youth "New Perspectives", Center for Civic Education and Human Rights, "Support Centre for Public Initiatives", Armavir`s Town Association of Social Unions “Armavir”, The Armavir Town Childish-Youth Social Organization – Club SLA “VYSOTY”, «The Center of Civil-law Education of City of Kazan».
The study-tours was opened by the lecture of Mr. Jakub Wygnañski (member of Profit Public Council) about polish NGOs. Russians have a chance to get to know the Polish experience on NGOs – media relations (Ms. Ewa Siedlecka from newspaper “Gazeta Wyborcza” and Mr. Bertold Kittel from newspaper “Rzeczpospolita”), public administration cooperation with NGOs (Social Policy Department of Warsaw President, and Public Profit Department of Ministry of Social Policy).
The trainees got meetings with different Polish NGOs: charity organization Caritas Poland, Polish Students Association, Leopold Kronenberg Foundation, Federation of Serving Organizations MAZOWIA, Civic Education Society, Polish Children & Youth Foundation, Stefan Batory Foundation, Ecological Education Center EKO – OKO, Union of Citizens Advice Bureau, Support Office for the Movement of Social Initiatives BORIS, Environmental Protection League, Education for Democracy Foundation, Amnesty International, “Open Door” Association, Volunteers Center, Penal Association "Patronat", Foundation Institute for Eastern Studies.
Additionally the trainees met with the Senator - Andrzej Wielowieyski, who introduced them to the current political situation in Poland.
The project “Increasing cross-border networking Russia – Poland” was founded by National Endowment for Democracy, Washington, D.C. USA.