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Ananda, Cooperativa Cultural, Crl

National Network: 
Portugal
Address: 
Travessa João Galo, 4,
2900-417 Setúbal
Portugal
Telephone: 
+351 964421217
Fax: 
+351 265092618
Organisation Type: 
Non-Governmental Organization
Year of Establishment: 
2009
General Information: 

Ananda CRL, is a Cultural NGO founded in June 2009 (non profit) working on Cultural and Intercultural area, volunteering and social issues on a local level. In particular, Ananda promotes intercultural dialogue with people from all ages, focusing on finding common grounds between east, west, north and south cultures through activities like seminars, conferences, training courses, workshops, youth exchanges, cultural events such as art exhibitions, dance and music concerts and Leonardo da Vinci mobility’s in several areas. The intent is to promote cultural awareness through formal and non-formal education using a creative and innovative approach. Ananda NGO is located in the city centre of Setubal and our target group are people of all ages and from different social and cultural backgrounds. Ananda has currently 4 people working, 1 Director, 1 project manager, 1 project coordinator and 1 intern.

Mission and Objectives: 

Ananda is a meeting point of cultures, religions and practices that enable a different experience of the human being. Objectives 1. Disclose different cultural practices and alternative lifestyles; 2. Promote intercultural and interreligious dialogue; 3. Promote volunteerism as a tool for social and cultural inclusion; 4. Organize training courses, seminars, lectures, workshops, exchanges and events in different cultural areas.

Main Projects / Activities: 

1. Provide timely information about activities and events of the Cooperative through the different media available, namely the internet, local media and institutional partners; 2. Create and animate Ananda Cultural Center where eastern philosophies and cultures are deepened through study and practice; 3. Organize and promote: - seminars, conferences, events, debates, meetings, exchanges, seminars and congresses on the theme of interculturalism; - cultural activities using the methods of non-formal education for youth and adults; 4. Promote interreligious dialogue and the meeting of different cultures through partnerships with national public and private institutions, and also with international nongovernmental organizations from other countries; 5. Disseminate and promote brochures, books, magazines, newspapers or other documents in paper or digital covering subjects such as intercultural and spiritual practice; 6. Promote volunteering through cultural projects for families, children, youth and elderly at risk of exclusion and/or with fewer opportunities. 7. Promote events and activities organized by artists and other relevant personalities in the context of intercultural and different religions; 8. Promote healthy habits and healthy lifestyle practices providing natural food and vegetarian meals.

How can you contribute to the Network in your country?: 

We can contribute to the Network in our country by promoting it in our different media. And our projects and activities are connected with the values and fields of action of Anna Lindh Foundation making it an added value for the Network.

Why do you want to join the ALF Network?: 

We want to join the ALF Network to expand our contact in EURO MED and also our area of intervention to EURO MED countries.