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Young & elderly care in Croatia
Young & elderly care in Croatia
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Zivkovic Kosa 11, Vojnic, KA, HR
Climate zone:
Warm Temperate

Maria Carvalho
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Young & elderly care in Croatia

Project Type

Intentional Communities, Community

Project Summary

We buy the property of our neighbours Stevo and Djuka (both approaching 80), and let them live there until they die. In this way they get money (from the transaction) so they can stay in their house and pay their bills. By the time they are less mobile or cannot take care of themselves any more, we have installed a care system for them, and for other elderly with the same needs. We like to setup an inspiring and caring community, also for our own life (and old age). We want to creatively use and respond to change, bring continuity in the community on this hill top, reconnect young and old, we want to let people learn from (old) masters how to live a sustainable life, give local elderly a purpose and a good quality life where they can die in a community, among friends.

Project Description

You drive through a beautiful forest in a hilly landscape. As soon as the forest opens up, you know you are in the right place. You turn off your car engine and hear nature's silence. You see colourful insects and butterflies around the flower garden next to the car park. You pick some flowers for the person you're visiting and you wander off in the park-like gardens. A colourful mix of vegetables, herbs and (edible) flowers that strengthens your love for Mother Nature. You see some children picking small yellow tomatoes and there is an old man in a wheelchair weeding the raised vegetable beds. He throws the weeds in the chicken garden where the chickens are turning the compost. You hear a young child laughing while she picks beans with her mother, grandmother and great grandmother. 4 Generations chatting and exchanging. A group of young, international volunteers is collecting herbs in the herb garden. These herbs will be used in the kitchen, to mix teas, to make medicinal syrups and tinctures and herbal oils. Some men are playing cards in the orchard. Some others come back from a walk in the forest, with a basket full of mushrooms. There is an old lady spinning wool, next to the stables where you see sheep, goats and a local variety of mini cows. Behind the lady, under the roof of the stable, you can see a glass display cabinet with the products she made. Like beautiful woollen socks, dyed with flowers and plants. You make a mental note to buy some socks and herbal teas when you leave, to sponsor this small community where young and old live together in a natural setting, help each other and learn from each other.


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