- Created on Tuesday, 11 February 2014 10:31
One of the benefits of the publicity and promotion that the phenomenon of Anavra’s development has received lately is the fact that there are intense people who are more than willing to aid our difficult project despite the current adverse circumstances.
Such a case, the latest one, is that of a donor who wants to retain her anonymity -and we respect that-. She sent us 10 packages of books, all of extraordinary content, which have already been being registered online and placed on selves by the administrator of the Library and Secretary of ANAVRA-ZO, Machi Karali.
The second and most important part of the donation to our Voluntary Organization is the provision of 11 computers and one multifunction device. The equipment already arrived on Friday 01.17.2014 at the village under the care of the donor, accompanied by a competent engineer who installed it temporarily in the Conference Room of the Social Council where the Community Library is also housed.
The news of the arrival and installation of the computers was quickly appreciated by young and old readers and aroused great enthusiasm. On Saturday 01.25.2014 Stathis Koutsimpelas, a member of our Voluntary Organization made the appropriate customization of the computers to prevent entry to unwanted and dangerous sites. And finally on Sunday 27.1.2014 everyone was able to enjoy them! The turnout was massive by elementary and high school students, who waited in line to get a seat. We hope the computer lab we created will attract other visitors-young people of our village.
We thank the donor once again for her significant contribution to our project that we have undertaken voluntarily. And that is none other than the beneficial recreation and education of the little children and youth of Anavra. We hope her example will inspire others to help, in the degree and field that anyone can.
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It is natural that the assumption of the EU Presidency by Greece rekindles the interest of the international media in our country. In this context, a similar interest grows for Anavra as well, as an example that Greece can manage itself.
Already at the beginning of the New Year the crew of the 1ˢᵗ channel of the German Public Television (ARD) arrived here on 3 and 4 of the month to make a reportage on projects and life in Anavra and get interviews from the contributors of the successful project, the former Chairman of Anavra’s Community and President of ANAVRA-ZO Demetris Chr. Tsoukalas and his associates. The President’s interview also extended to current issues, such as the Greek Presidency in the EU, what the citizens expect from this and what should be done by the Prime Minister and the Government.
The reportage that lasts around 6’ aired on Saturday Jan. 11, 2014, at 17.30 EET, on the show «Europa Magazin».To view it, click here Das Erste - Griechenland: Musterdorf.
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The issue of Anavra’s non-inclusion in the Programme for Green Communities because of mishandling on the part of the municipality of Almyros became a hot topic lately, in local and nationwide scale. The Mayor of Almyros in his public placements (radio and press), whenever he appeared, tried to alter the facts. Due to the seriousness of the issue for us here in Anavra, but also generally as a further symptom of serious corruption of the Greek public sector which troubles all of us here for decades, if not centuries, we think we should give some explanation.
1. In regard to the program “Green Rural and Island Communities- New Development Model”. It is a program launched by the ministry in co-operation with Cres. Anavra participated in this program with a proposal of approximately 10 million euros, which had been prepared by a study group on behalf of the Municipality of Almyros with our practical support both in the drafting stage, as well as before the beginning of the study (March 2012) with public statements (refer to press and our action/ ANAVRA-ZO supports the development program for Anavra). Therefore, the Mayor’s appeals to ‘’the last naysayers…to contribute to the titanic effort ’’ are flimsy.
The proposal based on the 14 completed studies-and not preliminary ones as the Mayor claims- that Anavra’s Community had filed in December 2010 in Almyros’ Municipality, shortly before its incorporation, included the following projects:
- Heating system energized by biomass (manure and harvest residues)
- Replacement of external water supply
- Small hydroelectric factory
- Bioclimatic Park of 8 acres
- Flood control projects
- Energy upgrade in public buildings (Primary School, Kindergarten, Multipurpose Hall, Community Store)
- Energy upgrade of individual housing ( almost 120 residents after a popular assembly signed an application-declaration)
After that, and while Anavra’s inclusion in the programme was certain, even by the official services as we were told retrospectively, because the proclamation delineated our village, the news that Anavra was excluded came as a shock. Why? Because “the proposals of the Municipalities…Almyros…didn’t meet the requirements of formal completeness and therefore not proceeded to the stage of substantive evaluation” (Decision validation results etc. no.prot.249/EFD CRES “EPPERAA”). And more specifically “Anavra’s proposal was declined in the Standard Occupancy because according to the Evaluation Committee (2nd Session of Evaluation Committee) the electronic submission was made after the expiration date”. Thus a great opportunity was lost to complete a quest that began in 1991 with the aim to enable our village become autonomous financially, socially, culturally. To consolidate the image of a community that could be a flagship of development-beacon and hope-in another Greece that will slowly begin to emerge from today’s grim reality.
All this, unfortunately for Almyros’ Mayor, can be proven with documents, as shown above, so whatever he falsely claims whenever he appears in the media is totally flimsy. Anavra’s residents know very well what they have lost from this shameful act of the municipality, as individuals and as a community. It is a loss that our village will pay for years. The residents however know this and do not forget it.
2. But this is not the only point in which the Mayor of Almyros lies regarding Anavra’s issues. A very important issue for us is the yield of revenue to the Local Community from the Wind Farm with which he could solve many everyday problems…and leave this municipality to its peace (!). But the Mayor has not given a single penny to Anavra up to now, despite the decisions of the local community and the protests, both towards the municipality and the competent authorities, and his promises to the People’s Assembly in the village that he will not only yield 80% as the law says but 100% of revenue.
Another relevant issue related to the two under construction wind farms, which has taken the form of a scandal, is the promise of the company that has undertaken their construction to make projects at a cost of 200,000-250,000 euros at the suggestion of the Local Council. The project suggested by decision of the TS was the paving of the main rural road “Twelve Apostles-Moria Castle. Instead, the Almyros’ City Council decided with this money to execute the project “Replacement of external water supply”, not by the integrated study that the former Community of Anavra had filled, but by a new study, according to which the transfer of water will be done through a NATURA region, which will cause many problems in the implementation of the project and major environmental disasters. Note that for this Municipality’s decision the Local Council has voiced many objections and ruled negatively.
3. On this occasion, since another year has passed-the third of the Mayor’s term- we would like to remind the things that he…‘’did’’ regarding Anavra. The only thing one could say that still works is the removal of waste, which couldn’t have been possible otherwise. Everything else is either underperforming or not working at all.
- The cleanliness of public spaces is poorly done and after protests
- The cleanliness of public buildings (Community Store, Multipurpose Hall, Library, Museum, has never been done in three years
- Not a single penny allocated for maintenance and operating expenses of the Environmental Cultural Park, Museum, Library of Multipurpose Hall
- Finally the Local Council and the President-and at their face the local community-collects the depreciation of competent deputy mayors when they visit our village.
In a few months we have municipal elections. This is the chance that the residents have on one hand to list the responsibilities to those who are blameworthy and on the other to choose people who will be honest with them, and will treat them with respect. The respect they deserve because they have made this little corner of Greece known even outside the Greek borders.
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The number of schools of all levels and associations that recently have visited Anavra has grown significantly. Their goal is to get acquainted and confirm what they hear and watch on television and the Internet, or what they learn from the newspapers about the work that has been done here and to see up-close this shining example to the bleak financial times that we are living.
A second fundamental reason -especially for schools- is to visit and become acquainted with the Environmental Cultural Park “GOURA”, where children can get in contact with nature in all of its forms: vegetation, animals, water, soil and the timeless use of all these.
Since the beginning, schools from Almiros city, Nevrokopi-Drama, Keratea-Attiki, the Lower Nevrokopi-Drama, Iolkos-Magnesia, Pefkohori-Chalkidiki, Kalampaki-Drama, Ptolemais have visited our village. have said they will visit us An organization for the recreation of senior citizens from Kolindros and Eginio-Pieria, and also schools of Sparta, Agria-Magnesia, Paliouri-Chalkidiki, Florina, Volos, Larissa have also scheduled to visit Anavra. On the Activities section you can see a list of the schools, clubs and other organized groups that have visited Anavra, where we post more information (in Greek for the time being).
It should be noticed that those visits are organized by our Voluntary Organisation ANAVRA-ZO as follows:
You can download the full list of the visits by clicking here.
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Many organized visits started again after the summer break from groups and associations in our village to learn about the "phenomenon of Anavra Magnesia", see the projects up close and browse through the unique Environmental Cultural Park “Goura” and Folklore Museum of Farming Life.
Last week we welcomed a 25-member group of mayors from Cyprus (10/04/2012) and on Sunday (07/10/2012) the central square of the village flooded with 3 buses carrying members of two clubs from Karditsa Marathea and members of Union Veterans of the Scouts Ampelokipi Thessaloniki. Furthermore, the recent visit of Anavra had another purpose: after standard briefing by Dim. Ch. Tsoukalas former President of the Community of Anavra Magnesia and President of ANAVRA-ZO, the Old Scouts of Ampelokipi rewarded the work of Mr. Tsoukalas and his wife, Machi Karali, volunteer Technical Advisor of the Community. The award was a plaque and they were both nominated honorary members of Union.
As usual, after the briefing the organized groups (associations, schools, etc.) visited the park with the escort guard of the park, and then tasted the delicious organic meat in taverns. They all left with the best impressions.
It should be noted that, so far, 174 organized groups, apart from individual visitors, have visited Anavra with a total number of 8248 people.
It should once again be emphasized that the voluntary organization ANAVRA-ZO, despite the difficult period of the economic crisis, will do whatever they can to maintain the projects that have been done here and, if possible, to evolve them even further. The abolition of the “Kallikrates” law and the inclusion of the Community of Anavra in the municipality of Almyros were disastrous for our community - a Community with the largest growth in Greece - in a time when the economic cutback of Local Government Organizations is great.
- Created on Thursday, 05 July 2012 10:40
The case of Anavra in the middle of crisis continues to preoccupy the media. Especially lately has troubled the European media, which they do a story on the economic crisis in Greece make reference to Anavra as a positive signal of operation and development.
On 13.06.2012, four days before the elections, the BBC television crew was in Anavra to record the political movement in a remote but well-known place of Greece. Head of the group was the reporter PAUL MASON who was accompanied by a cameraman and two other women journalists, and who facilitated the communication with the residents of Anavra. The story (for the show “Newsnight”) that made was related to the development of Anavra and current issues surrounding the elections.
An interview of the Chairman of ANAVRA-ZO (and former President of the Community of Anavra) Dimitris Tsoukalas has been broadcasted on 14.06.2012 by the German State Radio (ARD Bayerischer Rundfunk www.br.de), which has been conducted by the journalist Alkioni Karamanoli.
Furthermore, journalists of European newspapers located in Athens, on the occasion of the parliamentary elections of May 6th, visited Anavra to see the work carried out here and to interview Dimitris Tsoukalas. Specifically on Saturday, April 28th 2012 a group of Dutch newspaper journalists (NRC.NL) led by MARLOES DE KONING arrived at Anavra, and on Sunday, April 29th 2012 another group led by journalist MARIA JOAO GUIMARAES the newspaper PORTUGUESE PUBLICO (www.ublico.pt) visited our village. They paid much attention on the development of Anavra and the green development projects that have been implemented; there was also great interest from their side for estimation of the President regarding the election results.
Foreign television networks have also shown great interest on Anavra. A Danish crew on 27.01.2012 of State TV (Link: http://dr.dk/nyheder) under the reporter JAKOB ILLEBORG came to Anavra to interview Mr. Tsoukalas. The next day on 28.01.2012 a crew from Austrian television (OSTERREICHISCHER RUNDFUNK http://ORF.at) led by journalist MAG. BURGIT BOCK came in Anavra to perform a documentary on Anavra and interview Mr. Tsoukalas. The shots from Anavra have already been posted online (link: http://tvthek.orf.at/programs/1328-Weltjournal)
It is worth to notice that Anavra was in the past the spot of reportages and displays on the following international media:
• On 14.10.2011, on the show “The World” (www.theworld.org). It is the international co-production service between BBC (World Service) and American Public Radio Public Radio International (PRI), by the journalist CLARK BOYD.
• On 27.09.2011, on the U.S. digital channel ELLOPIA TV ASTORIA USA, (www.ellopiatv.com ) by the journalist ATHINA KRIKELI.
• On 08.04.2010, on the NTDTV (www.ntdtv.com satellite independent, non-profit channel that broadcasts in America, Europe, Asia and China), by the reporters ELIAS PAPAIOANNOU, GEORGE TZOKAS (link: http://english.ntdtv.com/ntdtv_en/ns_europe/2010-10-29/146053197629.html
• On 25.05.2009, on DEUTSCHE WELLE TV (DW-TV, www.dw-world.de), by reporter MILTIADIS ARSENOPOULOS.
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On Tuesday, June 5, 2012, a day dedicated to the environment, Anavra Magnesia was honored once again to the persons of DIMITRIS CHR. TSOUKALAS, President of ANAVRA-ZO, former President of the Community of Anavra and initiator of all the work that has been done here, and his wife MACHI KARALI, Technical Director of the Community without fee all these years.
He was awarded with the "LIFETIME WORK 2012" award given in OIKOPOLIS Awards for Environmental Sensitivity of the Voluntary Organisation for the Urban Environment ECOCITY (www.ecocity.gr).
The awards OIKOPOLIS Environmental Sensitivity (www.oikopolisawards.gr) is an institution that was established in 2005 by the Voluntary Organisation for the Urban Environment ECOCITY. The aim of the awards is to recognize and reward the environmental sensitivity and the contribution of Scientists, Institutions, Local Authorities, Business and Media. The institution was enriched in 2006 with the award for lifetime work and the first person awarded was Niki Goulandri.
The ceremony took place at the House of Literature and Arts of the Onassis Foundation, a contemporary bioclimatic building in a great hall, one of the best available in Athens. The event was well organized, in a place with distinctive decoration. It was creatively directed, well presented and accompanied with songs by the choir of New Smyrne High School Lycée. It is worth noting that all the work has been coordinated by volunteers. Even the prize, which was a small sculpture made from recycled aluminium, work by a laboratory group of Technological Institute of West Macedonia.
Receiving the award, Ms. Machi Karalis said she believed the prize was not awarded "to the woman who is always behind a great man" (!) but to the person who has been a key partner in this effort without material reward and without having origin from this village. And even more to the scientist and teacher who believes that knowledge and experience has to be returned back and shared with the community, without ulterior motive and reward. She said: "The journey was not easy, it had many problems, obstacles and difficulties. What prompted us, however, to this project was the strong desire to offer where there was need. The message from this story is to offer wherever and in every way you can to your neighbour, your fellow citizens,-something that we need so much especially now in this very difficult time for Greece. "
Mr. D. Ch. Tsoukalas, when replying, he said he feels great pleasure because he is honoured by volunteers with an award that has reference to the environment, but also because his wife and collaborator over the years is being honoured too. He stressed that: "We went in Anavra and worked as volunteers through a public operator. We were carrying as supplies as volunteers, our sensitivity to the environment, vision, interest and appetite for work, love and passion. We went to give and not to take back and we were placing the public interest above our personal benefit. "
Then said the Anavra became known for two main reasons, the big growth (amongst the first places in Greece) but also for environmentally friendly projects (Wind Farm, Environmental Cultural Park, and two, small hydro-power and district heating in progress). Finally, after referring briefly to the work that has been done in Anavra, he concludes his brief speech with the following:
"It's true that I am glad that my village took this publicity thanks to the work that has been done there, but I feel disappointed that there are no other examples like Anavra although they should and could. Because Anavra, except from a place of prosperity in Greece is also an example that when you want you can achieve what we everybody sometimes considers impossible and impractical. You just need to have, apart from skills, vision, interest, desire, faith and love for what you do. And yet:
Be honest and hard-working
Do not aim at your personal benefit and in your personal advancement. Do not be concerned about the political cost.
Do not serve any party space but working for the welfare and benefit of all your fellow citizens and country
I am optimistic that Anavra leads the way. If Anavra was able to regenerate, the same can happen for Greece, as long as those who will elect in a few days have the will to solve the problem and are determinate to put the interests of our country above their personal and partisan interests."
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We inform you that from the new year and on, there is a guard/tour guide in the “GOURA” Environmental and Cultural Park of the springs of Anavra, who is responsible for the cleaning, maintenance, the protection of the park in general and the guided tours for the visitors.
The arrangement in prior is necessary for timely and better organizing the visits. Our goal is our voluntary supply to be as efficient and productive as possible for both guests and the location.
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Anavra October 2011
Dear friend of Anavra
In this very difficult situation for us, we turn to you and ask you to help as much as you can, in order not to be wasted all the work that has been done here in recent years and has made Anavra known not only in the region and Greece but also abroad. Anavra today more than ever, is a bright spot, a lighthouse, a hope and an optimistic message that if we want, we can do it, we can go ahead. This hope must not be lost, must not be extinguished.
The difficulties we are facing are many. Due to the economic crisis, which provides zero funds for projects, due to the catastrophic for the local Government law of Kallikrates which deprived Anavra of an autonomy and self-managing of its sources community, and finally due to how the City of Almiros governs, which is no different than the prevailing majority of Greek cities.
In this situation we did not stay and will not stay with crossed hands. We faced much more or less difficult situations when Anavra was a forgotten mountain farming village with muddy streets and animals to move throughout them. But we did it. The Community of Anavra had in the last 12 years, the highest growth among all local communities and with environmentally friendly projects such as wind farms, Environmental Cultural Park, a small hydroelectric power (in auctions), district heating (full study). Now, as ordinary citizens, we created a non-profit company "ANAVRA-ZO. VOLUNTARY ORGANISATION OF ANAVRA MAGNESIA FOR ENVIRONMENT, SUSTAINABILITY AND CULTURE» (www.anavra-zo.gr) in order to help in any way this place to remain alive, to continue to lead by example and even evolve against and in spite of times.
In this effort, we want your help, financial and any other. You can, if you want to deposit any contribution to the following account:
COMMERCIAL BANK ALMIROS account. 308 88068 220
EMPORIKI BANK Branch 308 ALMYROS MAGNESIA,
IBAN: GR04 0120 3080 0000 0008 8068 220
Thank you very much and be certain that the money will be used for good causes
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It is a fact that in recent years with the great publicity that has received Anavra Magnesia, we accept many e-mails and phone calls from people who are frustrated by city life, who want to settle in our village and work here. But we must inform anyone who cares about that, that Anavra is a purely farming village that has no relation to the traditional villages of mountain Pelion.
It remains to add that it is difficult to find homes (for purchase or rental) that are suitable for a comfortable life but there is a list of properties available for sale.
As for the matter of employment, of course, a certain profession is that of the farmer. Beyond that, the small community of Anavra (500 approx. residents) and visitors (especially on weekends and holidays) be in need of some services and shops, which do not currently exist. Besides of an oven and a mini market, which are already operating, someone could open a shop with local products and other types of touristic shops and perhaps a hairdresser and a petrol station.
Because many are asking how they can become citizens of Anavra, the condition is that the person is a resident for two years and states as its business address Anavra Magnesia to the tax office of Almiros city.