The Pillangó Foundation is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to support the education, culture, and dreams communities in need. Although the foundation’s charter allows it to operate in any country or region, we have chosen to concentrate the foundation’s efforts in the all-too-often overlooked areas of eastern Europe.
Historically significant and rich in cultural traditions, the countries and peoples of eastern Europe have made lasting contributions to our common world heritage. Since the fall of the Iron Curtain in 1989, some remote rural communities have been left to “fend for themselves.” Although the region now has a place in the European community, access to resources remains unequal between west and east, urban and rural. Vestiges of political systems that did not value individuality, cultural, linguistic or ethnic diversity, or upward mobility still present a challenge to various long-standing ethnic and linguistic groups today, and with the austerity measures that have been implemented throughout the region, the lifeline for these marginalized communities is tenuous at best. The Pillangó Foundation, through its efforts, seeks to give these communities the tools they need to live a better life, while at the same time celebrating their unique ethnic, linguistic, and cultural traditions. One of the foundation’s major objectives is to help linguistic minority pupils and students in rural Romania develop their academic talents. Working together with educators in local communities, we have made a difference in the lives of hundreds of children by funding various educational, cultural and recreational programs in the region.
Our core tenets – EDUCATION, CULTURE, and DREAMS – marry the principles we feel are most pressing. It is our belief that without a proper forward-looking education in one’s native tongue, children cannot possibly meet the challenges of an increasingly globalized world. Furthermore, we believe that the culture of marginalized long-standing communities and their sense of continuity of place must be safeguarded. Finally, it is only through our ability to dream that we can imagine – and build – the life we desire to have.