IGCO Slovakia
  
  During 1989 and 1990 Slovakia, then a part of Czechoslovakia, was going trough a  social and political transition process know as the "Velvet Revolution". These were exiting times for most of the population which was full of hope and desire for a better life in a new promising democracy. By January 1st. 1993 Slovakia peacefully separated from Czech lands and became an independent state. However, not all of the processes of the transformation were pleasant, or civilized. Privatization became the main objective of the transformation process and the public interests became secondary priorities of the new political elite. 
  

      The creation of the Commandery of Slovakia in 1991, wasn’t without any opposition as well. There was an old communist guard, and there was a new guard. One defending their past and the second believing that they were the only road to "democracy". The members of the Order were seen as a threat by both. The Order was also viewed as a defender of traditional Christian values that could bring to a public sight a true picture of the unethical and immoral side of the transformation process. "The Velvet Revolution". 
     

The Commandery of Slovakia was created by the 46th. Grand Master of the Military and Hospitaller Order of Saint Lazarus of Jerusalem, H.H. Don Francisco Bourbon de Bourbon, Duke of Seville, Grande of Spain, and the appointment of then Major  Chev. Andrew T. Adam von Rhédey, to the position of the Commander of the Slovakian Commandery, was personally indorsed by both Spiritual Protectors of the Order at that time; His Eminence Cardinal Oddi of the Roman Curia, and Patriarch of Jerusalem His Beatitude Maximos V. Hakim. (Read more ...)

    

Halifax, July 1993

   

   

Front row - left to right: LtCol. Jaroslav Csuha, Deputy Commandant SANMOP Metropolitan Police Academy;  Deputy Chief MacKinnon - Halifax PD; Chief Boudreau - Halifax PD; Col. Andrew T. Adam von Rhédey - Commandant SANMOP Metropolitan Police Academy and SANMOP Liaison Officer in Canada;  Back row - left to right: Chief Ferdinad Tokos - Skalica City Police; Chief Juraj  Nagy - Samorin City Police; Chief Jozef Seczenyi - Sered City Police; Chief Milan Lukac - Holic PD; Anton Andrasy - Slovakian Minister of Interior; Chief Milan Gejdos - Liptovsky Mikulas PD; Chief Milan Vasiliak - Senica PD; Chief Gustav Varnai - Zilina PD; Chief Jozef Belicky Sala PD
   
Slovakia - a transforming society. 
    
Corruption is an evil that dominates not only Slovakia, but all post-communist countries of Central Europe. In addition people are trying to find their own identity in the annals of European history and Slovakia is trying to find itself within the framework of European Community.  In most cassis it is easer sad than done, especially when for decades peoples own identity was manipulated by the communist regime under threat of imprisonment.    
  
Today, in the environment where so many people believe that only way to advance is  through various quick economic scams, is very hard to speak about  "honorable virtues and volunteerism".  In a societies where corruption, drug abuse, alcoholism, confusion from social and political changes, and  family violence, is part of their everyday life, all other thinks are not so important, to so many. 
        
  
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However, there are also positive aspect to this transition process. Young peoples interest to participate in changing their own environment is growing.  Since 1994, IGCO (JPV) Crime Prevention Programs had a significant impact on some half a million Slovakian youth, but it will take time before we will see the final outcome of these initiatives. 
  
From 1991, until 1998, the Commandery of Slovakia was engaged in various International Green Cross Organization (IGCO) programs within Carpathia (Slovakia, Poland, Hungary and Transylvania). However, the most significant program was the Junior Police Ventures Program (Youth Crime Prevention Program), which was financed trough Ashoka, American Embassy, Canadian Embassy, British Embassy, The Royal Netherlands Embassy, Government of Slovakia and various Slovakian municipalities. Program was implemented is Slovakia in cooperation with various Bishoprics and Dioceses of the Catholic and Protestant Church and various national and international Police Forces. During this period over 40 Slovakian youth were trained in crime prevention in Canada. Over seven year period 400.000 youth were exposed to this program within Slovakia, Poland and Hungary. The cost of the program run in access of over $500.000. In addition to the above 50 Slovakian Municipal Police Executives were trained in Canada and USA, and over 1.500 Slovakian Police Officers were trained in Slovakia by the Canadian and American Police and Judiciary Instructors in Slovakia itself trough IGCO financial support. 
  
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To this day the International Green Cross Organization (IGCO) Instructors certified several hundred thousand people in First Aid in Slovakia, Poland and Hungary, alone.  However, the main focus for the Order of Saint Lazarus in Slovakia and the Carpathian Region is not the solicit a new members for the Order, but to rather find qualified and willing individuals that wish to support Orders Hospitallers activities in the region, especially in establishing a working relationship with the local population in hope to promote First Aid / Emergency First Responder programs. We believe that it is essential that our public understands that the effective First Aid knowledge and skills are  primary life and money sever for  any local, or national healthcare system.  And that what IGCO is all bout. We also believe that the membership of the Order must come from the ranks of those who serve the the Order. 
   

      

Investiture of Col. Andrew T. Adam von Rhédey (SBStJ) into The Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem at the All Saints Anglican Cathedral, Halifax. The ceremony was performed by The Honorable Myra Freeman, Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia, Canada. 
 Posted in Canada Gazette, Vol. 134, No. 20 — May 13, 2000. 
  

Initially IGCO Instructors and Trainers were trained and certified by Internationally renowned Saint John Ambulance specialists of The Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem.  Today, IGCO have it's own International Certification Commission and is rigorously following the  standards of the  Saint John Ambulance program.  These standards are  recognized by the Slovakian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Interior and the Ministry of National Defense.  

In Slovakia, apart from Slovakian Red Cross, IGCO is the only other International NGO organization that offers First Aid and CPR Training. 

  

     
  
The post-communist activities in Slovakia  
   
From 1991, until 1998, the Commandery of Slovakia was engaged in various International Green Cross Organization (IGCO) programs within Carpathia (Slovakia, Poland, Hungary and Transylvania). However, the most significant program was the Junior Police Venturers Program (Youth Crime Prevention Program), which was financed trough Ashoka, American Embassy, Canadian Embassy, British Embassy, The Royal Netherlands Embassy, Government of Slovakia and various Slovakian municipalities. Program was implemented is Slovakia in cooperation with various Bishoprics and Dioceses of the Catholic and Protestant Church and various national and international Police Forces. During this period over 40 Slovakian youth were trained in crime prevention in Canada. Over seven year period 400.000 youth were exposed to this program within Slovakia, Poland and Hungary. The cost of the program run in access of over $500.000. In addition to the above 50 Slovakian Municipal Police Executives were trained in Canada and USA, and over 1.500 Slovakian Police Officers were trained in Slovakia by the Canadian and American Police and Judiciary Instructors in Slovakia itself trough IGCO financial support. 
  
1993 - First Aid St. Johns Ambulance training session, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.  Forefront: Gustav Varnai - Chief - Zilina City Police Dept.  Center picture: LtCol. Jaroslav Csuha - Deputy Commander of SANMOP Metropolitan Police Academy and .....
   
Programs 
      Venturers 
   Green Cross - Junior Police Venturers (GC-JPV) and Crime Prevention Programs.  How did we look from 1993 to 2000?
       
International GC - JPV Director General
National Executive Director GC - JPV Slovakia
National GC-JPV Director of Training
    
Following pages were prepared by the GC-JPV Cadets from:  
     
Sala GC-JPV Group 
Stara Tura GC-JPV Group 
Bardejov GC-JPV Group 
Giraltovce GC-JPV 
Poprad Regional GC-JPV 
   
   
    
 
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