What Marimo Does
Marimo is a self-help association of the relatives of mentally ill people in the two easternmost counties of Croatia. It consists of about 15 such families at the moment, and is trying to expand its work.
The group was formed in 2001 and is the second of its kind in Croatia. The first such group in Croatia, in Zagreb, greatly assisted in Marimo's formation.
Marimo's aims are to help its members to help one another, to create public awareness and acceptance for the problems of mentally ill people and to reform conditions within the mental health system within Croatia.
In the past, the organization has
Marimo has plans to
CWWPP Involvement With Marimo
The CWWPP has been involved in discussions with Marimo since the fall of 2001. Since the fall of 2002, the CWWPP has been facilitating the relative to relative support and ventilation group and education on burnout, coping and other issues. The CWWPP is actively participating in the work of Marimo to educate the public and local bodies. Further, the CWWPP and Marimo are exploring ways of implementing and funding its additional plans and the extension of the geographic breadth of the association.
The Work of Dragutin Budac
The sister of Dragutin Budac is a member of Marimo. The artist's autobiography follows:
My name is Dragutin Budač. I was born on September 9th , 1945. in Osijek. I was just an ordinary boy and after I finished the Primary School I started attending the Gymnasium and then the Secondary School for Graphic Arts, but I didnít finish that school because I became ill. From my early childhood I used to draw something because I always had to express my ideas and visions. Later I was taken to hospital, first in Osijek, then in Jankomir several times and after many years of treatment I was taken to the island of Ugljan to continue treatment at the Psychiatry Hospital for mental patients. I stayed there for a long time and I was involved into the work therapy i.e. a kind of art therapy. There I did a lot of my best drawings and paintings and also some works made of baked clay. I came back to Osijek four years ago and now I live at the Old Peopleís Home and I feel quite well. But there I donít have the conditions to continue drawing and expressing myself. I like to read everything that is connected with the Roman, Egyptian and Greek history and culture and such details could be seen in my pictures. I had a one-man show (the exibition) in the Croatian National Theatre in Osijek on March 4th, 2003.
To see the work of Dragutin Budač, click here. Some of this work may be had if a contribution is given to the CWWPP. The proceeds will go to Marimo directly and to the CWWPP work with Marimo. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested.
Contact Information for Marimo
Address: c/o Mirjana Valasek, Vijenac Mazuranica 1, 31000 Osijek, Croatia
Telephone (no fax) +385-31-213225
President: Ms. Mirjana Valasek