Tășuleasa Social is a NGO situated at the border between Bistrița-Năsăud county and Suceava county, started by Alin Uhlmann Useriu in 2000. This year, in 2019, on the 17th of August, Tășu celebrates 19 years of activity. In time, over 25.000 volunteers have joined our environmental, cultural and social project.
For Tășuleasa Social, the most important values are volunteering, social responsibility, organizational culture and respect for nature, education, reciprocity and civic bravery development among youngsters through their implication in social and environmental issues.
In Romania, teens are faced with the fear of taking the initiative and with the belief that nothing can be changed, because nobody listens to them. Civic bravery means involvement in the problems they notice around them, trying to make a difference and finding a way to communicate.
We have taken on the challenge of changing the mentality of those around us and of proving that young people are eager to get involved in solving of social problems. All teenagers who have taken part in our projects were afterwards ready to develop similar actions on their own. Here, we teach about volunteering through countless practical examples.
Via Maria Theresia is a historical road, located in the Călimani Mountains. It was built with the purpose of supplying the Austro-Hungarian frontier guards with food and ammunition, hundreds of years ago.
Nowadays, the Maria Theresia road is over-lapping with a poorly signaled, therefore rarely circulated touristic route. The few hikers who do wander on it completely ignore the fact that this path, which now connects Bistrița-Năsăud county to Suceava county, used to connect Transilvania to Bucovina.
The beauty of the landscape in Călimani adds to the historical value of the road. To keep this value from diminishing, Tășuleasa Social is restoring and signaling Via Maria Theresia, by turning it into a thematic path. At the same time, we are trying to raise cultural and historical awareness through informative panels which will tell the centuries-old story of those who have built and walked this road.