Mihai Eminescu Trust

Mihai Eminescu Trust (Romania)
2nd Prize

Transylvania can be considered as a visual record of rural Europe with all its ancient richness and beauty intact. It offers more than just a panorama of evocative architecture and magnificent churches or a survival of the harmony between man and nature or traditional farming. Its secret lies in the outcome of successful settlement and in the visible result of routines maintained over centuries, in which men and women had shaped the earth to themselves and themselves to the earth.

The core concept of the Mihai Eminescu Trust (MET) is The Whole Village Project – a program of sustainable rural development.

The Whole Village Project is created by its people and made to last the passing of time. A whole village is a bee’s nest where each has a specific task. The survival and healthy evolution of the nest is the result of everybody working together.

To date the MET has completed 1,228 large and small projects in different intervention fields, in 111 villages and 5 towns.