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Anka Karailieva story
In full health and happiness, she was always ready to help others with a smile on her face. That’s how we used to know her. Anka Karailieva.

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Her life changed suddenly one day. In March 2015 she survived a very difficult brain inflammation (encephalitis). After the inflammation she was paralysed on her bed supported by life machines for many months. First miracle came when she started to move her immobile body. Second miracle came when she started to breathe on her own. After 4.5 months spent in the hospital she could go home.

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In medical terms, there’s no other way of helping her, nothing more to heal. She will stay with these permanent consequences: limited mobility, several centers of her brain damaged, mainly centers of memory and motor skills.

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Life is not so easy for her and she had 3 accidents and 2 difficult operations since. However, Anka is a warrioress and she’s attempting even more miracles.


Anka worked for 16 years in a non profit sector, especially in the area of citizen participation in creating democracy and engaging citizens into decision making processes in the government. Many people all around slovakia and also abroad know Anka, but many have no idea what kind of circumstances happened to her.

Anka requires 24h care. She’s fully dependent on help and care, mainly from her husband Peter. They live isolated, in nature, in a single house in the valleys of Pliesovce. Anka draws a pension for invalids and her husband has financial support as caregiver. Those are their only income and often is not enough.

And here comes a chance for all of us, that know her and also for those that have a need to help unconditionally. Together with her husband we can help create that kind of environment for her that can lessen her trauma and more importantly create impulses for her spirit, consciousness and brain to keep regenerating many of her lost functions.

Anka has always been very social and friendly and even now she needs social interactions. If you are interested to learn more about Anka, help directly, or re-connect with her, you can contact her husband, write Anka an email or come visit her in person.


E-mail: peter@fondanka.sk
Phone: +421 905 832 489

Donate via PayPal

If you didn't know Anka, but you’d like to help her with a financial gift, the Healthy City Community Foundation Banska Bystrica created for this purposes a registered fund with the name “Fund Anka“. More about the fund here. You can contribute by a single donation or a monthly donation via the following link through the Portal "Humans to humans":

Donate via PORTAL

or by bank transfer to "Anka Fund" according to the following instructions:

Variable symbol: 119
Constant symbol: 0558
Report to recipient: Anka Fund
ČSOB: SK83 7500 0000 0040 0844 4691
Slovenská sporiteľňa: SK77 0900 0000 0003 0294 3100
Tatrabanka: SK08 1100 0000 0026 2609 8141
VÚB: SK91 0200 0000 0035 7842 3951

About Anka

Anka graduated from the Faculty of Mathematics & Physics at the University Komensky in Bratislava to become a teacher. After her University she started to teach mathematics and physics at Gymnasium J.Hronca in Bratislava. Family, children, and maternity leave followed.

Since 1998 she worked in the non profit sector. She started collaboration with Chuck Hirt that continued for the next 16 years, first at National Democratic Institute, afterwards in Community Organization Center Citizens in Action, which created citizen initiatives around entire Slovak Republic. Anka coordinated two initiatives in Banska Bystrica and also managed the association of non-profit organizations in Banska Bystrica.

Chuck Hirt:
"It was such an honor to have worked together with Anna for more than 15 years. She is a talented, nice, hardworking, dependable colleague who was full of life and a joy to collaborate with every day. Anna was always someone who wanted to help everyone she met and do her best at whatever she took on. She and her family now needs our help after her tragic illness."

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Anka continued a long period of international collaboration, exchanging experiences from building democracy in countries of past socialistic block a connecting with organisations from western Europe. She was the coordinator of international networks CEECN and CEBSD.


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Jaro Huba:
„I knew Anka as always in a positive attitude and ready to help anytime. With her positivism and empathy, she was able to bring together many people in Podlavice that were later able to create many positive changes and impacts for the community. All of us are still friends to this date and we have many things to be proud about. Now Anka needs us, our help, our energy. I believe that together we can find this and help her and her husband Peter!"

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Last two years, apart from her work in the third sector, she was teaching at the grade school in Pliesovce.


Always staying active and connected to nature, during summer she loved to swim in the local lakes and during winter, cross country skying.


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Anka used to say: “Health is not everything, but without health everything becomes nothing”. That’s how she lived… healthy, happy and active. For 20 years she was practicing and studying Yoga. She’d find time for this favorite activity daily and last few years she started teaching yoga classes.


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What happened to Anka is simply a random chance. It’s the same probability as winning the lottery. This malicious form of encephalitis immediately kills 40% of patients, the rest stays with heavy handicaps for the rest of their lives. Thanks to her vitality, power and health she was able to survive this virus infection.

Husband Peter:
„The best thing I can do for Anka is to create for her the best possible environment so she can feel safe, loved and supported in spite of her limited consciousness and memory state.“

It’s better to be in the position of the one that helps, then the one that needs your help.


If you’d like to help Anka in any direct form, contact her husband Peter.

E-mail: peter@fondanka.sk
Phone: +421 905 832 489

Donate via PayPal

If you want to help Anka with financial donation anonymously, please use this registered fund called “Fond Anka”. More information about the fund here. You can contribute by a single donation or a monthly donation to the Fond Anka through the Portal "Humans to humans":

Donate via PORTAL

or by bank transfer to "Anka Fund" according to the following instructions:

Variable symbol: 119
Constant symbol: 0558
Report to recipient: Anka Fund
ČSOB: SK83 7500 0000 0040 0844 4691
Slovenská sporiteľňa: SK77 0900 0000 0003 0294 3100
Tatrabanka: SK08 1100 0000 0026 2609 8141
VÚB: SK91 0200 0000 0035 7842 3951

We’re so grateful for all of you from the bottom of our hearts for your support, help and financial contributions.
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