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Etxauzia: Euskaldun bat, Euro bat campaign

Astero‘s weekly bulletin always brings interesting news related to the Basque Country and the Diaspora. This week, we learn about an initiative to save the Etxauzia castle in Baigorri, Lower Navarre.

Euskaldun bat, Euro bat

Etxauzia, or the “Navarran’s home,” is a castle located in Baigorri, Behe Nafarroa, that has a thousand-year-old history, which is currently owned by a couple in Florida. The couple is now interested in selling the property and so this organization was created with the intention of buying it, and preserving it for generations to come. To this end, they have launched the campaign “Euskaldun Bat, Euro Bat,” meaning that if every Basque donates 1 Euro, then enough funds will have been raised. The hope is to purchase the castle and open it to the public, thus promoting the local economy and supporting Basque culture and heritage. Additionally, it will strengthen ties with Basque people around the world, and welcome those from the Diaspora to Etxauzia.

A representative from Etxauzia will be in the states from May 26th till June 4th attending both Bakersfield and San Francisco picnics, in order to present the project and be on hand to answer any questions. For more information on the project, you can visit the organization’s website, Etxauzia, zabal eta bizi or follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

If you’d like to make a contribution to the effort, click here.

To see views of the property, watch this film on YouTube.

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