RASK helps set up foundation to support Estonian children’s literature

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RASK helps set up foundation to support Estonian children’s literature

RASK attorney-at-law Siret Saks consulted the Estonian National Culture Foundation (ENCF) pro bono, helping the foundation resolve issues concerning the will and testamentary estate of Tiiu Alliste, which was important in launching the new Härmatali scholarship fund to support Estonian children’s literature.

On 26 January 2018, the Chairman of the Board of the Estonian National Culture Foundation, Olav Ehala, and Mrs Tiiu Alliste signed an agreement establishing the Härmatali Foundation under the ENCF.

Tiiu Alliste donated 1,000 euros to the ENCF to establish the subsidiary foundation, naming the new foundation as the sole beneficiary of her estate. The Härmatali Foundation will support the creation of Estonian children’s literature that carries on Estonian folk traditions and introduces Estonian cultural heritage to children. The foundation will be ready to award its first scholarships in autumn 2019.

Tiiu Alliste, née Härmatali, was born in England. Her parents, Enn and Härta, were war refugees who kept the Estonian language and culture alive in their new home in the UK. In 2011, Tiiu Alliste returned to Estonia, where she died on 31 December 2018. According to her wishes, the Estonian National Culture Foundation placed the urns with the remains of Tiiu and her parents in Metsakalmistu cemetery, Tallinn.

The story of the Härmatali family written by Tiiu Alliste can be found here.

The Estonian National Culture Foundation is a charitable entity created to ensure the preservation and development of national culture by supporting the preservation of Estonian cultural heritage through the targeted accumulation and distribution of funds.

Illustration: Edgar Valter, “Three Jolly Fellows”