Adopt-A-Community

Countless small communities throughout Europe lack basic health, education, and support systems. Many villages need basic sanitation, schools, and simple community centers in order to sustain a movement toward a higher quality of life. Without these basic elements, each new generation is deprived of the basic tools needed to break the cycle of poverty in their community.

Convoy of Hope Europe’s Adopt-A-Community program partners an organization or church with a community in Europe to meet a specific need. Each program has a clearly identified objective, and involves a three to five year commitment from each party. Objectives from past programs have included building schools, renovating orphanages, road repairs, and installing indoor plumbing in community buildings. Current projects extend from installing water filtration systems to opening community centers.

Even small changes have a big impact on the general population, as was demonstrated when Albania was hit with devastating floods over the winter of 2014, destroying thousands of homes. Church members from one of our Adopt-A-Community programs in Albania took it upon themselves to respond to the disaster and began providing blankets and household goods to those hit worst by the flooding. Kindness had been shown to them, and they did not hesitate to pass it on.

Find out how your organization or church can become an Adopt-A-Community partner!

Stories From The Communities
Kardjali, Bulgaria

Kardjali, Bulgaria

The COHEU team was on their way to visit a small Roma community on the outskirts of the city of Kardjali in Bulgaria when their driver said, “they call this town the place that doesn’t exist”. Most of the 35 families that live here are illegal immigrants. They came, built their small mud homes and just stayed. The only available water came from one outside faucet, operational because of an illegal connection into the water system. Like many other Roma,…

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Oradea, Romania

Oradea, Romania

Walking through this little Roma settlement, west of Oradea, Romania you can easily be overwhelmed by the terrible living conditions. During the rainy season the roads are practically impassable and children play in mud holes. The inhabitants of this village, in the Bihur province, live in self-made mud homes, with no access to running water or any sanitation systems. Only a few of the men are employed and families survive from handouts. COHEU has adopted this community. In the coming…

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Berane, Montenegro

Berane, Montenegro

COHEU is partnering with Kings Community Church, Aberdeen, Scotland and First Assembly of God, Normal, Illinois, U.S.A. in several projects here. Kings Community Church is working mainly in the city of Berane. With a population of 34,000 people and high unemployment there are many needs. The first priority is to physically, socially and spiritually change a small refugee camp on the outskirts of the city. Visiting teams have already provided food distributions and plans are being made to change some…

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Shutka, Macedonia

Shutka, Macedonia

The meaning of Shutka is ‘garbage’, but this hot and dusty place is lovingly called ‘the happy valley’ by the many asylum seekers and refugees from Kosova. With over forty thousand inhabitants, it is the self-proclaimed and self-administered ‘capital’ of the Romani, the largest gypsy center in Europe. In Shutka about 90% of the Roma people are unemployed and they struggle to make a living. Many children do not go to school, since their parents are not able to support…

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Fushe Kruje, Albania

Fushe Kruje, Albania

This former warehouse, converted to a refugee center during the Balkan wars, looks abandoned and dilapidated.  But walking in you realize that this building is home to 22 families, including many children. Garbage is everywhere, toilets are broken and filthy beyond imagination and in the corridors young children share the sparsely available play space with countless rats. In Albania, just like in most European countries, the Romani people occupy the lowest place in the society. Being excluded from society, because…

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