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, living in most of the Eastern European countries, these people suffer under poverty and social exclusion, forcing many of the young women into prostitution or human trafficking. Convoy of Hope Europe, partnering with the Whitburn Pentecostal Church near Glasgow, Scotland,…

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Oradea, Romania

Oradea, Romania

where to buy coumadin alert bracelet 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 three years we would like to work together to make it a better place. One of the goals of this project is to help integrate the inhabitants into the Romanian culture. We have set a number of objectives. Children are…

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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 of the living conditions. First Assembly in Normal, Illinois has already sent a team to the capital Podgorica and held a major event. This is not an easy place to work but COHEU has committed to staying here for several…

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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 them and believe that education will not help them. The only option left is to scavenge on the streets and garbage dumps for things to eat and sell. Convoy of Hope Europe adopted the community of Shutka, working together with…

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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 of their language, looks and lack of education, many resort to begging to survive. The main challenges facing the Romani in Albania are: Their low educational level makes integration in the society a serious problem. High unemployment causes extreme poverty…

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