Spotlight On Russia

Spotlight on Russia

There are few countries as intimidating as Russia. A population of 142 million people from 190 ethnic groups spread across the largest country on the planet, covering 11 time zones. Politically, they’re strong and not afraid to flex their muscles. Economically, they are struggling to survive after crippling sanctions were levied against the country in 2014 due to the annexation of Crimea. Because of these sanctions, humanitarian organizations are struggling to find ways to help. All outside humanitarian aid is stopped and burned, buried, or otherwise destroyed at the borders. Many international humanitarian organizations in the country have been kicked out. In the meantime, the continuing sanctions make life more difficult by the day for the average Russian. WHAT CAN…

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Do You Kiss And Tell?

Do You Kiss and Tell?

Northern Ireland is an area not unfamiliar with conflict. The political debate from those who support an independent Ireland pitted against those still loyal to the British crown tore the country apart over the last century, especially over the last four decades. One of the hotbeds of conflict was the city of Derry/Londonderry. A small city of around 107,000 people gained a big reputation when, in January of 1972, they were catapulted into international headlines because of a clash known as “Bloody Sunday”. Fourteen people were killed, and more were wounded in a confrontation between protesters and British soldiers. The lines were clearly drawn, and an entire generation was raised under this cloud of infamy. Though relations have been thawing…

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International Women’s Day

Today is International Women’s Day, a holiday celebrated all over the world, and a chance to recognize the contributions of women in society, be they housewives or head of state. Unfortunately there is a group of women that are not celebrated in society. Here in Europe, sex trafficking is the second biggest illegal industry as thousands of women every year are stolen or sold from their homes, and coerced, beaten, and tortured into submission by people who view them as mere commodities. Since their inception over thirty years ago in India, Project Rescue (www.projectrescue.com) has worked diligently to rescue tens of thousands of women from the industry. When Madrid was identified as a major hub for traffickers bringing women into…

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Peresecina, Moldova 2014

Peresecina, Moldova 2014

From May 12th – 18th, 2014, COHEU partnered with Life Church of Germantown, WI in the village of Peresecina, Moldova, situated about 30km/18mi from the capital city of Chisinau. Moldova is currently the poorest country in Europe. For this reason, COHEU has partnered with churches and organizations to bring hope to the people of Moldova through community work. A key aspect of this has been our Adopt-A-Community program. We have completed two projects in the towns of Leova and Glinjeni, and are currently adopting the village of Biesti, as well as supporting other communities around the country. With the help of Life Church Missions, we spent the week showing compassion to the people of Peresecina. Throughout the week, the team worked chiefly…

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IHeart Derry 2013

iHeart Derry 2013

For the fourth year in a row, Convoy of Hope Europe has partnered with Cornerstone City Church in (London)Derry, Northern Ireland for their annual “iHeartDerry” city outreach from July 1st-7th, 2013. This year we joined 80+ youths and university students from across America, along with volunteers from the local church. The week opened up with a high energy “volunteer rally” which set the atmosphere for the week to come. Volunteers were then broken up into teams and sent out to four locations; Donemana Primary School, Lisnagelvin Primary School, The Gasyard Centre, and New Pin Centre. Every morning teams held energetic, children-friendly programs which included games, songs and dance, sports, and storytelling. While this was going on, the team at New…

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