Europe and the Middle East
We believe that everyone deserves a safe place to call home. An opportunity to earn a living. A life free from violence, discrimination or stigma. A hopeful future.
That's why we're supporting marginalized neighbors in Europe and the Middle East. In Serbia, for example, we're helping Roma families break the generational cycle of poverty that they have faced for too long. In Georgia, we're supporting rural cooperatives as they earn a living through renewable energy. In Egypt, we are welcoming refugees who are building new lives far from home.
Together, we can help more people make this vision a reality.
An Oasis in the Desert
Can you imagine being 15 and being dropped off in Cairo, a city of 25 million people where you can’t speak the language, you don’t have shelter, you don’t have food, and you don’t know how to survive?
This isn’t a hypothetical question. This happens regularly, and with your help, we can be there to welcome our new neighbors when it does.
Preschool for Jelena
Jelena* was scared to start preschool. She’s a 6-year-old who lives in Belgrade, Serbia, with her family. Jelena’s family are from Belgrade’s Roma community. They live in an informal settlement with other Roma families. Enrolling in school and pursuing an education aren’t givens for Roma children, since they are among the most marginalized children in the country. In order to …
Catching Up With an Old Friend in Georgia
“I live in the village of Kheta in the western part of Georgia,” says Tamar Chumburidze. “I am a mother of three and have two grandchildren. We all live together and our main source of income is a small plot of land where we grow [bay] laurel trees, vegetables and fruit for sale. The income we make is hardly enough …
Bosko’s journey to university in Belgrade
We got to know Bosko when he was 10. As a typical street-involved child in Belgrade, Serbia, he spent most of his time at intersections, begging or selling small items like paper tissues. Although he was formally enrolled in school, he attended it rarely. It took a year for the outreach team from CWS-supported drop-in shelters to motivate him to …