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.
“There’s still hope in this world, despite everything.”
Ahmed* is the youngest program coordinator on staff at St. Andrew’s Refugee Services, CWS’s local partner in Cairo. A refugee from Nigeria, Ahmed graduated from the Adult Education Program himself a few years ago. We sat down with Ahmed in late 2019 to hear his story and what St. Andrew’s, known as StARS, means to him. What country where you …
A Family of Friends for a Young Transgender Man in Serbia
Early in his life, Marko* realized that his assigned female gender wasn’t who he really was. As a pre-teen and teenager, he began to find more traditionally masculine ways to express his gender identity. He named himself Marko, started training in mixed martial arts and got plenty of tattoos. He also spent time in therapy, which led him to formally …
Serving Up A Brighter Future in Belgrade
D* lives with her four siblings and their grandmother in one of Belgrade’s informal settlements. She had a turbulent childhood that was characterized by constant moving and instability. Six years ago, D’s parents separated. Her mother took all five children from Serbia to Germany. They lived in poor conditions and didn’t go to school, so German social services got involved. …