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.
A mental health victory in Belgrade
Jovana and her sisters used to wash car windows in a few intersections in Belgrade, Serbia. Like all children who work on the street, they faced a lot of risks. At home, they were still up against the extra expectation placed on them for being girls: caring for younger siblings and housework. Jovana comes from a Roma family; families like …
Nothing can stop Suada
As a Roma woman in Belgrade, Suada has faced a lot of challenges in her life. She grew up in an informal settlement in the city. She had to help her mom with chores in the house and care for her siblings, so she didn’t have time to go to school. Suada also has challenges hearing and speaking. Being a …
It’s never too late to learn to read and write
Anita was born and raised in Macedonia. Two years ago, she escaped her abusive husband–who was also a drug addict–and fled to neighboring Serbia with her children. After she arrived in Belgrade, Anita went to enroll her two daughters in school. That’s when she learned about a CWS program that helps women learn to read and finish their education. That …