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I wouldn't have graduated without the support of Caritas Czech Republic. Today I am a doctor, says young refugee Sigiro
January 23, 2023 News

I wouldn't have graduated without the support of Caritas Czech Republic. Today I am a doctor, says young refugee Sigiro

The entrance to a large hospital in Zambia's capital Lusaka is buzzing with life. Visitors are trying to find a parking space and honk at the forming queue. At the entrance, street vendors offer bananas or fried potatoes. On plastic chairs at one of the street bistros sit a few hospital employees who have run in for their lunch break. But inside the big hospital, in the paediatric surgery clinic, it's quiet.

Psychological support for refugees in Moldova heals the invisible wounds
November 25, 2022 CCR-Moldova

Psychological support for refugees in Moldova heals the invisible wounds

For 8 years, Liudmila Bondarenco from Luhansk Oblast in Ukraine has been on the run. First time she fled her home when Russia invaded Crimea in 2014. This year, she escaped to safety across the borders and found refuge in Moldova. Here, she receives psychological support from Caritas Czech Republic to help her overcome the trauma caused by the war.

Eman was able to pursue her childhood dream of becoming a seamstress thanks to Caritas Czech Republic
November 24, 2022 CCR-Iraq

Eman was able to pursue her childhood dream of becoming a seamstress thanks to Caritas Czech Republic

Eman Hameed, a 41-year-old woman from the Anbar Governorate in Iraq, wanted to become a seamstress since she was a little girl after watching her neighbours sew their clothes. Unfortunately, things did not go as planned., When ISIS attacked her town in 2014, Eman was forced to flee her home, unable to take her sewing machine with her. Today, Eman is a successful seamstress and has turned her childhood dream into a reality.

Ruslan suffered severe burns when his house in Ukraine was bombed. Thanks to Caritas Czech Republic, he can afford medical care
November 3, 2022 News

Ruslan suffered severe burns when his house in Ukraine was bombed. Thanks to Caritas Czech Republic, he can afford medical care

The war in Ukraine has affected millions civilians in many ways. Many have fled the country, thousands more died or been injured. Ruslan Mendilo, 73-year-old man from Chernihiv region, suffered severe burns after his house was hit by shelling. He can now afford medical care that can save his life thanks to the cash support provided by Caritas Czech Republic.

Broken souls are harder to restore than ruined buildings. Caritas Czech Republic provides psychological support to victims of the war in Ukraine
October 25, 2022 News

Broken souls are harder to restore than ruined buildings. Caritas Czech Republic provides psychological support to victims of the war in Ukraine

Ruins, death, rapes, cruelty, torture, personal losses, constant danger, and fear. Ukrainians have been living in the horrors of the war for 8 months. All these terrible things are not something people can easily deal with. Sometimes it is very hard for them even to find a reason to live. That is why victims of war need professional help to be able to continue their normal life. Caritas Czech Republic provides professional training for psychologists and social workers for the local Caritas Ukraine team.

Jean from Zambia is now the owner of a cassava processing business thanks to Caritas Czech Republic
October 12, 2022 News

Jean from Zambia is now the owner of a cassava processing business thanks to Caritas Czech Republic

Jean Makunga Habukali is a farmer living in Mongu, located in Zambia's Western Province. Jean was a radio presenter, but she lost her job in 2018. After that, Jean started farming cassava and cashew, however, she lacked proper facilities. Caritas Czech Republic provided Jean with cassava processing equipment and adequate space. Thanks to our help, Jean is now the proud owner of her own cassava farm.

I can finally grow vegetables again, despite ISIS, says Ziyad from Iraq
October 10, 2022 News

I can finally grow vegetables again, despite ISIS, says Ziyad from Iraq

Ziyad from Iraq had been a farmer all his life until ISIS drove him from his farm. His burnt and devastated farm has now been rebuilt thanks to the help of Caritas Czech Republic. His tomatoes, olives and cucumbers are now feeding him again. In addition, he gives work to other Iraqis.

Lilia from Kyiv can now help her daughter get a proper education
October 6, 2022 News

Lilia from Kyiv can now help her daughter get a proper education

Lilia Yarova is a widow from Kyiv, Ukraine. She was forced to leave her home and a job in the capital because of the war. Together with her daughter, they found refuge in the Lviv region. Thanks to the financial support from Caritas Czech Republic, Lilia can afford to send her daughter to school.

I repair refrigerators for a living, says 25-year-old refugee Nicholas
September 29, 2022 News

I repair refrigerators for a living, says 25-year-old refugee Nicholas

For Nicholas, finding a job in Zambia is almost an unachievable dream. Although he was born in Zambia, he is still considered a refugee. That is because his parents originally come from the Democratic Republic of Congo, from where they fled in search for safety. They found a safe haven in Zambia, where their son was born. Thanks to the support from Caritas Czech Republic, Nicholas now has his own workshop where he repairs refrigerators.

Woman beekeeper from rural Georgia expands her business
September 26, 2022 CCR-Georgia

Woman beekeeper from rural Georgia expands her business

Nana Dvalidze, a middle-aged beekeeper from the Alpine zone of Georgia has been producing honey products for years. Although the quality of her honey was excellent and she was distributing it across the whole country, the volume of the production was low as the work with outdated equipment required a lot of time. After Caritas Czech Republic granted Nana modern honey production equipment, honey-pressing became much easier and that enabled her to expand the business.