Countries of Europe and the former Soviet Union

Caritas CR operates in Europe and some countries of the former Soviet Union, namely:

The Ukrainian Mission IV.

Ukraine Mission IV.

The Pentamerous team of Caritas of the Archdiocese of Olomouc has completed  its mission in Ukraine. The mission ended with  a football match and playing with boys from the children's home in Bortnik, a visit to a farm in Kolomyja, and the  opening ceremony of the local Caritas's quarters. Finally, there was  a meeting with Archbishop and Ivano-Frankivsk's Metropolitan.

The Ukrainian Mission III.

Food distribution (photo: Caritas Olomouc).

Members of the Caritas Czech Republic continue with the Ukrainian mission in Olomouc. An article is available about the visit to Lopatyn, where Olesya Župnik and her mother help people in need. ACHO also one of the donors to the foundation “Children in Need” which provides children with meals, clothes and school equipment.

Training teachers and NGO workers in Moldova

Ecaterina Terzi from the NGO Vesta.

Young people in the region of Gagauzian in southern Moldova struggle with maintaining an interest in politics, elections and decision-making processes. As well, local youth’s awareness of EU principles and the advantages of being an EU member is quite low. To rectify the situation, a total of thirty teachers from nine high-schools and one university, along with employees of eight non-governmental organizations from South Moldova, are being trained on European values and democratic principles. Once they have completed the training, they will also become trainers, working at nine schools in the Gagauzian region.

The Ukrainian Mission II.

Participants of the mission (photo: ACHO).

Workers of Archdiocesan Caritas of Olomouc are in Ukraine. The Participants of the journey: Director Vaclav Keprt, Chief of Humanitarian Department Martin Zamazal, and Coordinator of Huumanitarian Help Rostislav Strojvus met with representatives of Caritas Kiev and president of Caritas Ukraine.

The Ukrainian Mission I.

Car of Caritas.

Archdiocese Caritas of Olomouc workers are currently in Ukraine. The journey through cities and villages are on the programme during which they will visit individual charities, children’s homes and areas of social entrepreneurships such as the Kolomyia farm.

Caritas Kyiv’s “Child Friendly Space” helps internally displaced children integrate

The centre offers games and activities that help children become open to others and overcome psychological traumas.

“Child Friendly Space” - a development and leisure centre for children - has been operating in Kyiv for almost a year. It aims to provide psychological and social support and care to internally displaced (IDP) children from areas of military conflict in the Donbas region in eastern Ukraine. Read more on caritas.org.

Moldovan foster parents complete specialized training

Veronica and Anna talked about the reasons why they became a foster mother.

Foster-parenting in Moldova is quite different than what we fiind in the Czech Republic.  For example, only one person of a couple can become a foster parent. The remuneration provided to foster parents by the government remains the same no matter how many children there are in a foster family and no matter what the health condition of the children is. The foster parent is entitled to this remuneration only until the child reaches 18 years of age. Besides the remuneration, each foster parent receives a one-time subsidy to cover the child’s needs.

Georgia aims to raise public awareness about people with autism

The first meeting (photo: Rusudan Chkubianishvili).

Within the conference on autism, a new working group, established to foster a change in citizens’ behaviour towards people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), met for the first time in the Child Development Institute within Ilia State University in Tbilisi. This group, made up of a psychologist, a representative of the parents of children with ASD, an early childhood education expert, a social worker and a nurse, will issue recommendations and suggestions regarding the improvement of the care for people with ASD.