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School support for Roma children in Serbia
EFK supports the Bread of Life project where Roma children can go to school and help with homework. The project, which is run in two districts of Belgrade, also includes other initiatives based on needs that exist there, such as activities for women and adult education. Since the start in 2005, the project has been very successful. The work takes place in close collaboration with the parents and more Roma children than ever before are now starting school. Fewer children drop out of school prematurely, fewer children need to leave in a year, more succeed in higher classes and children perform better at all ages. Through funding from Radiohjälpen, a preschool has been started in Zemun, where 30 children aged 4-6 have greater opportunities to complete primary school. At the same time, the children's parents are gaining an increasing understanding of the importance of the children's education. The project has also led to the Roma children being less isolated than before and participating to a greater extent in activities that are arranged. The local authorities have also begun to see the needs of the Roma, which has led to a better standard of living. One of the project's most important tasks right now is to find and train Roma leaders who are passionate about education and can take over when the project ends, but it is a big challenge as most Roma young people and adults cannot read or write. Since the project has been going on for eight years, the oldest children are now starting high school and the hope is that they as adults themselves will act as leaders. Today, there are nine teachers and twelve assistants with a Roma background in the project. Thanks to Christian support for children's activities, interest in the gospel has been aroused among the population. A congregation has been formed, the only Roma congregation in the city. Now they plan to start another parish in another district. Homework Some of the oldest ongoing projects in Surchin and Zemun have been gradually handed over to Roma associations. Bread of Life remains the principal and support. Our main support now goes to the homework help in Maria Bursac. The response from the settlement and from local authorities is good. A preschool run by Bread of Life is also located in the area.
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Flood in Nepal - Disaster Collection!
The extensive rains of recent weeks have led to severe floods in Nepal, among other places . EFK's partner organizations in Nepal, United Mission to Nepal (UMN) and International Nepal Fellowship (INF), have appealed for our help and EFK is now starting a disaster fundraiser for those affected in the country. A food package for about SEK 340 means that a family survives. It contains 50 kg of rice, 2 kg of salt, 5 kg of lentils, 4 l of oil, 2 kg of sugar and 3 kg of Chana (similar to chickpeas). The amount of rain that has come in mid-August is well above normal during monsoon periods. In several areas of the country, this is the highest amount of rain in 60 years. The entire southern part of Nepal, Tarai, is affected. At least 65,000 houses have been destroyed by the floods and almost half a million people have been evacuated from their homes. Many of those who have been evacuated have, in addition to their homes, also lost all property and had their crops destroyed. The floods in large areas have also destroyed roads and the electricity and water supply.
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A brighter future for children in Paraguay!
In Paraguay, the EFK supports a project to help children and their families overcome poverty and meet the most basic needs. In the project, the churches' social organization in the country, CCAB, works together with local congregations to develop entire villages and give the children a better life situation. Paraguay is the second poorest country in Latin America. The population is the youngest in the entire region, with 75% of the population under 40 years. Education in the country has major shortcomings and many children leave school without being able to read and count properly. Since the school only runs part-time, the children get a lot of homework and if they do not get enough support from home, they have a hard time coping with school. It is also common for children to come from families with large groups of children, where the struggle for survival is central to everyday life. Many children therefore have no opportunity for play and leisure, but have to take great responsibility for the home and younger siblings. The project is located in four different places, where local congregations work to support the children and their families. The parishes offer the children homework help and leisure activities, such as dance lessons, football, volleyball and much more. In this way, they can get help with reading homework and developing in school, and at the same time get an opportunity to play and just be children. The children also get a meal, something that is vital for several of them. The parishes also help the families by demanding the children's rights from the authorities. It can be about the children's right to education, water and sanitation and more. In this way, villages can be developed and the children can have a better life situation. In order to achieve change in the whole society, the congregations also work a lot with the children's parents. Among other things, lectures are held on various important topics, such as health care and dental hygiene, and parent groups are formed where parents have the opportunity to meet and talk about various topics. Several of the parishes also hold courses for the parents in, for example, baking, crafts and the hairdressing profession, with the aim that they will be able to get a job and an income.
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