Wednesday, March 16, 2022

Project 'Roma Bread Basket' Macedonia

The cost of living is rising everywhere, that's for sure. This is also the case in Macedonia where our friends Sokrat and Lena Apostolovski have been working for many years among the Roma population in Skopje.

We have visited them there several times in the past and seen what a wonderfully encouraging work they do.

Guiding and helping vulnerable families, organizing children's clubs and summer camps, planting churches, and also hosting the annual international Roma conference.

Poverty is still a problem in this community and Sokrat and Lena offer support where possible.

They have started up another project for the coming period, project 'Roma Bread Basket'. This project must ensure that seventy Roma families have at least one meal a day, as well as practical groceries such as soap, shampoo, and toilet paper.

The shopping packages are put together and delivered by young people from the community, so it also creates a bit of employment and structure within the Roma community.

We would like to help Sokrat and Lena to set up this 'food bank' initiative. It is nice to see how people in every country stand up to help others through small-scale initiatives. We applaud that!

If you would like to make a donation, you can do so in different ways:

Send a donation to St. Traveling Light, Papendrecht IBAN: NL91RABO0118582275 BIC: RABONL2U. Make sure to mention: ROMA.

💳 Give by card

Thank you!

Tuesday, March 8, 2022

Year report, project of the month, and emergency fund

We have shared it on social media recently: 2021 was an excellent year for  Traveling Light. Significantly more (50%!) donations were received than in 2020, so we were able to support a large number of projects.

A short (financial) annual report can be found on our website. More than 119,000 euro in donations came in, compared to 77,800 the year before! A result for which we are extremely grateful. Without your help, supporting dozens of projects across Europe would not have been possible.

We are confident that you will continue to support us in 2022, no matter what happens in the world. Giving is a blessing. Giving makes rich!

The monthly project in Twinkeltje and De Schor is Teen Challenge Winiarczykowka in Poland. All proceeds from sales this month will go to this loving home for displaced and troubled people.

A number of people have asked whether we are raising funds for emergency aid for people in Ukraine.

Europe Teen Challenge (most of the rehab centers and shelters that we support are part of ETC) has opened an emergency fund. It is our prayer that all centers will be able to operate, such as Bertine House in Poltava (see photo, shelter mothers and children).

Within Ukraine, temporary shelter is also provided for refugees from Kiev and a number of other large cities.

Financial support will also go to the bordering countries where Teen Challenge centers offer refugees temporary shelter. So you can donate via ETC or via Traveling Light, clearly mention Ukraine.

If you would like to make a donation, you can do so in different ways:

  • Send a donation to St. Traveling Light, Papendrecht IBAN: NL91RABO0118582275 BIC: RABONL2U
  • 💳 Give by card
  • 👉When in the USA, make your tax-deductible gift payable to EEO Inc. Make sure to mention which Teen Challenge center the gift is for.