Monday, September 30, 2013

First diplomas within the Community Technology Access project

The Charity Centre for Refugees (CCR), UNHCR implementing partner, organized on the 25th September an awarding ceremony in order to hand the first diplomas to a group of refugees who successfully passed the computer skills study course and its final test, carried out by CCR in collaboration with the State Pedagogical University Ion Creanga, as part of the CTA (Community Technology Access) project.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Festival of Ethnicities enriched by refugees’ and asylum seekers’ multicultural spectrum

The president of the Republic of Moldova, Mr. Nicolae Timofti,
the Deputy Head of the Bureau for Migration and Asylum,
Mrs. Ecaterina Silvestru, together with CCR director,
Mr. Djavid Paknehad,  CCR staff and a group of refugees
Following the annual tradition, the Festival of Ethnicities has once again been celebrated in Chisinau, on 22nd of September. Under its motto “Unity through Diversity” or „Unitate prin diversitate”, it gathered representatives of more than 70 ethnic groups in the “Stefan cel Mare” Central park of the capital, in a colorful cultural event, organized by the Bureau for Interethnic Relations (Government of the Republic of Moldova), with support from the Chisinau Municipality.
In this festival, each ethnic group had its own booth and introduced their cultures and their cultural wealth. By taking part in this event, the ethnic minorities and communities revealed that they belong to the Moldovan society the same was as they feel attached to their cultural specificity.

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Asylum seeking women join the Women Group Initiative

In order to initiate the integration process of the newly arrived asylum seeker families, the Charity Centre for Refugees (CCR), with support from the Bureau of Migration and Asylum and the UNHCR office in Moldova, organized a Women Group Initiative meeting at the Temporary Accommodation Centre (TAC), where many asylum seekers live awaiting the decision concerning their asylum applications.
The goal of this event was to promote the active participation and initiative of asylum seekers, especially women and children, and create a welcoming environment for them. In this way, the women group initiative can be now implemented. The aim of this group is to enable women to be more open for communication and to foster their integration. 
Due to the fact that they are more liable to be affected by poverty and exclusion, women are considered as being more vulnerable than men. In order to prevent those situations, CCR and its partners organize many activities through the Women Group Initiative.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Refugee children conquer the Amusement Park

The last day of summer, 31st of August, marks two events in Moldova: the Celebration of Our Language day and the last day of summer holidays before the school year. The Charity Centre for Refugees (CCR), in the framework of the Local Integration Programme implemented in Moldova, Belarus and Ukraine, used this opportunity to invite the refugee children and their parents to clear their minds and enjoy their day in an amusement park in Chisinau.
This day of fun was of special importance to the asylum-seeking kids who came to Moldova with their parents not so long ago and who will soon face a big challenge in starting their studies in a new country and in a new language.