Joseph Bednarek, GFC’s program officer for Europe and Eurasia, explains the grave challenges faced by GFC grantees in Ukraine as conflict in the country continues to grow.
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The issue of migrants in Serbia is a relatively new one, but several active university students in Serbia became aware of this issue early on and in 2007 formed the Asylum Protection Center (APC) to serve this often intentionally forgotten and misunderstood community. This population of migrants includes a large number of unaccompanied minors. In […]
Since my previous post on the crisis in Ukraine, events have become more serious, and we’ve learned that one of our former grantees in Kyiv is affected. On January 16, parliamentarian allies of Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych pushed through a law that instituted many restrictions and punishments aimed directly at the Euromaidan protesters, including the […]
I visited Ukraine this year just before the recent protests against President Viktor Yanukovych’s decision not to sign a tentative agreement with the European Union. I don’t know exactly what motivations are inspiring all the protesters, but it is clear that there is a deep sense of anger and frustration in the country, a feeling […]
Bokonbaevo, Kyrgyzstan – Although Lake Issyk-Kul in Kyrgyzstan feels remote, the area around it has been home to vibrant communities for thousands of years. The lake was also a natural spot for tourists during the Soviet era and continues to be one today. However, due to the challenges of reaching some of the land around […]
Europe’s population is ageing, with many European countries straining to adjust to a large population that has either just entered their pension age or that is approaching this stage in their lives. Younger generations must play a vital role in keeping Europe’s cities vibrant, which is acknowledged by nearly all policy makers and stakeholders. Unfortunately, […]
It’s Tuesday, December 11, 2012 and I am in a taxi with Financial Times reporter James Pickford. We’ve just come from a visit to Global Fund for Children grantee partner YOH, which is located in the Haggerston district of the London borough of Hackney. Although Hackney is close to the center of London (you can […]
Many of The Global Fund for Children’s partners are located in places where the larger political, environmental, and economic problems loom so great that they threaten to overwhelm seemingly lesser concerns such as the welfare and rights of children. Yet GFC’s partners have such devoted and caring staff that, whatever events are happening in the […]
Slovyansk, Ukraine – GFC’s grantee partner in southeastern Ukraine is called the Association of Disabled Young People of the Eastern Donbass, or AMI-East for short. The organization is based in Luhansk, an industrial and coal-mining center close to the Russian border. The Donbass region of Ukraine, which includes Luhansk, is the most densely populated and […]
Aktobe, Kazakhstan–The Society for the Protection of Paralyzed Citizens of Aktobe (SPPCA), a GFC grantee partner since 2009, is located in the northwest corner of Kazakhstan.