GFC program officer Joseph Bednarek visits a school in rural Moldova, where an after-school program for Roma and non-Roma students is making a big difference in children’s lives.
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Although all GFC grassroots partners work with children and youth, many lack official child rights and protection policies in their own organizations. GFC is setting out to change that by facilitating special sessions on this topic.
Located in Kyrgyzstan, Children of Tien-Shan runs an emergency shelter for vulnerable children, with the eventual aim of reuniting them with their biological families or placing them with foster families.
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.
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 […]