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Caritas organizes Serbian and English lessons for the refugees in Belgrade

In the Asylum center Krnjaca in Belgrade Caritas organizes lessons of Serbian and English for men and adolescent asylum seekers. The classes have begun on the 1st of Octobar and they are taking place every day. The group is composed out of young men from Ghana, Sudan, Burundi and Afghanistan and by the end of the October the refugees from Iran and Pakistan also joined, managing to learn quickly, since they already knew some Russian and Bulgarian. The migrants showed a great interest for this kind of activities, they come regularly, they are hardworking, active and motivated for further progress. They respect time, others and they give support to each other, applauding when someone gives a correct answer.  Considering the difference of languages that the young men speak during the classes they often discuss about the meaning of words and other cultural differences. At the beginning they were saying that the Serbian language is difficult as the Hungarian border, but as the time goes by there seem to be to borders in learning the languages for them.

These language classes are organized with the support of the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Caritas Germany.


Strengthening refugee families in Bujanovac

Caritas social worker Maja Trajkovic, present in the Reception center Bujanovac, participated to the training “Strong family“, organized by UNODC (United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime) and the Ministry of work, employment, veteran and social issues of the Republic of Serbia.  In the next weeks Maja Trajkovic will use the knowledge gained in her work with the refugee families, mostly from Afghanistan, on their straightening and stress reducing.

The work of  the Caritas psycho-social support teams in Serbia is funded by the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Caritas Germany.



Children refugees from Presevo sing in the choir during the school celebration

Children refugees from Presevo camp attend the public elementary school “Vuk Karadzic“ in this town. On the 230th anniversary of birth of Vuk Karadzic the school organized a celebration and Caritas participated to the preparation of a part of the program, related to the performance of the children from the camp. Three children refugees were singing in the school choir the national anthem of the Republic of Serbia and the Ode to Vuk Karadzic, while the others prepared recitals about this great person of Serbian history, helped by the Caritas staff members. The show was followed by their parents, together with the representatives of NGOs present in the camp and a great number of people, who filled the school hall. The performance of children refugees was accompanied by the biggest applause of all those who recognized the effort and the will that these little ones invested in the preparation of this part of the program, in order to give their contribution to the celebration of the school, which they already feel as their own.


Every day after school Caritas psycho-support team continues helping the children in the Refugee center Presevo to learn and write their homework. The work of  the Caritas psycho-social support teams in Serbia is funded by the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Caritas Germany.



Study visit to Serbia within the project Societies

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Within the project SOCIETIES a study visit was organized from 11 to 13 March, aiming to exchange experiences and examples of good practice in the field of social inclusion between civil society organizations (CSOs)participating in the project. Representatives of 15 CSOs from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and Kosovo, together…

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Recognition of Caritas Serbia work on disaster risk reduction

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Caritas Bosnia and Herzegovina and Caritas Serbia recently received recognition for their exceptional work in disaster risk reduction. On March 1stthey were awarded by the Ministry of Security of Bosnia and Herzegovina for supporting disaster risk reduction in their respective countries and co-operating across borders. Caritas Bosnia and Herzegovina’s main contribution was…

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English language classes for refugees in Bujanovac

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Caritas psycho-social support team from Bujanovac Reception Center organises lessons of English language for refugees and migrants, every day, from Monday to Friday. The participants are divided into three groups, in relation to their previous knowledge. They attend classes regularly, with the goal to master the language better. The members…

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