Aid and training to the Roma gypsy community

One of the greatest and most difficult questions facing Europe is that of the Roma people. The decade 2005-2015 has been deemed the “Decade of Roma Inclusion”. Since its inception in 1995, Healing Hearts Balkans has been whole-heartedly doing its part to improve the lives of the Roma community in a number of ways. Serbia and Kosovo have large numbers of Roma, many of whom have been dislocated by war and ethnic discrimination, and since 2004 Healing Hearts Balkans has been concentrating a large proportion of its time to Roma activities, including training and education of Roma children, instruction and training of Roma youth and parents, and aid distribution in Roma encampments and to the Roma population in general wherever they may be found. View photos here.

Christmas 2012 “Shoe Box” Gift Distribution to Roma children


Roma children are not used to receiving gifts at Christmas, or at any other time of the year for that matter. It’s a hard fact of their young lives that standards are low, life is hard, and if there’s ever any money around, it will go to buy food. How wonderfully satisfying was it then for us to be able to be a blessing and the hands of Jesus during this Christmas season by bringing the children Christmas “shoe box” gift packages…

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More Aid for Roma Gypsy Settlement


We had been talking to two of our friends about how we were helping the poor Roma settlement near to us and how we had recently brought them a donated generator so they could have electricity in the evenings, since the isolated area where they are living does not have running water or electricity. The young couple, who are not so well off themselves, said they wanted to donate to them some warm bedding and other things for the winter…

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Supplying Electricity to an Isolated Roma Encampment


Over 7 years ago while driving along an isolated country road we noticed a small Roma encampment of a few dilapidated shacks next to a tiny stream. Since we generally carry some humanitarian aid in the back of our vehicle, we stopped and went down to give them what we had with us…

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Trip to Kosovo — October, 2012


It is always so rewarding to visit Kosovo. Our first trip was in the fall of 1999, just 3 months after the NATO bombing. That trip required a 16 hour drive over two mountain ranges and the traversing of myriad craters in what remained of roads that had been hit by air-to-surface missles, not to mention the…

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Training of Roma Children


As is common in all areas with a large Roma population, in Serbia and Kosovo there is a glaring lack of training amongst Roma children in basic courtesy, manners, and what could be summarized as “character”. Poor or no school attendance has long been recognized as a huge problem amongst Roma children, but what about “character-building”.

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