Europe and the Caucasus

Sep 13, 2005
Romania Receives Additional Funding and CHF Support The United States will grant a supplementary financial aid, amounting to 1,5 millions USD, to Romania for the reconstruction of the areas affected by this year floods. On today's meeting at Victoria Palace, the US Embassy Charge d’Affaires Mr. Mark Taplin, has presented the USA aid offer to Prime Minister Calin Popescu-Tariceanu. This aid is granted with the aim of reconstructing the houses in the damaged areas. Moreover, the funds will be used for the rehabilitation of schools, medical units and other floods affected social establishments. The financial aid will be administered by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The Agency will collaborate with organizations such as Cooperative Housing Foundation (CHF... Read more
Sep 07, 2005
Success Story from Serbia: Public Speaking for Improved Health After a series of successful workshops on media performance, implemented at end of April 2004 by USAID and CHF in Belgrade, CHF International/ Srbija presented two workshops for medical professionals and media representatives from the entire CRDA territory as a part of the Family Planning/Reproductive Health (FP/RH) program. Media representatives were introduced to the most important FP/RH topics, particularly those that the five CRDA implementing partners are working on this year. The main goal of the second workshop, for medical professionals involved in the FP/RH program, was to improve their ability to interact with the media and assure dissemination of accurate FP/RH information to the people of Serbia. Recommendations... Read more
Jun 29, 2005
VIP Profile: Jacqueline Ann Ross Azerbaijan, June 2005 Contributing to the Economic Development of Local Artisans To support low income artisans while preserving their cultural heritage, The Crafts Center at CHF International contributes to economic development through field programs and coordination of international networks. In doing so, CHF offers technical assistance, training in the development, marketing and sale of crafts. In Fuzuli, the western region of Azerbaijan, many artisans—mainly women—have been displaced from their homes. These women make a very low monthly income. Through the Crafts Center at CHF’s business training, residents of Azerbaijan have been able to create and market their quality handicrafts to earn additional income. As a Visiting... Read more
Apr 25, 2005
Villagers in Ivlita, Georgia look forward to a brighter future following completion of two water projects After a disastrous year dominated by a bleak harvest, villagers in Ivlita, Georgia look forward to a brighter future following completion of two water projects By Keti Sikharulidze The small, predominantly-Catholic population of Ivlita, a village three kilometers from Akhaltsikhe in Samatskhe-Javakehti, now has potable water and a fully-functioning irrigation system thanks to two recently-completed water projects. The lack of an efficient irrigation system was having a huge impact on the village, which relies on agriculture to provide the bulk of its income. According to USAID, which helped fund the two projects, this was one of the main factors behind the "alarmingly high rate" of... Read more
Apr 07, 2005
USAID opens the Regional Center for Reproductive Health On Thursday, April 7, 2005, at 12:00, the Montenegro Minister of Health, Miodrag Pavlicic, and Keith Simmons, Mission Director for USAID Serbia and Montenegro, will inaugurate the Regional Center for Reproductive Health in Berane Municipality. The project is realized as a part of the Community Revitalization through Democratic Action Program (CRDA), funded by the people of the United States through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and implemented by the American non-government development organization, CHF International/ Montenegro, working in northern Montenegro. The goal of the project is to improve reproductive health care services available to residents in the region, by promoting a “patient-... Read more
Apr 05, 2005
CHF International Training Programs Support Romanian Traditions and Develop Fair Trade Opportunities The Romanian region of Maramures is located in the northwest part of the country, on the border of Ukraine and near Hungary. CHF International began working in this region to increase its tourism potential through marketing and crafts. The region is known for its people and their rich tradition in woodcarving. Unique wooden gates line the streets in front of traditional homes. Wooden churches, including eight UNESCO World Heritage sites, sit in the picturesque landscape. The people of the region still enjoy a traditional lifestyle that dates back generations. Horsedrawn carts are more popular than cars, and the thick wool clothing style worn 100 years ago is still worn today. Women wear... Read more
Feb 25, 2005
A New Year Brings New Hope – and Warmth – to the Khvedureti Sacrebulo The five villages of the Khvedureti sacrebulo have been burning firewood to heat their homes for years. Hundreds of trees have been cut down and few replanted. Gas is expensive and purchased by the container, used sparingly and only for cooking. Community members tell us they spend 44 GEL (USD$24) every month to keep their homes warm and their families fed. This is a considerable sum considering the average monthly income for rural Georgians is 81 GEL (USD$45). In a community meeting held in October 2004, with another cold winter approaching, the 4,171 citizens of these five communities decided it was time to take action. They had heard of CHF International’s Georgia Employment and Infrastructure Initiative (GEII) and... Read more
Feb 13, 2005
Business Training for Artisans in Azerbaijan Jacqueline Ann Ross | VIP Assignment, June 2005 To support low income artisans while preserving their cultural heritage, The Crafts Center at CHF International contributes to economic development through field programs and coordination of international networks. In doing so, CHF offers technical assistance, training in the development, marketing and sale of crafts. In Fuzuli, the western region of Azerbaijan, many artisans—mainly women—have been displaced from their homes. These women make a very low monthly income. Through the Crafts Center at CHF’s business training, residents of Azerbaijan have been able to create and market their quality handicrafts to earn additional income. As a Visiting International Professional (... Read more
Jan 07, 2005
War-torn Bosnia to Pick Ed Pawlowski's Brain By Scott Kraus, The Allentown Morning Call Ed Pawlowski spends most of his time trying to reverse years of economic decline in downtown Allentown. But the city's community and economic development director will take on a new, even more daunting challenge later this month -- helping city officials in Bosnia and Herzegovina try to do the same. Pawlowski will be heading to Bosnia with the Cooperative Development Program of CHF International, a nonprofit that specializes in helping raise the standards of living in poor and developing countries. "I think it is a neat opportunity to really share the expertise I have gained... Read more
Jan 07, 2005
CHF Intl Romania Gets 760,000 Euro Credit Line for SMEs Netherlands-based development financing organisation Oikocredit extended a $1.0 mln (760,000 euro) credit line to micro-financing company CHF International Romania to support small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) in Romania. The five-year agreement is part of CHF International Romania strategy to expand its service portfolio for SMEs as well as to support private companies and stimulate development of the SME sector by creating new job positions. The company offers credits of between $500 (377 euro) and $20,000 (15.08 euro). CHF International Romania is a subsidiary of CHF International, which carries out development projects in 25 countries worldwide. CHF International Romania was established in 1994 and currently covers 25... Read more
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