Blog: Other Regions

Looking at the Heart

Dorgovska mahala Village, Serbia

Although the weather is cold, some people went to work in the frigid outdoors of Lebane, while others are planning to sell decorations and greeting cards on the street before the New Year's holidays. In conversation with people from Đorgovska mahala Village, I realized that they want their neighborhood to be different. They’re sorry that there is no love or unity between them, but they do not know how they can change that.

Winterizing the House of Esther

House of Esther, Armenia


Winter has come to stay at the House of Esther (HoE) in Armenia and will remain until late April. This means much of life centers around simply keeping warm and staying indoors, which entails providing things to do inside that are also productive and beneficial to the HoE.  


Finding Refuge and New Hope

House of Esther, Armenia

Allow us to introduce Hratch, a new resident at the House of Esther (HoE). A man in his late 40s, Hratch is from war-torn Syria. He was part of the community security teams for his local church and school in Aleppo and injured his leg during a car bomb explosion by the local moderate rebels.

Raising Self-Esteem in Women

Dorgovska mahala Village, Serbia

Seasonal jobs are over and people are returning home. The weather is favorable for visits and other activities in Đorgovska mahala Village. I am glad that I have built trust with these people. Some women from the mahala are now regular attendees of our weekly meetings.

Pillar of Encouragement

Dorgovska Mahala, Serbia

Seasonal jobs are still harvesting grapes, peppers, etc. It’s a bright period in light of the difficult financial situations with unemployment, small living spaces often housing three generations, and a number of other problems in this village. Some of the residents of this village give money and take interest on borrowed money, so that even further complicates matters.

Offering Mutual Assistance

Đorgovska Mahala Village, Serbia

Many people were outside of the city because of seasonal jobs, and because of that, the planned activities were postponed for the end of the summer. I use visits to Đorgovska Mahala Village for building trust and relationships with people.


Move-In Day is Here!

House of Esther, Armenia

The time for moving in has come, and things have really picked up. Exciting things are happening and there is a lot of transformation taking place. This may seem like something small, but this barn (an old mobile building) is an example of the transformation that is happening at the House of Esther in Spitak, Armenia.

Messages of Encouragement

Đorgovska mahala Village, Serbia

In our village, many people left for the seasonal work of picking strawberries. Some sisters from our women's groups also left for seasonal jobs. They have the opportunity to work and share their lives with others. Last month in our gatherings, we talked about our influence to encourage other people in the world.

Serbia: Women at the Crossroad

By Dee Rivers

Overheard:  “Serbia … it used to be Yugoslavia, right?”


Well, yes, but long before it was Yugoslavia, it was Serbia.


In fact, it became Serbia in 1166 and stayed Serbia until 1918, when post-war gerrymanders proclaimed that six Slavic countries in Southeast Europe had become one and created the name “Yugoslavia”, by combining the Slavic words "jug" (south) and "slaveni" (Slavs).