This week, our Secretary General is joining the events organised in Serbia to celebrate the 25th anniversary of our member Ekumenska Humanitarna Organizacija (EHO).

Yesterday, EHO held a press conference with local media and a meeting with representatives of 10 EHO partner organizations from Europe and the US including Eurodiaconia, as well as with representatives from the governments of Serbia, Switzerland and Germany. The group of international partners included HEKS EPER (Switzerland), St Gallen Church Group (Switzerland), Brot für die Welt (Germany), Diakonie Württemberg (Germany), Ev. Noah Kirchgemeinde Dortmund (Germany), HFO-Committee Westphalia (Germany), Evangelischer Kirchenkreis (Germany), ELCA (USA), Hungarian Interchucrh Aid (Hungary), Eurodiaconia, SDC (Switzerland), GIZ (Serbia), Commissariat for refugees and migrants (Serbia), the Social Inclusion and Poverty Reduction Team (Serbia), the Open Society Foundations, the Danish Refugee Council (Serbia) and UNHCR.

EHO’s activities were presented by the Director Tilda Gyenge-Szlifka and the Executive Director Robert Bu. In the evening, a celebration with the ceremonial marking of the quarter century of EHO work was held at the castle of Eđeg in Novi Sad.

On Tuesday, EHO also welcomed the delegation of the German province of Baden-Württemberg in its headquarters, a visit organised thanks to the decennial partnership with the German diaconal organisation. The delegation was presented the work of the EHO over the last 25 years, and in particular the situation of returnee families.

Over the last 25 years, EHO has implemented 1.240 humanitarian and development projects and helped more than 800.000 people in need: elderly people, people with disabilities, children, Roma people, returnees under a readmission agreement, migrants and refugees.

To know more about Ekumenska Humanitarna Organizacija and the events for its 25th anniversary, please visit EHO website.

To learn more about EHO work with Roma people, read our interview to its Executive Director Robert Bu.