Category Archives: News from Diaconia

We accept students that are not accepted at state schools Interview with Milan Černý, director of a school for children with severe handicaps, on broadening the school’s capacity

002_5955Ten years ago, he found out through a friend that Diaconia’s special needs school in Prague was looking for a new director. He had the qualification for such a position, but he did not have the experience. “I like accepting challenges and I had a feeling I would come across many of them at Diaconia,” Milan Černý explains. In fact, he is facing one of the biggest challenges just now: the special needs school in Michle, called V Zápolí, needs to significantly broaden its capacity in order to be able to help more families that have children with a severe handicap.   Continue reading We accept students that are not accepted at state schools Interview with Milan Černý, director of a school for children with severe handicaps, on broadening the school’s capacity

From criticism to deeds. Why they decided to found Diaconia in Svitavy and build a dignified home for the elderly

000142_59_001287A story is told: Thirty years ago, when Diaconia resumed its activities, new schools and centres were created as if out of nowhere, thanks to the decisions and enthusiasm of the members of the Evangelical Church. It is different today, though not quite. Even in the 21st century, new Diaconia centres are being created out of scratch. Continue reading From criticism to deeds. Why they decided to found Diaconia in Svitavy and build a dignified home for the elderly

You have to be a bit of a fool not to lose hope

11. bratr-3My interview with Pavel Novák, head of Diaconia’s low-threshold clubs in Jablonec nad Nisou, took place on-line, like most things do during these difficult times. However, despite not meeting in person, we did get to see and hear each other, and our meeting made me feel quite certain that Pavel Novák was the right man for this job. I’m sure the Roma people, “his Gypsies”, trust him. Continue reading You have to be a bit of a fool not to lose hope

Community is important to me. Talking with the director of Diakonia ČCE about spiritual care, the tasks of Diakonia, and also about one ideology

000705_51_006294Jan Soběslavský has been associated with Diakonia since university studies, as he helped the organization with legal advice. After graduating from law and theology, he was successful in an interview for the post of Director of Diakonia in Brno and held this position for ten years. He is in his third year as the director of the ECCB Diakonie. Continue reading Community is important to me. Talking with the director of Diakonia ČCE about spiritual care, the tasks of Diakonia, and also about one ideology

How Diaconia is facing the current coronavirus epidemic and how it is helping

Diak Krabčice (4)Marie Jurošková has a bag ready at home, packed as if she was going for a summer camp. Personal belongings, a mobile phone, a pillow, a blanket, her favourite board game. She is ready to go at any time of the day or night. However, not to a summer camp, but to clients of a Diaconia home with a special condition in Valašské Meziříčí. Together with Mrs. Maria, nine other people are prepared in the same way. Nurses, caregivers, cleaners. Continue reading How Diaconia is facing the current coronavirus epidemic and how it is helping

Helping Both at Home and Abroad

11. IMG_5387We met for the interview at a time when the media were full of the turbulent events at the Turkish-Greek border, where crowds of migrants were attempting to cross. Apparently, Turkey was actually forcing these people to leave. This is a hot issue for   Erik Siegl and Kristina Ambrožová, as Kristina is head of Diaconia’s Humanitarian and Development Cooperation Centre, while Erik is in charge of the foreign section of this centre. Continue reading Helping Both at Home and Abroad

Czech Diaconia supporters help families and children. Briefly about shelters supported by the fundraiser Krabice od bot (shoe box)

10.IMG_3619At the end of last year, almost one million Czech crowns were donated by supporters of Czech Diaconia to fund supportservices for families and children. Thanks to that, the following diaconal projects will be better developed in 2020. Continue reading Czech Diaconia supporters help families and children. Briefly about shelters supported by the fundraiser Krabice od bot (shoe box)