Category Archives: News from Diaconia

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)

A school known far and wide. Interview with Ivana Kováčová, director of the diaconal school in Merklín

IMG_0877.1Families are willing to move over 100 kilometres for this school. As one of the few in the Czech Republic, this school has long been admitting pupils with severe autism and is able to provide them with special education as well as day care. It is attended by 114 children. More than half of them have a certain form of autism, 80% of them do not speak and communicate with teachers through a so-called image exchange communication system. Nevertheless, together with the parents and the staff of the school, they form one large community, as is evident from this interview with the headteacher Ivana Kováčová. Continue reading A school known far and wide. Interview with Ivana Kováčová, director of the diaconal school in Merklín

Thirty Years of ECCB Diaconia

foto František Plzák (77)Festivities, music, interviews, reflections and screenings.  These were all part of the celebrations of thirty years of Diakonia.  They started professionally: an international seminar on values in diaconal work.  This was followed by two gatherings: in the Salvátor Church in Prague, and then in the Prague Crossroads centre of Dagmar and Václav Havel.  Music was provided by the orchestra of the Evangelical Academy Conservatory, under the leadership of Ladislav Moravetz; and by Hradišťan, a world-famous ensemble combining Moravian folklore and world music.  Taking part in the talks were International guests, clients of Diakonie and founders of the organization, thanks to whom Diakonie resumed its activities in 1989 and grew into one of the most respected care organizations in the Czech Republic.

Jiří Hofman