Category Archives: News from Diaconia

Diaconia Joined in the Net of Eurocarers and the Project Innovage

Diak1Diaconia ECCB joined in the European net of Eurocarers and the project of Innovage (InformCare). The goal is to bring important and complete information to people caring about their close ones via web platform. Information also focuses on the employers for whom it is important to understand the situation of the caregivers and meet their needs. The web platform includes information available in the 24 official languages of the European Union. The platform includes both universal content for the countries EU-27 and specific national content. Diaconia ECCB is one of the few organizations in the Czech Republic which systematically focuses on home caregivers. The Diaconia project Pečuj doma (Home Care) is focused on practical support for home caregivers through intensive consultation and homecare courses. The institute of Dignified Aging offers a foundation for inter-disciplinary cooperation of the professional public, the academic village, public managment, self-management, civic society and individuals dealing with the topic of dignified aging .

How the Diaconia Was Doing in 2015

Diak2The past year saw extensive buidling reconstruction. The  Diaconial services gained new or reconstructed spaces in Vsetín, Sobotín, Myslibořice, Kloubouky u Brna, Nosislav and Litoměřice. These are primarily homes for seniors, but there are also homes or daily centers for people with mental hadicaps. All in all, 200 million crowns were invested, mainly from funds from the European Union. Continue reading How the Diaconia Was Doing in 2015

Offering a Spiritual Foundation

P1040390Interview with Štěpán Brodský, who is newly in charge of the systematic development of pastoral services at the Diaconia of the ECCB.

The ECCB Diaconia should provide pastoral care. What does this mean though? The people outside the Church have no clue whatsoever and also the ones from the church are often hesitant. The doubts are even bigger in the ECCB Diaconia as most of its clients and employees live outside the churches and even apart from any Christian tradition. So is there any reason for providing pastoral care in the ECCB Diaconia?

There are two reasons. One is, we could say, the legal one. The Diaconia is run by the Church and the task of the Church is the spiritual dimension of taking care of someone. Neither the Church, nor the Diaconia, can just get rid of this obligation. The spiritual company can also spice up our social work, a value that we can add to our work. That is the second reason. Continue reading Offering a Spiritual Foundation

The Recreation Site Sola Gratia is functioning again

P1040001Amazing nature, original architecture, a variable space for various kinds of meetings – that is the recreational site Sola Gratia. At the beginning of the year 2016 the Diaconia of the ECCB took over its management and renewed its functioning.

The site is located in the eastern Czech Republic in the town Bystřice pod Hostýnem at the foot of the picturesque Hostýn hills that gained their name from the legendary pilgrimage place also called Hostýn.

Just like it was in the past, the site Sola Gratia will be used in a multifunctional way: for family retreats, children and youth camps, educational courses and spiritual meetings. It will also serve as a place for further education of amateur and professional musicians in church as well as secular music. Continue reading The Recreation Site Sola Gratia is functioning again

Reasons and Ways the Diaconia of the ECCB is Helping in Refugee Camps

Eliáš MolnárAs Seen by Eliáš Molnár from the ECCB Diaconia’s Centre for Humanitarian and Development Aid

Ahmed told me about how he acted when he found out that the “Daesh” bandits were drawing near. Being a former soldier, he picked up his kalashnikov, determined to defend his village, as he felt was his duty. The women and children were sent to safety, while Ahmed and several of his neighbours prepared for the fight.

The attackers had heavy-duty military equipment; the villagers only had a few machine guns. They managed to defend their houses for about three hours. At that point, they had to decide whether to stay and let the attackers massacre them, or whether to follow the women and children. They went with the second choice. Daesh, as Islamic State militants are pejoratively referred to in the Middle East, had just gained another piece of land. Ahmed had just become a refugee.

At first he thought he would only be away from his home for a few months. He did not believe the bandits would manage to keep the land they had gained. He was no pauper and so he spent the first month of his refugee life staying at a hotel. However, Daesh maintained its positions and Ahmed was beginning to run out of money. He started camping in the forest. Then winter came. Ahmed set out for a refugee camp in Kurdistan, Northern Iraq. That is where I met him. Continue reading Reasons and Ways the Diaconia of the ECCB is Helping in Refugee Camps