Old Catholic Archdiocese of Saint Christophorus RAB, General Vicariate of Slovenia

Association of Saint Christophorus is a non-governmental, but ecclesiastic trans-regional association of Old Catholic Archdiocese and Province of Saint Christophorus in Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, and Bosnia with Herzegovina. Our goals: regional cooperation, meetings with partners, proposals for the NGO developing.

Description

Association of Saint Christophorus is a non-governmental, but ecclesiastic trans-regional association of Old Catholic Archdiocese and Province of Saint Christophorus in Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, and Bosnia with Herzegovina. Our goals: regional cooperation, meetings with partners, proposals for the NGO developing. Our mission: social inclusion, care for vulnerable social, ethnic, cultural groups, especially Gypsies, Sinti, Romani. Our mission is as well Human Rights on the platform of former Yugoslavia; Children and Youth care; Socialisation, integration of ethnic groups and refugees; Democracy trough the Law; Regional and local development; Cultural heritage; Social care for elderly; day care for the youth and elderly people; Anti-racism policy, education for democracy;

Type of partner/expertise sought

As part of its activity in areas of social care and cohesion, health care, culture, environment and new technologies through a wide range of humanitarian and development initiatives, Saint Christophorus (Mission):
• records and provides reliable and continuously updated information on the needs of the Archdiocese of Rab Croatia, Slovenia, Serbia in developing countries
• designs and submits recommendations to national, European and international organisations
• coordinates, manages and implements approved activities and projects
• provides emergency and regular humanitarian aid to and abroad
• implements development initiatives and projects in those countries, and in developing countries
• plans, manages and implements training programs for vulnerable groups, immigrants and workers
• cooperates with national and international bodies
Social Cohesion and Health Care

Actions
• Submission of proposals
• Coordination, management and implementation of European and national programs
• Planning, organization and administration of educational programs
• Consulting, support and legal services to vulnerable groups and immigrants

Areas of Interest
• Improvement of the living conditions of vulnerable social groups through humanitarian assistance and integrated interventions
• Promotion of social and vocational integration and reintegration of socially vulnerable groups and immigrants
• Implementation of equal opportunities for the socially vulnerable, and immigrants
• Promotion social and cultural integration of immigrants and refugees
• Offering support services for socially vulnerable groups
• Expanding social dialogue with vulnerable groups and immigrants
• Design and implementation of proposals and projects aimed at the de-institutionalisation of the mental ill and independent living for people with special needs (SEN)
• Expansion of partnerships around social causes

Environment
Actions
• Submission, coordination, management and implementation of European and national programs
• Implementation of initiatives to promote sustainable development

Areas of Interest
• Establishment of Environmental Monitoring Framework in collaboration with the Environment Centre of the Archdiocese of Rab and regional countries where the Saint Christophorus is registered;
• Design of an environmental management scheme at Saint Christophorus and the Old Catholic and Orthodox Archdiocese of Rab premises
• Information and awareness-raising on environmental issues
• Undertaking actions to improve the quality of life in the built and natural environment (reforestation, cleaning beaches, recycling etc.).

Culture
Actions
• Submission, coordination, management and implementation of European and national programs
• Proposals concerning the promotion of ecclesiastical cultural heritage and the contribution of culture professions in economic development

Areas of Interest
• Research the coherence of history and cultural heritage
• Promote actions for the protection and documentation of ecclesiastical cultural heritage

New Technologies
Actions
• Creation of databases for the development of social and welfare activities and of after crises management
• Digitisation of the cultural ecclesiastical heritage
• Development of distance learning programs

COOPERATION WITH INTERNATIONAL ORGANISATIONS
Along with the activation at national level, Old Catholic and Orthodox Archdiocese of Saint Christophorus has already developed, and is expanding cooperation with international actors in order to enhance its humanitarian and social profile as well as to acquire and exchange expertise. Through regional cooperation Association of Saint Christophorus Slovenia seeks to promote expansion of cooperation at international level and to participate actively in the dialogue addressing significant issues that are jointly tackled by governments with representatives of civil society, such as human rights, casualties from conflicts (support to infrastructure rehabilitation, economic recovery, destruction of cultural wealth etc.), AIDS, child labor and prostitution, trafficking, climate change, water quality in both developing and developed countries etc.

Type of expertise/competence offered

Saint Christophorus Old Catholic Mission is looking for a partner with financial capacities and sources, whose main area of interest is children, youth, elderly people, vulnerable social groups, ethnic minorities such as: Gypsies, Sinti, Romani in terms of providing capacity building, training, recreational occupation therapy, stimulation of their individual capacities and acknowledgement of skills. Partners should have an experience on initiatives toward social inclusion either through education and training as well as counseling especially to children or/and their families. Partners should also be familiar with humanitarian aid along with development interventions to the socially vulnerable, and be willing to initiate a best practice and know how exchange with



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