The Charity Centre for Refugees (CCR) is a non-governmental, non-profit, non-religious and an apolitical organisation created in November 1999. The main partners are the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the Bureau for Migration and Asylum under the Ministry of Interior of the Republic of Moldova.
CCR mission is to facilitate the pre-integration of the asylum-seekers and integration of refugees into the Moldovan society by conducting community-based activities, ensuring their self-reliance, access to new communities and raising awareness toward them.
The services that CCR has been providing during 21 years of work include:
- Labour market integration: employment assistance, post-employment monitoring, support to access vocational training, consulting on business opening, support to access furloughs and other employment benefits, information sessions about conflict mediation at the workplace, etc;
- Linguistic integration: support in acquiring basic communication skills at online and offline language courses organized at the Temporary Accommodation Centre for asylum-seekers and Community Centre for refugees, providing necessary supplies and toolkits for students;
- Educational assistance: support to access formal schooling and provision of school supplies, assistance to access higher education, covering tuition fees for most vulnerable students, computer classes, information sessions about education opportunities, entrepreneurship, refugees’ rights, entitlements and duties, sexual and gender-based violence, etc.;
- Social assistance: support to access social lunches for new arrived asylum-seekers in the framework of collaboration with the Municipal Directorate for Social Work and Health, guidance on how to register at the family doctor and access state health benefits, maintenance of the laundry at the Temporary Accommodation Centre, maintenance of the second-hand room, cash-based intervention (CBI) assistance to the most vulnerable asylum-seekers and refugees (elderly, disabled, etc.), monitoring visits and counselling in places where refugees and asylum-seekers study, live and work, referral information and guidance, coordination of social houses in two villages;
- Intercultural and multicultural dialogue: extracurricular and recreational activities, celebration of national and international holidays, summers school (Arabic classes, dance classes and art circles) and Refugee Women’s Club activities (haircutting, tailoring, handmade workshops);
- Naturalization: support in preparing for language and Constitution exams for citizenship, information on procedure;
- Raising awareness: participation at local events such as Inter-Ethnic Festival, Winter Charity Bazaar, etc., collaboration with mass-media, FARE football matches, meetings with local students to foster tolerance and anti-discriminatory attitudes, etc.