“being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” Philippians 1:6 

The Roma community are a minority group accounting for 5% of the population in Macedonia. 

They are very poor, having had limited access to education.  With very few options in life they often resort to begging and stealing to survive.  Children struggle to attend school, either working alongside their parents – mainly in agricultural work – or begging on the streets.  For these children attending school is very difficult as their parents, themselves illiterate, are not able to support them.  Though the local schools are very keen to support, families find it very difficult to engage with the education system. 

There are 20 families specifically supported by our partner.  They all live in an abandoned community building, which was built in the time of the Ottoman Empire and previously used by soldiers as an army base.

Our work

Now beginning to read and write, she wants to go to school

Rope has been supporting the work of the Evangelical Church of Kocani and their Pastor Venco since 2001 as they seek to bring God's love and compassion to this extremely marginalised group of people.

Through a “soup kitchen” our partners offer the children from this community a place of safety and warmth, where they can be fed.  The kitchen is located in the church, open all day, 5 days a week and provides a hot main meal for any child who drops in. 

The project not only feeds the children physically but also spiritually.  The team offer prayer and share Bible stories.  By encouraging the children to come to a place which is safe, warm and welcoming, our partners hope to improve their lives through a balanced diet of “daily bread and the word of God as spiritual bread”.

It costs £4 a week to feed a child

Our partners have extended their work supporting those children not currently attending school.  Pastor Venco's wife, a teacher herself, has introduced a basic learning programme on an informal, small group basis, providing one to one tuition.  This has led to the children re-engaging as they develop confidence in their ability to learn and some have re-enrolled in the local school.