Arendje: ‘I stand up for a flourishing Eastern Europe’ 

Arendje is a thematic expert on Community Safety Nets at Dorcas. She is also one of the driving forces behind CPOE, a network of Christian humanitarian assistance organisations and other NGOs operating in Eastern Europe.  

Arendje: ‘In Eastern Europe, numerous Christian NGOs are active. Some organisations specialise in specific areas, working within a niche, while others engage in various activities. Several years ago, CPOE was established by larger organisations, including Dorcas. CPOE aims to connect both large and small Christian organisations to share knowledge and expertise, provide a platform for networking, enhance external visibility, and serve as a catalyst for joint projects. This approach has proven effective: organisations previously unaware of each other’s existence are now collaborating.’ 

‘As CPOE, we can assist more participants in strengthening their capacities and train our members on current topics such as project cycle management, agriculture, and the history of the Roma in Eastern Europe. From Dorcas, I bring a wealth of knowledge and experience that supports others in their work and opens doors to additional knowledge partners. We are eager to witness positive change in Eastern Europe, and CPOE can contribute to that goal. A while ago, we, along with nineteen organisations, wrote a letter to informer Ronald Plasterk, drawing attention to the humanitarian situation in Ukraine. We could make a collective impact that individual organisations could not have achieved alone. Together we are joining forces for a flourishing Eastern Europe.’ 

‘As CPOE, our goal is to connect people. Therefore, we are organising a conference in Romania in June, bringing together participants from the network. During this engaging conference, we will focus on interaction and knowledge-sharing, taking time to truly listen to each other’s stories and experiences.’ 

‘Lectures will cover topics such as human trafficking, Roma issues, working methodologies, and economic development. I am proud that we, as CPOE, can organise this conference and look forward to a rewarding time.’ 

For more information about the CPOE conference, please visit: Conference Eastern Europe 2024 – Prisma ( 

𝘛𝘩𝘪𝘴 𝘴𝘵𝘰𝘳𝘺 𝘪𝘴 𝘱𝘢𝘳𝘵 𝘰𝘧 𝘋𝘰𝘳𝘤𝘢𝘴’ 𝘩𝘶𝘮𝘢𝘯 𝘳𝘪𝘨𝘩𝘵𝘴 𝘤𝘢𝘮𝘱𝘢𝘪𝘨𝘯. 𝘙𝘦𝘢𝘥 𝘮𝘰𝘳𝘦 𝘴𝘵𝘰𝘳𝘪𝘦𝘴 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘴𝘵𝘢𝘵𝘦𝘮𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘴 𝘰𝘯 𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘥𝘦𝘥𝘪𝘤𝘢𝘵𝘦𝘥 𝘩𝘶𝘮𝘢𝘯 𝘳𝘪𝘨𝘩𝘵𝘴 𝘱𝘢𝘨𝘦. Human Rights: Contributing to a just society – Dorcas

12 March 2024

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