Charitable Efforts

Help Improve the Quality of Education in Macedonia

You are among the first to learn about an exciting new initiative that will improve the quality of education for primary school children in Macedonia.

The United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD) and the Academy for Educational Development (AED), both tax-exempt non-profit organizations based in Washington, D.C., have joined forces to raise money for primary schools in Macedonia.  UMD and AED are partners in the Primary Education Project (PEP) aimed at strengthening the quality of teaching and learning in all public primary schools in Macedonia.  PEP is a continuation of a cluster of USAID-funded projects to strengthen education in Macedonia and support decentralization efforts, as Macedonia seeks admission to the European Union.

Give Hope. Help Andrijana and Mende Risteski

Give Hope. Help Andrijana and Mende Risteski

UMD Update:  Andrijana and Mende spent last week in the U.S. for medical tests at Johns Hopkins University Medical Center in Baltimore.  Andrijana will need to undergo surgery very soon costing over $50,000.  Unfortunately, the family has virtually no money to fund this surgery.  Please consider helping Andrijana.  Below is information from UMD’s previous work with the Risteski family and how you can contribute.

Give Hope. Help Andrijana and Mende Risteski!

UMD and Splash of Hope Announce Partnership Fund for Macedonian Children

UMD and Splash of Hope Announce Partnership Fund for Macedonian Children

For Immediate Release
DATE:  06-25-2008
Contact Information:  UMD’s Charitable Efforts Coordinator Aleksandra Trpkovska, (586) 383-1721, [email protected]
 

WASHINGTON, D.C. & LOS ANGELES – June 25, 2008 – The United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD) and Splash of Hope are pleased to announce a partnership to form The Fund for Macedonian Children.  The Fund’s goal is to invest in the creation of effective humanitarian programs designed to benefit the youth of Macedonia and thereby forge a better future for the entire Balkan region.

UMD Establishes Reconstruction Fund for St. Jovan Bigorski Monastery

UMD Establishes Reconstruction Fund for St. Jovan Bigorski Monastery

WASHINGTON, D.C. – October 1, 2009 – The United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD) expressed sorrow today over a fire that severely damaged one of Macedonia’s most significant cultural heritage sites, St. Jovan Bigorski Monastery.  Established in the 11th century, St. Jovan Bigorski Monastery, near the city of Gostivar, is dedicated to Saint John the Baptist.  It is renowned for its wood-carved iconostasis, considered one of the most beautiful throughout the Orthodox world.  Damages of the fire are estimated to amount close to 5.5 million euros.

UMD Helps Baba and Dedo in Macedonia

UMD Helps Baba and Dedo in Macedonia

Every year, UMD organizes a donation from the diaspora community for Macedonia.  This year, UMD decided to focus on helping the elderly who reside in the senior citizens’ homes throughout Macedonia.  Over the holiday season, thanks to the donations of Macedonian Diaspora around the world, and Macedonians in Macedonia as well, UMD was able to raise $2,500, which was matched by UMD’s Charitable Fund, totaling $5,000.