Eurodiaconia is a European network of churches and Christian NGOs providing social and health care services and advocating social justice.
Together their membership represents the needs and unique experiences of 46 national and regional organisations in 32 countries.
Diakonia is Greek for service and in the biblical sense, this means service for and with people in need.
Diaconal work, Christian faith-motivated work for social justice and provision of social care, has a very long history and has traditionally emanated from the Church. However, recent years have seen the emergence of independent or church-related NGOs working in the same tradition.
In 1995, several such diaconal organisations in Europe agreed to form a network that would concern itself with the issues and policies of the European Union and its impact on the work of diaconal organisations.
Eurodiaconia was duly formed and registered as an NGO in Strasbourg, France, in 1997. In 2008, the legal entity was transferred and registered in Belgium as an Association Internationale Sans But Lucratif (e.g not-for-profit international association).
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