Our story

The association „Council of the Refugee Women in Bulgaria”, or CRWB, has been established in May, 2002, by refugee women from various countries. Among them was its current Chair – Lina Awanis. On the 17th of May, 2003 CRWB has been officially registered by the relevant local authorities as a non-governmental organization of public interest under reg. № 1221 / 2003.
For the next years, the association supports refugees and foreign nationals who have been granted humanitarian status in their adaptation and integration process, as well as guides and provides information to asylum seekers. The Council also collaborates with expert translations, advisory and representation services, and information regarding legal rights and oblications. CRWB takes care for marking typical holidays, observing traditions, and raising awareness about them in the Bulgarian society, as well as presenting the Bulgarian culture and customs before the refugee community.

In 2018, The Council of Refugee Women in Bulgaria celebrated its 15th anniversary, satisfied with expert work well done, as well as with the constant expansion of the NGO`s scope and the growth of tis positive influence. Only for the last year, CRWB managed to help and improve the lives of 1085 asylum seekers and 722 refugees during the different process of their social adaptation and integration in the Bulgarian society.