New homes for nine Roma families in Vladicin Han

Within the European Union assistance for flood relief in Serbia, the keys to new homes have been delivered to tenants of newly constructed residential block in Vladicin Han, local community Prekodolce on 26th April 2017. Nine Roma families, beneficiaries of social assistance, whose homes were destroyed by floods and landslides will move from containers into new homes equipped with furniture and household appliances.

Programme Manager of the EU Delegation to Serbia Ms. Maja Vuckovic-Krcmar said that the European Union had reacted swiftly following the May 2014 floods. The funds invested in flood relief projects came directly from EU tax payers and were distributed to Serbia through Instrument for Pre-Accession funds. As the major donor, the European Union provided 172 million Euros for the reconstruction in Serbia. The first donations beneficiaries received already in August 2014.

“We can say” said Vuckovic-Krcmar, “that we have done a tremendous job and we are more than happy with the results. This particular solution for Vladicin Han was an exception, as the floods here occurred in January 2015. Even though we had to follow strict bureaucratic procedures, the Delegation of the EU and the organization Help, which is very active and doing a good job in the south Serbia, have managed to integrate these people into the EU flood relief programme. The Vladicin Han Municipality sets an example of how a humane and significant project can be implemented with an active assistance and the local administration support thus illustrating the work of the European Union and its Delegation throughout Serbia. Another example of social housing is in Obrenovac, where we have built a building for social housing for 32 families, where Roma families as well were very well integrated. I hope that you here too will be satisfied and that you will enjoy your new homes” said Vuckovic-Krcmar.

With the coordinated EU Delegation and Help assistance, along the focused efforts by the local self-government, through securing the construction lot and local infrastructure connections, as well as the support provided by the Centre for Social Welfare and a health mediator, basic conditions were created for a decent life of these vulnerable families who now have a chance for a new beginning.

The State Secretary at the Ministry of Labour, Employment, Veteran and Social Affairs, Vladimir Ilic expressed his gratitude to the European Union and Help for joint efforts and added that this project was very important, especially having in mind that it regarded socially vulnerable members of the community. Ilic emphasized that the Government of the Republic of Serbia, social institutions and civil society are all on a shared mission, adding it takes a step further in order to help the socially vulnerable to overcome their difficulties and become equal members of the society.

President of the Municipality of Vladicin Han, Goran Mladenovic presented Letters of Appreciation to the EU Delegation and Help for their assistance for flood relief and expressed satisfaction with the results achieved. “I would like to thank the European Union, Help and the Ministry of Labour for being sensitive to the problems of flood affected families. Each invested dinar can be seen in the new homes of these nine Roma families” said Mladenovic.

Help Regional Coordinator Klaus Mock said that the construction of residential units for social housing, supported by the EU, was another example of good cooperation and targeted assistance provided to those in need, which is in line with the joint mission of all partners. “We used an empty space to construct a functional housing block and provide homes equipped with furniture and appliances, passageways and children’s playground. The total value of the investment into this local community, which includes the construction of prefabricated houses, furniture and household appliances, exterior – passageways, fence, green area and children’s playground, amounts to 208.088,00 Euros” said Mock. A part of the EU assistance for flood relief in Serbia programme, implemented by organisations ASB, DRC and Help, is focused on the construction and reconstruction of private homes, support to micro and small companies and farmers affected by the floods.
The European Union Assistance for Flood Relief in Serbia programme is a 78-million Euros Programme funded by the European Union. The overall objective of this action is to contribute to the efforts of the Government of Serbia to support the municipalities to restore living and working conditions, through the construction of new homes, the reconstruction of public institutions, private homes and roads and the revival of economy and agriculture in 43 municipalities hit hardest by the floods: Aleksinac, Arandjelovac, Bajina Basta, Boljevac, Gornji Milanovac, Ivanjica, Jagodina, Kladovo, Knic, Knjazevac, Koceljeva, Kosjeric, Kovacica, Kraljevo, Krupanj, Lazarevac, Loznica, Majdanpek, Mali Zvornik, Medvedja, Negotin, Novi Beograd, Obrenovac, Osecina, Paracin, Pozega, Sjenica, Smederevska Palanka, Surdulica, Svilajnac, Svrljig, Sabac, Sid, Ub, Uzice, Valjevo, Vladicin Han and Zajecar. Seven partners are implementing the Programme – the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS), the United Nations Organization for Food and Agriculture (FAO), the Austrian Development Agency (ADA), the World Bank (WB), the Hilfe zur Selbsthilfe e.V (Help), Arbeiter-Samariter-Bund Deutschland e.V (ASB) and the Danish Refugee Council (DRC) – in cooperation with the Government of Serbia’s Office for Public Investment Management (PIMO) and the European Integration Office (SEIO).

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European Union continues micro and small businesses revival in Obrenovac

Within the European Union flood assistance programme in Serbia, Help signed new grant contracts with the owners of agriculture households and entrepreneurs in Obrenovac on 6 April 2017.
Grant contracts for revival of income generating activities signed by 87 beneficiaries, 38 farmers and 49 entrepreneurs (hairdressers, beauty salons, bookkeepers, restaurants, warehouse…) in the second phase of the EU flood assistance implemented by Help in Obrenovac amounts to 150,000 EUR. Thus total value of the EU assistance provided through Help in Obrenovac reaches 1.300,000 EUR in Obrenovac for the reconstruction of 212 homes, 9 prefabricated houses equipped with the basic furniture and appliances, and 218 beneficiaries of the micro and small businesses and farmers.
EU flood assistance relief in Serbia implemented by ASB, DRC and Help is aimed at the construction and reconstruction of homes and assistance to the revival of income generating activities – micro businesses and farmers.

The European Union Assistance for Flood Relief in Serbia programme is a 78-milion Euros Programme funded by the European Union. The overall objective of this action is to contribute to the efforts of the Government of Serbia to support the municipalities to restore living and working conditions, through the construction of new homes, the reconstruction of public institutions, private homes and roads and the revival of economy and agriculture in 43 municipalities hit hardest by the floods: Aleksinac, Arandjelovac, Bajina Basta, Boljevac, Gornji Milanovac, Ivanjica, Jagodina, Kladovo, Knic, Knjazevac, Koceljeva, Kosjeric, Kovacica, Kraljevo, Krupanj, Lazarevac, Loznica, Majdanpek, Mali Zvornik, Medvedja, Negotin, Novi Beograd, Obrenovac, Osecina, Paracin, Pozega, Sjenica, Smederevska Palanka, Surdulica, Svilajnac, Svrljig, Sabac, Sid, Ub, Uzice, Valjevo, Vladicin Han and Zajeccar.
Seven partners are implementing the Programme in the field – the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS), the United Nations Organization for Food and Agriculture (FAO), the Austrian Development Agency (ADA), the World Bank (WB), the Help – Hilfe zur Selbsthilfe e.V. (Help), Arbeiter-Samariter-Bund Deutschland e.V. (ASB) and the Danish Refugee Council (DRC) – in cooperation with the Government of Serbia’s Office for Public Investment Management (PIMO) and the European Integration Office (SEIO).


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“Male pcelice” received three large greenhouses for vegetable production

On Friday, 31 March, 2017, Help officially handed over three large greenhouses for vegetable production, water tank and additional equipment to the Institution for adult’ social care “Male pcelice” Kragujevac. The equipment worth 20.000,00 EUR was donated to the Institution within the Help project supported by the German Government “Support to micro businesses in Serbia II” component Rehabilitation of beneficiaries in the Institution through occupational therapy. The occupational therapy focuses on adapting the environment, modifying the task, teaching the skills and educating the beneficiaries thus increasing their overall participation and performance in their daily activities.

Inside the Institution “Male pcelice”, with over 900 beneficiaries and around 300 employees, on 17 hectares of arable land a variety of vegetables are planted and harvested for the use of the Institution and the beneficiaries. Donated equipment contributes to the self-sustainability of the Institution increasing the production range (in variety and quantity), and indirectly affects the rehabilitation process of the beneficiaries. They will be able to increase their skills for everyday activities performance through occupational therapy based on environment adapting, modifying tasks and learning. In addition the Institution will be supported with the trainings tailored to suit the needs of the employees and beneficiaries.

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Support to the improvement of the living conditions of forced migrants and closure of collective centres


Committee for the selection of beneficiaries within the project “Support to the improvement of the living conditions of forced migrants and closure of collective centres” financed by the European Union through Delegation of the EU in the Republic of Serbia, for the component “Prefabricated houses” intended for the improvement of the living conditions and closure of the collective centre “Parking servis” Ada Ciganlija, at the committee session held on 05 April 2017, made the following decisions and priority lists (lists are available in Serbian only):

  1. Predlog liste PS ADA 30
  2. Predlog liste PS ADA 40
  3. Predlog liste PS ADA 50
  4. Predlog liste PS ADA 60

The complaints may be filed through the Municipal Council of the City Municipality CUkarica through the Cukarica Trustee’s Office within fifteen (15) days upon the publishing of the list.

Service for the benefit of the local community

Help beneficiaries within the Sida funded project “Poverty reduction and enhancement of employment opportunities of marginalized and vulnerable population groups with focus on Roma women in Serbia” in Krusevac and Pozarevac used the third week of March to perform the community services for the benefit of their local commune.

Hence in Krusevac on the 21st of March, the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, as well as the International Day of Forests, a group of 20 Help beneficiaries (10 Roma and 10 non-Roma) was organized to mark these events by planting the trees.

The action of planting 15 evergreen and 10 deciduous trees (bedding plants were supplied by the public company “Srbija Sume”) was organized in the yards of the school and one of the oldest preschools “Kolibri” in Gornji Stepos settlement in Krusevac.

A number of beneficiaries supported in Pozarevac performed their share of community service within the Pozarevac Historical Archives, a cultural institution for preservation of documentary material and archival content of cultural heritage of the Branicevo County dating from XVII to XX century, assisted in sorting out the archive. While the rest of them worked on maintaining the Sports centre swimming pool area (they prepared and painted the fence).

Through this activity Help beneficiaries reminded public that only united in tolerance and respecting environment we inhabit, we can thrive in a better future.



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Emergency aid for refugees and asylum seekers in Serbia and Greece

Duration: February 2015 – January 2017
Donor: German Federal Foreign Office (AA)
Budget (component in Serbia): 1.320.025,00 EUR
Region: Republic of Serbia – Belgrade, Bogovadja, Pirot, Presevo, Sid, Subotica

Goals/Objectives:
To ensure adequate living conditions by meeting the food and hygiene needs of refugees / asylum seekers in Serbia and strengthen the capacity of the Serbian Commissariat for Refugees and Migration and Serbian Red Cross.

Description:
In close cooperation with the Serbian Red Cross, distribution of dry food and hygiene parcels to refugees/asylum seekers in Belgrade, Sid (West Serbian border to Croatia) and Subotica (North Serbian border to Hungary) has been organized. In addition, daily deliveries of fresh fruits to the refugees/migrants strained on the no-man’s-land between Serbia and Hungary have been initiated through the local partner Humanitarian Centre for Integration and Tolerance during July/August 2016. In order to assist Red Cross in preparation of cooked meals for refugees /asylum seekers stranded in Serbia for a longer period of time distribution of fresh food has been organized. Moreover, facility of the Red Cross in Presevo (South Serbian border to Macedonia) is equipped with the professional kitchen equipment for the preparation of approx. 500 cooked meals per day. Technical capacity of the Red Cross of Serbia has been significantly improved through the donation of 6 vehicles within the project. Based on the identified needs for additional labour, 24 translators, social workers or assistants were employed during February/March 2016 in support of Serbian Commissariat for Refugees and Migration and Red Cross of Serbia. Additional assistance is provided to Serbian Commissariat for Refugees and Migration through enhancement of the living conditions of the official asylum and reception/transit centres in Serbia. Asylum centre – Bogovadja refurbished and additional needed equipment procured for migrant centres.

Expected outputs:
O1 – Up to 100,000 individual food parcels, 90,000 hygiene parcels and 200,000 cooked meals distributed.
O2 – technical capacity of Serbian Red Cross and Commissariat improved, additional labour engaged, 6 vehicles procured and 1 professional kitchen distributed.
O3 – 1 asylum centre rehabilitated and 3 asylum/transit centres equipped by the end of the project.
Results achived in 2016:
  • 93.690 basic food parcels distributed during 2016 in Sid Reception Centres for Migrants
  • 95.772 basic hygiene parcels distributed during 2016 in Belgrade and Sid Reception Centre for Migrants
  • 24 translators, administrative support paid and seconded to Commissariat for Refugees and Migration (for two months during February / March 2016)
  • 6 used vehicles procured and delivered to Red Cross of Serbia
  • professional kitchen equipment procured, delivered and installed for Red Cross Presevo
  • heating system equipment for Reception Centre for Migrants in Pirot city procured, delivered and installed
  • fresh food delivered for the preparation of 89,670 cooked meals prepared by the 20 December 2016 in Asylum Centre in Bogovadja, 121,149 ready meals delivered by the 20 December in 3 Reception Centres in Sid municipality (Adasevci, Stanica and Principovac), 2,190 baby meals prepared in Asylum center in Bogovadja and Belgrade (Krnjaca) from the baby milk distributed, fresh fruit distributed to Subotica center: 1,157.50 kg of oranges, 5,070.40kg of bananas, 4,220 kg of canned dates, 12,020 croissants and 30,090 biscuits procured and delivered to Asylum center Belgrade (Krnjaca) and 3 Reception Centres in Sid municipality (Adasevci, Stanica and Principovac)
  • hygiene items for 2,000 persons in Reception Centres in Sid and Belgrade delivered
  • Rehabilitation of Asylum Center Bogovadja, facility in ownership of Red Cross Belgrade

Funds allocation until 20 December 2016:
Total amount spent by 20 December 2016
Food parcels € 248,737.21
Hygiene parcels € 260,124.50
Employment of add. staff for Commissariat € 29,056.37
Vehicles for Red Cross Serbia € 48,160.61
Kitchen equipment for Red Cross Presevo € 25,471.67
Heating system equipment € 29,848.24
Food for cooked meals/ ready meals/ fruits / biscuits € 263,113.81
Rehabilitation of facilities for reception of migrants and asylum seekers € 100,211.10
Total per project: € 1,004,723.5

European Union assistance in response to the migrant/refugee crisis in Serbia

Duration: November 2015 – December 2016
Donor: European Union through Delegation of the EU to the Republic of Serbia
Budget: 1.000.000,00 EUR
Region: Republic of Serbia, Bosilegrad, Pirot, Belgrade, Sid, Sombor, Presevo, Dimitrovgrad, Subotica, Sjenica, Tutin, Banja Koviljaca, Bogovadja

Target group:
Migrants/refugees travelling through Serbia
Commissariat for Refugees and Migrations,
Ministry of Labour, Employment,
Veteran and Social affairs,
Ministry of Interior

Goals/Objectives:
Overall objective of the project is to enhance the migrant/refugee reception capacity in the Republic of Serbia and enable compliance and protection of their basic human rights by securing reception conditions meet the minimum standards.
Specific objective of the project is to ensure safe and secure collective accommodation for migrants/refugees travelling through the Republic of Serbia as well as the basic service provision for migrants/refugees residing in reception/emergency assistance centres.

Description:
Two reception/temporary accommodation centres for migrants/refugees to be reconstructed/adapted in order to increase overall temporary accommodation capacity. In addition, Commissariat for Refugees and Migrations and the Ministry of Labour, Employment, Veteran and Social Affairs will be supported through the deployment of staff for proper centre management and provision of basic services including social and psychosocial assistance.

Results:
  • O1 – Targeted centres for the reception and accommodation of migrants/refugees rehabilitated/adapted and furnished to meet minimum standards and accommodation capacity increased for cca. 320 persons:
    1) Reception Centre Pirot (approx. 129,000 EUR spent for rehabilitation and provision of bed sets for the accommodation of cca. 250 persons) and
    2) Reception Centre Bosilegrad (approx. 86,000 EUR spent for refurbishing and equipping for the accommodation of cca.70 persons);
  • O2 – Targeted reception centres became fully operational (in average, 53 support staff engaged monthly (including 14 centre coordinators, 20 administrative staff, 3 translators and 16 hygiene maintenance workers ) and deployed to the Commissariat for Refugees and Migration for centre’s operations), total costs: 399.045,41 EUR;
  • O3 – Capacities of local Social Welfare Centres in targeted municipalities increased (in average 22 social workers engaged monthly and deployed to the Ministry of Labour, Employment, Veteran and Social Affairs to provide social and psychosocial services to the targeted beneficiaries), total costs: 125.788,65 EUR;
  • O4 – 320 additional bed sets distributed to Tutin and Sjenica Asylum Centres, total costs: 31.435,09 evra;
  • O5 – 6 containers delivered and installed in Reception Centre Sombor, total costs: 30.837,26 EUR;
  • 06 – Representatives of Ministry of Interior and Commissariat for Refugees and Migration provided with the accommodation and meals on the migration route through Serbia during their actions related to reception and sheltering: 184 overnights covered (including breakfast), 10,561 meals covered, total costs 33.301,44 EUR.


Stabilization of the health situation for migrants/refugees and the local population / Emergency assistance for Syrian refugees in Serbia

Duration:October 2015 – April 2016
Donor: German Government – the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
Budget:875.000,00 EUR
Additional funds: Private donations received through Germany’s Relief Coalition (Aktion Deutschland Hilft) ADH in the total amount of 179.385,00 EUR
Region: Republic of Serbia, Bujanovac, Kanjiza, Pirot, Presevo, Sid, Sombor and Subotica


Goals/Objectives:

The overall objective of the project was to enhance the temporary accommodation capacities and provision of emergency medical assistance to the migrants as well as in the long-term to the local population through reconstruction/renovation of health care facilities, provision of ambulance vehicles and medical equipment in the targeted area.

Description:

Within the project, the capacities of six health centres in Serbia have been increased through the infrastructure works, provision of medical equipment and ambulance vehicles. Besides the medical equipment donated within the project to the Health Centres in Kanjiza, Pirot, Presevo, Sid, Sombor and Subotica, the facilities of Centres in Kanjiza, Pirot, Sid, Sombor and Subotica were also rehabilitated. Seven ambulance vehicles fully equipped with the medical gears additionally increased capacities of the centres in Bujanovac, Kanjiza, Pirot, Presevo, Sombor, Subotica and Sid for emergency medical care provision. These activities significantly improved medical care capacities for cca 300,000 people in the targeted communities.

In addition, the overall accommodation capacities for migrants / refuges transiting Serbia have been increased for cca. 400 persons, on a daily basis, through the reconstruction / construction of the two facilities, reception centres – “Principovac” in Sid and “Sikara” in Sombor, thus contributing to the resolving of migration crisis in Serbia. The renovated/constructed temporary accommodation centres for migrants are to be entrusted to the local communities once the need for their initial purpose is ended.

Moreover, Serbian Red Cross has been supported through the project and their capacities for the temporary assistance to migrants, preparation and delivery of food have been enhanced. One professional kitchen have been renovated and equipped for Red Cross in Sombor, while the vehicle for transport of food has been donated to the Red Cross of Sid.

Results:

  • Seven ambulance vehicles with the medical equipment delivered to Bujanovac, Kanjiza, Pirot, Presevo, Sombor, Subotica and Sid,
  • Six health centres reconstructed/adapted and equipped with medical appliances and/or tools in Kanjiza, Pirot, Presevo, Sombor, Subotica, Sid,
  • One Red Cross soup kitchen reconstructed/adapted and equipped in Sombor,
  • Two temporary migrants/reception centres reconstructed/constructed in Principovac Sid and Sikara Sombor which was also furnished and aimed at the local community benefit in the long-term,
  • Thus enabling cca 300,000 local population to benefit from the medical care facilities reconstruction/adaptation and furnishing through improved health care provision,
  • At the same time responding to the emergency needs assistance to the migrants in transit through Serbia.


Location / activities Ambulance vehicle with equipment Health centre reconstruction and equipment Red Cross soup kitchen reconstruction and professional equipment Temporary reception centre / local community long-term facility / works and equipment
Bujanovac 25,000.00
Kanjiza 25,000.00 45,130.51
Pirot 25,000.00 32,278.58
Presevo 25,000.00 12,117.60 19,914.69
Sombor 25,000.00 92,447.59 35,921.36 194,000.00
Subotica 25,000.00 89,900.91
Sid 25,000.00 83,417.07 9,000.00 77,776.82
Total per activity 175,00000 355,292.26 64,386.05 271,776.82

Help Managing Director visit to Serbia

Help Managing Director Ms. Karin Settele visited Serbia field activities in the beginning of February 2017. During a tight three-day schedule Ms. Settele and the Help Serbia team visited five cities and municipalities with the most vibrant Help activities ongoing through several projects for migrants/refugees assistance, income generating activities, and flood relief assistance.

In Bogovadja she witnessed the renovated asylum centre with 250 beds capacity, equipped with a new kitchen, totalling assistance provided nearly 200.000 EUR. In Sombor Help built a reception/asylum centre with 150 beds, intended for accommodation of migrants/refugees during the crisis, but in the long run the centre is intended for the care of local vulnerable population groups, educational purposes and accommodation. In addition, six combined containers (for accommodation, storage, medical assistance, with sanitary blocks) were procured and delivered to the Reception centre Sombor. Sombor was also assisted with the ambulance vehicle with medical equipment, health centre reconstructed and equipped, as well as the Red Cross soup kitchen reconstructed and furnished with appliances.

In Pirot, Ms. Settele also visited the centre for temporary accommodation of migrants renovated and equipped through the EU and German funds, but also paid a visit to a Help supported recycling cooperative for the marginalized population, and greenhouse flower growing Roma producer.

In Nis, she observed the assistance provided to the Correctional institution and other Roma recycling cooperative established through German funds. In Svilajnac Ms. Settele visited couple of beneficiaries supported within the EU assistance for flood relief in Serbia, whose houses were constructed, reconstructed and income generating activities rehabilitated within the programme.

“I’m very pleased that with the support from the German Government and the European Union we have been able to assist refugees as well as local disadvantaged groups in Serbia in different sectors in order to improve their situation.” said Ms. Settele after the visit, with appreciation of the coordinated and quality cooperation with national and local stakeholders and partner organizations throughout the migrants crisis.