Delivering humanitarian aid has always been at the core of our activities, both in mobile teams throughout the country and now at our headquarters in Belgrade.
We began with our Hot Meal Program, providing upward of 1000 warm, nutritious meals a day, and quickly expanded into distributing essential non-food items on a daily basis to new arrivals and those sleeping rough in the city-centre, ensuring they had shoes, clothes, blankets, hygiene products and more.
We now focus on distribution within reception centres for those in need of non food items, as well as access to wheelchairs and other essential items through our Mobility Aid Program.
In partnership with Serbian NGO North Star we run ‘The Workshop’, a dedicated education centre which provides educational and recreational activities five days a week. Starting from the belief that communication in English is a basic necessity along their journeys, we developed ‘Survival English Classes’ that target the specific needs, vocabulary and high-priority English phrasing of the refugees/migrants currently in Belgrade, starting with health, clothing and asking for help. Our classes have since expanded into maths, science and geography, and our recreational workshops range from arts and crafts to cake decoration.
We believe that we can achieve more when we work together. That’s why partnerships with local communities have always been intrinsic to our work.
In the past we have worked closely with the International Women’s Club Belgrade for our “Women to Women” project, as well as with the community-driven knitting project Pletenje srcem to create much-needed hats and scarves.
Over Christmas 2016 we organised a ‘Shoebox Project’ to collect and deliver presents to both refugee and Serbian children in Belgrade and Zaječar. We partnered with youth groups, schools and businesses to prepare and deliver the gifts – in total we received over 600 presents which were then distributed to the following organisations: Centre for Social work in Ruma, Refugee Foundation Serbia, Info Park and the Children’s Centre in Zaječar.
We continue to work closely with local communities through our outreach events.