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.
We now distribute non-food items on a daily basis to new arrivals and those sleeping rough in the city-centre, ensuring they have shoes, clothes, blankets, hygiene products and more. We also provide access to wheelchairs and other essential items through our Mobility Aid Program.
In partnership with Serbian NGO North Star we are running English language lessons five days a week, stemming from the belief that communication in English is a basic necessity along their journeys. These ‘Survival English Classes’ 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. Workshops are currently held in partnership with Info Park and include both beginner and intermediate sessions.
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.