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Strengthening psychosocial support services and legal counseling for people living with HIV / AIDS - second phase

Within the project "Strengthening psychosocial support services and legal counseling for people living with HIV / AIDS - second phase", implemented in cooperation with the German organization Brot fur die Welt, and with the support of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development of the Federal Republic of Germany (BMZ), via thе Protestant Association for Cooperation in Development (EZE), Philanthropy continues to provide support to people living with HIV / AIDS, through counseling in the areas of social and legal protection, assistance in cases of stigma and discrimination, as well as direct humanitarian support to people living with HIV / AIDS. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Philanthropy is not able to organise gatherings with beneficiaries within the same intensity as prior to pandemic, but regular contact is preserved via mobile applications. Philanthropy’s Volunteers' Team visits semi mobile and immobile beneficiaries, as well as people living with HIV/AIDS who have a disability. For those exposed to poverty, Philanthropy provides hygiene and food kits. With its long-term partners (Institute of Public Health of Serbia, Clinics for Infectious Diseases in Belgrade, Nis, Novi Sad and Kragujevac, USOP, DPNSEE, etc.), Philanthropy actively collaborates and advocates for improving the position of people living with HIV / AIDS in Serbia. On the occasion of 1 December, the International AIDS Day, seven local governments (Subotica, Novi Sad, Sabac, Zajecar, Nis and Novi Sad and the Belgrade municipality Stari Grad) joined the cities of Kragujevac and Sombor and Belgrade municipality Zvezdara and signed the Paris Declaration – Fast Track Cities: Ending the AIDS Epidemic (https://www.unaids.org/.../20141201_Paris_Declaration_en.pdf). The signatories pledged to step up their efforts to combat HIV / AIDS in their local communities.

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CONEX project

On December 1 and 2, 2021, Philanthropy distributed CVA to 195 socially vulnerable HH in Kragujevac. This assistance is part of the project CONEX Balkan: Covid-19 Nexus response for improving the socio-economic situation of marginalized people in 6 Western Balkan countries, Philanthropy, in cooperation with Diakonia ACT Austria, supported by the Austrian Development Agency, implements in the cities of Kragujevac and Kraljevo and the municipality of Lucani. The project aims to respond to the needs of vulnerable groups particularly affected by the COVID-19 crisis, such as the elderly, vulnerable women, Roma, refugees and internally displaced persons, and people with disabilities. The project will especially respond to problems related to: - Lack of food, medicine and other essential supplies - Deterioration of economic conditions - Isolation and lack of access to social services The project started on April 1, 2021 and lasts for two years. In addition to Serbia, the project is being implemented in the Western Balkans region. During the project, in addition to CVA, beneficiaries will have the opportunity to receive services in the field of social protection, health care, psycho-social support, as well as small businesses trainings.

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CONTINUATION OF COOPERATION WITH AUSTRIAN PARTNERS

  On 1 September 2021, Philanthropy lounched a new 18-month project " ASSIST – Action to Strengthen Solidarity in Serbia and Moldova in Times of COVID 19 to Protect Older People’s Health and Wellbeing." The project is implemented in cooperation with the Federal Ministry of Social Affairs, Health, Care and Consumer Protection of the Republic of Austria and the organisation Brot für die Welt. The project includes activities on the territory of urban and rural areas in the region of the cities of Kragujevac and Kraljevo and the municipality of Ruma. The project targets older persons, who, in addition to the licensed Home Help service, will have the opportunity to participate in computer training specifically tailored for their needs, as well as in creative workshops. Older people will also receive diverse health care services, provided by mobile teams of specialist medical doctors, while part of the activities will be focused on raising awareness on gender-based violence.

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Project for Increasing Resilience to Natural Disasters and Enhancing Preparedness Strategy

Philanthropy started implementing the project "Project for Increasing Resilience to Natural Disasters and Enhancing Preparedness Strategy - PREPS" in September 2020. The project is being implemented in 14 municipalities in Serbia and BiH, in which an increased risk of natural disasters has been detected, and which do not have sufficiently developed capacity to reduce the risk of natural disasters. The project is funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and is implemented by CRS in BiH, and Philanthropy and Caritas Serbia in Serbia.

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Philanthropy is opening the urgent shelter

Philanthropy, in collaboration with the City of Kragujevac and the Centre for Social Work, is opening the urgent shelter for socially vulnerable homeless persons in Kragujevac. This service will enable protection of beneficiaries' health well-being and prevent COVID19 spreading. Urgent shelter will be provided based on the referrals submitted by the Centre for Social Welfare, according to the Law on Social Protection. 

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