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Improvement of Critical DRR Infrastructure

  Within the project "Project for Increasing Resilience to Natural Disasters and Enhancing Preparedness Strategy (PREPS) in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia", Philanthropy provided a small grant and supported the action of the City of Kraljevo dedicated to improvement of critical infrastructure, during which a series of DRR prevention activities were conducted. Kraljevo is one of the eight cities and municipalities in Serbia where PREPS project is being implemented, being the community with high risk of natural disasters. In addition to Serbia, PREPS project is being implemented in Bosnia and Herzegovina, in communities facing an increased risk of natural disasters, while not having adequate DRR capacities. The project is funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and implemented by CRS (Catholic Relief Services) in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and by Philanthropy and Caritas Serbia in Serbia.   http://civilnazastitakraljevo.rs/akcija-unapredjenja-stanja-kriticne-infrastrukture/?fbclid=IwAR1HqqZW9xlGlGP5tI76SZIKNIiCix1nOA-tLAdQySx18dDgtMVsvg5symg 

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Emergency assistance for elderly persons in rural areas

During the last week of April 2022, Philanthropy distributed emergency assistance to elderly people living in rural areas in Kragujevac, Kraljevo and Ruma. 600 elderly people and their families received food and WASH kits, thus compensating for their own needs that arose as a result of the negative effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Food and WASH kits were provided through the project „ASSIST – Action to Strengthen Solidarity in Serbia and Moldova in Times of COVID 19 to Protect Older People’s Health and Wellbeing“, 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.

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Training for the improvement of women's businesses in rural areas

Philanthropy organised training for the improvement of women's businesses in rural areas of the municipality of Lucani. The training 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. Besides Diakonie and Philanthropy, project partners are also Caritas Austria, Red Cross Austria, KHCS Mother Teresa, Budućnost, NEXUS – Vranje, Otaharin, AGROPLAN, EKO-BUDUĆNOST. As part of the project, same type of trainings will be implemented in Kragujevac and Kraljevo, supporting women from rural areas.During the training, women living and working in rural areas in the municipality of Lucani had the opportunity to get acquainted with self-employment programs, discuss business plans, active job searching, as well as motivation and personal competencies for employment and self-employment. The project will award small grants to the most successful women entrepreneurs.

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Mobile doctors' visits for elderly people in rural communities in Kragujevac, Kraljevo and Ruma

Philanthropy proceeds with providing local health care services in rural communities in Kragujevac, Kraljevo and Ruma. As part of the project „ASSIST – Action to Strengthen Solidarity in Serbia and Moldova in Times of COVID 19 to Protect Older People’s Health and Wellbeing“, these services are available for elderly people who are examined by GPs, psychiatrists, ophthalmologists and dentists. Elderly people conduct general medical check-ups, including blood pressure, glucose level, dioptric examination, teeth examination. They also receive consultations regarding their chronical medical conditions and preservation of mental health. The project „ASSIST – Action to Strengthen Solidarity in Serbia and Moldova in Times of COVID 19 to Protect Older People’s Health and Wellbeing“ 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. This initiative was highly appreciated by beneficiaries, particularly in the COVID-19 pandemic time, when access to health care services is additionally burdened. These mobile doctors’ visits will be conducted every six months in 13 villages in above mentioned municipalities.

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Continuation of cooperation with the municipalities of Lucani, Krupanj and Mionica and the city of Kraljevo within the PREPS project

As part of the project "Project for Increasing Resilience to Natural Disasters and Enhancing Preparedness Strategy (PREPS)", which is being implemented in 14 municipalities and cities in Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina, Philanthropy supported equipping Civil Protection Unit in the municipality of Lucani. In addition, Philanthropy provided small grants for mmunicipalities Krupanj and Mionica, and the city of Kraljevo. The total value of small grants is 40.000 USD. The project is funded by the US Agency for International Development (USAID), and is implemented by CRS (Catholic Relief Services) in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Philanthropy and Caritas Serbia in Serbia.

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Support to people living with HIV/ aids

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. Philanthropy, collaborating with partner organisations active in protection of PLHIV’ rights, analyses media content discussing PLHIV, and, consequently, social attitudes in this area. The project expert team analyses texts against types of vulnerable groups, monitors the level of correctness in the used media terminology, and pays particular attention to the perspective and protection of PLHIV human rights in analyzed texts.

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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. Besides Diakonie and Philanthropy, project partners are also Caritas Austria, Red Cross Austria, KHCS Mother Teresa, Budućnost, NEXUS – Vranje, Otaharin, AGROPLAN, EKO-BUDUĆNOST. 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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