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Roma families in Modriča move into new apartments

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modrica1Keys to ten new housing units were handed over to Roma families in Modriča on Monday, December 18, 2017. Emrah Osmanović for the first time in his life moved with his family into the residence that provides all living conditions. "I thank the donor and everyone who provided us with a roof over our heads. New apartments represent a new beginning for us," said ecstatic Osmanović.

Housing units were constructed as part of the Roma Action II project, funded by the European Union in the amount of EUR 2.5 million and co-financed by local authorities.


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Hilfswerk Austria International (HWA) has constructed a building in Brčko District BiH (BD), containing 18 apartments that are reserved for socially vulnerable Roma families. The action was financed by the European Union and co-funded by the local authorities in BD. On 24th October 2017, Stefan Fritz, the Managing Director of HWA, together with Ambassador Lars-Gunnar Wigemark, the Head of the EU Delegation and EU Special Representative in BiH, and Siniša Milić, the Mayor of Brčko District BiH, handed over the apartment keys to the Roma families.

Mr. Fritz wished all the best to the beneficiaries in their new apartments and announced the continuation of HWA similar activities in BiH. He also expressed his satisfaction that HWA is actively participating in the Roma families’ inclusion through construction of new homes in BiH and invited international donors and local authorities to persist on this type of support and continue investing in socio-economic integration and better future of socially vulnerable population.

Flood Recovery Project: Public call for beneficiary selection

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callThe Flood Recovery Project is funded by the European Union, in cooperation with the entity governments of FBiH and RS, and implemented by the United Nations Development Program in B&H, in partnership with the Arbeiter-Samariter-Bund (ASB), Hilfswerk International Austria (HWA), International Organization for Migration (IOM) along with the partner municipalities and cities. Project represents a continuation of flood recovery activities aimed at providing durable housing solutions, along with increasing livelihoods opportunities of the selected beneficiaries, including providion of agricultural assistance as well as self-employment initiatives.

Flood Recovery project is announcing a Public call for the beneficiary selection from the socially and economically vulnerable categories of population. Public call covers beneficiaries whose homes have been destroyed or damaged in 2014 floods.

EU provides new homes for Roma families in Gračanica

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gracanica1Keys of twelve new housing units were handed over today to Roma families in Javor settlement in Gračanica on Friday 29 September, 2017. “We are finally able to live a decent life and be no different than any other citizens of Bosnia and Herzegovina”, with tears in his eyes said father of five that slept with his wife and children for two months in a car at the garbage damp.
The handover of housing units in Gracanica marks a turning point of a better life for Roma families that lived most of their life on garbage damps in bad and unhealthy conditions. 
The housing units were constructed within the Roma Action II project, funded by the European Union in the amount of EUR 2.5 million and co-funded by local authorities.


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Roma families with 36 family members including 21 children and youth, finally got proper housing and a perspective to live a decent life

 “This is an important day for us. We can now start a new life and enable our children to live a life worthy of every human being”, said one of the Roma beneficiaries who moved to a newly reconstructed house in the Tuzla area.

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