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Purchase of livestock, agricultural machines and machines for craftsmen in support to sustainable return in Lukavac

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2009/HWA/ 10

The project activities were organized in response to the needs and returnees’ capability and situation recognized on return sites by UNHCR, Municipality Lukavac and HWA representatives. As the returnees are mainly oriented on agricultural production or some craft works to make basis for living existence there was a huge need to support cattle breeding, agriculture and crafts that they live from. The Mayor of Lukavac Municipality co-financed this project.
The purchase and delivery of construction machines (concrete mixer and crane) was performed on  October 23rd, 2009. We purchased 2 cows-in-calf and sheep for 2 returnee families. The delivery was performed on December 22nd, 2009.
In the frame of same project the purchase and montage of 4 plastic green-houses of 100 m2 was completed on September 24th, 2009.
We also purchased attachments for existing tractors for two returnee families. Delivery was performed on October 23rd, 2009.
We purchased and delivered a corn milling machine for a returnee family to village Panjik.
Investing in purchase of livestock (cows-in-calf and sheep), plastic green-house for vegetables growing, agricultural machines and machines for an individual carpenter and construction worker for these returnee families were of great importance for improving standard of living conditions of returnees as well as their self-sustainable existence and remaining in this area
The number of primary beneficiaries included in this project was 13 families / 53 persons.

Purchase of cows, agricultural machines and equipment in support to sustainable return in Hercegovina-Neretva Canton

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2009/HWA/09


Hilfswerk Austria, UNHCR and the town representatives made joint site visits and interviews with the returnees with aim to identify their needs. The returnees have been mainly oriented on agricultural production and cattle breeding to make basis for living existence. This proposal came in response to the needs put forward by the beneficiaries and situation recognized at the return sites in Mostar, Berkovici, Stolac, Capljina and Ravno. Investing in purchase of agricultural machines (rotary cultivator/tiller, motor-cultivator with attachments, motor-mower, water sprinkler, milk machines), plastic green-houses 100 m2, cows-in-calf and construction material for stable reconstruction for these returnee families was of great importance to improve standard life conditions of returnees as well as their self-sustainable existence and reconciliation.
Within cooperation with the psychologist of UNHCR partner Foundation of Local Democracy (FLD) we assisted the most vulnerable case in Konjic with a cow-in-calf
Later on, in aim to get better prices and to be able to assists more beneficiaries we prepared one unique tender dossier for purchase of livestock where we included 10 beneficiaries from Mostar and Ravno. Deliveries were performed on December 16&17th, 2009. We engaged the veterinary expert for the final selection of animals and confirmation of quality and breed.
The purchase of agricultural machines for 11 beneficiaries was performed
In order to increase project impacts, we included the pay-back component. Namely, Miralem had an obligation to donate 10% of their vegetable crops from first growing in spring 2010 to the Centre for Elderly and Retard Persons Domanovici in Capljina Municipality 
The purchase and delivery of construction material for stable reconstruction was performed on August 3th, 2009. The distribution was performed on August 6th, 2009. All three beneficiaries completed reconstruction of stable on their own.
The number of primary beneficiaries included in this project was 27 families / 114 persons.

Support to Women Victim of War in Gorazde and Praca

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2009/HWA/08

This project was an outcome of meetings between representatives of HWA, UNHCR, Vasa Prava Gorazde, the Association of Women Victim of War Sarajevo and Women Victims of War who are currently living in Gorazde and Praca. As these women have lived through real horror they were manifesting withdrawal, avoidance of contacts, anxiety which grows into panic, depressive and sub depressive moods. The representative of Vasa Prava has been working for some time with this group of women victim of war and with her assistance HWA/UNHCR met with the women and interviewed them.
Working on preparation of this project proposal and listening to the painful life stories of these women deeply touched our feelings and left strong impression on our souls.  Each of these abused women went through a serious narcissistic traumatism, a traumatism of identity and self-respect. The psychic life of them is dominated by feelings of victimization, shame, and guilt. The physical health of these women is ruined. Social and psychological pressure was also directed towards the degradation of personality through the destruction of basic human dignity. This kind of ill-treatment devastates feelings of security and self-respect and leads to the questioning of life's meaning and of existence.
Through our very careful approach the women expressed their wishes regarding which kind of assistance they needed. They have been supported as follows:
• 9 of them expressed need for household machines (electric ovens, refrigerators, washing machines, sawing machines). Delivery of 8 washing machines, 9 electric ovens, 9 refrigerators completed on August 7th, 2009.
• One very creative woman expressed need for wood processing tools, sawing machine with iron and ironing desk for household needs and a laptop computer for designing and presentation of her products. She finished the secondary school for wood processing and her hobby is upholstering furniture and making of various items of wood and other kinds of material. Delivered wood processing machine and equipment on September 23rd, 2009.
• 3 laptops with the printers have been delivered on September 23rd, 2009. One beneficiary expressed extreme need for the laptop to use it for internet communication with her children who are abroad because they were taken from her during the war. One need a laptop for advertising and marketing her hand made wood products and one women needed it for her daughter who studies in Sarajevo but lives in Gorazde and needs internet connection for the University.  
• 2 plastic green-houses have been purchased and delivered on September 17th, 2009.
• 2 motor-cultivators with attachments purchased and delivered on October 30th, 2009
• One hairdresser who works in her own hairdresser’s shop (one part of equipments was donated through the Association of women victim of war in Sarajevo), she was assisted with hair dryer and accessories in order to make services in her hairdresser’s shop easer and quicker. The delivery and montage of a hairdryer completed on October 10th, 2009.
• 7 of them expressed need for sewing machines with iron. Based on our previous experiences and works with this extremely vulnerable group of women we organized for them a sewing course in Gorazde. We engaged the professional tailor who conducted sewing lessons, purchased sewing material and accessories for sewing articles. In frame of this project with our and UNHCR assistance the group participated at selling exhibition organized by International Women’s Club’s (IWCS) which was held on December 13th, 2009 in Dom Mladih named “2009 HOLIDAY SPIRIT BAZAAR” and in “Merkator Shoping Center” on December 20th, 2009. (The group of women from Ilijas participated as well). The course and team work was a kind of psycho-social therapy and socialization for this extremely vulnerable group of women. This kind of support for this group of women is constantly needed.
The local authorities considered this group of women victim of war is very vulnerable group and the project was co-financed by Ministry for Social Politics, Health, DPs and Refugees Bosnian-Podrinje Canton Goražde.
The number of primary beneficiaries included in this project was 14 families / 42 persons

Purchase of a milk-cooler and sharpener for saws in support to sustainable return

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2009/HWA/ 07

The project activities were organized in response to the needs and returnees’ capability and situation recognized on return sites. A five member returnee family returned to Bosansko Grahovo Municipality in 1998 from Banja Luka. None of the family members were employed nor did the family had a steady source of income. They are a schooled mechanic but had no regular employment. HWA / UNHCR assisted him with purchase of a sharpener for saws and relating equipment.  Through procurement of these tools he started to sharpen saws for seven sawmills in the Grahovo municipality who earlier used to take their saws to Banja Luka for sharpening. Further, due to poverty in which the family lived they got an opportunity to create income from the purchased machines. 
Due to economic crises and high number of unemployed returnees in Bosanski Petrovac Municipality in LC Gaj there was a huge need to support milk production and cattle breeding from which the returnees live from. There are 15 returnee families in LC Gaj that through different grant projects and favorable credits managed to renew the livestock fund but extremely needed support in provision of a milk-cooler and equipment for milk ransom. The returnees produced liters of milk that they had to spill out because there was no milk-cooler for milk ransom. HWA / UNHCR purchased and distributed a milk-cooler of 500 lit. capacity, with related equipment (inox device for measuring milk fat, refract meter, inox can).
The milk disposal on the market was provided by the well known milk producer “Meggle” in Bihac. The assistance with the milk-cooler reduced distribution costs of collected milk for individual producers in LC Gaj. More exactly, the returnees have high quality milk and better price per liter what provided household cash flow.
The number of primary beneficiaries included in this project was 16 families / 66 persons.

Purchase of milk-coolers for redemption stations in support to sustainable return in Jajce Municipality

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2009/HWA/ 06


Through different grant projects and favorable credits the returnees in Jajce municipality managed to renew the livestock fund but they had been needed support in provision of milk-coolers and equipment for redemption stations. Due to high number of unemployed returnees and considering the number of cows that they posses, there was a huge need to support cattle breeding that they live from, concretely, to support milk production. The milk disposal has been secured by well known milk producer “MEGGLE” in Bihac through Association of Milk Producers that transport milk from surrounding villages. The local authorities considered that cattle breeding and milk ransom was of high importance for this region and returnee existence, and the Mayor of Jajce Municipality co-financed this project. The distribution of 6 milk-coolers with equipment for milk ransom (devices for measuring milk fat, reflect meters, inox cans) for six redemption stations in LCs: Doribaba, Lupnica, Kupresani, Zastinje, Bespelj and Rika completed on June 19th, 2009. and purchase one additional milk-cooler of 1500 liters with equipment for redemption station in LC Vlasinje. Delivery was completed on July 3rd, 2009.
 
Implementation of this project considerably improved sustainability of returnees and increased the income-generation capacity using their experience and immediately accessible resources.
 
The number of primary beneficiaries included in this project was 272 families / 816 persons.

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