The European Union, together with Hilfswerk International partners, has provided food and hygiene parcels to the most vulnerable citizens in BiH. This week, the distribution of humanitarian aid parcels for citizens who cannot leave their homes due to extraordinary circumstances caused by corona virus or are unable to take care of themselves due to their poor financial or health conditions.

These parcels were handed over to beneficiaries by the Deputy Ambassador of the EU Delegation to BiH, Mr. Khadoun Sinno and the Director of Hilfswerk International, Mrs.  Suzana Jašarević.

On that occasion, Deputy Ambassador , Mr. Sinno said: "It is a great pleasure for me to have the opportunity to deliver this assistance. In situations like this, we must all show our solidarity and care for the others. The European Union has shown many times so far, that we are here for all those who need the assistance most. "

The value of the donated parcels is 15,000 Euros, and the distribution is carried out in accordance with the lists of beneficiaries of  the centers for social work and municipalities from all over the country. The activity is implemented as a part of a project aimed at improving the human rights and quality of life of the elderly in BiH. Since the regular activities of the project have been slowed down due to COVID-19, certain activities have been adapted in order to provide direct support to the elderly in the cities covered by the project: Sarajevo, Banja Luka, Mostar and Brčko.

Director of Hilfswerk International , Mrs. Jašarević said: "With the quick action and decision of the EU Delegation to BiH, we agreed to urgently direct funds and support the most vulnerable elderly population who are additionally burdened by pandemic conditions. We look forward to making their lives easier and at least for a while, bring in a bit of a joy and warmth.

Due to circumstances caused by corona virus and the measures of limited movement and social gathering, the elderly found themselves in a very difficult situation. In addition to the problems caused by  bad financial situation, the elderly are often lonely and excluded from social life in their communities,  which badly affects their mental state. Therefore, as part of the project, sets of work materials for 30 members of the occupation workshops of the Centers for Healthy Aging, who are currently performing these activities in their homes, were delivered to the beneficiaries’ home addresses.

The project "Action against ageism" is funded by the European Union in the amount of over 150,000 Euros, and is implemented by Hilfswerk International with the Public Health Partnership, the Red Cross Society of BiH and the Association for Aid and Development HAJDE.