A ceremony of laying cornerstone took place on August 18, 2016 in Roma settlement Varda, to mark the beginning of construction of a social housing building with eight housing units that shall become a home to eight Roma families. The addressess were delivered by Massimo Mina The Head of Operations Section for Social Development, Civil Society and Cross-Border Cooperation at the EU Delegation to BiH, Nermin Mandra Mayor of Kakanj Municipality, Nurdzehan Šahinović, Minister of Ze-Do Canton Ministry of Labor, Social Policy and Refugees, Suzana Jašarević Hilfswerk Austria International Country Director for BiH and Dervo Sejdić, RIC Kali Sara representative.
Humanitarna organisation Hilfswerk Austria International as on of the UNHCR poartners is implementing a part of activities in the project IPA – EU/UNHCR 2013/335-342 funded by the UNHCR and the European Union „Support to durable solutions of the revised strategy for implementation of Annex VII of Dayton peace agreement“ through the procurement of goods/tools for self-employment and income generation for Project beneficiaries, returnees and displaced persons in the area of BiH Municipalities.
Within this project, a delivery of goods for economic sustainability was made between June 24 and July 15, 2016 in Foča, Bijeljina, Brčko District, Maglaj, Mostar, Gradiška and Prijedoru, as follows: 11 heifers, construction material for 3 stables and 12 greenhouses for cultivation of vegetables (assembly included).
Hilfswerk Austria International and Ministry of Social Policy and Refugees of Zenica Doboj Canton signed a contract on implementation of the project Roma Action.
The aim of the project is support to social inclusion of Roma famililes in the areas struck by floods. 2.827.000 Euro has been secured for this purpose, out of which the EU provided 2.5 million, and the rest was contributed by the local authorities. Nine municipalites/cities and two relevant ministries of Zenica Doboj Canton and Federation Government.
Seven families from the area of Stari grad received contracts for the usage of flats in a newly constructed social housing building in Cadordzina street. After more than 20 years of waiting, these families now have permanent homes. The committee for beneficiary selection of Stari Grad Municipality selected the beneficiaires of the project „System of Social Housing SHS“. They are the families in the status of social need, they had no homes of their own and the Municipality was paying for their secondary accomodation so far. They are the beneficiaries of permanent financial aid, single parents, invalids, persons with no income etc.
The consruction of the building in the local comunity Logavina in municipality Stari grad began in February this year.