Support to BiH citizens hit by 2014 floods continues: Housing and Economic Empowerment of the Most Vulnerable Families in Bijeljina

Thirty eight farmers from Bijeljina signed today contracts for obtaining livelihood packages. The contracts define the content of packages which include greenhouses; supplies for beekeeping, greenhouse production or farming; small agricultural machinery and equipment, as well as expert and technical support to provide beneficiaries with adequate training and mentoring.

The support was provided under the 15 million euro Flood Recovery – Housing Interventions Programme, funded by the European Union in cooperation with the Government of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Government of Republika Srpska, UNDP in BiH and local authorities. The Programme is implemented in 44 municipalities and cities in BiH by UNDP, International Organisation for Migration (IOM), Arbeiter-Samariter-Bund (ASB), Hilfswerk International Austria (HWA) and partner municipalities and cities.

The contract signing ceremony was attended by Richard Máša, Head of Cooperations in the Delegation of European Union to BiH, Sukhrob Khoshmukhamedov, Deputy Resident Representative of UNDP in BiH and Mićo Mićić, Mayor of the City of Bijeljina.

„”Over the years, the European Union has demonstrated its continued commitment and support to Bosnia and Herzegovina. We continue to provide our assistance where it is needed the most. This project is part of the larger programme in the  total value of 41 milion euro that focuses on construction and reconstruction of housing units, as well as on support to small and medium enterprises“ said Richard Máša.

“The Programme will not stop at merely providing roofs over heads of the most vulnerable families in Bijeljina. Through its economic component, we will work to provide a sustainable source of income that matches the needs and available resources of the eligible families“ said Sukhrob Khoshmukhamedov.

Delegation also visited families in the Pučile settlement whose homes were destroyed in 2014, and who received new houses under this project. Through Flood Recovery Programme, new houses will be built for 44 families in Bijeljina, while 120 families will have their homes repaired in order to have appropriate living conditions.

Flood Recovery – Housing Interventions Programme represents the continuation of efforts of European Union on alleviating the effects of record breaking 2014 floods. Programme, that started in September 2017, aims to provide safe housing and economic empowerment to the most vulnerable families whose homes were destroyed or badly damaged in 2014 floods and landslides.