Housing for Roma families
Within the EU-funded project of ASB’s Roma Action Program there have been three visibility events in Bosnia in December 2015. During the ceremonies, houses and flats have been handed over to Roma families who had no proper and safe home before.
In the village of Stanojevici, Capljina municipality, the closing ceremony for construction of housing units for five Roma families has been held in the presence of Capljina municipality mayor, Mr Smiljan Vidic and OSCE representative Mr. James Palmer. During the ceremony, ASB took the opportunity to officially hand over its vehicle as a direct donation to the Roam Association "ADA" from Capljina. The donated vehicle will serve for the transport of Roma children to schools from the housing location to the village Stanojevici where the construction of homes has taken place within the ongoing Roma Action project.
In Kakanj, ASB has officially handed over a 10-flats apartment building for Roma families to the Kakanj mayor Mr. Nermin Mandra in the presence of the Assistant Minister from the State Ministry of Human Rights and Refugees, Mr. Sefket Hafizovic. The apartments are part of the social housing concept and are sized from 20 to 60 square meter.
A 16-flats-apartment building for Roma families was handed over to the Zenica mayor Mr. Husein Smajlovic. The EU Program Manager, Mr. Vlado Pandurevic as well the Assistant Minister from the State Ministry of Human Rights and Refugees, Mr. Sefket Hafizovic took also part in the ceremony. The apartments sized from 25 to 65 square meters are part of the social housing concept in Zenica. The mayor thanked all those involved for this valuable contribution to providing assistance to vulnerable Roma families in Zenica and expressed his willingness to continue financially contributing to such projects in the future and investing in efforts for the social inclusion of the Roma community within the municipality of Zenica.
The overall EU project had a total value of three million Euros and has assisted 152 Roma families with housing and associated technical infrastructure, livelihood measures and awareness raising concerning social inclusion of Roma in Bosnia and Herzegowina. The project has been implemented in partnership of ASB with Hilfswerk Austria International as well as the Bosnian Association Kali Sara.