Serving the local population since 1990
New models of development characterize the transition necessary in Serbia’s post-Balkans conflict period. ADRA Serbia is responding to these needs by addressing gender-based violence, empowerment, and disaster relief. These sectors encompass IDPs, children with disabilities, and minority groups.Make a difference around the world
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Recently, 265 disabled children in the towns of Subotica and Kraljevo were given access to therapy.
More than 2,200 victims of flooding received immediate assistance, including emergency rations, house repairs, and counseling.
Approximately 180 women and children in the towns of Smederevo and Kragujevac were welcomed to our safe houses to heal from domestic violence.
Snezana’s marriage began as something out of a fairy tale. She was young and beautiful; he was older, hardworking, and devoted. Her family disapproved of the union, but the two were in love. She gave birth to two children and stayed home to raise them. He worked even harder to provide for his family.
They were the vision of happiness.
Conflict in Bosnia soon forced the family to relocate to Kragujevac, a small city in Serbia. Snezana and her family went from having financial security to being destitute in a matter of weeks. Eventually, both Snezana and her husband managed to find jobs and slowly began to rebuild their lives.
But something had changed in her husband. Since resettling in Serbia, he was increasingly volatile, picking fights with Snezana and becoming jealous and emotionally abusive.
As the days passed, his jealousy grew, until one day he simply refused to let her or their 16-year-old daughter out of the apartment. He locked the door as she was preparing to leave for work and bullied Snezana and their daughter into the bedroom as he threatened them with an ax.
For 36 hours, the mother and daughter were hostages in their own home, but Snezana came up with a plan that sent her husband out of the house. She broke a window and escaped while he was away, so he was greeted by police when he returned.
Snezana and her daughter, along with her other child, finally found peace of mind in an ADRA safe house. Along with safety and comfort, these refuges for vulnerable women and their children provide counseling, training, and legal support.
Snezana and her children lived in the ADRA safe house for the three months it took to charge her husband, who was eventually placed in a psychiatric prison.
Snezana now has a good job at a restaurant and is able to provide for her children. She occasionally stops by the ADRA safe house to greet her friends and to thank them for helping her and her family. “We now have peace,” Snezana says. “We are living modestly and trying to forget that horrible event, but we at least have peace.”
Igor Mitrovic, Country Director
Capacity Statement OverviewADRA Serbia strives to create a safe environment conducive to healthy and happy living. We have developed many programs that provide and ensure support for the most marginalized citizens of Serbia, including children with disabilities and women and children who have suffered abuse or gender-based violence. We have worked to ennoble Serbians in the towns of Subotica, Smederevo, and Kragujevac by offering access to physical and emotional therapy and protective safe houses.
Country OverviewMost of the 1990s were a time of chaos and violence, as the former Republic of Yugoslavia dissolved. Following the great loss of life and infrastructure, Serbia emerged an independent nation. Though progress exists, there is much development work necessary for Serbia to heal physically and emotionally.