In mid-May 2014, the entire area of Zavidovići was hit by a natural disaster, the heavy rain caused floods and landslides, such that have never been seen in this area before. Many infrastructure and private buildings were destroyed by the floods, mountain streams and rain. Immediately after the cessation of rainfall, came out information about many landslides dangerous for people, their houses and farms.
Because of this, more than 1,000 people were at that time displaced from their homes. Floods and rains have destroyed agricultural fields, cereals, vegetables and crops of berries, the only source of income for many.
Once the initial situation has calmed down, it became clear that the consequences of flooding will not be repaired quickly or easily. Although many residential buildings and agricultural plantations were repaired from various sources of humanitarian help and own resources, much remains to be done. Also, many people have been forced to borrow from banks and microcredit organizations, and that threatened the economic viability of their families for the future. Many families are in a situation that they can not provide funds for basic needs in their own homes as they are forced to return debts due to emergency repair flood damage. Households in this regard are backward and each family has a specific need to regain stability.
LDA Zavidovici identified 30 vulnerable households (elderly people, single mothers with minor children, persons with grave material situation) and assigned them an economic fund.
Activities have included:
- Informative visits to leaders of the local communities in Zavidovici and associations active in the rural communities;
- Establishment of a list of families or persons facing severe material difficulties, according to previously established criteria and objectives;
- Visits to the identified households;
- Distribution of funding via bank transfer.
Activities were implemented thanks to the contribution of the Intesa Sanpaolo Foundation, to the project “AiutiAMO la Bosnia Erzegovina - post-emergency aid to vulnerable families victims of the flood”.