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USAID GRANT PROGRAM FOR FLOODED AREAS

On May 14, 2014 Serbia, Bosnia and a part of Croatia, faced the worst floods in more than a century. In the following four days, more rain fell than in the past four months. Around 100,000 houses in Central Serbia were affected. More than 40 human victims were reported.

Given that AgroInvest works primarily in rural areas, AgroInvest decided to actively participate in a Mercy Corps grant program in these flooded areas to provide grants to help those affected re-start their economic activity.

 

Economic recovery grants:

Size of grants:

$ 750

$ 1,500

 

Economic recovery grants:

Criteria which have been used for applicant’s business:

1) Good business reputation

2) Small business as main source of income

3) Minimum criteria for business / similar to AI target client

(max. 5ha land)

4) Funds used for business during the Project duration

5) Business not harming the surrounding and the environment

 

Priority in getting grants:

-     Businesses run by women ( 50% donations)

-     Single headed households

-     Refugees (20% donations)

-     Larger households (4 and more dependent persons)

 

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Our Social Programs are focused on the improvement of health, education and the overall living conditions for children in rural areas in which AgroInvest works.
 

Keep Them At Home

 

The “Keep Them At Home“program started in 2009. The program focuses exclusively on children with disabilities that live in remote rural areas and provides these children with more adequate access to education and health services.


The “Keep Them At Home” project has already started in the municipality of Kragujevac and is soon to be implemented in other 18 municipalities where AgroInvest operates. This is the only project in Serbia entirely focused on children with disabilities and their families who live in rural areas.


AgroInvest Serbia supported the victims of Kraljevo earthquake



After a severe earthquake in the Serbian town of Kraljevo and its surroundings, Agroinvest Serbia supported the assistance for those least fortunate. The earthquake that struck the Serbian town of Kraljevo and the surrounding region in early November 2010 left two people dead and caused severe damage to many schools, especially those in remote rural areas. Even though most school buildings were not completely destroyed, the damage was such that it was only a matter of time before the walls and roofs would collapse, causing the schools to close their doors permanently.


In response to this natural disaster, AgroInvest implemented five projects in the area amounting to US$17,820, including four construction projects and one organized distribution of food and hygiene packages for the most vulnerable families. Most of the construction works consisted of renovating ceilings and supporting walls with metal trusses, giving damaged buildings a new strong metal skeleton. Now the four buildings should be able to withstand earthquakes even stronger than the one that hit in November. Furthermore, the CEO of the company personally visited our clients in Kraljevo area and spoke with clients and Agroinvest’s Loan Officers offering them a new loan repayment arrangement, due to disaster that affected them.

 


In 2009 German Government and AgroInvest partner to help children with disabilities in Serbia

 



In 2009, the joint efforts of the German Government and AgroInvest resulted in the  implementation of three projects valued at more than 40,000 Euros in six rural areas. The beneficiaries of the projects were children with disabilities.


Children in five schools in the villages of Cacak, Kragujevac, Kraljevo, Nis and Uzice are now learning in fully equipped computer workshops. The German Government provided 40 computers and funds for purchasing additional equipment and performing necessary repairs in the school infrastructure, while AgroInvest provided logistical support and 40 flat-screen monitors.


Prior to this, the German Embassy and AgroInvest provided a van to the Association of People with Disabilities in Kraljevo, where 85% of children with disabilities live in rural areas with limited access to education, health care and social activities due to their distance from the town. The van enables the association to organize picnics and other social gatherings for these children, and enables health workers to conduct home visits and provide health care, especially to children with severe forms of disabilities.

In the first joint project between the German Embassy and World Vision - AgroInvest provided a sanitary system and toilets to the “Stanimir Veljkovic Zele” primary school in the village Bojnik near Leskovac in southern Serbia, which accommodates 58 primary school children aged 6-11 and 143 kindergarten-age children including 42 of Roma ethnicity.

Youth Bible Curriculum project

Through our spiritual development programme called Youth Bible Curriculum (YBC) AgroInvest in Serbia supports the church in developing a curriculum for teaching the new generation and its parents about the Christian faith. This is a religious education program for children aged 7 to 14 that live in rural areas and is implemented in partnership with the Serbian Orthodox Church. Through this program we impacted some 30,000 children in 2008.

 
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Impact of “Youth Bible Curriculum” projects