German government and Help began distributing new aid to Roma and Egyptians in Montenegro.
This action of distributing 1970 aid packages for the Roma-Egyptian (RE) community in Montenegro made of food and hygiene products, worth almost 49,000 Euros for over 1350 families in 15 municipalities, began on Friday with the distribution in Budva and the delivery of packages in Kotor. There will also be 20 smartphones distributed in Nikišić, with the help of Montenegrin Telekom.
This action which is implemented by Help and funded by the German Government, continues on Saturday with package deliveries to the municipal organizations of the Red Cross and distribution in Cetinje, Tivat, Herceg Novi, Bar and Ulcinj, and by the end of the next week, the packages will be distributed to other municipalities where the RE population lives.
Food and hygiene packages are being distributed through municipal organizations of the Red Cross of Montenegro in accordance with the recommendations of the National Coordination Body (NCB).
In total, assistance will be distributed in all municipalities in which Roma and Egyptians live in Montenegro: Berane, Bijelo Polje, Nikšić, Ulcinj, Herceg Novi, Bar, Budva, Kotor, Tivat, Podgorica, Cetinje, Pljevlja, Rožaje, Tuzi i Petnjica.
Apart from that, an additional 20 smartphones, 20 SIM cards with 30 GB internet for 2 months were provided for another 20 RE students from elementary school “Mileva Lajović-Lalatović” from Nikšić, once again with the help of Montenegrin Telekom. This has been done in order to support the #learn from home program, with total value in the amount of 2800 Euro.
School supplies worth around 3,100 Euro have been ordered for another 600 RE students, and the delivery will start on Monday, as well as materials for schools in Nikšić, Podgorica and Berane which are worth about 450 euros.
Last week, Help has already distributed 100 smartphones with the internet packages for two months in Podgorica and Berane, to help Roma-Egyptian children and their school mediators in the Ministry of Education’s #learn from home program, introduced as part of measures in order to suppress the spread of the new coronavirus.
The photos from Budva:
On Saturday we were in Cetinje, where among the Red Cross volunteers was one of the best Montenegrin handball players Drasko Kaluđerovic and educator Ivana Vujovic: