Mon-39 Winterisation assistance for 856 families in need in collective centres and private accomodation
German Foreign Ministry
:: REALISATION / BUDGET
25.10.2005 to28.02.2006 / € 177.514,30
:: SHORT DESCRIPTION
Winterization assistance for 856 families in need/ refugees and displaced persons in collective centers and private accommodation
856 families in collective centers, refugees and displaced persons (including displaced Roma from Kosovo in the Roma camps Konik I and II, Podgorica, and Riverside in Berane) as well as especially vulnerable displaced persons in private accommodation are provided with urgently needed winterization assistance like firewood, hygienic items and fresh food items.
People still accommodated in collective centers live under very difficult living conditions. This is especially true for the displaced Roma from Kosovo. At the periphery of Podgorica live some 296 Roma families in the camps Konik I and Konik II – in the immediate vicinity of the urban garbage dump. Another 238 families live in the area surrounding the camps in mostly very primitive houses. Those Roma still remaining in Konik are the most vulnerable among the displaced persons in Montenegro; indeed they are the most deprived group of people in the entire country. From approximately 4.000 persons originally they are the ones who lack any kind of alternative. Many of them are not in a position to cater for all their basic needs.
Equally critical is the situation for the Roma in the camp “Riverside” in Berane. The 29 families with a total of 198 family members had to leave their barracks during several months and camp in the open field due to disputes concerning the ownership of the land on which their temporary shelters were built. At the beginning of September the Roma could return to their wooden barracks; however the conflict with the owners of land and barracks still smolders.
The 856 families each are provided with 3 cubic meters of firewood, hygienic parcels for adults (washing powder, soap, dishwashing liquid, shampoo, tooth paste, tooth brushes), hygienic parcels for babies (diapers, baby shampoo, baby bath, soap, cream) as well as fresh food items (potatoes, vegetable oil, cabbage, onions, carrots, ajvar, apples, oranges, milk).