The city of Obrenovac was hit hardest by the floods, with an estimated 90% of the town flooded. During the night between 15 and 16 May, nearby Kolubara river, collecting waters from southerly mountains, suddenly rose several meters above its banks and flooded the city, catching the residents by surprise. The entire city was evacuated. During 18 May, the water level dropped, which enabled the evacuation of the citizens of Obrenovac to be carried out by trucks instead of boats. As of 20 May the total number of evacuated persons exceeded 30,000.
Flood in Obrenovac
Caritas Serbia became part of the executive board of Caritas Europa
At the Regional Conference, the highest governing body of Caritas Europa, on the 21st of May, in Soesterberg, Holland, a new executive board was elected, which has the mandate from May 2015 to 2019.
The new president of Caritas Europa is H.E. Mgr Luc Van Looy, who will replace Fr Erny Gillen.
The future vicepresident of Caritas Europa is Bernard Thibaud, Director of Secours catholique – Caritas France, who will replace Andrij Waskowycz of Caritas Ukraine.
Jorge Nuño Mayer was re-elected as Caritas Europa’s Secretary General for the next four years.
All the members od Caritas Europa’s Executive Board for the next four years (2015-2019), including Caritas Serbia, will be the following:
H.E. Mgr Luc Van Looy, President, Caritas Belgium
Bernard Thibaud, Vice-President, Secours catholique – Caritas France
Caritas Czech Republic
Caritas England and Wales (CAFOD & CSAN)
Secours catholique (Caritas France), Caritas England and Wales and Caritas Spain will represent Caritas Europa’s in the Representative Council of Caritas Internationalis.
Within the project SOCIETIES a study visit was organized from 11 to 13 March, aiming to exchange experiences and examples of good practice in the field of social inclusion between civil society organizations (CSOs)participating in the project. Representatives of 15 CSOs from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and Kosovo, together…
Caritas Bosnia and Herzegovina and Caritas Serbia recently received recognition for their exceptional work in disaster risk reduction. On March 1stthey were awarded by the Ministry of Security of Bosnia and Herzegovina for supporting disaster risk reduction in their respective countries and co-operating across borders. Caritas Bosnia and Herzegovina’s main contribution was…
Caritas psycho-social support team from Bujanovac Reception Center organises lessons of English language for refugees and migrants, every day, from Monday to Friday. The participants are divided into three groups, in relation to their previous knowledge. They attend classes regularly, with the goal to master the language better. The members…