A war torn country.
Almost a million people fled Kosova during the 1996-9 war, creating one of Europe’s worst refugee crises – and when they returned, they found their homes looted and burned to the ground, leaving them unable to resume their lives. Schools had been destroyed, and thousands of dangerous and unpredictable landmines planted all over the province.
With so many men killed during the war in Kosovo, female-headed households struggle to provide for themselves, and widows and orphans are extremely vulnerable. The loss of family members and scenes of violence witnessed have left many women and children psychologically traumatised, making everyday life painful and difficult.
We began post-war relief and reconstruction in Kosovo in 1999, aiming to help families become self-sufficient and get back to normality.
We rebuild homes, schools and infrastructure, distribute medicine and food during Ramadan and Qurbani, and run psychosocial programmes to treat traumatised victims. As well as supporting orphans with sponsorship, we run a microfinance programme which gives out small interest-free loans to single mothers, enabling them to begin their own businesses and support themselves and their children in the long-term. We have also run a mine awareness project, to help prevent injury and loss of life caused by these dangerous weapons.