Bosnia Herzegovina suffered immensely in the 1992-95 war in which 100,000 people were killed.
Despite some development and stabilisation since the war it remains one of the poorest countries in Europe.
Many families still lack a permanent home, over 20 years after losing them in the conflict, and unemployment is high with very few meaningful opportunities.
Islamic Relief starting working in Bosnia Herzegovina during the Bosnian War by providing vital emergency assistance, delivering food, water and clothes. After the war we rebuilt homes, schools and public buildings which had been destroyed. We also began providing support during Ramadan and Qurbani which continues to this day.
Due to the high death count during the war, we focus a lot of our work on supporting single-parent families and orphans as these are amongst the most vulnerable groups. Alongside our one-to-one orphan sponsorship programme, we have also provided extensive psychosocial assistance to children and families who have been traumatised by what they went through during.
In an effort to improve the opportunities for employment we also provide interest-free loans, based on Islamic finance models, to help people set up their own businesses and rebuild their homes. Without our support, they might never have got the opportunity to lift themselves out of poverty and destitution. As the loans are repaid, and the repayment rate is above 90%, we lend the money out again to another family which means that one donation is used to help family after family.