Bosnia Herzegovina

Bosnia Herzegovina suffered immensely in the 1992-5 war, with a quarter of a million deaths. Despite stabilisation since the war, it remains one of the poorest countries in Europe. Although there has been some development since the war in Bosnia Herzegovina, many families still lack a permanent home over 20 years after losing them in the conflict, and unemployment is high with very low opportunities.

Although there has been some development since the war in Bosnia Herzegovina, many families still lack a permanent home over 20 years after losing them in the conflict, and unemployment is high with very low opportunities.

Islamic Relief in Bosnia Herzegovina

Islamic Relief starting working in Bosnia Herzegovina during the war, providing vital emergency assistance, delivering food, water and clothes. Following the War, we rebuilt homes, schools and public buildings which had been destroyed, and began providing support during Ramadan and Qurbani, which continues to this day.

Due to the high death count, 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 and since the conflict ended.

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 as well as rebuild their homes. Without our support, they might never have got the opportunity, but 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.

Projects in Bosnia Herzegovina