Help has been working in Montenegro since 1999. The focus of our work is on supporting the Roma people, who fled to Montenegro during the Kosovo war and often still experience discrimination and marginalisation there.
Help in Montenegro
We support forgotten refugees
"Thanks to the support from Help I have my own income and can help to care for my sick mother and my five siblings. I am very happy about this because my family means everything to me." Lajla lives in Konik and was supported by Help to make and sell her own jewellery.
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What is the situation like in Montenegro?
A country with prospects - but not for everyone
Montenegro previously belonged to Yugoslavia, and the small country with only 620,000 inhabitants has been independent from Serbia since 2006. Despite positive economic growth and active EU accession negotiations, there are also major challenges in Montenegro. In particular for minorities such as the 10,000 Roma living in the country, many of whom were driven out of Kosovo, and live marginalised on the edge of society and without any prospects. Access to health care and education is often difficult for the Roma. They are also usually barred from regular work; resulting in extreme poverty.
How is Help helping in Montenegro?
Help in Konik – creating prospects in the refugee camp
Help is supporting Roma families in Konik, a former refugee camp and now a suburb of Podgorica, the capital of Montenegro, in clarifying residence issues, access to health care, education and income opportunities. In doing so Help is pursuing uniform approaches to solutions, which seek not only to reduce the economic hardship of the people, but also take account of their culture and customs. We are focussing in particular on promoting Roma women, who are the most disadvantaged in social and economic terms.
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Donate for Montenegro
A parcel of toiletries for a family with shampoo, toothpaste, nappies, sanitary pads etc. costs € 70.
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