Bishop Irinej visits refugees and displaced families in Belgrade
During his stay in Serbia, His Grace Bishop Irinej visited a newly constructed building for the social housing in a supportive environment in Veliki Mokri Lug in Belgrade's municipality of Zvezdara. Eleven refugees and nine internally displaced families who have lived until recently in collective centres in Belgrade, on April 20, 2012 moved into flats in Veliki Mokri Lug.
Upon the initiative of the Foundation "Ana and Vlade Divac," and in cooperation with the UNHCR, a project of construction for social housing was carried out in the City of Belgrade. The City of Belgrade has strongly supported the project and donated the land with complete infrastructure for the four buildings for social housing in supportive environment. The construction of the first building was supported by the U.S. government, and funds for the second and the third building was provided by IPA funds of the European Union. The first building is occupied, construction of the second and third building is underway, and the Foundation "Ana and Vlade Divac" actively raising funds to build the fourth building.
The campaign "Let's All Help" despite numerous companies and the diaspora in the United States and Canada, was also joined by the diaspora in Australia and New Zealand. During the visit of Ana and Vlade Divac to Australia and New Zealand in February 2012 161 100 Australian dollars were collected for the construction of four buildings for social housing in a supportive environment in Belgrade.
Source: Metropolitanate of Australia-New Zealand, www.fondacijadivac.org