Marinko and his wife are looking forward to moving into their prefabricated house, funded by IPA 2011 project and built by Danish Refugee Council in coopertion with Comessariat for Refugees and Migrations of the Republic of Serbia. They are mostly excited for their children, who will now get a chance to spend their childhood far from the ambient in the collective centres. The family’s new lifestyle would also bring them new prospects for income generating activities, so they would soon cultivate the garden around the house and grow vegetables for their needs.
Marinko (28 years of age) came from Orahovac in Kosovo in 2000 and found shelter at his relatives’ in Smederevo. Since he had no permanent housing solution in Smederevo, after two months, he moved with his parents to the collective centre Karatas in Kladovo.
Marinko’s wife, Julijana (24 years of age), is also an IDP from Orahovac. The couple married four years ago and their two children were born in the collective centre. These young parents raise their children Petar (4 years of age) and Dunja (2 years of age) in inadequate living conditions which are quite bad for their health and inappropriate for minors’ carefree childhood. At the same time, shabby collective centre premises, morose and dismal ambient reminding the residents of their misfortunes, could not be a suitable housing solution for this young couple who has started a family recently.
The assistance provided through IPA funds made them have their new home, life safety and wider life prospects.