The massive flooding that struck the Balkans for the last weeks has killed dozens and displaced thousands in Serbia, Bosnia, Croatia and Macedonia. The heaviest rains in more than a century struck the region as a repercussion of cyclone Tamara, affecting nearly 2’000’000 people and leaving them homeless as the overflowing rivers destroyed almost anything in their path, submerging towns, sweeping away roads and bridges, and devastating swaths of agricultural land together with its cattle.
Rescue teams, humanitarian aid, water pumps and generators have arrived promptly from Russia and soon many other EU countries, as well as from Israel, who has also organized a shipment of medicines and provided more than two tons of materials so far. The Jewish community of Serbia has been active in helping the evacuees by providing warm food and humanitarian aid and dispatching volunteers to organize programs for children in rescue centers. In countries such as Serbia, Bosnia and Croatia riddled by economic crises for years, the government cannot afford to support victims in rescue centers for an extended period. Very soon, most people will need to be sent back to their devastated homes.
Jewish students around the world stand in solidarity with the victims of the floods of the Balkans and call to help the victims who lost their families and homes. The European Union of Jewish Students (EUJS), the World Union of Jewish Students (WUJS) and Jewish students around the world are collecting donations so that the Jewish community in Serbia can continue its work to alleviate the pain!
Jewish Student unions in France, Italy, the Netherlands, United Kingdom, Greece, Sweden, Chile, South Africa, Australia and Israel are raising awareness and collecting donations for the victims in devastating situations
Donations will be distributed across the affected countries through volunteers from Jewish communities in order to provide necessary humanitarian aid on the ground. Donations to this cause will go to the purchasing of necessary goods for the victims who have lost their livelihood and homes, which includes: Long lasting food, drinking water, clothing, baby food and diapers, towels, bed sheets, cooking utensils, plates, cups, furniture, things for basic hygiene, school supplies and toys.
The donations are collected on this Jewcer crowdsourcing account.
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