Monday, May 18, 2015

One Year Anniversary of Balkan Floods

With the one year anniversary of the tragic floods which struck the Balkans upon us, 28. Jun would like to take this opportunity to thank all our members, volunteers, donors and partners who assisted in our massive humanitarian effort. Likewise, we'd also like to express our condolences to the families of all those who lost their lives during the unprecedented natural disaster and ensure our continued support.

In the spirit of accountability and transparency which has defined our organization since our formation we drafted a follow up report on how our aid was distributed, utilized and how those effected are coping today. Additionally, we conducted a thorough evaluation of our response and found that of the Serbian organizations involved with the relief effort, 28. Jun delivered the largest amount of aid in both weight and monetary value.

• In total we delivered over 250,000 lbs of urgent humanitarian relief to the region from North America and Europe. LINK

• The first shipments of aid were delivered by our teams in Central Europe and the UK within one week of the floods. LINK

• The first shipment from North America was airlifted from Toronto to Belgrade one month after the floods. LINK

• The final phase was six shipments delivered via ship and one shipment delivered via truck between July and November 2014. LINK

• Our partners and consignees in the region were the Red Cross, the Serbian Orthodox Church and the Serbian and Republika Srspka governments. LINK

• 28. Jun members oversaw the entire process of the project from collecting the aid abroad to literally delivering it to the hands of those in need. LINK

The flood relief effort was both immensely challenging and genuinely rewarding and helped us grow as an organization and as individuals by seeing first hand how vital our assistance was to the devastated municipalities. The positive results have helped us overcome the fatigue from the lengthy and exhausting project and we are committed in our mission to continue to support the neglected communities in the Western Balkans.

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28. Jun President Reflection on 2014 Balkan Floods