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CARE started work in: 1993

Serbia ranks 64 out of 189 on the Human Development Index (HDI). CARE International’s work in Serbia is focused on supporting peace and reconciliation efforts, with emphasis on supporting marginalized groups.

History of CARE International’s work in Serbia

CARE International has been working in the Balkans since 1993, initially providing humanitarian aid for refugees and victims of war.  

Today, CARE International works in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Serbia, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia, and Albania and seeks to help build sustainable peace and development in the region.  

What CARE International does in the Balkans

Our programs support economic activities on regional levels, peace and reconciliation efforts, integration of minorities, and the creation of opportunities for young people. 

We place special focus on working with vulnerable groups, including women and girls, Roma communities, and poor farmers to promote social and economic rights for all.

Since 2020, CARE International has been responding to COVID-19 in the Balkans. Response efforts have included mobilizing national civil society organizations to inform communities in methods to prevent the spread of COVID-19, as well as providing equipment and support to healthcare institutions serving marginalized populations. 

Reach and impact data
Total participants reached in 2023
  • Direct 16,726
  • Women & girls 61%
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“I have absolutely nothing left, except the life in me.”

I am the eighth of ten children, I have 8 sisters and one brother. My family didn’t agree for me to leave – it was my own idea, but they were angry and I fell out with my family. They didn’t want me to come to Europe, they wanted me to stay with them – I was just 15 when I left. But there is nothing left of our home, and some of my sisters live in Turkey now. I tried living there but I was working for 16 or 17 hours each day, for very little money. Not enough to send for my family from Syria.