The EU-supported Social Work Centres in Kosovo continue aiding the most vulnerable members of the society

(Source: EEAS)

The EU Ambassador in Kosovo, Tomas Szunyog, visited today Shtime/Štimlje municipality to meet with Mayor Qemajl Aliu and see first-hand the workings of the EU-supported Social Work Centre.

Szunyog and Aliu discussed the role of municipalities in economic and social development and the employment of young people. They also visited the Municipality-run Youth Centre that caters to the development of their skills and capabilities.

The Social Work Centre in Shtime/Štimlje was refurbished through an EU-funded and UNDP-implemented project designed to provide an emergency response to the COVID-19 pandemic and support early post-pandemic recovery. The project worth EUR 5 million is being implemented throughout Kosovo since December 2020 and has thus far benefited more than 8,200 families in need.

It includes the provision of direct assistance to the most vulnerable member of society, training of staff in 40 Social Work Centres in Kosovo, as well as the refurbishment of 24 centres.

“While responding to the negative socio-economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, in partnership with UNDP we addressed the needs of the most vulnerable groups in Kosovo, including families living in poverty, women who were victims of domestic and gender-based violence, and people with disabilities. We provided food and hygienic products, and we contributed towards their utility bills, but more importantly, we secured vocational training that helped them generate income,” said Ambassador Szunyog.

From May 2021 to April 2022, the 40 centres were also supported through the deployment of 40 UN Volunteers, one per centre, who were an important staff addition to the centres during the crisis caused by the pandemic.

The EU supported Kosovo both in the immediate medical crisis and in the post-pandemic socio-economic recovery with a total of EUR 168 million.

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