Thank you for your donations of boxes filled with Christmas gifts in response to this year’s Shoebox Appeal.
Your boxes, together with others from the region, were loaded onto a lorry in Darley Dale and driven to Breza in Bosnia, where they were distributed to children who would otherwise have had little to celebrate at Christmas.
Bosnia and Herzegovina is a small country with a population of only 3.8 million people. Approximately one-fifth of the population lives below the poverty-line, with a further 50 percent of the country vulnerable to social exclusion. The impact of the pandemic is expected to push Bosnia and Herzegovina into its worst recession in 25 years with an estimated 139,000 people losing their jobs. The World Bank believes the consequences of COVID will cause 300,000 more people to fall into poverty across the Western Balkans.
Your shoeboxes are distributed through The Red Cross to Internally Displaced People groups (it is estimated that there are still 99,000 IDPs living in the country) and refugees.