New roof over the head for 38 internally displaced families
Pristina, July 1, 2020
After reaching an agreement in March 2020 on the construction of 62 houses for internally displaced and despite the uncertainty caused by the Covid-19 virus pandemic and the application of prescribed protection measures, the construction of the first 38 houses for internally displaced in Kosovo has successfully begun. The construction of the first 38 houses will solve the housing issue for a total of 214 people in the municipalities of Novo Brdo, Gjakova, Peja, Istok, Strpce, Rahovec and Kosovo Polje. Many of the mentioned 38 families, including small children, lived in inhumane conditions and that is why they are eagerly waiting for their roof over their heads. A technical reception has already been done for seven houses, and visibly satisfied users say during the receptions that their long-dreamed dream is now becoming reality. They say that they are grateful to everyone who is responsible for the construction of houses, and most of all to the Minister for Communities and Return, who fulfilled his word.
"We lived for the day when our children will have normal living conditions," "Many years of suffering are finally behind us. We live our dream "," We still can't believe we have our home. Thank you to everyone who made this possible for us, and especially to Minister Jevtić "," Finally, there is hope that better days are coming ", are just some of the statements of those who signed the certificates of technical acceptance of houses.
The Ministry for Communities and Return is committed to creating conditions for the sustainable return of internally displaced persons, increasing the number of returnees, but also improving the living conditions of disadvantaged communities in Kosovo.
The construction of these houses began as part of the fifth phase of the "Return and Reintegration in Kosovo (EU RRK-5)" program, which the Ministry for Communities and Return and the European Union Office are implementing in 11 municipalities in partnership with the International Organization for Migration (IOM).
As part of the same program, the construction of an additional 24 houses for returnees and members of non-majority communities is planned in the coming period.