Refugee Aid Serbia (RAS) began as a collaboration of concerned citizens, non-governmental organizations, charities, and local businesses carrying out essential aid delivery throughout Serbia in August 2015. Over the past year they have successfully delivered clothing, warm meals, fruit, water, hygiene items and other essential items to the hundreds of thousands of asylum seekers, migrants and refugees transiting through Serbia.

Since then they have witnessed the official closure of the Balkan route, despite which there are an estimated 200 irregular arrivals daily, many of whom stop off in Belgrade city-centre. RAS helps to meet some of their most basic needs and offer them a moment of respite.

Refugee Aid Serbia Providing Critical Support to RefugeesWith the increasing number of asylum seekers arriving daily and a recent loss of dedicated funding to their warm meals program, however, they are struggling to feed and clothe every family and individual who come to their distribution. As such they have launched a Crowdfunder appeal to better meet their needs.

Distribution Coordinator, Felix Thomson, who has been with RAS since June 2016, expresses his concern as winter approaches. “As the weather turns, it is increasingly important that people are provided with winter clothing as well as warm and nutritious meals.”

A donation of 100 euros can provide 2,000 warm meals, and for every 1,000 euros RAS can fully clothe 100 individuals in appropriate winter clothes.

They are pleased with the response to the Crowdfunder appeal so far from donors across the globe. This funding will help RAS continue the vital work they are doing to feed and clothe refugees in Serbia, and in light of a recent loss of dedicated funding for their Warm Meals Project, it has come at an especially crucial time.

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