Please note: Donations made toward IRUSA’s Bosnia and Herzegovina fund may be used to support important emergency or long-term work across the country, or for Bosnia and Herzegovina refugees in other countries.

Winter deals Bosnia a huge blow

This winter came abruptly. For Bosnians facing the brutal elements of winter, time is not a luxury. IRUSA is working around the clock to turn donations into winter support. We want to ensure that the families are prepared to make it through the frigid temperatures. One of IRUSA’s most critical projects is winterization, where your support helps prepare communities to survive the biting cold. If we act now we can provide items like food, medical aid, water, blankets, mattresses, plastic sheeting, plastic mats, shoes, jackets, hats, sweatshirts, gloves, waterproof coats, and socks. Throughout this entire winter they will live in below freezing temperatures, sometimes without any source of heat. They shouldn’t have to face this winter alone.

And at IRUSA, we won’t let them. Follow our journey, Jan. 17-21, for Biking for Bosnia on social media.


Bosnia-Herzegovina suffered immense material losses—both human and material—after the 1992-1995 war. Vast improvements have been made since then: Between 1998 and 2008, poverty fell from 20% to about 14%. Then the global financial crisis hit, however, followed by a double-dip recession in Bosnia-Herzegovina, and food prices rose. More than one-quarter of the workforce is unemployed, and that number rises to well over one-half for young people — one of the world’s highest youth unemployment rates.
Still, improvement continues in other areas. Between 1980 and 2014, Bosnia and Herzegovina’s life expectancy at birth increased by 6 years, and expected years of schooling increased by 2 years.

Islamic Relief began working in Bosnia-Herzegovina in 1992 to provide vital emergency assistance to the people during the Bosnian War. Islamic Relief was actually one of the first international, nongovernmental organizations to start delivering humanitarian aid to the people of Bosnia-Herzegovina. Food, water and clothes were distributed to survivors. Islamic Relief later began rebuilding homes, schools and places of worship that were destroyed during the war. More recently, IRUSA donors renovated homes rendered uninhabitable by 2014 floods.



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