The Croatian cities of Petrinja, Sisak and Glina were hit by a strong earthquake on December 29, 2020. Citizens were left homeless, without drinking water and food, and city streets were buried in the middle of the collapse. It is estimated that over three thousand people were left homeless, and that over 2,500 buildings were destroyed and about 60,000 were damaged.
Immediately after the earthquake, volunteers from other areas arrived in these Croatian cities, bringing food, clothes and other necessities, and many European countries urgently approved funds for the reconstruction and care of the local population.
To help citizens in neighboring Croatia, the Salzburg-based humanitarian association Bauern Helfen Bauern initiated and funded a project to build prefabricated houses for homeless families.
The project is being implemented by the KDT Foundation from Sarajevo, and in the first phase it is planned to build 30 houses, of which 8 houses are fully completed and ready to move in, while two more are in preparation. Infrastructure connections are also being made rapidly.
Complete construction material for the construction of houses is delivered from Bosnia and Herzegovina, and the construction group from Bratunac / Srebrenica, together with colleagues from Croatia, manage to complete all carpentry work on one facility in five days. This is followed by works on internal installations, equipping and handing over the building.
The KDT Foundation, which is operationally implementing this project, is implementing it together with Bauern helfen Bauern, and Caritas of the Diocese of Sisak is involved in the entire project.