Gate is always open and the courtyard itself is among tidiest. They take care of everything – from the yard to the house, from the field to the table. For two people, this is permanent, and for about twenty other, a daily home they share.
The courtyard of sustainable development “Caritas Šabac” is the winner of the international competition of social enterprises, held within the regional project “Finance4socialchange”, in which 11 social enterprises from Bulgaria, Moldova and Serbia participated. The jury that included representatives of financial institutions, foundations and business organizations, unanimously decided that the social enterprise from Serbia, supported through the grant scheme “EU support for active youth inclusion”, based on the presented business plan and business model, wins the first place and the prize in the amount of 7.000 EUR.
Once abandoned households has within the period of two years become a model farm and a chance for change for persons with disabilities. Through social protection lives of beneficiaries has been enriched while through enterprise for professional orientation ten persons got employed.
“I was a user of the daycare center in Šabac and now I am employed here and I earn for my living. I like to work, help my colleagues, I feel better that way,” says Milan Tomić from Mačvanski Pričinović.
Over 30 tons of their grow fruit and vegetables are stored in jars and bottles. They work, for themselves and for the others. They have shown that the model is sustainable.
“Apart from a nice property, we have something to offer, from gastronomic offer for which this part of Mačva is famous, to the fact that people when they buy a product or service see that that the end-user, a persons with disabilities has some benefits from it” says Miroljub Nikolic from “Caritas” Šabac.
They have also enriched the tourist offer of Bogatić. Along with the people from Mačva, the guests from other parts of Serbia visit them every day. From sustainable development, they have become an open-hearted courtyard – for the benefit of all.
The “European Union Support to Active Youth Inclusion” project, total value of which is EUR 4.7 million, financed by the EU and co-funded by the Government of the Republic of Serbia, aims to ensure greater social inclusion of youth population in Serbia by increasing of employment, youth activity, work experience and entrepreneurship practice among youth population. Through the project the EU and Government of Serbia has granted 24 grants, which will be implemented in more than 35 cities and municipalities in Serbia by the end of 2021. The projects implemented by the national and provincial social welfare institutions, municipalities and cities, citizens associations, foundations and educational institutions will increase the scope and quality of services at the local level in education and employment, innovative practice, active inclusion mechanisms and models and thereby strengthen the social inclusion of youth. The impact and tangible outcomes of the project are expected at all levels concerning the overall readiness and increased capacities of relevant institutions for the innovative development and management of youth active inclusion measures, policy development in line with best EU practices, and effective use of related EU financial assistance.
The project is managed by the Ministry of Finance, Department for Contracting and Financing of EU Funded Programmes (CFCU), while the project beneficiary institutions are the Ministry of Labour, Employment, Veteran and Social Affairs and Ministry of Youth and Sports
More about the project can be found on www.ukljucivanjemladih.rs
The European Union’s donations to Serbia exceed EUR 3.6 billion from 2000 to date. The funds have been used to support development, quality of life and reforms in: civil protection, flood relief and protection, education, connectivity, environment, health and consumer protection, culture, rule of law, local development, jobs and growth, public administration, migration, public financial management, civil society and media, social inclusion, youth and sport. EU support is implemented in cooperation with the Government of Serbia. The European Union is a larger donor of development aid to Serbia than all other international donors put together.