BelgrAid is run by a flexible core team of volunteers, supported by a dynamic and ever-changing group of short-termers from all around the globe. All of us are committed to bring dignity and care to refugees and other displaced people across Serbia. Together we prepare and distribute a healthy and flavourful daily lunch at the nearby Obrenovac Transit Centre, afterwards engaging the residents in sports and activities. Furthermore, our team supplies clothes and hygiene items to different sites across Serbia, collaborating with grassroots groups as well as more established humanitarian actors to provide aid when and wherever it is needed.
Serbia’s refugee crisis might not often make the news anymore, but that does not mean the hardship is over. BelgrAid is in this for the long run; we will stay in Serbia until there is no more need for us. Our lasting mission is to observe and act, to always be ready to fill the gaps left by other aid actors, to collaborate with anyone who shares our aim of making life better for people living as refugees in Serbia; but most importantly: to always work in solidarity and respect.
BelgrAid aims to be an independent platform for individuals and aid groups seeking to support displaced people in Serbia. We welcome any initiative to improve our projects and expand our scope of work whenever it is relevant. Please feel free to contact us if you have a new idea or want to get involved, or sign up here to volunteer with us.
Established in March 2017, BelgrAid was formed by a group of independent volunteers aiming for a more unified response to the needs of residents of the barracks, a large squat next to Belgrade’s main railway station. We took up residence in a small warehouse on the outskirts of the city, a site that quickly transformed into a volunteer hub boasting a professional kitchen, a sorting and storage area and a workshop run by our friends from Help Refugees. Following the inevitable eviction of the barracks we quickly adapted our focus to meet the changing needs of its vulnerable population, which was relocated to transit centres across Serbia.