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Food for Life begins food distribution for flood victims

10334471_10202926215854995_387984139148038124_nFood for Life volunteers in Bosnia began distributing hot vegan meals in the towns, Vogošče and Svrake and nearby villages in cooperation with local authorities. The floods that have engulfed Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina have left behind a wasteland, causing more than 2,000 landslides. Huge buildings in the village of Sericite, near the city of Zenica disappeared in seconds. “It is extremely difficult situation in the Zenica-Doboj Canton. Numerous villages were literally wiped off the face of the earth, landslides swallowed assets in which people had invested their entire life,” reported www.klix.ba

Food for Life volunteers respond

Another 400 meals were distributed in the city of Obreonovac, which was worst hit by the  massive flooding. Local FFL coordinator for Serbia, Madhva Muni said, “The police had to take us over the floods waters to reach the blocked parts of the city. We are cooking around 200-300 meals per day and we could do much more with a little more financial help.” FFL coordinator for Bosnia, Dhira Prasanta reported: “We distributed hot meals in three locations in the municipality of Vogosca, Sarajevo Canton, including the Red Cross Children’s Hospital where people relished the meals.” Volunteers collected donations amongst themselves, then purchased the produce, cooked, transported and served vegetable stew, bread, salad and drinking water, while media crews from TVSA and BH Radio 1 interviewed FFL spokesperson Amala Prema. “We plan to collaborate with the Crisis Staff in Vogosca to distribute more hot vegan meals tomorrow and in the coming days” explained FFL coordinator for Sarajevo, Dhira Prasanta. “The flood victims said the Food for Life meals were tasteful and that they were a great improvement over the canned foods they had received thus far.” Tomorrow volunteers will bring lunch at two locations, and then a third group of people will be served dinner.

How you can help

You can help us by making tax deductible donations through Food for Life Global or sending prepackaged prasadam to FFL Sarajevo offices. Donations will be shared between our FFL teams in Serbia and Bosnia.

Contact FFL Sarajevo

Address: Pofalicka 11, Sarajevo, Bosina & Herzegovina – 71000 Phone: +387 33 973088 Email: iskcon.sarajevo@gmail.com Facebook: ISKCON Sarajevo Contact person: Dhira-prasanta das Mobile: +387 61150115

Contact FFL Serbia

Contact: Madhva Muni Email: donacije.sns@gmail.com 

FFL teams respond to tsunami-like floods in Bosnia and Serbia

sarajevo_Flood Dozens of people are feared dead in Bosnia-Hercegovina and Serbia after the worst floods in 120 years. Tens of thousands fled their homes as heavy rain fell creating tsunami-like flooding and causing rivers to burst their banks. In the higher lands, the torrential downpour caused landslides that buried houses. In the Bosnian town of Doboj, the mayor reported that more than 20 bodies had been taken to the mortuary. The republic’s police chief, Gojko Vasic, said, “the flood waters acted like a tsunami, reaching three to four metres high. No-one could resist it.” Observed from the air, almost a third of Bosnia, resembled a massive muddy lake, with houses, roads and rail lines submerged, the Associated Press reports. According to a spokesman for Bosnia’s Security Ministry, about a million people – more than a quarter of the country’s population – live in the affected area.

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Food for Life’s Response

Citizens of the country ​are​ now mobilized to help those affected with drinking water, food supplies, clothes and anything else needed. Food for Life Sarajevo plans to offer hot meals. Food for Life Sarajevo is one of the oldest Food for Life projects, having started during the Bosnian conflict on the early 90s. Volunteers at that time were challenged to the limits and were only able to offer freshly baked bread and cookies in a city besieged by conflict, harsh winters and no available fruits and vegetables. Emergency coordinator, Dhira Prasanta said that many people have literally lost everything. “They are being accommodated in schools, gyms and anywhere they can have a roof over their heads in the coming days,” he explained. “Our volunteers are now preparing to cook, transport and serve prasadam (sanctified plant based meals) to the most affected people. However, Bosnia​ and Herzegovina is a poor country, so we are humbly asking for as much help as FFL supporters can offer,” he pleaded. Food for Life Serbia also has a long history and volunteers are preparing to respond like their Bosnian neighbours.

How you can help

You can help us by making tax deductible donations through Food for Life Global or sending prepackaged prasadam to FFL Sarajevo offices. Donations will be shared between our FFL teams in Serbia and Bosnia.

Contact FFL Sarajevo

Address: Pofalicka 11, Sarajevo, Bosina & Herzegovina – 71000 Phone: +387 33 973088 Email: iskcon.sarajevo@gmail.com Facebook: ISKCON Sarajevo Contact person: Dhira-prasanta das Mobile: +387 61150115

Contact FFL Serbia

Contact: Madhva Muni Email: donacije.sns@gmail.com