Caritas of the Archdiocese of Belgrade (CBN) was established in 1989 as a humanitarian organization of the Catholic Church in order to assist threatened groups in central Serbia. In addition to supporting national institutions that care for the sick and elderly people, the target user group consists of both internally displaced persons and refugees and numerous persons from the republics of the former Yugoslavia that have found their haven in central Serbia. As with similar charitable organizations founded with the blessing of the Catholic Church in the distribution of aid and implementation of projects supporting vulnerable groups, Caritas of the Archdiocese of Belgrade is always guided by the principle of human needs rather than national or religious affiliation.
Caritas of the Archdiocese of Belgrade is part of Caritas Serbia and Montenegro, and through him, and a member of Caritas Europe and Caritas Internacionalis.
CBN implements projects in central Serbia, but with an emphasis on several towns in which they following local (parish) Caritas are active: Caritas Šabac, Caritas Valjevo, Caritas Aleksinac, Caritas Niš, Caritas Belgrade (Centar SPES).
Services included in programs implemented by CBN are numerous: the various types of support through listening, advice and assistance in accessing government social and health institutions; home care and home help for the elderly, sick and disabled persons; procurement of documents for local marginalized groups and assistance in exercising their rights in state institutions and facilities; free medical examinations for Roma and other persons without health insurance documents; distribution of clothes and humanitarian assistance; bathing and dermatological health services and examinations; laundry service; education of young people through learning foreign languages and training for work on computer; village revitalization through the distribution of domestic animals and others.
CBN is especially reliant on volunteers in its work, who significantly contribute to the development and implementation of a large number of services to people in need.
CBN is actively working on developing their own capacities through continuous training and education of the existing staff. In this way, the quality and quantity of services that CBN is continuously improved.
CBN’s plans are to increase the number of services to end users by increasing the number of programs that are implemented and recruitment and training of volunteers. Despite the tendency of funding programs by foreign donors previously, Caritas of the Archdiocese of Belgrade sees its future through financing and close cooperation with state institutions of social and health care, local institutions and similar non-governmental organizations.