On 29th December 2020, a mere few hours after the devastating earthquake hit Petrinja and the surrounding towns in Sisak-Moslavina County, the SOLIDARNA Foundation reactivated the 5.5 Fund intended for crisis support after the earthquake. Through a big humanitarian action ‘In Solidarity with Petrinja and SMC’ 17.290.270,51 HRK was gathered for aid to victims of the earthquake thanks to donations from 27,614 citizens and 637 corporate donors.
The project Fund 5.5 of the SOLIDARNA Foundation is the national winner of the European Citizen Award through which the European Parliament values the work of civil associations, organisations, and individuals in promoting understanding and strengthening European unity.
Through its work and presence in the earthquake-affected Banija the SOLIDARNA Foundation confirmed that cooperation is an anchor in crisis situations. We thank the members of the Council of the Fund 5.5 for being with us from the start and without whom we could not have achieved what we did: prof. dr. sc. Marina Ajduković, architect and art historian doc. dr. sc. Zrinka Paladino, chairwoman of the board of the SOLIDARNA Foundation Sanja Sarnavka, members of the initiative Zagreb Earthquake Relief Jania Zane i Sara Juričić i architect Ana Dana Beroš.
Every single change, even the smallest one, and any improvement in the lives of those affected was achieved thanks to humanitarians, volunteers, associations, foundations and all donors-big and small-who gave their time, money and knowledge to help the people who were affected by the earthquake in Banija through the Fund 5.5. we extend special thanks to the Zamah Foundation, ADRA Croatia, Ljudi za ljude, Dobro dobrim, Civil Rights Project Sisak, Serb National Council, volunteer platform SLOGA, the association ROM.HR and the entire Coordination of Humanitarians under the Croatian Red Cross on their cooperation in solidarity.
Fund 5.5 closed for donations on 31/12/2021, but we have continued our work in Banija with the priority objective of finishing the building of houses and community recovery as well as permanently developing projects that will push society forward.
We are grateful to all donors, companies and individuals to the trust they have shown us and the possibility to create a present in solidarity and a better future. #Solidarity is our “NewNormal!