How Communities Around Croatia are Helping COVID-19, Earthquake Response

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Jelena Biškup
Jelena Biškup

Jelena Biškup

March 24, 2020 – Communities around Croatia are coming together to do their bit in the response to coronavirus and the Zagreb earthquake aftermath.  

In spite of the latest circumstances which have shattered Croatia, Croatian people have once again shown how kindness is greater than the effects of Coronavirus and the Zagreb earthquake.

While we waited for the closure of catering facilities, the owner of the “Kraljevski pub Tomislav cafe bar in Varaždin decided to do that by himself. Not only that, but employees chose to volunteer and help those in need.

“Maybe this month, we will not make money, but we will make lots of love from other people who appreciate our hard work and dedication and, above all, our free time that we spend for someone,” they told eVaraždin.

Jelena, Davor and Katarina, well done!  (see lead photo)


The Knight order “Ružice grada” from Orahovica announced on its Facebook page they are starting to make a cotton face masks. “If you know of an institution that may need it or people who are at risk, please let us know so we can donate.” After that, they wrote they stand at your service if you need someone to clear the snow in front of your house. Not only that, but they will also bring you groceries if you can’t do it by yourself. This is the real knight chivalry.


In the Facebook group “Tražim/nudim studentski posao” (“Looking for/offering a student job”), many people are offering a home to those whose houses were destroyed in the earthquake. In the same group, plenty of the students provided instructions for every child who needs it due to the school closures. And they will do it for free. After that, the new group called Free Instructions, was made.


Students organized and launched an action to create protective masks for medical staff. The masks are already in use at KBC Split. More than 120 3D printers launched in 24 cities in less than 18 hours! DiyConnect Company is doing the same thing. 


Following the decision to suspend public transport, the HUP member companies, the Rent-a-Car Coordination Company, informed that they make available, for free, more than 50 vehicles throughout Croatia for free, so that healthcare staff can get on time to their jobs. Adipromet is doing the same thing, knowing how important the work is that our medical staff is currently doing.


Three young psychologists are offering free online help since they understand that some people are going through tough times at the moment. They have Facebook and Instagram profiles. If you need to talk with someone, they are here for you.


A free Web application for order fulfillment and delivery has also been created to assist people in self-isolation, the elderly, and infirm. Scan the code and help others! How does it work?

  1. Sign up 2. Wait for a call to help someone.


If you thought it couldn’t go better than this, there is more. A few owners of apartments forgave rents to those who live in it for this month. 


Bad Blue Boys, the Dinamo fan group, again showed their preparedness to help. “I do not know how much news about the Blue Heart action has spread. Still, in cooperation with the Red Crioss, we take care of people who are unable to go to pharmacies, shops, etc.. This is also true for senior citizens and chronic patients who would be put into unnecessary danger when leaving home.” 


In the Facebook group “Jedni za druge” (One for the other), made specifically for those in need due to the earthquake and coronavirus, many people offer their help.

Mrs. Manuela Babić, the owner of OPG, wrote: “Every Friday until further notice I can provide 200 to 250 eggs on my farm and donate to the needy. If you know anyone, whether from the Red Cross or someone who volunteers and delivers food to people, please refer them to me.”


And again, some offer a home… 


We believe there are many more volunteers who are doing good from the shadow. Shout out to all of you, good people. Wherever do you take a look, someone stands there, offering a hand. What a time to witness.

Do you know an initiative to add to this list? Email Janja with details at [email protected] 


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