Tuesday 1st May 2012
More than 1,000 items of clothing will be sent to poverty-stricken families in a war-torn country thanks to a non-profit organisation.
Bespoke clothing company Stedman Corporate Clothing has donated more than 1,050 items and accessories to Hope And Aid Direct, which supports people from former Yugoslavian countries.
The Essex-based organisation takes convoys of supplies to Kosovo twice a year, with the latest donation included in the spring convoy.
Supplies are then distributed to those in greatest need with the help of non-Governmental organisations (NGOs) including the Mother Teresa Society in Kosovo.
Janet Young, Hope And Aid Direct volunteer, said: "Although the war in Kosovo was over 10 years ago, the country is still traumatised and the wounds have not yet healed. There is very high unemployment in Kosovo, very little state support and the rebuilding of homes and communities continues to be work-in-progress.
"I went to Kosovo for the first time last year and helped with deliveries to Roma areas and Serb villages, in addition to several poverty-stricken families in other areas. All donations received help the community start to rebuild its confidence, clothe families and give them more chance to find work. Thank you so much to Stedman Corporate Clothing and its clients for the generous donation. It is gratefully received."
Teresa Stedman, managing director of Stedman Corporate Clothing, said: "The essential donation will make a real impact in Kosovo and we are pleased to have been able to support Hope And Aid Direct with its spring shipment."