Zakat Foundation in Macedonia
Macedonia is the poorest of the former Yugoslav Republics. One-fifth of its population is living in destitute poverty and is unable to meet basic needs. The majority of the poor include unemployed adults and children.
Unemployment remains at a steady 30%, and, while food security and poor nutrition are not direct development issues in the country, rural households are extremely vulnerable to external economic crises.
Modest economic growth in the past few years has not been accompanied by improved living standards for the entire population.
In Macedonia, Zakat Foundation of America has launched campaigns to assist refugees from the Middle East and North Africa with food, medical, and housing supplies as they travel through the country to reach Europe.
Sources: UN Stats | World Bank | Pew Research Center