was established in Split, Croatia in1991, as an NGO for helping youth and people with drug related problems. The residence of HELP
is in the city of Split, but the field of activities is wider. We run activities in several other cities and islands in the county of Dalmatia, as well as in other Northern and Southern Croatian counties.
All our activities are running in two ways through two main paralele programmes: Youth Information Center (YIC) and Harm Reduction (HR).
The main goal of Harm Reduction (HR)
is HIV/AIDS prevention
. In the frame of HR activities we try to reduce the harm caused by drug use or harm of the other high risk behaviours, particularly commercial sex work. The target group is population with high risk behaviour; intravenous drug users (IDUs), commercial sex workers (CSW), and PLWHIV (people living with HIV/AIDS). Some of the activities of HR are: Needle Exchange service, out reach work, sending IDUs to treat in terapeutic communities in country and abroad, Voluntary Cancelling and Testing on HIV and hepatitis (VCT), distributing educational materials, providing condoms free of charge, providing medical exams, raising public awareness about HIV/AIDS, taking care about PLWHIV, providing educations, trainings etc.
The main target group of Youth Information Center (YIC) is youth in general (age 14-29). Through YIC HELP
try to enhance the quality of youth life. The main goal is to enable young people to take more responsible and more active role in the society. To make them capable for such role, it is necessary to inform and educate them. Through the YIC, we try to collect and distribute as much useful information as possible, without political, religious or other influence. Also we try to develop youth mobility, enhance non formal education and intercultural understanding, as well as stimulate volunteer’s engagement among youth on local and international level. To be more successful in reaching those goals, HELP
try to provide as more as possible different local and international opportunities created for youth involvement and non-formal learning. As a result of such engagement is a large number of youth actively involved in volunteering activities on local and international level (EVS). In May 2011 at a high-level awards ceremony during European Youth week 2011 in Antwerp, one of Help’s volunteer
was one of the winners in the category “Inclusive society”.
Since 2003 Help has been accredited as a host, sending and coordinating organization, and in 2008 it was nominated as the Contact Point for Croatia for the project EU “Youth in Action”. We have 10 full time job positions, and around 120 volunteers, mainly youth (age 16-25)