The organization was born as small initiative group of motivated people to respond the problem of drug addiction in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
PROI was registered as non-profit organization in Ministry of Justice and Administration of Sarajevo Canton. The organization was known as Association for Assisting Drug Addicts.
We received our first grant from institutionalized donor It was the Department for International Development (DFID). Till that time all activities were conducted on volunteer basis.
Our activities transformed from grassroot small interventions to strategic long-term community development actions.
We initiated marking of International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking in Sarajevo by organization of Race against Drugs. From 2002 we organized 9 races and more than 7000 of participants participated in the event. The race is included in the calendar of international athletic competitions in BiH, and has become a prestigious sport event.
We started Health Program to address the issues related to communicable and non-communicable diseases in BiH. This program became the basis for initiating harm reduction project, prevention of drug addiction among youth, HIV prevention among people in higher risk, mental health initiative and other.
We established therapeutic community. This was the first multidisciplinary therapeutic community in BiH based on Daytop approach. Since the establishment, the community treated over 200 residents from BiH and other countries.
We started Entrepreneurship Program.
We started comprehensive harm reduction initiative among people who use drugs and sex workers. Since launching we serve with harm reduction projects more than 2000 clients on annual basis.
We started Community Empowerment program.
We incorporated particular gender sensitive focus to all our programs.
PROI was renamed as Association for Progressive Reinforcement of Organizations and Individuals.
We started Social Inclusion program.
We started Community Safety program.
We initiated establishment of MARA Network.
We started Prenatal health and HIV initiative and educational activities for gynaecologists.
We built strength social partnership with Public Institution Sarajevo Pharmacies and started educational initiative for pharmacists.
We started Ecology Program.
We established Security House initiative.