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"Reaching people for Christ: Helping people out of poverty into a sustainable future."


Bosnia Page

Why we work here

Bosnia-Herzegovina was formed in 1995 after a protracted conflict over the territory that formed the Yugoslavian federation. Bosnia-Herzegovina's infrastructure was destroyed by the Yugoslavian war and approx. 2 million people were displaced. Bosnia has deep ethnic and political divisions that make it extremely prone to corruption. Bosnia-Herzegovina has increasingly been used as a transit point for heroin to western Europe. It is very vulnerable to money laundering due to a heavily cash based and unregulated economy, weak law enforcement and instances of corruption. One of the key issues in Bosnia is youth unemployment so we work to provide opportunities, training and assistance with life skills to many young people across the country. We also work closely with families to break generational cycles of poverty and help them to overcome that challenges that living in a newly formed post-war state can bring. 


Key facts

Youth unemployment is almost 63%, the highest in the world

18% of people live below the poverty line

The average age that children go to school until is 14 years


The difference we make- the Potur family's story

The Potur family lived in the Salakovac transit centre when we first met them. They didn't have any income and used a kitchen and toilet that they had to share with other residents at the centre.


We provided support to the family through our family2family programme to help them meet their basic needs but also to identify what could help them become self-sufficient in the long term. We helped the Potur's move out of the transit centre and they are now living altogether with extended family in much improved conditions.  After being in the programme for three years we were able to provide funding for a moto-cultivator for the family that would help them to become self-sufficient and generate an income. They use it to produce more fruit and vegetables; enough for themselves and their extended family. The final step for the family was to help ensure that they could achieve a truly sustainable lifestyle. So, we helped them build a henhouse, provided twenty hens for the Portur's to take care of and enough feed for the animals for a year.


The family produces enough fruit, vegetables and eggs to feed themselves and to sell in order to generate additional income.


About their journey, the Portur's say, "This is so different. This is like a new life. We have almost everything we need, milk, cheese, meat, vegetables, fruit, eggs… Sometimes, I go to the shop just to buy bread, as we have everything else. The moto cultivator makes it much easier to cultivate the land, and we can produce more food than ever. Jasmin works and he has a good employer. Step by step, with your help, we succeeded. Now we can live without any assistance!"