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.
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
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
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