Welcome to Bridges Across Borders

GORNJI VAKUF USKOPLJE

For many the war in Bosnia is a distant memory. Yet this town still bears many scars from the terrible conflict; with war damaged buildings and an ever present danger from mines, cluster bombs and Uxo's. There are around 6000 inhabitants, mainly from two ethnic groups - Croatian and Bosniac. They are separated by a dividing road and there is still tension between some members of these groups.

OMLADINSKI CENTAR

The youth centre started up at the end of the war and it focuses its work on conflict resolution and peace building with children and teenagers through a variety of projects. These have included theatre, sports, art, group holidays, IT training and environmental projects. Each programme runs with multi ethnic participation as a central theme.
A number of people from around the world, and also families and businesses from GV-U played a big part in helping our projects ... click on the links page or below to see our ever growing band of generous supporters.

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OUR PROJECT AIM

Our dedicated team will work in partnership with the Omladinski Centar and provide additional, fun orientated programmes in a safe environment where the children and teenagers from all ethnic groups can come together. A large portion of our activites are focussed on children who were born after the war, but older siblings and family who experienced the conflict are always encouraged to participate where appropriate.

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THE 2011 PROJECT AND BEYOND ...

The 2 months that the team spent in GV-U in 2011 created a wonderful platform for us to build on for both our 2013 project and beyond. We'd like to thank everyone including the volunteers, the centar staff, and anyone who donated their time and money to contribute to a project that exceeded everyone's expectations. In addtion to the projects, please note that we will look to continue to support the Omladinski Centre with materials for the existing projects we have already set up. For a flavour of what happened week by week during our 2011 project, please click on the link below ...

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News and Events

FUNDRAISER - 2016

As borders are closing and divisions between people seem to be increasing what better way than to support the work of BAB by: CYCLING ACROSS BORDERS. Click here to support cycling for Gornji Vakuf Uskoplje by Mike Smith.

Our two new BAB volunteers have completed their journey across Europe to raise donations and awareness for this amazing project.They cycled 2436 kilometers in 19 days. They survived minus temperatures, blizzards, crazy truck drivers and crossed a number of borders. All with just one crash requiring six stitches. Once they have recovered more information, stories and photo's will come. BIG BIG THANKS to them and everyone who supported this effort.

Here are some photos and stories from their journey.

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Thanks.

BRIDGES ACROSS BORDERS - 2014

In 2014 BAB donated darkroom chemicals to the project ART-Industrija so that they are able to set up a darkroom in Sarajevo.

BRIDGES ACROSS BORDERS - 2013

Last years project built on the our 2011 work and was a resounding success. Click below to check out Mark's weekly blog from GV- U to find out more.

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BRIDGES ACROSS BORDERS ON Flickr!

Check out our Flickr page which contains pictures from the project ...

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Email: info@bridgesacrossborders.net