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.
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.
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. READ more ->
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 ... READ more ->
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.