This is the town where it all started for Bridges Across Borders.
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 is the first local NGO BAB worked in partnership with.
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 in the Balkans with local NGO's and
small international NGO's to provide fun orientated programmes in a safe
environment where children, teenagers and adults of all genders, religions and
ethnic groups can come together, create, communicate and work together against
intolerance that divides people. We are inclusive and open to developing idea's
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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
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2017 AND THE FUTURE.
BAB will continue to support the youth and the community of GVU. But due to
unfolding circumstances we will expand our work and support to other area's. We
are looking to support and network with groups/people/individuals who work,
especially voluntary for positive social change. We also will expand to offer
various forms of support to help refugees in the Balkans or along the Balkan
Please support us supporting others and working for a better world.
After the successful fund raising trip of our volunteers from Germany to Spain
in 2016, our amazing volunteers at Cycle Across Borders
cycled their second trip from Mannheim in Germany, to Pirot in Serbia. They
covered around 1800km in twelve days and then went on to facilitate amazing
workshops with the refugees from the camp near Pirot. More news and photos
about this on our news and event page.