- Sapna Schools - replace toilets, pipes and sinks
- Domaljevac Primary School - replace a complete septic tank and associated pipes
- Zivinice High School - replace toilets, pipes, tile and sinks in 6 school bathrooms
- Vlasenica Schools - replace 3km of water pipe to supply water to a rural school
- Rijeka Homeless Project - provide blankets and personal care kits to 30 homeless persons
- Mala Sirena - provide tablets and software for communication and educational purposes for individuals with disabilities
- Los Rosales - provide kitchen appliances, cabinets and flooring to complete their food production vocational training center for individuals with disabilities
As Denny discussed in our last blog post, we have chosen to focus our Area Projects on improving the quality of life for those with disabilities. Our most recently approved project continues along that path. Los Rosales is a center in Mostar, BiH that serves about 140 individuals with disabilities in a variety of programs. They have an integrated kindergarten providing care for children 2-6 with and without disabilities and a primary school that serves children in grades 1-9 and includes an autism center as well as a sensory integration room and a relaxation room. All students are fed breakfast and lunch each day and are able to attend the school and receive all meals and necessary services such as occupational, speech or physical therapy free of charge.
|High school students|
|Special class for those with only physical disabilities|
|Art therapy - making Christmas decorations|
|Ready for the tree!|
|Playing in the sensory integration room|
|They are very engaged in their work!|
|She is knitting a scarf to be sold in the Old Town shop|
|Jewelry ready to go to the shop|
|This is the kitchen that they are currently using to |
prepare meals for 140 students twice a day
|This is their current "cafeteria" that only seats 12 people|
Our cooperative project with Los Rosales is an expansion of their vocational training program. Their current kitchen is very small and inadequate and their dining area can only accommodate 12 students at once. They rotate the students in and out all day long. Their vision is to create a cafeteria to prepare and serve meals where the food production can become part of the vocational training for adults in their program to learn to cook, clean and serve. Ultimately, they will open a small community restaurant as part of this project. With the help of a Norwegian NGO they were able to complete the remodeling of the building and have also received a grant for a greenhouse which will provide additional vocational training as well as fresh vegetables to be used in the cafeteria. LDS Charities will provide important equipment such as the freezer, convection oven, and industrial dishwasher to complete the project. This is a perfect example of LDS Charities goal of promoting self-reliance and sustainability, not just "giving things" away.
|The new "cafeteria" completed by a Norwegian NGO |
We love this floor!
Education, awareness and inclusion are life changing for all. Los Rosales is making great strides in improving the lives of these most vulnerable people and these projects will enable them to continue to pursue their goals.
We are looking forward to starting our humanitarian project plan for 2017 and feel very blessed to have been given stewardship over Bosnia. We hope that we can make a small difference in the lives of those God leads us to on this journey.