Life in post-war Bosnia and Herzegovina is not easy, with fragmented communities, unemployment at more than 40% (much higher among 18 to 24 year olds) and as many as 50% of people living below the poverty line.
Young people leaving institutional care at the age of 18 are particularly vulnerable. Often they have no family or other support network. Many end up on the streets and are easily exploited.
At Kuća na Pola Puta we aim to address this issue by providing a temporary home for care leavers and other marginalised and vulnerable young adults. We support residents in learning essential life skills, completing their education, and finding and keeping a job. When they are ready, we assist the residents in finding their own accommodation.
How the Project Started
The house is located in Vrapčići near Mostar. Construction was funded by the Luciano Lama Foundation, the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the City of Mostar. After construction was complete, Our Kids Foundation was invited to take over. Our Kids Foundation is a UK charity with many years of experience developing and running social projects to benefit children and young people in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
To ensure that the project benefits the local community as much as possible, and to comply with regulations in BiH, Our Kids Foundation registered a new non-profit organisation in Mostar called Kuća na Pola Puta, and employed a team of local staff.
Kuca na Pola Puta is a regsitered non-profit organisation regulated by the Department of Social Services. We rely entirely on donations and volunteers.
In the long term we plan to start some social enterprises to generate income and reduce our reliance on donations and grants. These enterprises will also create jobs for the local community as well as the young people we support.
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If you would like to donate to the project or contribute in any way we would be very grateful. Please click here for information on how you can help.