Helping Women Victims of War Violence in Eastern Bosnia-Herzegovina

In June 2014 BHeart raised $13,000 to support an association of women* who were victims of sexual violence during the 92-95 war. The project’s goal was to support the education of the women’s children identified as having the greatest needs and to maintain their meeting place. The project was implemented from September 2014 to July 2015 through BHeart’s local partner, the Bosana Foundation. The funds raised were used to:

  • Support the children’s education: a yearly stipend paid for books, school transport, meals, sports gear and computers. BHeart also financed IT classes for both the children and the women throughout the year.
  • Maintain the meeting place where they feel safe, can discuss their traumas and seek professional counsel. Financial assistance with utility costs was provided.
  • Support the activity of making handicrafts, which provide an income, as well as a sense of purpose and self-respect. Thanks to BHeart’s help, the women attended training and purchased materials. BHeart also purchased a sewing machine for an impoverished family with four children.

The only administrative costs incurred were per diems paid for three visits to the association by Bosana Foundation volunteers in order to monitor the project’s implementation and impact. Better living and learning conditions have led to better school results for most children. A part of project funds were used to set up a small reward fund for children who achieved the best results during the school year. The other children also received a small reward. Most importantly the support these women and children received from BHeart has given them hope for a better future and have motivated them to fight for their rights. *To protect the privacy of these women and their children, we can’t reveal their names and their counseling organization. To find out more about this project, click here.

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