Our Kids Foundation's new Halfway House began operations earlier this year and recently ran an open day event to help raise awareness and show the local community what we do.
The house is located in Vrapcici, just outside Mostar, and provides temporary accommodation and support for young adults leaving the state care system.
In Bosnia and Herzegovina, when children reach the age of 18 they must leave state care, but often they have no family or other support network. They struggle to make the transition to independent living, and problems experienced during this critical period can have a long lasting impact on their lives.
A little support during this vulnerable time can make a huge difference. Young adults at the Halfway House are provided with a safe place to live as well as help with finding and keeping a job or enrolment in further education. When they are ready to move on, we help them to find their own accommodation and establish an independent life with a firm foundation.
The project began operations in May this year and we now have 7 young people in the program. In December the house ran an open day for the local community, to give people a chance to learn about the project's goals and how we work The event was well attended by neighbours, media and local politicians as well as our existing supporters and volunteers.
Well done to the team and residents!