The Diplomatic Winter Bazaar raised 234,000 KM for Children and Young People in BiH

March 7, 2023

The organising committee of the Diplomatic Winter Bazaar is happy to announce that it raised 234.000 BAM for associations dedicated to working with children and young people in BiH.

The main event, held in Skenderija in December, was the first in-person Bazaar since 2019 and raised 94% more than the online campaign in the previous year. The Bazaar was greatly supported by 34 embassies, including five that participated for the first time, seven international organisations, and six schools. Over 11,000 guests enjoyed food and culture from around the world.

In addition to the main event, we collaborated with artists to hold a charity auction – Sarajevo Art Night. This also made a significant contribution to this year’s fundraising efforts.

The Diplomatic Winter Bazaar is a non-profit organisation in BiH that supports children and young people as well as their families throughout Bosnia and Herzegovina, including those with difficult financial and social situations and physical or mental challenges.

The organising committee volunteers are Gry Reinertsen (Norway), Piet Bakker (Netherlands), Anna Jewell (IMF), Tatiana Messerli (Switzerland), Tatiana Khodzhaysa Papandreou (Greece), Dorina Kolici (Albania), and Madeline Ben Atikovic (Philippines).

The organising committee is grateful to its sponsors including EFT, Mineco, Telemach Fondacija, Adriatic Metals, Emergy, Canton Sarajevo, and

The beneficiaries of the 2022 Diplomatic Winter Bazaar are:

  • Down Sy and Me (Banja Luka) provides speech therapy support for children with Down syndrome – 17.000 BAM.
  • The Association of Bosnian Doctors for Persons with Disabilities (“Bosanski doktori za osobe sa invaliditetom” – throughout BiH) provides support to persons with severe disabilities through personal assistance services – 15.000 BAM
  • Children’s Centre Gnijezdo (“Udruženje gradjanki Grahovo) is an extracurricular program that helps children from vulnerable families, providing them with active assistance in learning and socialization – 14.000 BAM
  • Franciscan International Student Centre (“Kruh Sv. Ante” – throughout BiH) provides scholarships to socially and financially disadvantaged university students from all over Bosnia and Herzegovina – 12.000 BAM
  • New Path (“Novi Put” – Mostar area) combats child trafficking, contemporary slavery, domestic violence, child pornography and paedophilia – 12.000 BAM
  • EMMAUS International Solidarity Forum (Klokotnica-Doboj Istok) aids children with disabilities and from vulnerable categories of society to help them on the path to independence – 12.000 BAM
  • Angelus, the Association for Parents of Children with Special Needs (Domaljevac-Šamac) works with children with special needs and from challenged families who have developmental difficulties, helping to ensure an equal position in society – 12.000 BAM
  • Heart for Children with Cancer (“Srce za djecu oboljelu od raka“ – throughout BiH) provides support for children with cancer and their families, including wigs for hair loss – 10.000 BAM
  • Los Rosales Centre for Children and Youth with Special Needs (Mostar) works with children and youth with developmental difficulties to achieve the highest possible degree of independence – 10.000 BAM
  • Give Us a Chance (“Dajte nam šansu” – Sarajevo) provides health and psychological services for children and young people with developmental disabilities and their families – 10.000 BAM
  • Future – Association for Support of Children and Parents (“Budućnost” – Sarajevo) creates better living conditions for children on the autistism spectrum – 10.000 BAM
  • Education Builds BiH – Jovan Divjak (“Obrazovanje gradi BiH” – throughout BiH) enables materially endangered young people to complete their high school and university education – 10.000 BAM
  • A Different World (“Drugačiji svijet“ – Bijeljina) supports children with autism and disabilities and their families through educational workshops with professional staff – 10.000 BAM
  • The Grace Valley Centre (“Pomirenje” – Zenica) is a residential and day-care centre mainly for Roma children – 9.000 BAM
  • Get the Heck Back to School (“Mars u Skolu” – Bihac) provides scholarships and school meals primarily to girls from the Roma community in Bihac, with the aim of eliminating the practice of early marriages – 8.000 BAM
  • Make Someone Happy Association (“Obraduj nekoga” – Bratunac, Srebrenica) helps socially disadvantaged babies and children by providing meals, diapers, and clothing – 8.000 BAM 
  • Friendly Home (“Prijateljska kuća” – Doboj) provides a family home for children without parents or help and supports many projects in the surrounding area to improve the lives of children in general – 8.000 BAM
  • Lotos, Mental Health Protection (Zenica) provides psychological support to children and young people with disabilities as well as to their parents and guardians – 7.000 BAM
  • PIPOL Association (Tuzla) supports the treatment, recovery, rehabilitation, and resocialization of children and young people with cancer and their families – 7.000 BAM
  • Let’s Grow Together, the Centre for Children with Special Needs (“Rastimo zajedno” – Gacko) provides individual and group treatments to help children with disabilities integrate into society – 6.000 BAM
  • Little School (“Mala škola” – Vareš) cares for children without parents or adequate parental care,  regardless of their religious and ethnic affiliation – 6.000 BAM
  • Good Deed (“Dobro djelo” – Sarajevo) organizes workshops (using neurofeedback therapists among other therapists) for children with developmental difficulties and poor financial status – 6.000 BAM
  • SPID swimming club (Sarajevo) organizes swimming activities for children with developmental difficulties and/or disabilities to improve their psycho-physical health conditions – 5.000 BAM
  • Orhideja Association (Stolac) provides socialization and integration of Roma children through psychological and social support – 5.000 BAM
  • My Little Star (“Moja zvjezdica” – Sarajevo): provides assistance and educates parents of children with developmental difficulties by organising webinars and seminars – 5.000 BAM