The Diplomatic Winter Bazaar 2023 raised 270,000 KM for Children and Young People in BiH

February 29, 2024

The Organizing Committee of the Diplomatic Winter Bazaar is happy to announce that the 2023 event raised more than 270.000 BAM. The proceeds will be distributed to 26 associations helping children and young people across BiH.

At the bazaar held in Skenderija on 2 December 2023 over 12.000 visitors enjoyed food, drinks and products from around the world. Thanks to a great cooperation with our sponsors, 45 embassies and international organizations and 5 schools, we achieved an outstanding result that significantly surpassed 2022’s revenues.  There were 800 volunteers working on the day. This success is an expression of a spirit of teamwork, solidarity and volunteerism steered toward a common goal: to provide a brighter future for children in need.

The Diplomatic Winter Bazaar is a non-profit organization 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 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 Organizing Committee volunteers for 2023 were Gry Reinertsen (Norway), Ilona Stoelken (Germany), Piet Bakker (Netherlands), Tatiana Messerli (Switzerland), Dorina Kolici (Albania), and Madeline Ben Atikovic (Philippines).

The Organizing Committee is grateful to its sponsors including The City of Sarajevo, Sarajevo Canton, EFT, Mineco, Telemach Fondacija, Adriatic Metals, Meggle and

The beneficiaries of the 2023 Diplomatic Winter Bazaar are:

    • 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 – 22.000 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 – 15.000 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 – 13.000 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 – 11.000 BAM
    • Future – Association for Support of Children and Parents (“Budućnost” – Sarajevo) creates better living conditions for children on the autistism spectrum – 11.000 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
      • 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 – 10.000 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 – 10.000 BAM
      • Little School (“Mala škola” – Vareš) cares for children without parents or adequate parental care,  regardless of their religious and ethnic affiliation – 7.000 BAM
      • Good Deed (“Dobro djelo” – Sarajevo) organizes workshops (using neurofeedback therapists among other therapists) for children with developmental difficulties and poor financial status – 7.000 BAM
      • Humanitarna Organizacija Alfa (Bihać) improves the material position of children, young people and families of the Roma community in Bihać so that they can live without poverty in a world of equality: 10.000 BAM
      • Association for Helping Children and Youth with Special Needs “Tračak nade“ (Upper Drina region), procures auxiliary equipment used in treatments with children and youth with developmental disabilities: 7.000 BAM
      • DTCare Sarajevo (Mount Vlašić) organizes summer camps aiming at empowering young women from disadvantaged families, marginalized groups or victims of abuse: 5.500 BAM
      • “Savez Slijepih Republike Srpske” – (Banja Luka) helps blind and partially sighted children to acquire the basic skills to learn braille: 7.500 BAM
      • Association of parents of children with developmental disabilities “Mala Sirena” (Udruzenje roditelja djece sa proteskocama u razvoju „Mala sirena“ – Zavidovići) to provide social and educational opportunities at their youth center: 7.000 BAM
      • Down Sy and Me (Banja Luka) provides speech therapy support for children with Down syndrome: 18.000 BAM