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Help where it is most needed

Help where it is most needed

Spring arrived and the woods we are approaching appear in bloom. It is only when we stop – a lake and a park on the one side of the road and woods on the other – that we see that these woods are dotted with cardboard and plywood houses, buzzing with...

First Pizzeria run by refugees opens in Serbia

First Pizzeria run by refugees opens in Serbia

While 3000 participants meet in Geneva for the first Global Refugee Forum to pledge measure to enhance the local integration of refugees, here in Serbia, we can already enjoy some of its results, disguised as the most delicious pizza. Recently a business staffed...

Smart moves and true love bring Syrian refugee success in Serbia

Smart moves and true love bring Syrian refugee success in Serbia

Mawaheb Seraj, a refugee from Syria, used his head and followed his heart to find a new life in Serbia. Never unemployed throughout his long journey, he has secured a good job in a global company. He has married a Serbian artist, the woman of his dreams. And the cat...

Afghan youth pursues his design dream at college in Belgrade

Afghan youth pursues his design dream at college in Belgrade

Sami Rasuli aimed for Italy but Serbia is giving him the practical grounding he needs for a career in fashion From an early age, Sami Rasuli knew he wanted to be a fashion designer. “I watched movies and fashion shows and I loved all that,” he says. Now the...

Belgrade school puts young refugees on track for success

Belgrade school puts young refugees on track for success

Firash and Asadi were trying to reach Western Europe but it is Serbia that has enabled them to finish school Firash and Asadi* are taking their school leavers’ exams. “It’s a bit stressful, yeah, but that’s normal,” says Firash. “It’s good,” says Asadi. “I will get...

Legends of Pirates

Legends of Pirates

Shezad K. is 16.  He fled Afghanistan two years ago.  Back home, he witnessed his family perish before his eyes, and after many years of struggling on his own in the unsafe streets of his hometown, had to flee to seek international protection.  On arrival to Serbia,...

Football And Homework – Steps To Making Friends

Football And Homework – Steps To Making Friends

Before arriving in Belgrade, Serbia, in 2017, Zaman had never step foot in a school. “My family lived in a rural area,” says Zaman. “I grew up working in the field and when the conflict intensified, my parents insisted that I, at least, should try make it out.” Having...

Building Bridges Through Music

Building Bridges Through Music

“The language of music is universal. Using it, the children benefit from all the positive aspects of music: their artistic side comes out, they learn to concentrate, discipline and memory improve and their self- esteem rises as they realize they are good at it. They...