Projekt Duga means: Project Rainbow where the rainbow represents the sign of a friendship alliance as we encountered with Noah after the flood. Our project is located in the "Kordun" (former Krajina), an abandoned region in the interior of Croatia, close to the border with Bosnia. The region is characterized by the presence of minorities: Serbian returnees, Croatian Muslims and Croats who fled from Bosnia after the war. It is a forgotten region. In everything a great challenge to work on reconciliation and a friendship alliance. The project has been active since May 1999 and focuses on single elderly people and children and young people.
The project has its own camping area and can accommodate 30 to 40 people, has 3 camping cabins with 5 beds each, some caravans, a simple kitchen and café in a stable ("Café Bethlehem"). The camping site is maintained by the local youth and children of "De Leeuwenend" and by the groups that come to visit us.
Projekt Duga started in 1999 as an initiative of Dutch and Croatian volunteers from different churches. At the moment the project is mainly supported by the Evangelical Congregation Jonah in Ede, but volunteers are participants from different (types of) churches.
Welcome to Hostel Croatia, in The Middle of Nowhere yet easily accessible and with all basic amenities such as running water and electricity. There are 45 beds to rent and they all cost 15 euros per night. Are you coming with more than two people or with children? Then a discount is possible. In all cases, please contact us via the contact page
A lot has been done in the last two years to renovate the Projekt Duga camping area. That worked out well. At the moment we offer:
We want to start renting out this accommodation. Fancy a camping adventure in this beautiful area? Then come back to this website for more information or contact us via the contact page.
We will be traveling again soon. From April 16 to April 22 we expect a group of 40 students at our project location "In the Middle of Nowhere". In this article some practical information for those who are also considering coming to visit us. This time a trip abroad, organized by RSG Pantarijn, a secondary school from Wageningen. Let us know via the contact page if your school is also interested in a similar adventure and a completely organized foreign trip for your students.
We get the entire project location in use of "Projekt Duga". See Google Maps for more info: https://goo.gl/maps/rXkN1HoqbiYJCAPU9 - Furthermore, we use four days for four domestic excursions. Check out this padlet for some information:
Also this year we would very much like to distribute 20 Christmas packages to the single elderly and the families we know in Croatia and Bosnia. Every year I forget to ask for donations in advance because of the hustle and bustle of work and life in the Netherlands, but every year it eventually works out. Here's the info:
Meindert A. Jorna
Traveling again to our project in Croatia. This time as a complete family. That's been a while ago. Last summer was the last time. In the meantime I have traveled back and forth four times and usually I also make a travel vlog. Not always anyway. This time it did, and that's season 5 as far as these travel vlogs are concerned. Stay informed about the goings-on in Croatia, the corona measures while traveling or during your stay in Croatia and about the renovation of our camping site, the camping houses, our own house and so on. In season 5 a lot of attention is paid to the transformation of our house: from filthy to the most beautiful house in the Balkans. Blue, artfully painted, unique.
There are currently two concrete projects in Croatia for which we are looking for donors in the short term.
Here is a preliminary list of points of interest as I noted them on arrival in Croatia on July 20, 2020
Condition of the houses:
It is estimated that this will cost 700 euros per house in terms of materials.
And then suddenly it is 2020 ... We are in the winter, but it does not seem to come in the Netherlands and so we quickly think about summer. Time flies and it is actually high time to make plans for the summer of 2020. There are ideas, but no concrete plans yet. These are the ideas:
With all these plans, guidance is required. Volunteers and child and teen leadership. Interested parties should contact us.
Greetings, Meindert Jorna