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About Projekt Duga

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.

History

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.

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Monday, 09 May 2022 11:50

Hostel Croatia - The Blue House

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

Wednesday, 04 May 2022 08:10

Camping at Projekt Duga

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:

  • 3 camping houses with 6 beds each, mattresses, fitted sheets, pillow, garden furniture and terrace.
  • 2 caravans with terrace. One of the caravans is also suitable for hanging behind the car and then taking it to the sea (rental).
  • A large camping field for tents.
  • Some quality tents for rental.
  • A sleeping loft with 17 beds.
  • Shower block with 4 showers and 8 WCs.
  • Kitchen with several cooking options.
  • Playgrounds.

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.

Provisional prices:

  • 15 euros per person per night including use of the facilities and including sleeping place.
  • 8 euros per child per night (up to 12 years).

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.

Excursions within Croatia

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:

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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:

  • Wanted: donations for 20 Christmas packages
  • Cost: 25 euros per package
  • In Croatia we do the shopping for the packages
  • We make it 20 beautiful packages
  • We have a list of well-known elderly people and families that we would like to give a package
  • If you are interested, please contact Meindert Jorna via WhatsApp (06 41286716) or via Facebook (Messenger, see bottom right) or via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - Then we know for how many packages we can ultimately go shopping.

Sincerely,

Meindert A. Jorna

Tuesday, 04 May 2021 21:07

Travel vlog Croatia - season 5

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.

Support the renovation of the camping houses via: https://supp.to/kampeerhuisjes-kroatie

There are currently two concrete projects in Croatia for which we are looking for donors in the short term.
The Christmas hamper campaign and the renovation of the camping houses, so that groups can come and camp with us. Both actions are going reasonably well, but they still need the necessary financial support until December 20. The aim of the Christmas gift campaign is 25 packages (of 25 euros) for families and single elderly people in Croatia. We already have donors for 15 packages and are therefore still looking for 10 x 25 euros in donors. 2100 euros has been budgeted for renovation of the 3 camping houses (15 beds), of which 495 euros have already been received in donations. If you are interested, please send me a message (Meindert Jorna) via Facebook, via WhatsApp (06 41286716) or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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The first donations! In total 360 of the 2100 euros. Super. But how nice would it be if we get the three camping houses completely renovated this summer?

State of the houses, July 2020

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:

  1. Holes in roofs due to hail.
  2. Exterior walls damaged by hail.
  3. Beds need repair (especially slatted bases).
  4. Windows and doors need to be replaced.
  5. Locks and fittings on windows and doors.
  6. Current terraces need to be renovated again (tiles broken, concrete damaged).
  7. New terraces needed next to houses for shade.
  8. Covering new terraces by extending the roof.
  9. Ceilings need to be repaired.
  10. Interior trim.
  11. Furnishing cottages (curtains, stove, coffee machine).
  12. Electricity of the houses must be installed.
  13. Outdoor shower and water supply to be constructed.
  14. Shared picnic area to be constructed.
  15. Planting trees for future shade.
  16. Creating gardens around camping houses.

It is estimated that this will cost 700 euros per house in terms of materials.

Saturday, 08 February 2020 14:57

Mission trip Croatia 2020 or something else?

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:

  1. The first week of the summer holidays: Departure with three young people to Croatia with the 9-person bus, Saturday July 18, to do the first week with a small group of repair and refurbishment work on the campsite, the log cabins, shower building and grounds.
  2. One week a children's and / or teen camp at the sea (Adriatic coast), sleeping in tents, complete animation program.
  3. A teenage camp on location in Brusovaca for a week. We then use the camping site and grounds for these teenagers.

With all these plans, guidance is required. Volunteers and child and teen leadership. Interested parties should contact us.

Greetings, Meindert Jorna

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