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.
Football is one of the core activities of Projekt DUGA. Almost as important as the Bible study I would say. Well, then I have something to explain.
In 2000, the first children's camp was organized through Projekt DUGA. That was also the start of the children's clubs. In short: after the summer of 2000, children regularly visited Donja Brusovaca for the children's club a few days a week. We did not have many resources yet. A football was quickly arranged. The first football "matches" took place in the yard of the project location. I remember a lot of enthusiasm, a lot of fun and a lot of mud.
But Croatian boys turned out to be quite fanatic. To keep things in check and for many more good reasons, in 2002, "NK DUGA" (= Nogometni Klub DUGA = Football Club DUGA) was started. (to be continued)
Ideas for youth program
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Youth work workshops
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Videos about the work in Croatia
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