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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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We don't have much experience with hockey at Projekt Duga yet. In the Netherlands I had found two hockey sticks at the Emmaus in Wageningen and when we wanted to do a hockey competition on the beach last summer I realized that we need more hockey sticks for that. This was solved by using golf sticks but the combination of golf sticks and inexperienced hockey players was rather dangerous. The game: two small plastic goals made of plastic water pipe, two teams and the first team to score 3 goals wins. Circle around the goal. No one is allowed in there. Goalkeeper is not necessary. When hitting a foot, the opposing team may immediately take over the ball and play continues.

Two weeks ago I again found 2 hockey sticks at the thrift store. We still need a dozen second-hand hockey sticks to be able to play real hockey. We use tennis balls as a ball. In Brusovaca (project location) we have access to a grass surface and a sand field.