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.
The Netherlands had not yet become world champions in baseball and we did not know that there was a Dutch team that could really play baseball, but the sport was already popular at Projekt Duga. It is a game that we have been playing for several years now during the youth weekend programs. It is a fun game with a combination of sportsmanship, hilarity and cleverness. Both small children (from 6 years) to tall youngsters (up to 25 years and above) participate. We choose all kinds of alternatives as a club. A shovel, skillet, shelf, beam and so on. That's why our baseball has been given the name - farmer's baseball.
Game rules have been adjusted in such a way that for some it may no longer be a baseball but more a kind of school bat. We have a pitcher, but that is someone from the group who is hitting. The intention is to throw as beautifully as possible. When using a baseball bat and tennis ball and a good throw, more than 50 meters are hit. Grass must therefore be kept short all over the site, otherwise we will lose too many tennis balls. The small children may only hit two meters, but even then it is possible to reach first base because the catcher is 20 meters from the start. It helps to hit from small to large. Try to get all the small children in the field, possibly all of them at first base. Then, have someone hit hard so that the children all reach last base.
What we need: some real baseball bats
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