“Serendipity” project empowers teenage girls by providing them with the tools to overcome complex life challenges. Working with professionals, girls receive training in self-love, self-compassion, dignity, empowerment, mindfulness, identities, etc.
This project is a result of the “HARMONY Project: Ripples” program, implemented in B&H since 2021.
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We believe that positive changes in society are only possible if we first make positive changes within ourselves. By delivering our “Train the trainer” program across the region, both the philosophy and implementation of our mission will spread to communities who need it most.
About the project
Bihac is the small city located at the B&H border with Croatia, and has 2 large refugee camps, where the immigrant crisis is taking a toll.
Touched by the ongoing situation in her local community in Bihac, and the difficulties the refugee girls are facing while being on the constant move or staying in temporary shelters, the project was created to help them overcome the anxiety, fear, and negative self-image they may create in this sensitive period. However, such emotions are challenging for many young women in their (early) teenage years.
Therefore, the project aimed to empower both local and refugee teenage girls to overcome such emotions and learn how to handle life challenges in difficult life conditions, fear and trauma. Working with professionals, they received training in self-love, empowerment, mindfulness, accepting their identities, etc. This project resulted in written journals with touching stories about their development, while practicing techniques they learned. Workshops were carried out by professionals: Dajana Sumar (teacher with years of work experience in refugee camps), Ena Kozo (yoga and mindfulness teacher) and Merima Hafizovic (psychotherapist).
11 local girls from Bihac and 7 girls from the Temporary Refugee Center “Borici” in Bihac participated in this project. This journal is published with their and their guardians consent, under the chosen pseudonym. Images and the journal content may not be reused without our permission.
The implementation of this project was supported by the Rotary International (Global Grant) and NGO SANCHILD.
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How is the Local HARMONY Project created?
HARMONY Project is a platform for education of professionals, designed with the focus on individual well-being, interpersonal connections, and trust-building.
One HARMONY Project starts as the “Train the Trainer” program, where participants (trainees) undergo 7 training modules carefully designed by the international coaches, and results in the Local HARMONY Projects. Each project is designed by one trainee and addresses one issue or an important topic in their local communities, and is implemented by employing their unique skill set, SANCHILD’s values and the HARMONY Project mission to inspire positive changes. Finally, the projects may continue to be improved and implemented in the future, to create “long-lasting ripple effects that positively transform societies”.
About HARMONY Trainee
“We are kind and caring when it comes to others, but we often forget to treat ourselves the same. Serendipity is here to remind us of that. Young girls are vulnerable, especially in their teenage years. And we need to help them to treat themselves with love and kindness.”
Dajana Sumar is an English language teacher in high school in Bihac, B&H. She has strong interest in building community, educating children, and especially working with refugee children. She is also a very passionate poet.
These photographs are published with the legal consent of participants or their guardians. They are courtesy of NGO SANCHILD, so please do not use them without our permission.
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