Reconciliation Work and Social Participation

Project Work in Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Turkey

Many years after the war the situation remains tense in former Yugoslavia – conflicts between different ethnic and religious groups still exist. The social situation is precarious in some regions and democratic structures develop slowly. Therefore the schwelle Foundation continues to support peace work and social projects in Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina, there is a lot to be done in order to reconcile these people who were once neighbors so that they may finally live together peacefully and with dignity. 

In the early 1990s with the beginning of the violent conflicts in former Yugoslavia, the schwelle Foundation started supporting peace work in the successor states of Yugoslavia. The schwelle supported refugees from Bosnia seeking asylum in Bremen, as well as refugees from Kosovo fleeing to Albania. Furthermore, it supported local people and organizations in former Yugoslavia promoting a peaceful living for all communities and ethnic groups. 

Many people seeking protection in EU countries are stranded at the EU's external border, currently the border between Bosnia and Croatia, among others. When they try to cross the border, they are mistreated and forcibly returned. No Name Kitchen provides support in this situation.

In the southeast of Turkey, where different ethnic groups and many people who fled from Syria live together, poverty and lack of prospects intensify violence. The state intervenes with a hard hand, torture in prisons is not uncommon. Sohram Casra's work is a counter to this: Reconciliation, interreligious understanding and support for torture victims.

Project Work in Southeast Europe

No Name Kitchen - Support for People on the Move

People seeking protection in an EU country often take months to get across the EU's heavily secured external border. Many die trying, some never make…


SOHRAM Casra: Dignity for Victims of Torture and Refugees in Turkey

They are committed to combating violence in society: be it violence through war or civil war, domestic violence, sexual harassment or discrimination…


INTeRo Centar: Human Rights in Croatia

Belonging to a religious community is both important and a matter of course in the lives of many Croats. After their coming-out, lesbians, gays,…


CIM: Reconciliation and Peacebuilding in Bosnia

They want to build the trust between the people in Bosnia, and begin the reconciliation process. The Center for Peacebuilding (CIM) works hard to…


RAND-Regional Address for Nonviolent Action in Croatia

During the Balkan war Ana and Otto Raffai from Zagreb asked themselves: "What can we personally do to achieve peace?" They participated in a training…


FENIX: Dignity and Partaking for all People in Bosnia

FENIX has made it its mission to give dignity and participation back to people in Sanski Most. They provide support at eye level in acute emergencies,…


Church & Peace: A Network for Peace and Reconciliation

Church & Peace is a Europe-wide network made up of over fifty groups, located in fourteen countries and representing ten denominations and Christian…




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