Carecentre widows Srebrenica
In 1995, the enclave of Srebrenica, considered safe, was taken. More than 8,000 men and boys as young as 14 were separated from their mothers and wives, and subsequently killed. Thousands of women were left as widows, ‘the widows of Srebrenica’. They carry deep pain and trauma to this day. Meanwhile, some of them are in need of help.
Therefore, an elderly care centre was built in Potočari, a town northwest of the city of Srebrenica in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The care centre targets not only the mothers and widows of Srebrenica, but also other vulnerable elderly people in poor financial circumstances without family support. It does so without distinction of religious or ethnic background. At the centre, the elderly find a safe and quiet place to live, receive a hot meal daily, receive medical assistance and regular visits.
Sustainable power supply
To provide this care centre with a stable and uninterrupted supply of power and heat now and in the future, a transformer station is being built at this project. It is the final phase of the renewable energy project to achieve an energy-neutral care centre. Heat pumps were previously installed and solar panels installed to avoid the use of wood and coal. Upon completion of this project, the entire energy, water and heat connection has been realised. 500 residents benefit from this every day. These include not only the residents of the care centre, but also the children of a day care centre and a nursery.
The project is being implemented by Proplan Foundation and aid organisation IFS-EMMAUS with support from Wilde Ganzen. As the project still needs financial support during the completion phase, Active Health Foundation has provided it.