Sowing Seeds to give Hope to Families
Nikola still remembers riding his bike through
the rural outskirts of Mostar as grenades fell around hum. He was
five years old at the time, and the bloodiest war in Europe since
World War II had just begun.
"I remember the grenades and the chaos and knowing that we had
to leave," Nikola says.
His family fled for a refugee town in what is today
Bosnia-Herzegovina. When the war ended they returned to Mostar,
most of which had been destroyed. Nikola's father had abandoned
them, and they struggled to find any employment. Nikola married and
had a family, but two years ago his wife left him and their two
children. Desperate and helpless he approached Mission Without
Borders seeking help.
"It means so much to receive support." Branka, the grandmother
of the family says. "We didnt expect it from anybody, as we are
often rejected here, but you are different. Apart from having
peace, day to day living here is as difficult as it was 20 years
ago. Your help is the only chance we have."
"In their rural setting, once we enrolled the family into our
Family to Family program, I saw they had potential to launch an
agriculture project as they have some land and some goats," Drazan,
MWB's coordinator for the region says. "All they needed was a
helping hand to get started. Now, this family are making great
progress albeit under stressful circumstances, but we are here to
support them, step by step."
The impact for Nikola and his family is plain to see, as their
garden is now full of salad vegetables, peas, spinach, potatoes,
onions, carrots and parsley. The products help them provide for
themselves, while also giving the opportunity to make an income by
selling at the market in the city.
"We always have hope," Nikola says holding his two shy children
cloesly. "We are getting there."
MWB in conjuntion with donation from generous supporters
provided 250 Seeds of Hope boxes to local families in the
Bosnia-Herzegovina rural areas. By supporting this ministry you can
provide families just like Nikola's a chance to take the first step
towards self-sufficiency. Please give generously today.