Genesis Project Western Balkans

The Genesis Project was established in June 1996 in Banja Luka, Republika Srpska, Bosnia and Herzegovina. The main goals of the project are:

  • Teaching children and adults peaceful conflict prevention and resolution techniques;
  • Reducing the negative impact of mines, unexploded ordinances and small arms and light weapons;
  • Developing and supporting co-existence initiatives throughout Bosnia-Herzegovina;
  • Helping war traumatised children and their families;
  • Educating children and adults about important social issues such as environmental protection, violence prevention and gender equality.

In the past, as now, Genesis Project has targeted mainly rural areas of Republika Srpska and Bosnia and Herzegovina, trying to help people in numerous ways, from setting up libraries to enacting puppet show performances for the children. Recently, the majority of Genesis Project activities have been focused equally on the Republika Srpska and Federation Bosnia-Herzegovina territory. Genesis Project staff is comprised of local residents.

In 2011, Genesis Project has been funded by UNICEF Bosnia-Herzegovina, Office for the International Cooperation Monaco, World Vision International and Balkan Aid Relief Foundation.

In previous years funding has come from: UNICEF, European Commission Delegation to Bosnia and Herzegovina, UNHCR, Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), European Commission Brussels through the Dutch foundation ‘Mala Sirena’, USAID, ECHO, Open Society Fund-Soroš, International Rescue Committee (IRC), International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC), Balkan Aid Relief Foundation (BARF) and The Salvation Army.