Bosana Foundation

Bosana Foundation is a respected international advocacy organization dedicated to empowering and improving the economic and social well being of marginalized population through the delivery of targeted education, scholarships and livelihood development programs.We focus on education because the youth of today are the decision makers of tomorrow. We also work with women because they such integral and vital parts of both family and community. The Bosana Foundation believes that through our various projects, we are empowering and educating women and youth so that history does not repeat itself and that Bosnia and Herzegovina can once again be a country which boasts peaceful multi-ethnic and mul...
Oct 11, 2016

Quarterly Report, July - September 2016

Student gathering
Student gathering

BOSANA FOUNDATION

Scholarship and Personal Development Program

Quarterly Report

July-September 2016

 

Executive Summary:

This reporting period we are covering summer break for most of the Bosana students. Those that did not pass all of their exams had a pretty busy summer studying for October make up exams. During this slower than usual period, Bosana stuff however was kept busy. We accepted applications for new scholarship students and also were busy preparing for our student gathering we have each year to welcome new students in September.

Students and Program Update:

With the end of the summer, we are happy to officially report that 10 Bosana students have graduated this year. Some of them will seek employment while six students have decided that they will continue with their graduate studies that Bosana will also support financially.

We are also very excited to report that we have also accepted 11 new students for the upcoming 2016/17 school year as well as three students into our Professional Development program (they will not received financial support from Bosana but will have access to all other form of support).  

Highlights of the quarter:

  • One of our students from Gorazde helped organize this year’s student gathering. These student gatherings are always organized in different parts of BIH and our students take part in helping us organize it. This time, 28 students were able to attend our gathering, including 8 new students who were just accepted this September. It was a beautiful weekend spent in the vicinity of Ruda Glava, a location from which you can see most of Bosnians mountaintops.
  • Six of our graduate students will continue to obtain their Masters degrees. Bosana’s policy is that we continue to support them financially because in almost all of the cases, having a simple bachelors degree does not provide sufficient support for employment. This year, this is the largest number of graduate students that we have had and it has definitely put a large strain on our financials that we hope to overcome in the coming months.
  • Our student from Mostar studying Medicine was awarded second time in a row as our best student and received a monetary award of approximately $300 dollars. Stipan has straight As a medical student, particularly, it deserves all kinds of praises.
  • One of our students from Mostar was invited to be one of the main speakers at the Adriatic Youth Forum in Sarajevo. She was invited because two years ago she wrote a very impressive paper on the issue of youths’ lack of involvement and initiative in BIH and she was invited to speak on the issue.
  • Two of Bosana students were selected among 22 other students from BIH to receive a Eurorail pass to travel for 20 days across Europe. Bosana also helped them financially and they were able to visit 10 countries and 12 cities. An experience of a lifetime.
  • One of our students from Bihac who graduated this year from the University of Economics was selected among the lucky few for a paid internship at the local municipality. This is a significant achievement because her Masters degree requires of her to have a year of work experience in order to graduate college.

“Bosana students for Humanity” Project:

Bosana students continue to help their local communities every month. Every month they give portion of their scholarship and Bosana double matches the amount so they can help families in need. Each month students choose families in different cities.

In this quarter Bosana students decided to help one of our past graduate students who does not have any family or home to rebuild a house his family used to own.   Funds from months of June, July and August were all given to Edin to help him finance the rebuilding of his house so that soon he will have his own place to live. The house is very old and devastated; and Edin needs to rebuild most of the interior as well as the exterior. (plumbing, walls, fixtures etc.).

(picture of the house before and now).

For the month of September, our students decided to help two boys from two different families with school supplies in town of Bijeljina where one of our students lives. One boy lives with his father who is unemployed and only has occasional hourly jobs that are barely enough for food. Second boy lives with his mother, brother and sister and both were not able to buy school supplies.

Challenges:

This has been a very eventful quarter but we have no significant challenges to report.

House now remodeled
House now remodeled
house before remodelling
house before remodelling
Our student with one of they boys they helped
Our student with one of they boys they helped
Selma and Matea, students who travelled to Europe
Selma and Matea, students who travelled to Europe
Jul 11, 2016

Quarterly Report April - June

Beneficiary at his middle school graduation
Beneficiary at his middle school graduation

Afterschool Program Zenica Orphanage

Quarterly Report

April – June 2016


Instructional classes

The month of April was geared towards helping children master the curriculum in various subjects to get them ready for end of the year exams. Close to 80 beneficiaries in elementary, primary and high school benefited from the instructions in mathematics, English, German, physics, chemistry and computer science. One of beneficiaries even completed his primary school with honors and received praises from his teachers. He was one of our regular attendees of the afterschool program from 5-8 grade where we worked with him four times a week for three hours on various subjects to help him reach this success. He had problems with various subjects so we feel a hugh accomplishment as well as the need for programs like our afterschool program when successes like these are made obvious.

This student is one clear example of the success of the Afterschool program.

Creative workshops and programming for girls

In addition to instructional classes, the beneficiaries at the orphanage also had the opportunity to attend other educational and creative workshops. From April to June we gave special attention to girls to educate them in the field of information technology. We included them in the global action for girls in information and communication technologies where the aim was to get as many girls educated in the field of information technology and to continue to apply this knowledge in their private lives. Only in April, we held 20 workshops for 2 hours each where the girls learned graphic design (how to work in a graphics program Adobe Photoshop, then programming C + +, Java and HTML, Web design where they could make their own real websites). There was great interest from children and particularly young women and girls from this type of instructions. The success and the results could be seen already in the month of May, where the girls alone in a graphic design program edited photos, began with the development of their own web pages, etc. Approximately 30 girls attended these workshops in small groups of maximum 8 girls. 

Entertainment, and events for the holidays

In addition to instructional classes, educational and creative workshops, we have also afforded to have fun. For the month of April and May, we organized excursions and educational trips to the Parlamentary Assembly of Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Vispak company and the EU Info Centre where the beneficiaries had the opportunity to get acquainted with a large local company Vispak, and also to see what it looks like inside the room of the Parliamentary Assembly where important decisions are made. In June during the month of Ramadan, we organized Iftar for 25 beneficaires who fasted during the month.  

Successes of the quarter:

• Approximately 75 beneficiaries improved their grades.

• Great interest from beneficiaries to complete homework and to learn new material.

• Middle school students graduated with honors and entered the high school

• We utilized beneficiaries free time in a useful way, through creative workshops.

• Various beneficiaries displayed their talents in making various creative items

• The girls have shown great interest in computer science and programming.

• Children and young people acquire the competence to work alone on decorating, items, etc.  

Plans for next months:

• Classes during summer holidays: educational excursions, foreign language courses and programming.

• Continuous instructional classes for beneficiaries who did not pass all of their classes (must attend summer school).

• Training beneficiaries to provide for themselves through various means. (creative workshops).

• Education and empowerment for children living in orphanages.

• Creative and fun workshops, quizes.

Jul 11, 2016

Quarterly Report April - June, 2016

Bosana students volunteering
Bosana students volunteering

BOSANA FOUNDATION

Scholarship and Personal Development Program

Quarterly Report

April-June 2016

 

Executive Summary:

Bosana students have been working hard during the past three months. They have attended lectures, completed midterms and at the end of the quarter started taking final exams. This year, we will have the largest graduating class since Bosana was registered. We are extremely proud of their accomplishments but also of our donors who made this all possible. It’s an accomplishment we can all be proud of. This year, we will also resume accepting new applications and we hope to accept five new scholarship recipients. The application process was opened July 1st and we will be accepting applications until mid august. We expect to receive a large number of applications that our selection committee will then have a month to select top five candidates.

Students and Program Update:

Last quarter has been busy for our students: lectures, midterms and final exams. Beginning of this quarter was slightly easier since Bosana students were still taking their classes but towards the end of this quarterfinal exam season started and it is still in full swing. All of our students have started taking their final exams and results we have so far are very impressive. We have a number of students that have already passed all of their exams and will have a worry-free summer season.

Twelve (12) of our students are on good track to graduate by the beginning of next academic year. After the exam season is over graduating students have to prepare final project and schedule their defense in order to obtain the diploma. Students are hoping to schedule the defense date by the end of the summer, so those who wish to continue their studies, have enough time to apply for graduate programs. We will report more on final exam results and project defenses in our next report.

Highlights of the quarter:

  • Bosana students presented our organization at the fair organized by the US Embassy in BIH where they invited all the organizations that they have supported through grants. The fair was called “Volontiraj I ti/Volunteer” and the goal was to inspire others to join our organizations and volunteer to help us advance our programs. At this fair hundreds of NGOs and volunteers presented their programs. Our students had their own booth and promotional material. Students talked about Bosana scholarship and what is expected of students that are part of Bosana Foundation.
  • We all know that volunteer experience counts once job opportunities arise, but there is more satisfaction to volunteering during the time our students spend working on different projects. Our students volunteer at different organizations and often they work with children. Every day we see how that experience changes them and how much it helps the lives of children. Matea, one of our students, has been volunteering in orphanages, elementary schools, church camps and puppet shows for eight years. She said that now her greatest joy is to bring a smile to children’s faces at a local hospital. Matea also entered the European Voluntary Service (EVS) the Best Volunteer Ever competition.
  • During the month of May, our student Amila represented Bosnia and Herzegovina in Budva, Montenegro at a “56. Masinijada”. Engineering Universities from former Yugoslavia are competing in seven fields of study. There were representatives from 16 universities, future mechanical engineers, from six (6) countries of the Balkan region. Amila won third place in area of “mechanics of fluids”.
  • Matea and Selma, two of our students studying in Mostar have entered completion “Putujemo u Evropu/Lets travel to Europe”. Seniors from BiH universities, who have perfect grades and volunteer experience were eligible to apply. The idea was to give opportunities to students from Bosnia to spend a summer as students from other European countries would – traveling through Europe. Winners would get: monthly InterRail ticket (to use it on all European trains); visa so they can travel through different countries; pocket money and student ID. Both Selma and Matea won this competition and they will spend more than three weeks of August traveling through Europe.
  • Elma, our Professional Development student, has completed her master’s program in mechanical engineering and defended her thesis on June 21st, 2016.

Bosana students for Humanity:

Bosana students continue to help their local communities every month. Every month they give portion of their scholarship and Bosana matches the amount so they can help families in need. Each month students choose families in different cities. In this quarter students did their projects in Bosanaska Krupa, Tuzla and the month June fund was given to one of Bosana’s graduate students – Edin who is in need to rebuild his family home so he has a place to live. Edin is from Tuzla orphanage so securing a home for Edin was a priority for our students to help him realize his dream. Students have agreed to give funds from June, July and August to Edin. The house is old and devastated; and he needs to rebuild most of the interior (plumbing, walls, fixtures etc.). This kind of a project is very expensive and he cannot do that without financial help. This is the reason why the funds were given to Edin.

Our student Adnan used funds from month of April to help a family of 6 – mother and five children. When Adnan asked what is the most important thing they need, mother said to have health insurance. Portion of the money was used to pay yearly fee for children to be able to go to hospital and use their services. The rest of the money was used for food and hygiene products.

Our student Elma and Armin used funds from month of May to help a family of three. Grandfather and grandmother are taking care of their eight-year-old granddaughter. Her mother passed away from cancer and even though her father is alive and well, she never met him. Grandfather is unemployed and has difficulty moving due to back surgery. Grandmother is working odd jobs when she gets a chance but their income is barely keeping them above the water. When asked what they need most, they said that food and hygiene products are what they need. Elma and Armin purchased basic food items and some candies, since that was on little girls wish list.

Challenges:

This has been a very eventful quarter but we have no significant challenges to report.

Bosana 7th Annual Event:

Another year, another successful event. Bosana 7th Annual Benefit was held in Los Angeles on April 16th. We had over 200 guests and with the help of sponsors and silent auction donors we were able to fundraise little over $40,000. This year, our musical line up was Mak Grgic and Damjan Krajacic who entertained our supporters during the main event and silent auction. Traditionally, our main event was followed by an after party and Nebuloza band donated their time and talent, as they did for every event so far.

US Embassy Fair and Bosana students
US Embassy Fair and Bosana students
 
   

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