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SFOR Supports Handicapped Children School

By 1Lt Javier Donesteve
First published in
SFOR Informer#103, December 20, 2000

Sarajevo- A new workshop for the "Vladimir Nazor Center", a handicapped children school, was formally opened December 15.
This non-profit school was founded in 1968. Since then, it is attended by children with cerebral palsy, autism and Down's syndrome. It is maintained through donations and the sale of products made by their students such as ceramics, wool or candles. Evacuated during the 1992-95 war, the school returned to activity in November 1996. In 1998, an SFOR Turkish Brigade helped to build an extension
Different organizations have contributed to it: "We could not have finished without the help of SFOR, the IPTF, the International Community and the Rotary Club of Florida" said Mr. Majudin Dzudza, director of the center. Through the Officer's Wives Club's of SHAPE, headed by Dede Ralston, wife of General Joseph W. Ralston, Supreme Allied Commander in Europe, the school have received donations, boxes of clothes, toys and materials for the children, and a new ventilation system for the workshop and the installation and upgrade of the electrical system was carried out by Camp Butmir's main contractor, Brown and Roots Services.
The opening ceremony was presided by Mrs. Miller wife of the US Ambassador to BiH and Colonel Sinan Kartoglu, Turkish Army, Chief of SFOR CJ9, and included a ribbon cutting by Mrs. Miller, and a performance by school students. Mr. Dzudza thanked everybody their involvement, and said “When the students sell something, it means more than money. It gives the child a sense of self-worth to know he created something other people would want in their homes.”

Related links:
Nations of SFOR: Turkey
Humanitarian Aid