“Now I’m living out my dream,” Bukurija said. “I’m a different person: I’m driving my car after many long years. I’ve started to have a smile on my face. I’ve started to work [in the field] I was dreaming about. I’m enjoying every single moment. Now my son is going to kindergarten, and I have a purpose for living. I’m so happy because I got my diploma and the opportunity to work… I’m so grateful to all the staff.”
The Sad Red Zelfija doll with a big heart is always there for everybody. The Happy Blue doll does not just live for everyone else.
As a beginner in the field with no previous knowledge of sewing, she progressed quickly. Meanwhile, she also started to relate well with the other ladies in the STEP programme.
This encounter with our physiotherapist through our Operation Mercy Hope and Health project has made a big difference for one girl with a disability who now,
“This clinic is filled with positive energy because of your warm behaviour and your golden hands, which are achieving the impossible…”
“When I come here all my worries go away.” Exercises and social support are making a difference in women’s lives.
Ayete has been able to tell her story as part of Operation Mercy’s community motivational meetings which have kicked off the pilot year of a brand new project –
“Nobody helped. No other organisation came.”
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STEP aims to help women who are inactive in the workforce to have the confidence, resilience and support to move ahead despite others thinking they have no future as husband-less women.
Operation Mercy normally tries to plan with a theory of change. This is a like a map of how and why change is supposed to happen in a community between interventions or activities and the outcome of desired transformation.
Thanks to Macedonian volunteers, the team was able to maintain a daily presence in a key location in the camp in this border village; however, with trains full of refugees pulling into Tabanovce all through the night,
Hope and Health is a place where psycho-social and physical recovery meet. Here is a haven where people can be listened to in confidence, and where their unresolved grief can see the light of day.
The Project offers a program of Life -, Business – and Vocational skills training, in areas such as tailoring, hairdressing and cake decoration. And the net we were throwing out was especially looking for vulnerable women who had lost husbands for whatever reason.
“Now I’m living out my dream,” Bukurija said. “I’m a different person: I’m driving my car after many long years. I’ve started to have a smile on my face.