As part of year 1 of the programme, some Momentum participants went to Croatia to carry out a 10 day social project in Majur.
The preparation of programme kicked off in April with a work session on what to expect in the project and the reasons why we volunteer. There were two other preparation days after that.
On July 14 in the afternoon, we met at the airport. Our journey began. Once landed in Croatia, we stayed the night in a hostel before travelling to Majur the next morning. We were welcomed by a group of teenagers of the area who had prepared a barbecue for us. It set the tone for the rest of the project: warm welcomes wherever we went.
Our day began at 7.30am with breakfast. We had to start early because the temperatures sored by midday. By 8am we were working in our different areas: cleaning community homes or painting fences and doors. Teenagers of the locality joined us every day which was a great help. The Mayor of Majur came to explain to us the situation of the area: occupied by Serbian forces during the Bosnian war, it has suffered greatly (many families have loved ones that died during the war). The war is still quite present in the area: abandoned houses, facades with bullet holes and a sharp decrease in the population of the area. We came to bring them hope.
In an email sent to us after our trip there, one of the men who organised alot of our work in the community wrote: