The Hodbina Project

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How dreams become a reality

In a country where ninty five percent of buildings are constructed without planning permission Rebuild for Bosnia has left no stone unturned to ensure that each home is legal. Firstly we legally transfer the parcel of land into the beneficiary familes name and when that process is completed we submit the building project to the City Hall with an application for a building permit. When we first began the process of seeking building permits for our new village of twelve new homes in Hodbina, ten miles south of the city of Mostar, we never thought it would be so tedious and time consuming. Twenty two months later when the sod was turned and the site cleared in June 07, the excitement and joy it generated for twelve families made our efforts all the more worth while.

A Sustainable Project

Hodbina in its literal translation means "a place to walk". It will also be a place to live in its full meaning for twelve families begininng in December 07 when the first two families moved in as our gift to them for Christmas. It is or aim to make the Hodbina Project sustainable by providing each family with essential self sufficient tools and skills. Each family will receive a grove of fruit trees, consisting of apple, pear, orange, plum and olive trees, a set of garden tools, vegetable plants and seeds, six chicks and the necessary husbandry and gardening skills will be given to those that require them.

Since most of the families escaped with only a pillow case full of clothing, many possess very few household commodoties and will require such. Rebuild for Bosnia having completed an inventory on the requirements of the families will be supplying the homes with a fridge, a wood burning stove that will serve a dual purpose of heating and cooking, a washing machine, a kitchen table and chairs, beds and a couch, crockery, pots, pans and glass wear.

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