Yesterday, 25/01/2016, at around 15.35pm a fire started at the orphanage Egipatsko Selo in Mostar. The fire quickly spread to the dormitories and it was due to sheer luck that there were no casualties. Following the intervention of Mostar fire brigade the fire was extinguished but the damage to the building became apparent. There is considerable damage to two dormitories and the roof and it is estimated that the cost to repair the building and put it back to use will exceed £5000.
Young people who have lost their dormitories in the fire have been placed into temporary accommodation.
The Egipatsko Selo orphanage in Mostar is home to about 45 children between the ages of 4 and 18. Many of them have learning disabilities and other mental health problems.
In poverty stricken Bosnia and Herzegovina it is often difficult to secure the funding for the basic needs of children in care and institutions and Egipatsko Selo is no exception, so the damage caused by the fire will create additional pressure and it may take a long time - all this during the cold winter months when the shelter is most needed.
In order to get the bedrooms back to use Our Kids Foundation is appealing to all to help us fundraise for them, with however much or however little you can afford. So please support us to help the orphanage!
You can donate directly to the Foundation on our web site. Alternatively Silva, one of the Foundations trustees, has started an online appeal here: https://www.justgiving.com/Silva-Memic2