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Project co-financed by 5x1000, own funds and donations.

Our local partner: Rehabilitation Center for children with physical and/or cognitive disabilities “Marija Nasa Nada” (“Mary Our Hope”).

The Center was built thanks to the support of Don Gnocchi Foundation also through various co-financing from public entities and was inaugurated in September 2004.

Managed by a partnership with neighboring municipalities, local and Italian associations, it represents a point of reference for the surrounding area. Over the years, the Foundation has invested significant resources, human and economic - in the capacity development of professional skills of staff at the Centre, particularly in the field of rehabilitation - and management. Furthermore, in May 2018, thanks to the support of the Don Carlo Gnocchi Foundation, a new department of the Center dedicated to autism spectrum disorders was inaugurated.

To date, the Don Carlo Gnocchi Foundation is a co-opted member of the Board of Directors and carries out activities of economic support, capacity building and mentoring in the management of the Center, above all to strengthen the skills of the staff from an administrative, communication, project planning and fundraising.


Even though Bosnia and Herzegovina is slowly recovering from the damage caused by the ruinous war, the constantly changings and adapting healthcare system remains inaccessible to some, especially people with disabilities. Fragmentation and administrative-institutional complexity of the system make both reforms and the implementation of cooperation aid difficult on the territory.


The country, which was in slow but constant economic and social development, found itself at the beginning of 2020 due to Covid 19 having to face a crisis in various aspects, both health and economic, the latter worsened by the global crisis of the 2022 which also led to a sharp increase in inflation in Bosnia and Herzegovina. For this reason, financial support, educational and health interventions continue to be necessary to rebuild a solid social fabric, especially in the area of the rights of persons with disability. The Center responds to a concrete need for services in the social, health and rehabilitation fields for patients in the developmental age, suffering from physical and/or cognitive disabilities.

Areas of intervention

The program consists in mentoring the management of the Center from an organizational, managerial, and administrative point of view, as well as the supervision of staff training, support in project planning and fund-raising activities. It is important to highlight that it is recognized as a Center of excellence in taking care of patients with disabilities by the community.

The areas of intervention are:

  • promotion of a health management model for the development of the Center in its complexity, including capacity building activities and strengthening of aspects related to communication, visibility, and fundraising
  • strengthening home service and providing employment also through support for the application to the specific local calls and tenders
  • strengthening of the network with other local organizations dealing with disabilities
  • training of collaborators in the socio-health and administrative fields strengthening of the network with other local organizations dealing with disabilities
  • creation of new partnerships, for example with the University of Mostar.


The beneficiaries of the project are all the staff and the patients of "Marija Nasa Nada" Center of Široki Brijeg. The indirect beneficiaries include the families of the assisted persons, the entire surrounding community, as well as the local institutions directly involved.