21-Nov-2014 Belgrade / Serbia
Hand in hand for a good cause
The “Orašje” Primary School suffered great damage from the floods in Bosnia and Herzegovina this May. Through the project “Hands of Friendship”, two schools from neighboring regions helped their friends and associates at “Orašje” by repainting their walls and murals. The Fritz Henkel Foundation donated 5,000 euros to the school and Ceresit donated façade materials to have the building restored.
The project “Hands of Friendship” is part of the “Make an Impact on Tomorrow” (MIT) initiative. Through MIT, Henkel channels donations and sponsorship of social projects employees and retirees are involved in. So far students and teachers from three primary schools took part in the project that fosters relations across borders: “Orašje” from Orašje, Bosnia and Herzegovina, “ragutin Tadijanović” from Vukovar, Croatia and “Aleksa Šantić” from Vajska, Serbia. The project’s goal is to encourage the exchange among schools in bordering regions, eliminating prejudice, fostering reconciliation, creating a mutual understanding and education system and exchanging experiences.
“It is a great pleasure to participate in this project, which allows the exchange of experiences across territorial borders. Today, we painted a mural together and it will remain a symbol and a reminder of friends’ help and our partnership. I express my deepest gratitude to our benefactors for their donation which will help the school to keep on operating”, said Sunčana Dominiković, principal of the Orašje Primary School.
Pavle Mrgan, the founder of the “Hands of Friendship” project, worked at Henkel for 27 years and returned to his birthplace Vajska after spending more than 45 years in Germany. Through the project, he made his wish to contribute to his home town’s community come true. The project started with the idea of educating children about the importance of friendship and solidarity and spreading the message of peace and mutual understanding. “I am very glad that ‘Hands of Friendship’ presents children with a platform to interact without thinking about borders, to foster peace, respect and understanding”, Mrgan said.