About us

3IN Foundation – a foundation for social inclusion of children and youth in Bosnia and Herzegovina (INF) was established in July 2009 as a local, independent foundation, active in the entire territory of BiH, not tied to any governmental, political or religious movements. The INF was instituted with the aim to improve the quality of lives of children and young people by developing and improving their social inclusion in BiH.

A tragic war, challenges of transition, social and economic issues forced the country to struggle with an array of serious social issues and were some of the reasons for increased violence in all social spheres. Some of our own research shows that 2/3 of young people in the country have been exposed to some type of violence or traumatic experience, which has drawn huge attention, assistance and interventions. The negative impact of abuse and neglect on children and adolescents has a lasting effect on physical and mental health and development. Therefore, the issue of violence became one of the key program areas for the INF, with the focus on children and young people.

Long-term solutions, new and innovative interventions and approaches, based on results achieved thus far, can create a better environment for the wellbeing of children and youth and therefore build a safer, healthier and more prosperous society in the future.  All children, especially those under higher risk, should have a chance to participate actively in society, in line with their capabilities, having access to all aspects of life in their communities, their best interests always protected.

The vision of the INF is to have children in BiH grow and develop in a healthy, safe and supporting environment that can recognize their participation and contribution to social development.

Our mission is to strengthen social inclusion of children through innovative models of social interventions and support. The expertise we develop is based on identification of social needs and implementation of advanced methods that are provided, standardized and certified in a social context.

What makes our foundation different from the others? All our efforts focus on good quality, long-term changes in the society, through formal and informal education, health and social protection systems. We have managed to become a recognizable agent in strengthening institutional and organisational capacity at local and entity level as well as filling the gap by launching initiatives and providing tailor made trainings and educations for professionals in education, social and health sector.

Foundation Kinderpostzegels from the Netherlands has been our main partner and donor since the beginning of our work.

13728373_10209707405419187_1221743024_oThe INF operates according to a program, rights-based approach, dedicated to working for/with children, families and communities, with the aim to improve their wellbeing and reduce the violence in their lives, by:

  • introducing new and innovative models of social interventions
  • providing technical and financial assistance to the civil society organizations (CSOs) dealing with social inclusion of children and young people
  • identifying, developing and sharing best practices and expert knowledge on local as well as international level
  • training and educating professionals
  • raising awareness about issues relevant to children with wider public
  • developing partnership and cooperation with relevant institutions, legal entities, media
  • collecting funds for grants to partner CSOs using clear and transparent procedures

All these activities are implemented through programme areas under the common title “Zero tolerance to violence in the lives of children and youth in BiH”. Some of our results achieved so far are the following:

  • we have provided financial, technical and management support to more than 200 grass root CSOs in the country;
  • School policy and prevention activities with regards to peer violence and gender-based violence are carried out in many schools in the country;
  • we have worked on capacity development and competence building by providing training to more than 500 professionals working in more than 150 schools or other relevant institutions;
  • we have opened 14 day-care centres for children from multi-problem families throughout the country and this model of work was replicated in other countries later on;
  • we initiated Family Group Conference as a new model of social intervention for resolving problems of young people and their families in crisis in 8 communities in the country;
  • we have introduced the innovative GRAAP model with the aim to improve community participation and inclusion of children and adults in preventing different forms of violence in rural areas;
  • we have provided trainings to more than 120 professionals with positive parenting skills program;
  • we have published research reports relevant to our program interventions that often served as baseline data for BiH (to name a few examples: Report on strengths and difficulties of children coming from multi-problem families, Survey on youth experiences in BiH concerning various forms of violence and trauma in childhood, Research report on Gender-Based Violence in Youth Intimate Relationships in BiH, Basic methodological guidance on improving school readiness of children and preschool curricula).

PGK edukacijaWe are a focused, effective and dedicated team of professionals with extensive experience in working with our target groups. Our professional background in psychology, social work and education combined with our experience makes a good professional basis for creating an adequate and highly professional response in the selected field of intervention. The INF with its wide network of local partner organizations, external professional associates coming from the fields of education, health and social work, as well as from the academic community, has become a respectable organization that has the capacity to adequately respond with a variety of interventions in combating violence against and among children and youth in the country. The INF team has 4 staff members: executive director, project officer, fundraising officer and finance/admin officer, as well as 10 volunteers, and a network of external associates and experts.