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God-Parenthood Programme

It was with the programme of god-parenthood that the Association “International God-Parenthood for the Herzeg-Bosnian Child” started its work.
The god-parenthood programme functions with the help of coordinators from 10 countries of the world: Australia, Austria, France, Italy, Ireland, Canada, Korea, Germany, Great Britain and USA.

All the coordinators of the Association, who are devotees of the Queen of Peace themselves, have founded non-profit organisations in their countries, which operate in accordance with the legal regulations of their countries. They get the data about the child needy of help from the office of the Association and forward them to the people who want to become godparents.
Godparents undertake to financially support the child until it reaches 18. Often godparents continue helping their godchildren until these complete their university education.

Especially important is the spiritual dimension of god-parenthood by which the child and its family receive love and support from an unknown person from the other end of the world, prompted to this Christian act of charity only by the desire to love Jesus in the least and the most needy one. That is why from the very beginning of this programme one has insisted on establishing a personal contact between the godparent and the godchild.
Through all these years we have witnessed beautiful impressions and testimonies of godparents, godchildren and their families about their joint growth in faith and love.

Individual and group meetings of children and godparents are organised through the Office of the Association. Apart from getting acquainted and associating of children, godparents and their families, the programme of group meetings also includes common prayer, celebration of Mass as a sign of thanksgiving to the Lord and the Mother for the gift of love and friendship.

Writing about the Association, Goran Crnjac, a child of the killed defender who already has a family of his own now, in his letter of 31 January 2009 said:
My first contact with your Association occurred in the most difficult moments that I and my family were going through after the death of my father Radoslav. Father Jozo, whom I had the honour and occasion to meet, used to bring to us known and unknown Simons of Cyrene in those gloomy war and post-war times who helped us, still quite young, carry our everyday crosses in growing up without our dear ones. With their personal example they all encouraged us and showed us how one day we, too, may help the needy, feed the hungry, and console the afflicted.


God-parenthood for the children of the killed defenders and civilian war victims

It was just the wish to help the children who had lost one or both parents in the war that prompted the foundation of the association “International God-Parenthood for the Herzeg-Bosnian Child”.

Hundreds of petitions for help were coming in the Association’s office every day. In order to organise any form of help from abroad, photographs and basic particulars about the children whose fathers had been killed in war were necessary. From 1993 to 1997 godparents were sought only for this category of children through the god-parenthood programme. Most children from this programme have had god-parenthood realised. New god-parenthoods are being sought only for under-age children whose former godparents are no more in position to help them.

God-parenthood for the children from socially vulnerable families

During the longstanding work of the Association, the programme has been adjusted and extended according to the needs. Difficult social and economic situation in the war-devastated Bosnia and Herzegovina has brought many of those needy of help to our door. For this reason, starting from 1997, the god-parenthood programme started including also the children without parents whose death was not a direct consequence of the war, but who live in difficult social conditions.

As of 2000 the children from large, socially vulnerable families as well as the children handicapped in their physical or mental development were also included in the god-parenthood programme.

For the list of coordinators click here.

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For many years now we have been looking upon you and feeling about you as the people with deep faith who show it by their deeds. In spite of all crises and troubles you have remained faithful to the needy. To you, who have persevered in doing good and bringing joy to others, we want to give thanks for being a sign that there is love and friendship in...

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