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Donors, Project Staff, Implementers & Assisting Organizations

This project was made possible by the generous financial support of the Open Society Institute's Roma Culture Initiative.


Adem Osmani
Adem was born and raised in Gracanica’s Roma Mahala. He has worked for Balkan Sunflowers and Children’s Aid Direct; he currently works for Medecins Du Monde Kosovo. He was responsible for conducting all interviews, in addition to translations, site research, equipment maintenance and audio/video editing.

Sebastjan Šerifovic
Sebastjan was born and raised in Gracanica’s Roma Mahala. He has worked for Balkan Sunflowers, Children’s Aid Direct and the OSCE; he currently works for UNMIK's Department for Missing Persons in Gracanica. He was responsible for conducting all interviews, in addition to translations, site research, logistical concerns and audio/video editing.

Aferdita Beriša
Aferdita was raised in Obilic town but fled in June of 1999. She lives with her family in the Roma Mahala in Plemetina Village. Aferdita has worked for Balkan Sunflowers; she currently works for Communication for Social Development, developing youth radio programs for Roma. She was responsible for conducting interviews, as well as translations, site research, logistical concerns and other duties.

Bobby Anderson
Bobby has worked in Kosovo, for various NGOs, since January of 2001. He was responsible for project conception, development and management, including security, logistics, procurement, equipment maintenance and inventory. He carried out all relevant writing, editing, research, and post-production activities.

Balkan Sunflowers and Communication for Social Development

Thanks also to the dozens of Roma who gave their time and memories to this project. Special thanks to Afrim, Hava & Adilje Osmani; Sebahata, Hamit, Selda & Senida Šerifovic; Ibrahim Eljšani; and the Beriša family in Plemetina, to Rand Engel, who contributed the generous use a a vehicle, as well as help with logistical concerns, Kieran D'Arcy, who conducted trainings in Adobe Premiere, Cool Edit Pro, Soundforge and other multimedia software. D'Arcy also contributed valuable ideas, advice and several beautiful photographs, Oliver Vujovic, currently of Gracanica, Kosovo. Oliver conducted trainings in journalistic standards and methodologies, and Gregory Scarborough, and his organization, Music That Matters, for his work in Shutka, Macedonia, and his Muzo Bizlim recordings. Additional thanks to Jonathan Jennings, Laura Friederichs, Artan Canhasi, Casey Cooper, Pascal Ryffel, Sabine Wiers and Claire O'Donague.

Balkan Sunflowers (BSF)

BSF is an UNMIK-registered INGO with offices in Pristina, Plemetina, Prizren, Gnjilane/ Gjilan and Gracanica. BSF also has sites in Skopje/ Shutka, Macedonia and Tirana, Albania. They have implemented projects for UNMIK, UNDP, UNDEP, UNICEF, CARITAS, KFOR, OSI, IRC, OSCE, IOM, ADRA, AJJDC, ARC and others. Since the Kosovo war ended in June of 1999 BSF has:
  • Implemented capacity-building trainings and programs for local Roma NGOs on behalf of the OSCE
  • Created and managed Roma youth/ resource centers in Gjilan, Gracanica, Plemetina and Žitkovac
  • Developed and taught base numeracy/ literacy programs for Roma children, teens and adults
  • Conducted protective accompaniment and advocacy for minorities in Gracanica, Gjilan and Plemetina
  • Implemented village outreach & advocacy programs and conducted tolerance-building activities between ethnicities
  • Staged five multiethnic summer camps with more than 1500 direct beneficiaries
  • Developed and implemented Care for Our Kosovo- a year-long, UNICEF/UNMIK-funded environmental campaign conducted via radio, television, newspapers and other printed media
  • Re-started the Kosovar scouting movement and founded multiethnic scouting troops
  • Founded the Peja Video Teens project which created Postcards from Peja, a documentary film later screened at Sundance and New York’s Human Rights Film Festivals
  • Produced In the Hands of Youth, a UNDP-funded small arms awareness film
  • Conducted psychosocial activities for children in 9 refugee transit centers
  • Reconstructed and restored four public parks in Gjilan/ Gnjilane and Peja/ Pec
  • Held photography workshops, video classes and human rights education seminars

For more information on Balkan Sunflower’s work in Kosovo, Macedonia and Albania, or to explore volunteer opportunities in the organization, please visit the Balkan Sunflower's website.

Communication for Social Development (CSD)

CSD currently implements a Canadian International Development Agency-funded biweekly radio program for returning Serb and Roma IDPs in Kosovo and Serbia. CSD is also responsible for the UNICEF-funded Bla Bla Café- a multiethnic, multilanguage youth radio program broadcast throughout Kosovo. CSD also produces weekly agricultural radio programs in Serbian and Albanian.

CSD is a UNMIK-registered local journalist’s NGO, headquartered in Gracanica. CSD has two broadcast studios and additional offices in Pristina, North Mitrovica and Nis, Serbia. CSD’s primary specialty is electronic media and broadcast journalism; its members are professional journalists with years of print and broadcast experience, and senior managerial experience in several international NGOs including the American Refugee Committee, Mercy Corps, Children’s Aid Direct and Balkan Sunflowers.

CSD members have implemented numerous radio/ reportage campaigns (in Serbian & Albanian languages) under the auspices of other international organizations. Most recently CSD implemented a UNICEF- funded radio campaign regarding AIDS awareness.

For more information on Communication for Social Development’s work in Kosovo and Serbia, please email csdkosovo@hotmail.com or rohkosovo@yahoo.com

©CSD 2003-2009. All rights reserved.

For more information email bobby@balkanproject.org