Novi Most currently has five youth work locations in four town or cities across Bosnia and Herzegovina. Mostar is where the Novi Most story began. It is a beautiful city on the banks of the Neretva river, in the south of the country. It is famous for the Stari Most and has a growing tourism industry. Thanks to the Stari Most, old bridge, Novi Most, new bridge, got its name as the organisation started here in 1994. We moved to the current Klub Novi Most location in 2004. It continues to provide a place for socialising and activities like crafts, cookery, and games.
In 2007 we began work in Čapljina, a town about 45 minutes south of Mostar. The climate in Čapljina is mild for the country as it is moderated by the nearby Adriatic sea. In the summer months outside activities are very popular. Trips to the local rivers where the young people can swim, play and have fun are often the favourite destinations.
Novi Most moved north, into Bosnia, in 2010 when we started working in Jajce. Jajce is known as the Kingdom City, because it was the last capital of the Bosnian Kingdom before it fell to the Ottoman invasion. It’s also known as the birthplace of Yugoslavia, because of the agreement between the Republics signed there at an AVNOJ meeting in 1942.
In 2012 we decided to expand the work in Mostar by starting a second location, called Omladinski Centar (or Youth Centre), in the west side of the city. West Mostar is a relatively new community, most of which was built in the 1960’s and 70’s. It has a great cafe culture. The focal point is probably the main roundabout ‘Rondo’, which has a number of tree lined streets leading off it with cafes, shops and the local park.
Novi Most arrived in the capital city, Sarajevo, in 2015. Our work started out of Dolac Malta Evangelical Church in Sarajevo, starting activities with the second generation of Christian youth. Our focus is to disciple young people to reach out to their friends in their schools and communities. Sarajevo is a city steeped in history. The 20th Century alone saw Sarajevo play centre stage in world events: the assassination of Franz Ferdinand in 1914, the Winter Olympics in 1984, and the longest siege in the history of modern warfare between 1992-1995.