Do you have the chance to earn an income? How does the society, local community or the government treat you?
How important are you to them? How important are you to anyone? Do you have opportunity to show what you know and can do?
Does anyone notice when you’re not in the mood? What when you face hardships? Who do you appeal to then?
People with disabilities ask themselves these and similar questions every day.
Their everyday life is difficult, especially in local communities or country where the system is not well-organized, and where people do not have the awareness they should help to those needing assistance.
Not welfare assistance, but work-therapy assistance which will make them feel valuable and enable them to contribute to themselves and their families.
Radin operates in Mostar, the town on Neretva. It is a social enterprise. It is not unusual if you do not know what a “social enterprise” is, since they are rare, and you’ll rarely hear of them, although there are many who could work there.
The story about the Radin Social Enterprise started long time ago, more precisely, 12 years ago. It has a “protective workshop” status. Formally, it has been operating for 1.5 years.
However, its story dates back to 2007, when in a public institution Center for Disabled Children and Youth “Los Rosales”, a team of experts, members of the “Ružičnjak” (Rose garden) Association concluded that numerous services within a public institution which should be financed by the state cannot be provided to disabled children and youth because of the situation in the country.
That’s why the members of the “Ružičnjak” Association decided to use opportunities provided by the non-governmental sector.
“Ružičnjak” is an NGO of disabled persons which registered the “Radin” enterprise, with as much as 14 employees.
Although almost all of them have mental disabilities, they all produce, they have their working time, and are paid and insured for their work.
They contribute to themselves and to their families. All that has been achieved by humanitarians dedicating a lot of love to what they’re doing.
In continuation, watch the story.