UNICEF in Bosnia and Herzegovina has recently launched a project named “The Best Start for Every Child” and provide support for opening and funding of Integrated Parent Child Centres (IPCC) in BiH. UNICEF’s IPCCs are aimed to enable innovative approach and a wide range of effective support to the children and parents by focusing on the vulnerable population of infants and children ages 0 to 10 years with special focus on children ages 0 to 3 years.

In November 2009 the first IPCC was opened in Sarajevo, from February 2010 second IPCC located in Bileća started with its work. In the next two months UNICEF will open few more IPCCs (Novi Travnik, Kotor Varoš, Laktaši).

Truly, the first steps have already been made, but much more need to be done to achieve the final goal of opening a large number of IPCCs throughout Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Since the most effective way to overcome the real problems of poverty and social exclusion of the population who are on the edge of existence is recognized in the IPCC model, as well as recognizing that investing in a responsible and supportive parenting and early childhood development is the best investment that community can make, AmCham BiH decided to help UNICEF BiH to rise funds for opening a large number of IPCCs in BiH.

AmCham launched its own Charity Campaign named ”Thousands of Little Smiles” and we held our first donor’s dinner on Saturday, May 15, 2010 in Hotel Holiday Inn, Sarajevo. We are pleased to notice that our first event gathered many guests from the BiH business comunity , the goverment, international organizations and the diplomatic corps. The value and importance of the project were recognized by the sponsors of this year’s dinner:

GOLDEN SPONSORS
JP ELEKTROPRIVREDA BiH
COCA-COLA HELLENIC
FEDERAL MINISTRY OF DISPLACED PERSONS AND REFUGEES
M:TEL

SILVER SPONSOR
MICROSOFT
TRILAND DEVELOPMENT
ORACLE
CISCO
BH TELECOM
SINDIKAT BH TELECOMA
PRICEWATWERHOUSECOOPERS

SPONSOR
SECTOR SECURITY

LOGOSOFT
MSD
RAIFFEISEN BANK
FEDEX
SIEMENS
AMERICAN UNIVERSITY IN BiH