Mission Statement Kids in Desperate Situations (KIDS) by Vic Ferguson



Kids in Desperate Situations (KIDS)

Mission Statement 

“Kids in Desperate Situations (KIDS) is a Sarajevo-based mission of local and international volunteers connected by their interest in helping children affected by war.  These children have urgent medical, educational or material needs which remain unmet by the international community and are outside the sphere of local humanitarian activities”.

KIDS principle aim is to continue raising funds for, and rendering assistance to, individual children whose lives can be saved by prompt medical evacuation and treatment.

In addition to medical evacuations KIDS undertakes such projects as repairing facilities for children, obtaining equipment for kindergartens, schools and orphanages, distributing clothes, toys and other materials.  KIDS is also running projects to procure computers and educational equipment for international child-to-child E-mail communication.  Together with gifts of material and educational aid these projects are implemented in schools and institutions which lie outside the usual aid circuits.

In March 1996, sufficient funds had been raised to enable our first evacuation to take place, that of  Hurmija Mujic.  Hurmija is a 12 year old girl from Srebrenica who was paralysed by shell fragments near her home whilst playing with her sister.  Her father and two older brothers were killed in the war.  She was befriended by Staff Sergeant Vic Ferguson, when he met her in Sarajevo’s Kosevo hospital in November 1995.  She had been there for almost two years.  Hurmija received first-rate rehabilitation and counseling at the spinal unit the Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt hospital in Oswestry and returned to Sarajevo in July 1996 able to walk unaided by using her gait orthosis.  This was never possible in Bosnia.  Since returning home Hurmija has not spent a single day in hospital and is now able to share much more of her families lives.

In August 1996 Medina Hukic, a two year old girl from Zenica, was evacuated to the Priory hospital in Birmingham where she received life-saving surgery for congenital heart disease.  She returned to Bosnia in September 1996 fit, well and able to look forward to a life she may not have had if left untreated.

We need the continuing support of military units, individual servicemen/women and their familes, churches, pubs, clubs and anyone who wishes to give help to the innocent child-victims of war.

Donations to:


58 Station Road




Sort code:  771407

Account number:  19180060

Cheques payable to:

“Kids in Desperate Situations”

Contact numbers for KIDS volunteers are:

Vic Ferguson (Director) on:

+49 172 2327991


Marina & Armin (Sarajevo office) on:

+387 71 443233

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