17 June 2021

A day in my life:
Adnan Vrbanjac, Social Worker

Nedim, living on the street in Sarajevo

Adnan Vrbanjac is a father and a Social Worker for Hope and Homes for Children, based in Bosnia & Herzegovina.

Adnan Vrbanjac, Social Worker

Yesterday I was informed that a young man called Nedim, who had spent his childhood in an orphanage, was sleeping on the street. After I received the tip-off, I contacted him and met with him. Due to Coronavirus, the company he worked for had to release employees, and he was among them. Not being a resident of Sarajevo, he couldn’t acquire social care, but couldn’t also travel to his hometown, due to the lack of money and reduced bus lines during the pandemic.

Next morning, when I couldn’t reach him, I went to the park where I suspected I would find him.

At 9am I found him at the bench, looking tired and exhausted. I used all my contacts to ensure he was immediately taken care of.

At 10am we met with a humanitarian organisation that provided him with a place to shower, and with essential clothes and shoes.

At 11.30am I took him for a job interview. He got the job.

At 12.30pm we had lunch while his new employer helped in the search for an apartment.

On Monday he is starting a new life. I am so proud of what we were able to do for this young man in such a short amount of time.

When I talk to my friends about my work, they are jealous of me because I work directly with people. I visit people in their homes, and I know their feelings.

Every case that I work on, with families or young adults or whoever, is always different. To get things done, you have to be creative and every time you learn something more.

I tell my friends that when I finish work, I know what I have done. I can feel that I’ve made a difference. It’s really nice in that way.


“I often tell families that they need to register for health care… but I forgot to do this for my own daughter!”


The hardest part is when we’re not successful. Even when things have gone well and everything is looking really good for a family, we know that it can change tomorrow. I do everything I can to help families overcome their problems, but I can’t always make it right.

It’s hard to do this work and take care of things at home as well. I often tell families that they need to register for health care so that they can get treatment for their children when they need it, but I forgot to do this for my own daughter!

This article originally featured in the Winter 2020 edition of our supporter magazine, Hope.


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