YES Alumni in Banja Luka organized a fair of vegan food prepared by our alumni [Renato Stopic (YES ‘17), Djordje Sukalo (YES ‘16) and Jelena Pilipovic (YES ‘16) ], YES Abroad student Leah Sherman (YES Abroad ‘18) and other volunteers. They prepared different dishes from three world cuisines (Asian, Mexican and North American) like veggie sushi, vegan quesadillas, Mexican corn salad, vegan apple pie etc. Hummus house, restaurant that serves vegan Israeli dishes also presented their food and visitors had a chance to taste something new to the area of Banja Luka. They prepared falafel, hummus, pitta bread and other Mediterranean dishes. Our alumni also collected donations for the Citizen Association “Kerber” and their dog shelter. They collected total of
90 marks, therefore $54. Visitors also had a chance to read about veganism as one of the booths had informative material about veganism in local language. The fair was visited by aprox. 50 people of different ages. It was covered by media, as YES Alumna Jelena and YES Abroad Leah talked to a local TV station ELTA TV and to a radio reporter from Radio Free Europe. The fair was highly visited with good remarks from the visitors. It met its goal by educating number of people about veganism, introducing them to new world cuisines, providing volunteer opportunities for Banja Luka citizens, promoting healthy food restaurants like Hummus House and collecting money for a good cause.
Afterwards, YES alum Djordje Sukalo (YES ‘16) and Jelena Pilipovic (YES ‘16) City Representative for Banja Luka met up at a local coffee shop and discussed and planned future projects like organizing a toy and money drive for children and low-income and risky families for the month December. Yum yum 🍏🍐🍒🍉🍅
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