In 2010, Kosovo faced a staggering challenge – 22% of its population was traumatized, struggling with the scars of a tumultuous past. It was in this trying moment that an organization dedicated to healing emerged, pioneering trauma therapy in the region. Today, a decade later, we look back at the remarkable journey of this organization, which has made significant strides in rehabilitating the lives of countless individuals.

In 2010, our member Diakonie Kosova lunched an initiative aiming to address the profound trauma experienced by a significant portion of the population. This marked the birth of an organization that would change the lives of many. Led by the renowned Psychiatrist for children and youth, Lutz Besser from Germany, who boasts decades of experience in trauma therapy, this organization set out to make a difference. Lutz Besser, a successful trainer in the field of psychotraumatology and the leader of the Zentrum for Psychotraumatologie in Niedersachsen, brought his expertise to Kosovo, where it was greatly needed.

In 2007, the organization’s vision materialized with the opening of a Psychosocial center. This marked the inception of a profound transformation. They initiated the provision of trauma therapy services from Monday to Friday, offering a lifeline to individuals in several key locations across Kosovo, including Mitrovica South, Mitrovica North, Prishtina, Fushe Kosove, and Prizren. This expansion of services catalyzed a wider reach, enabling them to deliver essential mental health support to those who needed it the most.

The journey of this organization would not have been possible without the support of various partners and institutions. The German embassy in Prishtina and the Foreign Ministry have played pivotal roles in sustaining this vital work. Their unwavering support over the years, extending until December 2024, has allowed the organization to continue its mission and make a lasting impact.

Over the past decade, this organization has played a pivotal role in healing the deep-seated trauma that gripped Kosovo. Through the dedication of its team and the support of its partners, it has helped individuals rebuild their lives, one step at a time. By offering trauma therapy services in multiple locations and training local therapists, they have created a network of healing that reaches every corner of the nation.