After 4 continents and living in 2 countries, it never crossed my mind to visit Bosnia. The country is so close, yet so far… I have never experienced the damage wars can leave and have always thought that time will heal the wounds.

11 months ago, Republika Srpska

How 7 days can change your life

After 4 continents and living in 2 countries, it never crossed my mind to visit Bosnia. The country is so close, yet so far… I have never experienced the damage wars can leave and have always thought that time will heal the wounds. It would probably take 5 years to get back to “normal”. I was wrong…

In July 2015, my trip to Sarajevo started in Hong Kong going through Zurich and Munich. Afterwards, a 4-hour drive took us to Srebrenica. When we arrived, the reality was different: After 20 years, the wounds didn’t heal: the bullets’ impact on the walls, the devastated homes and abandoned places were the first scars of a war that ended 2 decades ago…

We started our work the day after. Our job was to build a home for a young couple. Esad and his wife were gifted by a cute new born baby 3 months before we arrive. Despite the limited resources, the warmth and love they spread was unparalleled. I still remember the grand-mother preparing our lunch and constantly calling us for a delicious coffee break… Every day was a feast. Even though we had a language barrier, we could connect, exchange smiles and feel the appreciation for each other.

After a week, we gave back the house keys to Esad’s family. It was emotional and one of the most beautiful moments of my life. But, what they gave us was more than a house: life lasting memories and a lesson on how to stay strong, keep smiling and treasure every blessing in our lives.

This experience is one of many points as to why I am extremely proud to be part of Hilti. Our caring culture is real; not a beautiful brochure statement for CSR propaganda purposes… We walk the talk and bring value to people’s lives: in business and out of it. We are driven to make a difference.

Seif

Commercial Track, Alumni

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    Field Engineer

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    Project Manager

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    Project Manager

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    Project Manager

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    Area Sales Manager

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