Anes Kujović from Sarajevo is the first person with Down syndrome in the world to become a United Nations Volunteer. He joined as part of the Regional Programme on Local Democracy in the Western Balkans 2 (ReLOaD2), thus gaining the opportunity to attain work experience. In the premises of the Municipality of Centar Sarajevo, where hundreds of employees are busy completing their daily duties, hides the inspiring life story of Anes.
The life path of 21-year-old Anes was not the same as that of his peers. From early childhood he walked through a world that often did not understand his unique abilities. He was born with Down syndrome, which greatly influenced his upbringing and life circumstances, from schooling and adolescence to acceptance in society. But every obstacle was a new step towards success for him.
With a determined spirit and with the great support of his family and friends, he managed to fight for his place in the community. Today, Anes sits in the Department for Education, Culture and Sports in the Municipality of Centar Sarajevo, where he performs administrative tasks as a UN Volunteer – the first in the world with Down syndrome.
Every new working day for Anes is a new victory and a reminder that he managed to break barriers, doubts and misconceptions of people.
"I help the Municipality as a UN Volunteer," Anes says proudly, and continues to describe his day: "I work from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., and sometimes I stay longer. Sometimes I go to work alone, and sometimes my father drives me, mostly when it's raining or stormy. I have my card, which I scan at the entrance, sign and take the elevator up to the third floor, because our offices are on that floor."