i know you’re thinking i’m on a 2+ year vacation in a gorgeous lake town in the Balkans, but it’s true—i do actually spend time working!! with the recent holidays and a wretched illness that kept me out for about a week, i haven’t been spending all that much time in the office. i did, however, help my coworkers successfully submit a concept note for a project seeking to promote an end to violence against women. i won’t bore you with the nitty-gritty, but it involves research, a workshop series, community awareness events, an SOS hotline, counseling services and more. it’s a big undertaking, but so important for the women of Ohrid/Struga and comparable to the HIV/AIDS education and prevention program our staff has been doing for years. regardless of whether we are awarded the funds, i am glad to have helped train my coworkers in their first grant application! i am sure there will be many more to come. it appears this will be a primary role for me at Opcija (Option). i may not be an expert, but i am glad to share my knowledge and experience in grants management with these inspiring women leaders in my community.