A new café in Pristina where most of the staff have Down’s syndrome has become a hit with locals – while generating much-needed cash for an NGO that aids people with this condition.
Kosovo has any number of bars these days – but Bar X21, which opened four months ago, is slightly different from the crowd.
Most of the staff here have Down’s syndrome – and it has swiftly become popular with locals who enjoy the cheery welcome they receive when they come through the door.
“This place is the same as many others – but at the same time it’s very different, because together with coffee what’s served here is love and solidarity,” Mentor Dinosha, aged 19, told BIRN while sipping his coffee.
By working in the bar, people with Down’s syndrome get out of the house and generate income for Down Syndrome Kosova – an NGO that helps them arrange many social activities.