Dear Project Supporter,
A school year end is approaching and Your support has made so much changes over the last nine months in the lives of the children who have spent their whole lives, or the biggest part of it in various collective centres around Serbia. Plana S. is a 15-year old girl living in a collective centre in Pozega since birth and is one of 10 children receiving scholarship from Your donations.
"Last year, when I was finishing the seventh grade, I thought I could never think of going to the secondary school. My parents can hardly earn any money for basic stuff for my brother and twin sisters, and I could not imagine asking them for expensive textbooks, bus ticket to Uzice to go to school or anything else. Then one day last October, I was told that I would be receiving scholarship this whole school-year. I couldn't believe it. I could continue going to school after all! It was then that I decided to save that money as much as possible this year, so that I could go to the secondary school when I graduate from the elementary school this May !"
Plana has spent little money from her stipend to buy a dress and new shoes for her elementary school Graduation Party and the rest she is keeping to buy books for a new school in September.
"I have improved my grades since I realised that I might be able to continue with education and now, I believe I will enrol into Technical School in Uzice without any problem. I can't thank enough my Sponsor for this support and money, but more than anything, for making me feel equally worth as my peers for the first time in my life! It is the most beautiful feeling in the world."
Soon you'll have the opportunity to help even more children just like Plana!Join us June 25th for a Microsoft Youth Spark Bonus Day when Microsoft will give 100% matching to YOUR donation to children in collective centres in Serbia.• Matching is applied at 100% for every donation from $10 up to $1,000 per donor until matching funds run out.• The project that raises the most funds on Bonus Day will receive an additional $2,500.• The project that has the most unique donors on Microsoft Youth Spark's Bonus Day will receive an additional $2,500.
We hope you will join us and help OUR children get the food, clothing, and education they need to be happy and healthy and to feel equal to other children!
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Over the last three months, with your support, our project "Give Refugee Children in Serbia Hope though Education" has raised additional 3,691 USD Dollars from 22 donors and thus raised a total of 10,208 US Dollars.
It is my pleasure to share with you the details about the progress we have made so far.
In addition to the initial six stipends, we have signed four more contracts supporting a total of 10 children to continue their education at this point. Since the Government has increased the amounts for monthly disbursements for the State stipends, we have adjusted the contracts, and now, each child receives 1,500 Dinars more - a total of 5,400 Dinars per month (64.5 USD).
"My parents always wanted to grant my wish to have a computer, but we thought we could never have enough money to buy one. They promised to buy me one at the end of the school year from the stipend from Pomoc deci. I am saving the stipend money and am sure I will have a computer in June!" - says Stefan G., a seventh-grade pupil from a Collective Center in Smederevo.
In each of the collective centers, three awards were given to the children with the best grades at the end of the winter semester. The Certificates with the prize money were distributed at the End-of-Semester Party at each of the Collective Centers in the presence of School Masters, parents and all the children living there. This has created a very positive atmosphere and has prompted many children to start planning to improve their grades and compete for the prizes at the end of the school year. "This is great, I want to be part of this competition, too!" - said a ten-year old younger brother of one of the winners in the Collective Center in Uzice.
We started planning additional tutoring for the children who need more support in order to improve their grades and the award system for the best pupils has prompted more children to be interested to participate in the prpogram. At the same time, some of the current winners have also offered peer support to their classmates, which was met by extremely positive reaction from other children.
In cooperation with the schools attended by the children living in the collective centers throughout Serbia, lists of children who would need financial support to participate in the annual school trips has been made, so that we can help these children join their classmates in these trips for the very first time. At the moment (the lists are still not completed), a total of 76 children from 31 collective center will be supported through the Give Refugee Children in Serbia Hope for Education project to join their classmates in these school trips.
None of this would be possible without your support. Please, spread the word and help us help these children, who in most cases have never had any other home but a collective centre. They need to start beliving that there is a way for their better future and that if they give their best, people will recognise their efforts and help them achieve more.
Over the last three months, our project "Give Refugee Children in Serbia Hope though Education" has raised a total of 6,517 USD Dollars from 99 donors.
We have signed the contracts for the stipends with six children (signatories are their parents) and have sent them the first instalment of their stipend covering three months worth of the monthly amount of 3,900 Serbian dinars (approximately 45 USD) . How much this money means to them was maybe best reflected in the words of Dragana Zivkovic, from Suva Reka in Kosovo, living in various collective centres since she was two years old. She is currently in her second year of the secondary school for male hairdressers: "With this money, I can finally buy my own scissors and tools and can practise to give people haircuts, so that I can also start earning some money to help my brothers and sisters soon!"
For 55 children in four collective centres in Vranje and Bujanovac, textbooks were provided. These children had some second-hand copies of some textbooks, but couldn't afford to buy the ones that are more expensive.
In 10 collective centres, children had an idea how to distribute 150 USD per collective centre: top three children according to their grades at the end of the winter semester will get prizes: the best pupil will get 75 USD, the second one 50 USD and the third one 25 USD. The grades lists will be obtained from the schools they attend. If more than one child has the same average grade, the selection will be made according to the average grades of all siblings in the family that are going to school.
The other accomplishment has been buying warm winter clothes for 20 children in the currently largest collective centre "Karadjordjev dom" in Raca.
The final note in this period is that our efforts to help these children have been recognised also by the State Office for Human and Minority Rights and they have decided to contribute 2000 USD for additional tutoring which we will organise in the Summer Semester for the children in the collective centres who have difficulty following the curricula.
If you would like to support our project again, a great way to do it will be to donate during the last twelve days of December. During the last 12 days of the year, GlobalGiving will be offering a one-time 100% match on all new recurring donations up to $200 per donor! The recurring period is four months, so if you decide to donate any amount from 10 Dollars to 200 Dollars for four consecutive months, the amount will be doubled by GlobalGiving. We are also trying to meet a threshold of 3,000 USD raised from at least 30 donors during the month of December and hence qualify for other bonuses from Global|Giving. Please, spread the word and help us help these children, who in most cases have never had any other home but a collective centre, see a way for a better future.
Best wishes for a prosperous and healthy New Year!
On September the first, our project "Give Refugee Children in Serbia Hope for Education" entered the Open Challenge, the last step on the road that Pomoc deci had to take in order to become partners of GlobalGiving Foundation. The task was to raise minimum 5,000 USD from at least 40 donors. We have been competing for donations among more than 330 projects from all over the world.
By the end of the first week we managed to gather 25 Champion Donors and secure a bonus award of 500 USD from GlobalGiving. We decided to use this award to provide an additional stipend for a child.
On two Bonus Days when GlobalGiving was matching all donations between 25 and 1,000 USD with 25 percent match, we managed to get 124 USD in matching bonus. This amount we decided to combine with one donation of 300 USD to provide another stipend for the needy children.
With two other donations specifically made for the stipends, we have so far secured a total of four stipends.
The remaining 3,000 USD we will use to buy the needed shoes, jackets, textbooks and to provide additional tutoring for the children in the collective centers.
We expect the raised money to be in our account before the end of October, and as soon as we know the exact amount we will have raised by then, we will have all details about which child will get what type of support and when.
On September the 24th, we have reached the required minimum target of raising 5,000 USD and since 74 donors in total have made donations to our project, we are happy to announce that WITH YOUR HELP we have secured partnership with GlobalGiving!
This means that our project will remain on the GlobalGiving website and we can raise more money and help more children in collective centers in Serbia. The more we raise, the more children we will be able to help, so, please, spread the word, let other people in your environment know about our initiative and help us raise more funds for the needy children. We will keep you informed about the progress every two months. Those who have donated for a stipend will also get an additional report about the chosen child's progress every two months.
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