Mar 4, 2021

Project report No. 10 - final report

Dear friends, dear donors,

 

We once again hope you are doing well in these hard times and that you and your loved ones are in good health and safe.

I am proud to inform you that, even with the COVID 19 hardship in the previous period, we have managed to complete our project! After more than two years of hard work we have managed to fully complete Centre for Education in order to provide schooling, tutoring and guidance for children from vulnerable groups, as well as for all young people who wish to upgrade their skils and knowladge.

Now, the ASK Center’s work is reduced to a legally allowed extent, respecting all prescribed measures by the competent authorities of the Republic of Serbia as well as local authorities. We are hoping that as soon as the normal operations start we will be able to make the Center self-sustainable which was one of our primary gols.

Untill than we have several projects we applied for in the previous period have been approved for funding. Some of them are already underway and we are happy to inform you that the fourth generation of 60 young people from 15 underdeveloped municipalities is just finnished ou Lighthouse of Knowledge program. The projects was aimed at improving local communities, and with your help and the help of ERSTE Bank, we have provided funding for the best ideas.

In addition, the training of the second generation of young entrepreneurs from all parts of Serbia who are passing our program of the Academy of Youth Entrepreneurship is also finished in the premises of Center.

We all go through these difficult and unpredictable times together, but the very fact that we go through them together with you makes us stronger and gives us the strength to persevere.

Thank you for your help and let us know that each of our successes is also your success. Hopefully we will have soon new ideas which we can execute togather with you.

 

For all your questions or ideas, we are at your full disposal at any time.


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Oct 27, 2020

Project report No. 9

Dear friends, dear donors,

 

We hope you are doing well in these times and that you and your loved ones are in good health.

 

I am not happy to let you know that unfortunately situation has not changed much and that uncertain times are still ahead of us. The new increase in the number of people infected with the COVID 19 virus everywhere in the world and in Serbia has led to various restrictions, of which we are particularly affected by those related to bans on gatherings, i.e. restrictions on the number of people allowed indoors.

Despite everything, the ASK Center has renewed its work, to a reduced and legally allowed extent, respecting all prescribed measures by the competent authorities of the Republic of Serbia as well as local authorities.

We are still struggling to fundraise for the expenses we could not postpone (rent, utility bills, loan we got from ERSTE bank to renovate part of our Education center etc.) but it is also facilitated with your help as well as the help of other friends of the organization and members of the Board of Directors.

However, not everything is so black and several projects we applied for in the previous period have been approved for funding. Some of them are already underway and we are happy to inform you that the fourth generation of 60 young people from 15 underdeveloped municipalities is currently passing through our Lighthouse of Knowledge program. Their projects aimed at improving their local communities will be presented at the end of November, and with your help and the help of ERSTE Bank, we have provided funding for the best ideas.

In addition, the training of the second generation of young entrepreneurs from all parts of Serbia who are passing our program of the Academy of Youth Entrepreneurship is underway. Their ideas will also contribute to their local communities through youth employment and their business ideas will be presented to an expert jury in early December.

We all go through these difficult and unpredictable times together, but the very fact that we go through them together with you makes us stronger and gives us the strength to persevere.

Thank you for your help and let us know that each of our successes is also your success.

For all your questions or ideas, we are at your full disposal at any time.

 

Kind regards,

ASK Team


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Jun 28, 2020

Project report No. 8

Dear friends, dear donors,

We hope you are doing well in these times and that you and your loved ones are in good health.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic we had to fully shift to survival mode and unfortunately, we had to pause almost all our activities. Even though ASK strives to cut all administrative and operational costs to minimum during the last few months we have struggled to fundraise just for bare necessities and for the expenses we could not postpone (rent, utility bills, loan we got from ERSTE bank to renovate part of our Education center etc.).

Our entire staff waived their salaries and fees during the pandemic and the focus of the organization in the past 3 months has been building internal capacity, training members in junior positions, networking and team building.

We believe that despite the distress that has befallen the world and affected all of us, both in business and private life, we have emerged from the crisis strengthened and with an even stronger will to change the world and fight inequality.

Immediately after the end of the imposed state of emergency in the Republic of Serbia, we started working with a lot of enthusiasm and energy. Although for a short time it seemed that the situation was improving, unfortunately the number of patients in Serbia started to grow again and the situation is getting worse, so it would not be responsible to organize large gatherings or trainings.

However, despite all the misfortunes, past and present situations with the Covid-19 pandemic, ASK successfully applied with 5 projects from domestic donors and one project at the US Embassy, thus ensuring both the organization's survival and helping those in need, to continue to educate young people, to preserve nature, to fight to make the world a better place.

Dear friends, dear donors, in the coming period, your support and help means more to us than ever before and we are sure that you, proud of everything we have done together so far, will continue to support our work.

 

For all your questions or ideas, we are at your full disposal at any time.

 

Kind regards,

ASK Team

 
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