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Let's Help Syrian Refugee Children in Serbia Now!

by Pomoc deci
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Let's Help Syrian Refugee Children in Serbia Now!
Let's Help Syrian Refugee Children in Serbia Now!
Let's Help Syrian Refugee Children in Serbia Now!
Let's Help Syrian Refugee Children in Serbia Now!
Let's Help Syrian Refugee Children in Serbia Now!
Let's Help Syrian Refugee Children in Serbia Now!
Let's Help Syrian Refugee Children in Serbia Now!
Let's Help Syrian Refugee Children in Serbia Now!
Let's Help Syrian Refugee Children in Serbia Now!

Over the past three months, at any given time of day, there were over a thousand people in camps in the south of Serbia, coming from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Iraq or Palestine, amongst others. 

Many of those arriving have young children with them in tow, who are shy, scared and terrified of their new reality, having been forced to escape from war stricken, famine or natural disaster stricken areas. And they need our help. On our part, we have been trying to help them through psychosocial workshops, small gifts such as toys or books and giving them opportunities to learn the language and mingle with local children.

After school programs are essential to bringing things back to normalcy for young children. Our coordinator that provides psychosocial help to children and families, says that mothers and children take any chance they get to play with others. As the temperatures are low, children are forced to stay indoors and entertain themselves with coloring books and observing the world around them, drawing what they see. These moments are also useful to teach children some basic Serbian phrases, allowing them to build language skills.

Disasters or conflicts leave severe psychosocial consequences. While the emotional wounds may be less visible than physical destruction of homes or material possessions, it often takes far longer to recover from emotional impact. Any sort of help that brings normalcy into the lives of children is essential for them in this period. Hanging out with peers, drawing and learning are all activities that help them cope and better understand their new reality, while preventing additional distress.

Please consider donating. It helps the children immensely and allows us to continue our programs. Majority of our donations come from the generosity of individuals who donate less than $50 a month. This Little x Little campaign (March 23-27) any individual donation up to 50 USD will be matched 50%. Not only that, your donation can go even further as every new recurring donation is matched 100%!

We want to be able to continue to offer psychosocial help to families in refugee camps. The only way to do so is through philanthropic generosity of our community. So please consider donating and helping us continue our programs. 

If you are unable to donate, please consider sharing our story with your community of friends and acquaintances and starting a fundraiser. Don’t forget to get in touch with us on Facebook or Instagram, we would love to hear from you!

 

With love,

Pomoc deci team

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Dear friend,

Happy holidays from us at Pomoc deci! With the cold, windy weather, refugee camps in the south of Serbia have seen more and more refugees requesting a bed to sleep in, some food and warmth. The camps are a home to more than 150 men, women and children from across the Middle East.

One of these families is the Razazadegen family. The parents and two children, Hamun and Sofia, are originally from Syria and they would like to go to Germany one day. Until then, they call Serbia their home.

Their story begins when they arrived in late 2017 to Serbia. In the two years since, they have lived in three different refugee camps (Belgrade, Bujanovac and Vranje). Over the years, children have also grown. Little Hamun was only one when the family left Syria. Now, he is constructing sentences, playing with puzzles and modeling for his mother’s baby photography hobby. Sofia is also very creative and friendly. As soon as she arrived in Bujanovac, she befriended our local psycho-social support coordinator, Maja, who helped Sofia nurture her hobby.

She also regularly attends classes at a local elementary school. Schools in Vranje and Bujanovac have specifically tailored programs for refugees. Through fun activities, Sofia (and kids like her), are able to develop their skills and language abilities. After two years, Sofia can now talk to other kids in English and Serbian, participates in recitals and has made a lot of new friends! You did this! Without your support, there wouldn't have been anyone to help her develop her language skills.

Just a few weeks ago, she celebrated her sixth birthday. Thanks to your support, Sofia received school supplies, sweatpants and a backpack to hold everything in. Now, she is ready to go to a proper school!

Activities, such as art workshops, language and school classes, and ICT skill development courses are all tremendously important to help young Sofia, Hamun and children like them, to grow up in a safe, nurturing environment.

We need you. With Christmas approaching, this giving season help us raise funds to continue to provide opportunities for young families and children. In order to be able to continue to provide fundamental psycho-social support to young families, we are dependent on donations from individual supporters like yourself.

What can you do? 

  • Donate! If you set up a recurring donation, GlobalGiving will match it!
  • Ask your employer for a corporate gift card
  • Reach out to your network of friends, peers and colleagues and start a fundraiser. For every 5 people you know, those 5 people know another 5!

These are small acts of kindness, but to young children, they are invaluable :)

Don’t forget to connect with us online (facebook, instagram or our website), we’d love to hear from you!

Warm regards,

Pomoc deci team

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Group of young children in Vranje's refugee camp
Group of young children in Vranje's refugee camp

We are so incredibly grateful for your continous support!

Over the summer break, in Vranje's refugee camp, we have been running ICT literacy workshops.

Young children and teenagers met once a week where they were taught the basics of computer literacy, such as opening up an application, turning the computer on and off, looking up information, creating a PowerPoint amongst other tasks. Along with developing students’ computer skills, workshops also included math, history, geography and English classes which were taught by incorporating the computer into the classes.

In order to develop students’ cognitive, critical thinking and analytical skills, students were also able to play games on the computer, such as Puzzle and Origami. This makes the workshops more fun and interactive as students were able to compete with each other. This helped foster team spirit and students were able to forget the every day stresses of living in a refugee camp and focus on developing their skills.

Program coordinators say that the children are very keen to learn and are committed to working and improving their skills.

The workshops are just one aspect of the help we offer to children in these camps. We offer additional programs and in order to be able to continue the project, we are reliant on people like you. 100% of your donation goes towards providing resources (from diapers to psycho-social support and educational workshops)

As part of GlobalGiving’s effort to helping funds go even further, your entire donation will be matched. So do not hesitate and donate today.

To stay in touch with Pomoc Deci and our programs, do not forget to visit our website and facebook page. If you are unable to donate, we would kindly like to you to share the fundraiser on your social media pages.

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Coloring games for the youngest in the Summer heat
Coloring games for the youngest in the Summer heat

Sofia is a four-year old girl from Syria. She reached the refugee Camp in Bujanovac with her 2-year old brother and Grandma four months ago. And she is one of 44 children who have arrived to this Camp over the last six months.

As she has been watching older children go to school (“big school”) and some of her peers going to preschool (“small school”) every day, Sofia has been asking our Psycho-Social Support Officer when she would be “good enough” to start going to the “Small school” almost every day. From July 1st, her biggest wish has come true – she started going to a preschool group with other young children from the Camp.

Sofia is just one of the many refugees from Syria and other Middle East countries, who have been entering Serbia in groups every day since March, in a rather bad shape – some with lice, some in a rather disturbed mental state, and some obviously having no money or any other resources. There have been also many children coming alone or with elderly relatives. Most of them have families already somewhere in EU and are trying to reach them somehow.

Sofia is no different – when she and her brother arrived with their Grandmother, they were all in a rather bad shape – her brother was having pneumonia, her Grandma was exhausted and seriously underweight, whilst all three of them were covered with lice. Sofia wanted to join other children in every single activity in the Camp, but had to be isolated till the doctors gave “all clear” report. Our Psycho-Social Support Officer was trying to help them by taking some clothes to them, toys and paint-books in her regular visits, but Sofia was feeling very lonely and constantly asked why she couldn’t join other children, why she was not good enough when she was always obeying her Grandma and our Officer.

The only psycho-social support available to Sofia and other children at the Camp is provided through your donations! Please, help us continue this assistance, so much needed by all the children coming to the Camp, staying for prolonged time whilst waiting to be allowed to go elsewhere and feeling all the anxiety of their families without understanding it.

In just two weeks (on July the 18th), GlobalGiving Foundation is organising a July Bonus Day when donations starting at $100 and up to $1,000 will be matched while $250,000 in matching funds remain. The higher the donation, the higher the match! Please, consider donating and helping us continue with the provision of psycho-social support for these children!

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Learning to use computer applications
Learning to use computer applications

Benjamin is an eight-year old Afghani boy and with his elder brother Matin and his mother has been in a Refugee Camp in Vranje for almost two years now. His Dad is in another Refugee Camp since his parents separated a year ago. He doesn’t even remember when they left home, but talks only about his friends in the Camp and school.

Benjamin is also always active in all the activities we organise for the children at the Camp. With his Mom, he helps newcomers, translates for other children what people say, comes regularly to the psycho-social support workshops, but loves most everything to do with mathematics and computers.

At school, he has won the third place in a school competition of the third graders in mathematics and is preparing for the Municipality Competition now. At the Camp, he has learnt how to make a Season’s Greetings card electronically on computer. “I have made one New Year’s Card for my Dad. He has promised to come back to us and then we can all go to Germany to see my Aunt. And I have made one Card for my Mom since she is always with us. She comes with us to school, she helps me with my homework and helps me make new friends when they come to the Camp. I’ve just also made a special card for my brother Matin. You know, he has won a third prize in drawing at school. He draws better than me, but doesn’t know how to make a nice card on computer”!

 

With your support, we organise computer classes at the Refugee Camp for children and young people twice a week. They learn how to make a file, a folder, to move, change and save the documents. They also learn how to use search options, to find and use instructions for making different things, but also to draw and create greeting cards and other objects.

Please, help us continue helping these children overcome trauma, learn skills that can help them wherever they will be in future and build their self-confidence so fragile after years of suffering in many ways!

Radiating with exctement about computer skills
Radiating with exctement about computer skills

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Pomoc deci

Location: Belgrade, Serbia - Serbia
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Project Leader:
Donka Banovic
Belgrade, Serbia
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