Did you know that alongside monthly stipends that we provide to students, we also help out on a smaller scale by providing school supplies, textbooks or school snacks? For a lot of children, the school snack is one of the only opportunities for them to receive a warm, hearty meal.
One of the families that we have been able to support is a family originally from Kosovo. Displaced in 1999, for a number of years, they lived in refugee centers. At one point, through donations and a foreign-development project, they relocated to a small apartment where they have been living ever since. Pomoc Deci has been helping the family, by providing textbooks and a warm lunch for all three of their children - Emilija, Milica, and Dragan. Their father currently works in a PVC building plant, while their mother has not worked in six years. Since their mother has lost her job, they get by as well as they can. The benefits they receive, help them get by, but just barely. Their daughter, Milica used to do folk dance after school, however after her mother had lost her job, the parents were not able to pay for it. Currently, children are focusing solely on school, ensuring they get good grades to be able to continue their education.
Families that are displaced often suffer financially and emotionally while waiting to have their residence status confirmed. A lot of families go into debt, are forced to work under the table just to make by or are dependent on donations and help of others. Support and generosity of people is what allows us to help families in their time of need.
By providing support, children can focus on their education. Education has been proven to be one of the best ways for children to lift themselves out of poverty.
To add, don’t forget to add Tuesday, December 1 to your calendars. Our work, and our ability to support the most vulnerable families is dependent on the generosity of people reading these reports and making a donation. Thanks to GlobalGiving’s support, every donation made on December 1, up to $2,500 will be eligible for a portion of the $1,000,000 bonus prize draw! Please consider sharing our message, with the hope that someone who hasn’t heard of us will see it and help us!
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