Jovana with her little brother
Jovana, is a 16-year old girl from Raca, a small town near Kragujevac in central Serbia. She was born in a collective centre for refugees and displaced people from Kosovo two years after her parents had fled Kosovo.. For her first 13 years of life, one room in the Centre was her only home which she shared with her parents, younger sister and a little brother. The family was granted an apartment in the social housing complex when Jovana turned 14. She was absolutely delighted to have the privacy of her own room for the first time in her life, to have bathroom only used by her family. But the happiness was only too short lived. Her parents had no steady jobs, only feeding the whole family and educating two elder children at elementary school was more than they could earn for. With your support, we could provide the girls with textbooks only. When Jovana was in the seventh grade, she also won our prize for the best pupil among the children of the refugees and displaced people. And as extremely good pupil as she was, there was no hope for her to continue her education at secondary school, she would have to have money to travel and stay at a dormitory in another town if she wanted to go to the secondary school which could give her diploma good enough to be able to find a steady job quickly after graduation.
With your support, we could offer the scholarship to Jovana and with that money she could pay for the food and accommodation at the Secondary School for Postal and Communication Technicians in Belgrade. She had only excellent grades in the first year of the new school, but after school, she found it difficult to be alone in a totally different and big city.
And this year, in September, a new room-mate arrived – Andjela, a girl from a small town Krupanj. Andjela had her own sad story that she used to cover with a broad smile. Her family lost everything in the floods that hit Serbia three years ago. She and her sister were also excellent pupils, but with little hope to continue their education. With your support for another project which we have on GlobalGiving, Andjela has also been supported by the scholarship.
It took just a couple of days for two girls, who had never met before, to realise that they are both going to the same school, and are both there only because they are supported through the scholarships which you have enabled with your donations, although through different projects.
They are best friends now. The fact that they both receive our scholarships brought them even closer to each other. Jovana has even started going to the creative writing afterschool classes and has started an additional arts related course, whilst her friend Andjela has been attending acting afterschool classes. They fight home sickness together, and exchange stories about their siblings when they return from home visits.
Please, keep helping us help these children. In the coming End-of-the-year Campaign, which starts from November 28th, we are trying to raise enough funds to help these children stay at school and help their families educate other siblings. Our aim is to raise 5,000 USD through the campaign. Your assistance in both donating and spreading the word about our efforts to your friends will be of significant help!