"I can drive all these machines", boasts Petar
Petar M. was only thirteen when he watched the whole house with everything in it, all the sheep and cows that his family had, all of it, just disappear in front of his eyes in a split second under the landslide during the floods. Luckily, he, his mom, grandma and a year-younger brother managed to save their lives. They ran uphill to the neighbours’ house. His Dad was 130km away working as a carpenter and couldn’t help the family that night.
For a long while, the neighbours were sharing their beds, food, clothes, all the necessities with Petar and his family. Then, with the material from the donations and State assistance, they built a new home, in a village some 30km uphill from the town of Krupanj and the river. The family rented some land and started growing fruits and vegetables. With his Dad far away, Petar became the oldest “man” in the house and took upon himself most of the field work in addition to going to school and getting all the good grades. “And I can drive all the machines in the field except for combine”, proudly adds, now 16-year old Petar, pointing to the agricultural machines in the field.
His mom, Snezana, smiles warmly whilst watching him but is very clear about the priorities at home: "There is a lot of work to be done both in and outside the house, but for the boys the school is the most important thing. They need to be educated, even if they choose to stay home and deal with agriculture."
With your help, we have been providing Petar with the scholarship which he uses for the bus ticket to the High School in the town where he has just started his second grade, for internet bills and all the books and material he can find related to mathematics. Yes, maths is his favourite subject. And not only that, with the scholarship money he has enrolled into the Archimedes Club and is successfully competing with young people from all over the country.
Thank you so much for helping us support Petar and his family! They wouldn’t have been able to send Petar and his brother to the secondary schools in the town, Petar wouldn’t have been pursuing his interests and dreams.
Please, help us continue bringing smiles to this children’s faces and support their education!
A 16-year old "man" of the house after school