Support for Children in Flooded Areas of Serbia

by Pomoc deci
Support for Children in Flooded Areas of Serbia
Support for Children in Flooded Areas of Serbia
Support for Children in Flooded Areas of Serbia
Support for Children in Flooded Areas of Serbia
Support for Children in Flooded Areas of Serbia
Support for Children in Flooded Areas of Serbia
Support for Children in Flooded Areas of Serbia
Support for Children in Flooded Areas of Serbia
Support for Children in Flooded Areas of Serbia
Support for Children in Flooded Areas of Serbia
Nemanja: "I only wish donors can see my medals..."
Nemanja: "I only wish donors can see my medals..."

When the floods and landslides hit his town Krupanj, Nemanja was in the seventh grade of the elementary school. Although an excellent pupil and a talented young football player, all his extracurricular activities were immediately stopped: he had to help his parents rebuild the house, life and he had no money for anything other than the essentials.

At the time of the floods, only a narrow road divided Nemanja’s family house from the river banks. And when the river bank gave in to the rising water, the whole house was in the water. Even today, Nemanja cannot speak about that night – he was asleep when the water came in, his mother and grandmother just rushed in to make sure he and his sister were safe, but he couldn’t get out of the bed.

The family lost all the crops in the field behind their family house, domestic animals they used to keep drowned in the water...

A year later, they could just barely made the ends meet – his sister was in the last year of the secondary school and was about to go to University and Nemanja was preparing for the secondary school.

With your support and donations, Pomoc deci was able to provide Nemanja with a scholarship.

Today, Nemanja is in the third grade of the secondary school, still has all excellent grades and his sister is finishing her University studies in Mathematics. And that’s not all to it. Nemanja is playing football again in a local club and is practising karate. Recently, he has won two medals at a local competition.

“None of this could I do without my scholarship! My parents let me use the scholarship only for my needs – I have paid for my books and other necessities for this school year, have bought all the needed stuff – kimono and everything else for karate and have managed to pay for my trip to the competition. I only wish the people who have given the money that goes into my scholarship can see my medals and feel how much I am grateful”, shyly comments Nemanja.

Please, help us continue helping these children fulfil their ambition to achieve as much as they can!

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"I can drive all these machines", boasts Petar
"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
A 16-year old "man" of the house after school

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Djurdjina, a proud recipient of the highest award
Djurdjina, a proud recipient of the highest award

Two and a half years ago, we shared with you a story of Djurdjina P, a girl who lost everything to the worst floods in the region in more than a hundred years. Just two weeks after her 11th birthday, her father saved her literally seconds before their house collapsed and was swept away together with everything the family had had. It took years for this girl to overcome trauma and nightmares that would wake her up in the middle of the night thinking that the water was drowning them all over again...

We provided this girl with the scholarship from the donations you made to help children victims of the floods . Other donors provided a small prefabricated house for her and her family on the other side of a small town of Krupanj in the Western Serbia. Her elder sister won the scholarship to go to Business College at the time. All this helped both Djurdjina and her family to start rebuilding their lives.

Today, Djurdjina is a proud teenager who has just graduated from the elementary school with all honours, who has received half a dozen Diplomas for excellence and awards at the knowledge competitions in different subjects and, above all, the Vuk Karadzic Award - a highest State Award for the extraordinary achievements in all educational areas. She has just been accepted at the General High School and has all the reasons in the world to be a happy accomplished teenager.

“I still can’t forget how everything just disappeared in a second. You know, these heavy rains over the last several weeks have just brought back the fear, I cried again and was only watching the skies and the river for days. The river started overflowing the banks again, but luckily, the raining stopped and the protection sand bags were enough to keep it there...”

Djurdjina doesn’t mention the other fear – how will she be able to go to the school from September, what she will wear and how she will buy the needed textbooks and school material for a new school, but it is obvious. Her father cannot work as he has become an invalid after being injured at work, her mother brings in the only small income into the household and they have no extra support from anywhere else. The secondary school is in the town, so she needs to go by bus and pay for the transport every day, the textbooks are expensive... And she never mentions a bike that she had wanted for a long time and got for her 11th birthday, two weeks before it disappeared in the floods. They have never had enough money to spare on a new bike again...

On July the 18th, from 9:00 in the morning Eastern Time (15:00 in Europe), GlobalGiving Foundation will match 50% every donation you make, up to 500 USD, as long as 120,000 Matching Funds last.

On this Bonus Day, you can help us continue providing the scholarships, buy textbooks or pay for the transportation costs or school snacks to Djurdjina and other children like her, whose lives have changed completely in the floods. Please, donate whatever amount you can on this day and as soon as the Bonus day starts (the available matching funds go fast).

Please, help us help these children to go on with their lives, put behind the disaster they went through and get the education they can and work hard for!

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Smiles say it all
Smiles say it all

Aleksandar (in two weeks time coming of age) and Aleksandra (almost 21), a brother and sister from a small town in Vojvodina in the northern Serbia, were always cheerful, full of energy children doing great at school and living in a happy family. They both graduated from the elementary school with the greatest honours and awards as best pupils in their generations.

Four years ago, the floods took almost everything they had. Just a month later, Aleksandra graduated from the secondary school, again with the greatest honours and with the award of the best student of her generation at school. Two years ago, just as they were recovering from the damage the floods had made, their father fell ill and three months later, as the last straw, a factory in which he had worked for almost 24 years closed, so he was sick and unemployed. With unemployed mother, the whole family was left without any income. Aleksandra was in her second year at University in another town (the first year she had completed with the average grade 9.46 – 10.0 being the highest theoretical grade) and Aleksandar was in his second year of the secondary school with the first year completed previously with the average grade 5.0 which is the theoretical maximum in secondary schools). “We didn’t know what to do. There was no money to continue our education, there was no money even for our transportation to University or school. We both felt helpless, we thought we needed to do more, our school records were not enough to find any help for any of us or the family as such, but we didn’t know what we could do” – quietly was saying Aleksandar.

They found our email address and wrote us a letter at the beginning of the school year 2016/2017. They gave us all the contact numbers, the address, photos of their diplomas, invited us to their home to see the situation and simply wrote: “Unless you found us worthy of your attention and could help us in any way, we would not be able to continue our education. Please, at least, read our letter and see why we are writing to you”. We did read their letter an talked to them.

You trusted us and were giving donations for supporting children affected by the floods. So, we were actually able to help them. We started paying Aleksandra’s transportation costs and proved Aleksandar with the scholarship.

Today, Aleksandra is in her third year at University, still keeping her average grade at around 9.5 and Aleksandar is in his third year at the secondary school with the average grade still 5.0. “You have made us believe in ourselves again, believe that our efforts are recognised, valued and that this is the way we can complete our education and take one huge worry off our parents’ backs”, comments Aleksandra. “We are grateful beyond words to each and every person who has helped us with a donation to get my monthly bus pass and the brother’s scholarship. We both know that as soon as we get into a position to be employed and earn money, we will help others. We know how much it means to someone who has lost all hope to regain confidence and belief that if you do your best, someone will give you a hand and help jump over the troubled water”.

Please, help us help more children like Aleksandar and Aleksandra! Any individual donation up to 50 USD will be matched 50% during the five-day Little by Little Matching Campaign (April 9 - 13th)! And every new recurring donation will be matched 100%!

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Andjela in front of the family's new house
Andjela in front of the family's new house

Andjela P. is a 16-year old girl from Krupanj, a small town in Western Serbia that was almost completely destroyed in the floods which struck Serbia three years ago. During the floods, she was trapped with her sister and parents in the remains of their house which was situated on a hill in the Kostajnik village. The water was coming in very fast. Fortunately, they were all rescued, but fear of that terrible night still haunts the entire family. Her parents lost everything, and since the small factory in which they had worked was also completely damaged by the floods, they lost their jobs too. The only income for a six-member family was her grandfather’s pension. Andjela had no means to continue her education after the elementary school since 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.

With your support, we could offer the scholarship to Andjela 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, it was difficult to be alone in a totally different and big city.

And this year, in September, a new room-mate arrived – Jovana, a girl from a small town Raca. Jovana was born in a Collective Centre for refugees and internally displaced people. Her parents escaped from Kosovo in 1999. With your support for another project which we have on GlobalGiving, Jovana 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 our scholarships, although through different projects.

They are best friends now. And for neither of them it would ever be possible to go to the secondary school, especially not the one for postal and communication technicians which is in the capital of Serbia had it not been for your donations enabling us to give them the scholarships.

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!

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Location: Belgrade, Serbia - Serbia
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