Gratefulness in a smile
Djurdjina P., a twelve-year-old girl from Krupanj, posed for a photo: she put on a new T-shirt and put a smile on her face. She wanted to look nice like all the other girls, but her smile vanished as soon as the light ceased. Her fear emerges when the night comes. Since her family's house was washed away by the floods a year and a half ago she'd rather spend the night with her mom and dad than in her bed alone. The flood almost destroyed the entire town. Her home disappeared as well as her carefree life.
In a small town such as Krupanj there is no industry and people mostly work on the land. Her mother is a saleswoman in a local shop, and her father is disabled. Due to injuries at work he is unemployed. They barely have enough income to make ends meet.
As a young married couple, Djurdjina’s parents began to build a house. It took years to complete. When the house was finished they were relived. The older daughter received a scholarship to attend a business college. Djurdjina got a bicycle as a birthday present. She dreamt of one for a long time. Just when it seemed that they were happy, an unprecedented downpour swelled the river, undermined the hill and their house disappeared in a matter of minutes. The flood swept away everything Djurdjina and her family owned.
Trying to save his family with a frightened look in his eyes, Djurdjina's father started running all over the house. He grabbed his younger daughter, put her on his shoulders and ran outside. The house fell apart behind them.
Thanks to many donations her family was recently granted a small prefabricated house on the other side of Krupanj. Djurdjina's family was at a new beginning, but they could not stop thinking about their previous life, the nice things they used to do together. Once again Djurdjina got a bed of her own, but she could not sleep in peace. She is still afraid to be alone at night. As the sky gets dark she begins to fear sweeping waters.
Sometimes she feels lonely during the day. She had to leave her friends on the other side of the town. She misses her best friend Djuka. They were neighbors. While they were growing up they used to play every day. The girls shared their secrets as good friends do. Djurdjina misses those days very much.
"I'd give anything to be together with my Djuka again", says Djurdjina. „She feels lonely. She has no friends in her new neighborhood,” says Djurdjina's mom, Snezana.
Djurdjina misses her bicycle too, which she received as a birthday present. She learnt how to ride and enjoyed it for just two weeks. Now she can just dream of it. The scholarship she received enables her solely to attend school regularly. Djurdjina is an excellent student of the sixth grade.
“We appreciate any help. Thank you very much for your support of Djurdjina. The scholarship she gets means a lot to her. She can get education as the other children do," says Djurdjina's mom.
Little Djurdjna is grateful to everyone who has helped her. Her smile is a gift to all the good people.
Pomoc deci is grateful to everyone who has generously donated to the Support Program for Children in Flooded Areas of Serbia. Even a small amount of money means a lot for many boys and girls to go forward.
Thanks to your donations, in September and October we have been able to provide scholarships for ten children, and other 15 children received school books.
We hope that your support to these youngsters will help them overcome their traumas in days to come.
Please donate whatever you can end be the one of us who would be happy to help as many children as possible!