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Monthly Report

Monthly Report No 2 August, 2010

Charity organization Serbs for Serbs PO Box 34206, Chicago, IL 60634 Phone: +1-312-85-SERBS Website: E-Mail:

Monthly Report Dear friends and donors, Charity organization Serbs for Serbs have finally registered in the state of Illinois in United States by the group of the Serbian youth. Charity organization Serbs for Serbs is currently in the process of applying for a 501(c)3 non-profit organization status. We registered organization in Jun 2010 and we have already started working and began raising donations for our first small project providing humanitarian aid for Serbian children and people living in Kosovo and Metohija villages. Since this is our fresh start in the United States please excuse us for any difficulties and mistakes that we make in the beginning.

About Us The mission of Charity organization Serbs for Serbs is to affect on consciousness of Americans, Serbs and their friends through planned projects, social and humanitarian activities in order to develop and foster better society for future generations and provide aid for underprivileged families in need. Although there are many humanitarian organizations and associations, help often doesn't reach the most jeopardized. Due to unnecessary administration, missing information and slow decision making, the delivery of aid arrives too late to the final consumers, or not at all. It is a sad and embarrassing, but true fact that more than 18.000 children daily die around the world because of starvation and malnutrition. There, among us, the blind and deaf. We are witnesses of the bad demographic situation of our nation, decreasing natality, increasing number of singles, abortions, accelerated aging of the population and generally bad economic 2010

condition of the households in Serbia, Republic of Srpska and Montenegro and other countries in the Balkan. An average couple has "fallen" on one child. Analysts warn that Serbs will become a minority in its own country in the following century if the nation, individuals and government don't wake up from the nescient in which they've fallen! On the other hand, nobody is talking about the families with many children which grieve by living in bitter poverty. Occupied by their everyday struggle for survival, they are being humbly in their desire for implementing rights which belong to them. Their life stories, fears and problems are identical, but almost invisible and unheard in order to gain the attention of the public, media and even state. That's why the idea of the Charity organization Serbs for Serbs arose. Organization was formed by a group of young and trustful people, who are united by the common vision of helping families blessed by many children and who are aware of the fact that even a small help means a lot for those who don't live in a material excess. We are united by the humane idea to help the poorest part of the Serbian nation. Charity organization Serbs for Serbs try to revive the spiritless energy of the Serbian Diaspora which would be able to reinforce people of Serbian heritage as well as all good people throughout the world with minimal, but constant monthly donations. We hope and believe that there is also a grain of doing good and that you will join us in the endless struggle against poverty. God bless and save all Serbian families with many children and our honored donors who participate in the noble effort to return smile on children faces. CHILDREN ARE OUR FUTURE!

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The mission of Charity organization Serbs for Serbs is to affect on consciousness of Serbian people through our projects and humanitarian activities, in order to develop better society for future generations.

Why Serbs for Serbs? We wanted to alleviate impaired spirit of Serbian people in togetherness and brotherhood help through humanitarian work and social aid.

Who do we help? We help Serbian families who live in the Balkans, have five or more children and live in terrible poverty.

How do we define “terrible poverty�? Under terrible poverty we define absence of one or more basic factors required for living: food, clothes, shoes, and safe space for living.

Why do we help? We believe that there is a basic need for one human (or a group) to help others in distress. A help is not only human virtue but also a Christian responsibility. By focusing our help on families with many children, we directly affect on their stirring toward becoming independent from socialdependable government programs. Indirectly, we want to affect on birth rate of Serbian people that has been in great decline in last 20 years. 2010

What are our long term goals? - family is ready to support itself daily and manage to pay all required expenses and bills - their children are encouraged to continue with school and raising their own family - our donors are satisfied with the activities and they are ready to help other families - our organization is satisfied with the results - family is ready in the future to become our donor and if necessary help other families that are in need of help Who do we need in organization? We need members and donors that will secure financial stability through supporting our programs and activities in the future. Donors may join our daily activities within the organization in order to coordinate our work better. We also need volunteers ready to donate several hours per week for actual work within the organization. Activities of volunteers and their specific tasks would be determined by the required projects and their personal interest. From that group of volunteers we would look for future leaders of organization.

Monthly Report 2010 Collecting money for the tractor

In August we helped 13 families in Serbia, Krajina and Montenegro Help for family Milic from Montenegro

Humanitarian organization Serbs for Serbs continues with collecting funds for one of the permanent projects by purchasing a tractor for family EkmeÄ?ić in Herzegovina. This time, we transferred an additional 300 Euros to fund the tractor, which raises the total to 800 Euros which we have collected so far. After many attempts to get help from the Serbian government institutions for the provision of funds for this seven-member family, we got a negative responses, so, like all these years, we are forced to rely on our own capabilities. Representatives of charity organization Serbs for Serbs in Montenegro gave a new emergency assistance for Milic family in the refugee settlement Ribnicka Vrela (Ribnica Springs) near Podgorica. Help from our organization in the amount of 300 Euros was spent for food and for paying or debt for food in local shops, provision of medicines and hygiene for children. More detailed report will be presented shortly.

SFS at the council of Serbian youth

Mothers are still raising little Obilics

Charity organizations Serbs for Serbs participate in 10th Council of Serbian youth and 4 gathering of Serbian network. Although our organization is not a member of the Serbian network, we were invited to participate in the Council and Friends of the humanitarian organization Serbs for Serbs in

represent our organization. We were pleased to accept the

Belgrade have developed a new series of shirts that will be

invitation. Several of our representatives on Friday had the

sold in order to collect funds for the planned actions to help

opportunity to visit the Serbian holy sites on Frushka Gora-

the Serbian people in Kosovo and Metohija, which will carry

Krushedol monastery, Grgeteg I Velika Remeta and beautiful

out our organization in September of this year and January

city Sremski Karlovci.


Monthly Report 2010 Krajina will live!

Report: Predrag Marinkovic / PHOTO GALLERY On Saturday we attended the working part of the Parliament House in the parish home of St. Sava church, where we presented our organization. Our video presentation.

We would like to thank Serbian organization Dveri as organizers of this event for the invitation, hospitality and good organization. Also, this Parliament, we used it as an opportunity for a new meeting with our sister organizations - the Serbian Orthodox youth InnsbruckSPOJI and Serbian Society Foundation-Zaduzbina .We agreed the details about the common major humanitarian actions in the Krajina in August, so we use this opportunity to announce the action and noting that humanitarian organization Nemanjić Ticino will participate in this action with us.

With join forces on Saturday ,August 14th we conducted another in a series of major humanitarian activities in the area of Serbian Krajina.In this great joint venture in addition to ours organization, three more fraternal organizations participate: Serbian Society Foundation -Slovenia (€ 250), humanitarian organizations Nemanjić Ticino -Switzerland (700 €) and the Serbian Orthodox Youth SPOJI Innsbruck -Austria (300 €).Our organization in this action participated with € 2,100. We helped people in the area of the places Lapac, Gracac and Srb helped 9 Serbian families with 22 children under the age of 20 years.

Total donations for this action were more than 3300 Euro

For that amount we managed to obtain the following assistance: - 3 stoves - 1 combination cooker gas / electricity stove - 2 washing machines

Only unity and faith in God Saves the Serbs!

- 2 refrigerators - 10m ³ of firewood - 1 bed KRAJINA VIDEO

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In addition to the main help we provide extra help for children : books of saints, the best Serbian fables, short stories, fairy tales, school supplies, games, clothes, candy, balls and toys. The beautiful landscapes liÄ?kih hills, pastures and mountains greeted us early in the morning after entering the land of Krajina. Unfortunately idyll ended the burned and destroyed Serbian homes to which they are powerless watched the road, and I believe that if they could speak, they would say what we probably all know. Among all of us was left a bitter taste in the mouth because of the beauty of a country that for centuries was Serbian, where our ancestors hundreds of years kept Serbs

Out trip taking us further towards place with nice sounded-

and Orthodoxy, which is now deserted and left to someone

name that sound just like people and name testifies about the

else who does not deserve.

people that lived here for centuries, and unfortunately today only survives-it is a place Srb. In Srb we were welcomed by polynomial family Djilas which is composed of six small children from the youngest Sladjana (month and a half ago) by Miroslav (2 yr.), Stefan (3 yr.), Radmila (5 yr.), Milica (7 yrs.) And Predrag (9 yr.). Small Djilas were very pleased with our visit, and especially balls and sweets .Father Radislav real host, although materially poor, he insisted that before our arrival at their home he roast a lamb, which was his way to expressed their appreciation for the visit and the help we intended it. In addition to gifts for children we intended combined stove for this family. After socializing with the youngest ones and I have to mention excellent lamb, the way we continue on.

Upon arrival in the Lower Lapac soon found the house where was the father Predrag ,this way we thanks for the hospitality and great help in organizing and implementing this initiative into action. After a brief elaboration of the plan and three friends from the "Foundation" come to us and slowly we move to work. The first family we visited was a family from Gracac Trbojevic located at hour drive from the Lower Lapca. Two children, twins Stephen and Mary raise aunt Gordana with her mother. For this family we intended to donate a wood stove while kids received gifts in the form of toy, books and candy.

The rest of the families we planned to visit and support are located in the Lower Lapac and vicinity. Before entering the Lower Lapac we come to the house of Milorad and Vera Kovacevic and their two children Dusan (8 yr.) And Natasha (14 years)Milorad Kovacevic, a former member of the Army of the Republic of Serbian Krajina have very difficult life. Occasional he work part time are that is the only source of income. Milorad on all of us leaves a positive impression of their firm and steadfast positions to stay and persevere in their centuries-old homes and keep the faith of grandfathers. For Milorad and his family we planned to donate fridge and sofa,

After visiting the family Trbojevic we went to the bank

and for children as in previous cases, books, school supplies ,

where we paid for ordered home appliances, it will be

sweets. And in this house we were welcomed, the way only

delivered to all families in the next week. Since we had more

Serb welcomed its guests. Father Predrag had to leave us

finance left we went to the close store where we buy school

briefly for private business, and we find the following two

supplies and candy for children.

families with the help of Milorad, which started as a guide with us and stayed with us until the end of our actions.

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Fourth family in a series of families was the Rasheta family .Parents Snezana and Milan with sons Zora (21 yr.), Goran (20 yr.), Lazar (17 yr.) and Natasha (11 yr.) Live in very difficult conditions. Social support and the son Zoran, which deals with a bit of cattle are the only sources of income. Disease and poverty have left a visible impact on the family. Little Natasha is suffering from epilepsy, but as we learned from father Predrag after staying in one of our monasteries and reading the prayer for the recovery of God it stop attacks and we hope it will remain so. For Rasheta Family we intended a wood stove while the children received books, candy and school supplies.

The most difficult situation we found in the family Bibic. The family lives in inhumane conditions in two dilapidated rooms, where residents Milan father who is a nervous patient and unable to work with his wife Nada and children Mirjana (14 yrs.), Slobodan (16 years)and little Ivan (10 years)The family survives on welfare and children's allowances. Unfortunately more than one washing machine and gifts for children we are not able to provide. With words of support for family we move on. 2010

We come to our acquaintance from our past actions grandmother Milica and her granddaughter Milanka (15 year) For Milanka we bought some clothes and gave her a book and some candy. The main part of the aid for our Srpkinje(Serbian ladies) was 10m of firewood, which we expect to arrive next week. We also saw and a wood stove that we provide to them last time and with which they are delighted.With the promise that we will see tham again, we move on .

Next stop was the family Ljiljak where young Valentina and Stevo live with three children, Tijana (8 yr.), Dario (7 yrs.) Danijela(2 yrs.).Stevo was not present and we were welcomed by his mother and his wife Valentina and their children.Children are of course, like all the other happy for sweets and toys, while the young parents are certainly happy for new washing machine which we prepared as a donation for them.

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family will be happy with wood stove that we intended for them. Visibly exhausted but not with lack of energy and enthusiasm we are going to the last family that we planned to visit in this action. Repac family consisting of father Vladimir, mother Zorica and children Vladana (3 yr.) Radovan (less than a year) we helped this family with a fridge.With greetings to the family we are successfully completing the action.

Slowly leaving municipalities shortlisted Lapac and move to other two families from our plan for assistance. Before that, on proposal of Fr. Predrag who joined us again in the meantime we visited the Church of St. Ilija /Elias, dating from the late eighteenth century and is one of the oldest in the region. For me it was particularly interesting because the first priest in the church after the expulsion of Turks from these regions was my namesake. The church has suffered major damage after the second world war by the Communist fifth column, and now with a great effort by Fr.Predrag it slowly getting back the old glory.

The position of the Serb people in Krajina, remains critically difficult. As in Kosovo and Metohija, our nation is in danger in the area of Krajina, exposed to various types of harassment, and the inability to obtain adequate employment. Krajina is not thousands of miles away from Serbia, and even less from the Republic of Srpska, Slovenia, Montenegro ... It's not the end of the world, and every one of us / you can visit at least one family in the Serbian Krajina. Bring support to them at least with our presence ,help those heroes who are determined to return and survive on our grandfather land. Wake up and start doing something useful because it’s not only Kosovo-Serbia! Nearby in the village Nebljusi we visit family Bubalo. Parents


Milan and Jasna livie there with her two little son Rade (3 yr.) And Daniel (2 yr.) and as well with Milan's parents.While part of our team sat with the oldest members of the family Bubalo and talked about their current problems, we tested a couple of the youngest with sports skills . While the children were happy

Са вером у Бога, With faith in God, Предраг Маринковић

with ball we believe that also the oldest members of this Predrag Marinkovic

Monthly Report We helped three families in Sabac 2010

Although we had planned to help the two families, Crvenković and Gligoric, the proposal of Mrs. Ruzica, President of the Fund, we visited and handed over part of the aid in food hygiene and family Misic in the village of Majur. This family consists of Biljana and Dragan parents and their children Bojana (20), Rade (17), Dragana (16), Mirjana (14), Mihajlo (11), Sarah (8), Darko (3) and the youngest Valentina of only 18 months - daughter of oldest Bojana. Also, with them lives and Dragan's mother. For Misic family, we chose the part of footwear that has arrived from Switzerland. The children were very happy , and a special feeling to see how happy they are in the new shoes and the most basic things like shampoo, soups and banana cream from and other candies , which they have not been able to have on the table recently.

Report: Milos Golic, Serbia / ACCOUNTS / / PHOTO GALLERY / On Tuesday 24th August, we visited and assisted the three Serbian families in the municipality of Sabac – Misic , Gligoric Crvenković in cooperation with our friends from the Fund Humanitarian heart .. Special thanks to KUD Nikola Tesla in Ushter and Maja Jovanovic who gave a big bags with clothes, shoes and school supplies with the help of representatives of our organization from Switzerland. All goods was appropriate for the children we visited.In addition to the goods that arrived from Switzerland, in this action to help Serbian families we have bought a set of books for the second, fifth and seventh grade.We took the entire school supplies for ten children and several dozen kilograms of hygiene and basic food supplies. Value 50 thousand dinars. Representative from Switzerland Dusan Đaković with small Darko


This family have a new roof over head and the house substantially extended due to the Fund Humanitarian heart from Sabac. Few months ago this family of 11 members lived isolated at the end of the village in two rooms of 15 square M without basic living conditions, particularly survival. This unexpected visit has allowed us to meet another multi-member family in the middle of Serbia,wich live near the famous battlefield of Serbian army, starving and living on edge of survival. HO Serbs for Serbs with Misic family in front of their home

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We are absolutely confident that our glorious ancestors certainly not fought for that and such'' a freedom'' where Serbian families because of the large number of children are thrown to the margins of Serbian society.

HO Serbs for Serbs in front of the new-Crvenković reconstructed

HO Serbs for Serbs with family Gligoric and president of Humanitarian Heart Fund


At the end of the day we visited the family Crvenković in Beljine village.. We provide them with the same help like

After family Misic we continue our campaign by visiting family Gligoric in the village Sinošević . We found them working as they worked to build new houses, which also helps fund from Sabac. House where they currently live in is literally falling apart and does not seem safe for domestic animals, especially not safe for people. After upgrading the house they will finally have basic hygiene facilities. The sad story of this family is not only in their extreme poverty, which is easily comparable to those in Kosovo and Metohija. In fact, mother after a family drama left five of her children and married in another village. Father Radenko and his mother somehow managed to feed this family and ensure that they survive the next day. Despite the very difficult situation in which they live they nicely welcomed us, Milan (7) did not stop to examine us and hang out with us. For Gligoric we provide two sets of books for the second and seventh grade, and complete school supplies for all children. In addition, we delivered them a few pounds of hygiene, canned food and other living necessities.

other families in the area: textbooks for fifth grade as a complete school supplies as notebooks, pencils, crayons, tempera, blocks.... and hygiene pack and a few pounds of foodstuffs that will surely last a few months. Children were mostly happy with candys we brought them. The family has nine members, parents, Milan and Sladjana and children Milesa (16), Sinisa (15), Marijana (14), Aleksandar (10), Milica (8), Tamara (5) and Nikolina only 6 months. It should be noted that the road to them is a different story. The house is located at the end of the village and with a few other house it was









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The children were very happy and surprised when we arrived because we have not previously announced our arrival. Special impression on us left their friendliness and how the children are beautiful, nice and well brought up. The family has a few pigs and chickens that will bring them the minimum food they need.. Fund from Sabac also made efforts to help this family with updating of home. After a short fellowship time with this family we started way back full of beautiful impressions.

All goods that are sent to us from KUD Nikola Tesla these days will be distributed to families that we visited during this action through the Fund Humanitarian heart of Sabac. We agreed with people from Fund to make few pictures of children and families when they are giving up the goods so that we can publish these pictures to the site.

Report: Milos Golic, Serbia / ACCOUNTS / / PHOTO GALLERY /

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In return we visited the monument in Misar dedicated to Karadjordje and heroes from Misar dedicated to the centenary of Mišarska battle.1806-1906

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Serb Fest was traditionally held in the yard of Holy Resurrection Serbian Orthodox Cathedral in Chicago.

Serbs for Serbs visited 20th annual Serb Fest

We should always celebrate our culture and tradition. Our organization supports the idea that we should support all

Members of charity organization Serbs for Serbs visited 20th

Serbian cultural events especially outside of Serbia.

annual Serb Fest Next important event in Chicago area :

Taste of Serbia September 4-5, 2010 Sixth Annual Food and Music Festival is coming to St. Basil of Ostrog Parish. St. Basil of Ostrog Serbian Orthodox Church 27450 North Bradley, Lake Forest, IL 60045,USA See you there.

Charity Organization Serbs for Serbs in newspaper Vesti Purpose of the organization is collecting aid for poor families with five or more children; the organization "Serbs for Serbs" is engaged in humanitarian work for five years. In Chicago there are since June of this year, donors are its most loyal members.

Serb Fest - 20th Annual celebration of Serbian culture

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Metropolitan Christopher Reposes In The Lord















These, mostly young people, employees in different professions, their time, knowledge, effort and money donate to large families showing on that way fraternal solidarity, striving that our youth do not grow malnourished, lonely, with no clothe, at the same time they are trying to revive the consciousness of our Serbian people in the homeland and abroad, and awake up Serbian Diaspora sleeping energy.


On the web site of the organization you can see information on actions that are underway, plans for action that will be launched, the mission of the organization and the names of donors.

We edit our web site daily; we maintain it, trying to appeal to our people and work effectively to assist the most vulnerable. We helped over 130 families, which mean that we have helped more than 1,000 children. We helped the work of national cuisines in Kosovo and Metohia , and we have many actions in the plan.

Read more →Vesti Online -Serbian Link

Born in Galveston, Texas, and baptized Velimir Kovacevich, the future Metropolitan Christopher was the ninth of twelve children of Serbian immigrant parents. After graduation from high school, he attended Nashotah House and graduated from St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Seminary in Libertyville, Illinois. After marriage, he was ordained to the Diaconate and Priesthood. Continuing his

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education, he earned a B.A. (Philosophy), Master of Letters (History) at the University of Pittsburgh; the Master of

Monthly Report Divinity from Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology in Brookline, Massachusetts, and completed courses and examinations for the doctorate at the Chicago Theological Seminary. 2010

Planned for September

Father Velimir ministered to parishes in Pennsylvania and in Chicago, also serving as chaplain to four universities. He assisted his parishes to become bilingual in their worship and education programs, and at the same time he was active in the defense of unity and canonical order in his church during a period of schism. As a priest, he served as spiritual father, counselor, youth worker, administrator, educator, and, above all, in priestly ministry at the Holy Altar. Widowed in 1970, he is the father of four, as well as the grandfather of nine. Elevated to the episcopate in 1978 by the Assembly of Bishops in Belgrade and tonsured with the monastic name of Christopher, he became the first American-born bishop to serve a diocese of his church in North America. As Bishop of Eastern America and Canada, he soon developed a diocesan-wide program in religious education. Active also in ecumenism, he has served on the joint commission of Orthodox and Roman Catholic bishops and on the Orthodox-Lutheran dialogue, and has represented his church at high levels in both the National and World Councils of Churches. In 1991, he was elevated to the rank of Metropolitan, thereby becoming Primate of the Serbian Orthodox Church in the U.S. and Canada.

May the Lord our God grant blessed repose and eternal rest to His Eminence Metropolitan Christopher.

Humanitarian action in Kosovo and Metohija Help polynomial Serbian families Plan Departure: 09/25/2010 Anticipated funding: over 4,000 Euros Number of families: 7-9


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Donors in August

Number of Donors (13) August 01 - August 31


1. (IL) - $50


2. Mladen Simic (OH) - $35 3. Mateja Stojkovic(IL) -$25


4. - $25


5. B.K (VA) -$15 6. Zeljka K. (IL) -$50 7. Miladinka Filipovic (IL) - $50

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8. AK (IL) - $100 9. Aleksandar Krsmanovic (NY) -$50 10. Olja Meyer (NY) -$20

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11. A.S (CA) -$50 12. Gorana Simunovic (VA) - $50 13. Dragan Reljic (Ontario,Ca) -60 CAD

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