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Monthly Report for August

Monthly Report No. 8 August, 2012 Charity organization Serbs for Serbs PO Box 34206, Chicago, IL 60634 Phone: +1-312-85-SERBS Website: E-Mail:

Monthly Report for August Dear friends and donors, Charity organization Serbs for Serb Serbs registered in the state of Illinois in United States in Jun 2010 by the group of the Serbian youth. Charity organization Serbs for Serbs is a 501(c)(3) notfor-profit charitable organization. Donation is tax-deductible deductible to the extent followed by the law. On 30th September, 2011 we finally got the letter from department of the treasury (IRS) with tax exempt 501(c)3 approval. All donations to our organization donated from June 16, 2010 are tax deductible under section 170 of the Code. We are also qualified to receive tax deductible bequests, devises, transfers of gifts under section 2055, 2106 or 2522 of the Code.

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 too 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 be because of starvation and malnutrition. ion. 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 2012 the population and generally bad economic condition of the households in Serbia, Republic of Srpska 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. The organization rganization was formed by a group gr 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 bu 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 e 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.


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

Monthly Report for August 2012 • 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.


Our mission 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 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.

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. 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;

How to donate? 1. PayPal email: One time donation to SFS 2. Monthly donation: 3. Donate by Mail Serbs for Serbs PO Box 34206 Chicago, IL 60634 Make all checks payable to: Serbs for Serbs

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

Monthly Report for August 2012


We would like to thank again the friends from London and the Eparchy Charity organization Mother of nine Jugović! …………………………………………………………...

Charity organization Serbs for Serbs within the Vidovdan action on Kosovo and Metohija provided 25 sheep for five families from the municipality Novo Brdo (Dragan Perić, Slañan Simjonović, Dragan Simjonović, Živojin Kostić and Dragan Simić) in the total amount of 2,000 EUR. We must emphasize that part of the money was provided on the charity concert in London, held at the end of June 2012. The sheep were delivered to the families thanks to our friends from the Eparchy Charity organization Mother of nine Jugović from Gračanica, who also participated in the action with their contribution.

This common action represents the beginning of a great project, aiming at the development of the animal husbandry in the municipality Novo Brdo, which is about to be realized under the auspices of the Charity organization Mother of nine Jugović.


On January this year, the representatives of the Charity organization Serbs for Serbs from the United States and Serbia conducted big Christmas action on Kosovo and Metohija. We helped a great number of families, donating them the furniture, poultry, medicine and groceries. We agreed with the store “Si” from Gračanica, in which we bought part of the goods, to pay in several installments. In August we paid the last installment for the household appliances (refrigerators, washing machines and firewood stoves) in the amount of 238,000 dinars. We would like to thank again the store “Si” from Gračanica for supporting us in this important action. No surrender!

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

Monthly Report for August 2012


Family Vukašinović from Podgrab (municipality Pale) is having very difficult time since their father and husband suddenly died. His wife left with six young children. They were living in a ruined house with sick mother-in-law and a grandmother, but they received a new house without things. Due to the lack of money and fertile land, they begun starving. The mother was ready to give away the youngest children: twins Nemanja and Nikola, and Marko who is only two months old. We found out about the situation, so we helped and bought the necessary equipment for the babies and elementary groceries.

Dragana (10) was at the doorstep, holding Marko, joyful because of the guests. We provided help in the amount of 360 KM, but we felt we should help them again, so we promised to come back soon.

Many people offered their help, and in a few days we managed to get the baby carriage, crib, sheet, bedclothes and footwear for the children. The children were happy to see us, and we donated the collected things, so that they could enjoy their childhood, knowing that someone thinks about them.

We thank to all the people of good will, and wish them all the best. May God help us!

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

Monthly Report for August 2012


The representatives of the Charity organization Serbs for Serbs visited, at the beginning of August, the Balović family from the Raška area. The organization paid the fifth phase of building the house – electrification and plastering – in the total amount of 960 EUR and 68,068 dinars: 450 EUR for the workers, 460 EUR for electrification (material and workers), 68,068 dinars for the plastering material and 50 EUR for travel costs.

Our representatives on the field made sure that the works are progressing, and that the family members are satisfied. …………………………………………………………...


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

Monthly Report for August 2012

On Saturday, August 18, the representatives of the Charity organization Serbs for Serbs visited families Balović and Kostić in the Raška area, on the mountain Rogozna. Our representatives met the workers who are building the Balović house, and made sure that the sixth phase of the works – setting the windows and doors, roof material, rendering and painting – for which we paid 1,805 EUR, is being successfully realized. We also paid for the costs of the engagement of the workers in the amount of 975 EUR. Thanks to our branch from the USA and the friends from Canada, the Balović children received the soccer ball, toys, barbies, sweets, school backpack and school equipment. After the liturgy in the monastery ðurñevi Stupovi, where we spent the night, we went to Rogozna and visited the family Balović.

The workers were setting the doors and windows. The rendering will soon be over, and we agreed to build the chimney, setting the gutters and floor. They built the road to the well from which they will pump the water. The asphalt needs to be cut in order to get the water. Although we have the permission to do that, but we are still searching the machine which is necessary to cut the asphalt.

The children are very happy about the building of the house. They already made an agreement about sharing of

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

Monthly Report for August 2012

the rooms, and we made sure that the house in which they live now is being ruined. After the agreement with the workers, and playing with the children, we visited the family Kostić which is nearby.

Large families in the Raška area are having difficult times, many of them need help, but we hope that people will answer to our appeals and join the actions of help in order to provide more beautiful childhood and more quality life. We wanted to build a bathroom for the family Kostić, but the house is in a bad condition, so the workers advised us not to commence that project. Therefore, it still remains unknown how to help this family. They lost their cattle because of the wolfs in the amount of 2,000 EUR. Father Rade is trying to provide everything his family needs, but he is also helping others – he donated a lamb to the family Balović when the ground of the house is being set.

Report: Miloš Golić, Serbia …………………………………………………………...


The Charity organization Serbs for Serbs helped the eight-member family Komatina from the village Radaljice in the outskirts of Novi Pazar by donating the material for building the stable, in the amount of 99,200 dinars. Until now, our organization has helped this family various times, by providing: bathroom, cattle (a cow, lambs), groceries, hygiene etc. We consider that building of a stable will increase the cattle fund of the Komatina family, and thus improve the quality of their lives. Charity organization Serbs for Serbs PO Box 34206, Chicago, IL 60634 Phone: +1-312-85-SERBS


Based upon the previous arrangements, the Charity organization Serbs for Serbs decided to help a twelwemember family Dimitrijević from the village Jasenovo in the municipality Nova Varoš. We provided the material for building and equiping the bathroom in the amount of 212,283 dinars. Building of the bathroom (in the scope of the project “Three-Pointer from the Blocks 2013”) in progressing, and we expect to receive the photos to show us the working atmosphere. No surrender! …………………………………………………………...

SERBS FOR SERBS ON A SPORT FESTIVAL 2012 On a sport field Šestovo, in Ras, the newly founded volleyball club Stari Ras held a promotion. The club played the friendly game with the VC Bane from Raška under the slogan “Lead with your heart, win with the smile! Be the volleyball player of Stari Ras!” This beautiful sport event was held with the rich culturalartistic programme, exciting games and great mood. VC Stari Ras received support of the prominent volleyball names such as: Vanja Grbić, Zoran Terzić, Duško Nikolić, Nikola Kovačević, Vojislav Škorić, Mladen Majdak, Mladen Matijašević…

The coach of the club said that the club started his activities in June 2012, and thanks to the great response of the youth, there are 150 attendants. The focus is on the pedagogical, intelectual and tehnical progress and specialization of the young talents. This event represented the opportunity to show all the potential. The coach emphasized that the event was a solid ground for further work, but there are new challenges and expectations. Marko Bulat was singing, while KUD Frula from Raška and the Society of the young artists Ras showed their skills. The reception was satisfying, and thanks to the municipality Novi Pazar and the Volleyball Association of Serbia, the VC Stari Ras was able to popularize and increase the interest for volleyball in the area.

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

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At the beginning of August, the Charity organization Serbs for Serbs again help family Vulić from Ostružnica. We decided to take this step because the family is hard working, and they try to provide everything they need themselves. We provided PVC window with sunblind for the children’s room in the amount of 18,463 dinars.

We hope that the youngest Vulić members are satisfied, because their smile and happiness are stimulus for harder work of our organization.

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

Monthly Report for August 2012


The children and local teachers are very grateful to us. Therefore we continue with the collection of the books, and we hope that the books will help educate the children. With the help of the friends of the organization from Belgrade and Vukovar, we successfully commenced another mini project of equipping the school libraries. A month ago, we received a request for help in equipping the local school library in the village BrĹĄadin near Vukovar. The first and for now only elementary school built for the Serbian national minority in Croatia is being attended by 90 pupils from the first until the eight grade. A school library didn't have suitable literature, there were only a dozen books. Therefore, we sent about 300 books. We sent mostly the books from the Serbian literature, history, and a few textbooks. The help arrived just before the beginning of a school year.

We use this opportunity to thank to Mr. Bane and his friends who supported and helped this action. We also call upon the people to join this humble, but very important project, by the donation of suitable books.

CHILDREN ARE OUR FUTURE! Charity organization Serbs for Serbs PO Box 34206, Chicago, IL 60634 Phone: +1-312-85-SERBS

Monthly Report for August „THREE-POINTER FROM THE BLOCKS 2013“ 2012 official registration of the branch and the integration of the Serbs in Switzerland, i.e. receiving of the ZEWO status, that would enable tax reduce for the donors from Switzerland. We also planned to open offices in Wien and Zurich, as well as new internet presentations on German for Austria and Switzerland.

The Basketball Federation of Serbia officially supported the organization of the second charity competition in the three-point shootout under the name „Three-Pointer from the Blocks“. The competition is taking place on June 1 2013, and the aim is to gather over 2,000000.00 dinars for building at least 20 bathrooms for the socially endangered large families in Serbia. We use this opportunity to thank to the Basketball Federation for their support, hoping that the competition will become traditional. …………………………………………………………...


During the previous weekend, the members of the Charity organization Serbs for Serbs from Serbia, Austria and Switzerland, held a working meeting in Zurich and Tun. The main topic of the meeting was the

We would like to thank our members from Switzerland on the hospitality and pleasant stay.

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

Monthly Report for August 2012

Donors in August: 1. - $25

Number of donors in 2012.

2. Milos Joncic (NY) - $40 3. Milan Dobras (AZ) - $15 3. I. R. - $500 4. Dejan Petrovic (IL) - $15 5. Slav Karach (GA) - $25 6. Ivan Aksentijevich (MD) - $25 7. Ivan Radulovic (NY) - $25 8. Aleksandar Micic (MO) - $15

120 110 100 90 80 70 60 50 40 30 20 10 0

9. Jelena Kecojevic (LA) - $15 10. Sasa Savic (TX) - $50 11. Aleksandar Jaksic (Microsoft MGP) - $300 12. Danko Panic (Microsoft MGP) - $12.48 13. Zeljko Bajic (CAN) - $50 14. Делије Њујорк - $16.45

Donations in 2012.

15. Dragana W. - $40


16. Petko Petrovich (IL) - $40


17. Aleksandar Krsmanovic (NY) - $50


18. Srdjan Markovic (CA) - $25


19. Zelimirka Krsmanovic (IL) - $20

8000 6000

20. Ankica D. (NJ) - $25


21. Dusan Stojkovic (IL) - $25


22. Ivan Mihailovic (CA) - $50


23. SZS Krajiska braca - $225 24. Vuk Radovic/Bank of America - $1,000 TOTAL IN AUGUST: $2,628.93

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


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