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SERBS FO SERBS

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Monthly Report No 6 December, 2010

Charity organization Serbs for Serbs PO Box 34206, Chicago, IL 60634 Phone: +1-312-85-SERBS Website: www.SerbsForSerbs.org E-Mail: Office@SerbsForSerbs.org


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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. 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 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! www.SerbsforSerbs.org


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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

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.

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.

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 social-dependable 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

We want to inform all donors and friends of humanitarian organization Serbs for Serbs that live in the United States we have new Pay Pal account so you can send your donation via email to: szsamerika@gmail.com Обавештавамо пријатеље и донаторе хуманитарне организације Срби за Србе који живе у САД да органак СЗС у Америци има нови Пеј Пал рачун на који можете да уплатите своје донације. Да би ојачали организацију глобално морамо да јачамо регионалне одборе. Хвала вам


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We delivered firewood to family Tomic! .

Five-member Serbian family Tomic, Goran father, mother Ljiljana, children: Dragan (15), Dusan (14), Katherine (6), can finally relax, because this winter will be warm in their home. This five-member family living in Bujanovac, approached our organization to help them in the purchase of 6 m続 of wood. Goran's father, for much of the month work in Belgrade, he was the only income in the family, with a monthly income of only 15.000 dinars(around $200) ??

Another problem they have is not only there is not available work, as is the case in rest od Serbia, but Serbs in general cannot get jobs because slowly all the major functions in the city are occupied by Albanians, which of course bring other albanians to work, and do not want Serbs to hire. So that is why the life of Serbs in Bujanovac is extremely difficult. Thanks to God and our donors, we managed to help family Tomic, they would like to thank the entire organization.

See the account of purchase for 6m cubic firewood and accounts for the transport of our representatives from Nis to Bujanovac and back. Serbian Report


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Photos On Sunday, December 13, we visited the Premović family from the village Prislonica near Čačak. We contacted them through the prior of the Vujan monastery and our friends of the organization My Joy from Germany. The Premović family is consisted of 8 members, single mother Ružica and seven children: Jelena (2002), Luka (2001), Mirjana (2000), Živka (1996), Ana (1994), Biljana (1992) and Aleksandar (1991).

On December 3rd in Ušter, Charity organization Serbs for Serbs in Swizerland and KUD Nikola Tesla from Ušter held the second „Night of donor pancakes“. The total of 48 people attended the party, most of them being the members of KUD Nikola Tesla and the friends of the SfS organization. It was a great party in which the guests enjoyed in pancakes, music, social games and competition in „nintendo“, and finally managed to collect 500 franks. We use this opportunity to thank all the guests who contributed this donor and friendly gathering as well as our hosts Maja Jovanović and KUD Nikola Tesla!

SfS visited family Premović

We first met prior Jovan in the Vujan monastery. The monastery is only a several kilometres away from the Premović's home. It is known as a place where our previous patriarch Pavle began his life as a monk. He was very ill when he came to the monastery, without the chance to survive, but the pray in front of the Holy relics of the unknown saint is believed to have contributed to his healing.


Monthly Report The aim of our visit to the Premović family was to get to know them and together find a way to help them. We used this visit to bring them some fruit and sweets, and the book about Saint Sava. The house in which they live was plastered and isolated not so long ago, and the charity organization My Joy from Germany has equipped the bathroom. However, more funds are needed to finish the house inside.

www.SrbizaSrbe.us 2010 Collecting money for the tractor

We were happy to find out that this family has the necessary conditions and the will to grow domestic animals next to the ones they already have: two sows, one goat and hens, so we will probably help them to get more animals.

Humanitarian organizations Serbs for Serbs continues to collect the funds needed to purchase tractor for family Ekmecic from Prebilovci village in Herzegovina. With the new 450 euro this month as we separated the ''Fund for tractor'' currently we come to the sum of 2500 Euros.

Annual meeting of central board of Charity organization Serbs For Serbs in USA Charity organization Serbs for Serbs held an annual meeting of central board in Holly Resurrection Serbian The members of the Premović family are modest and quiet people. Although we didn't find all the children at home, the youngest Jelena and Luka were smiled all the time and they represented their family in the best light. The two of them do everything together, and it seems that the children have better relationships in modest families, without envy or selfishness. The mother has an income of about 15.000 dinars. The two oldest children started to work and made things easier for their family, so we hope that all of us together can help them to become completely independent. Serbian Link

Orthodox Cathedral in Chicago.


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We have adopted Meeting Agenda (9 parts) and Curriculum for 2011 (13 parts). Meeting was opened with prayer. Board for 2011 was elected unanimously: President: Zeljka Krsmanovic Vice Presidents: Nemanja Milosavljevic and Dusan Stojkovic Treasurer and Finance: Aleksandar Krsmanovic Head of Marketing: Petko Petrovich General Secretary: Nebojsa Zivkovic The plan is to organize a Charity party in Chicago in 2011 for Serbian Children and a number of different Charity actions.We want a stronger connection between Serbs in USA and the Serbs in Canada.

Children are our future!

Happy Holidays to all our donors and friends!

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Monthly Report Serbian Monastery in New Carlisle,IN Few members of Charity organizations Serbs for Serbs from the U.S., visited today the Serbian Orthodox monastery in New Carlisle, Indiana. This monastery is a beautiful place that we recommend for visit to every Serb and all Orthodox in U.S.A. Monastery looks like an old medieval Serbian monastery, but was built and consecrated in 1994. (Just 2 hours away from Chicago,IL)

Nesteled in the rolling hills of northwestern Indiana, far away from the noise and bustle of big cities, on a spaceus piece of wooded land that resembles the fertile regions of Shumadija ,lies the Serbian Orthodox Monastery of the Nativity of the Mother of God. Although the monastery was build and consecrated in 1994, the idea of a Serbian monastery in America was conceived much earlier and was beyond any doubt guided by the Will of God. It was a reflection and the realization of a long-time wish of mother Evpraskija(Paunovic) , who later become the first abbess of the monastery. Together with hieromonk Gabriel and sisters Paraskeva and Antonina and with blessing of His Grace Bishop Mitrophan, Mother Evparaksija searched for a way to found a monastic community in North America that would reflect the way of life of such holy places as Zhicha ,Studenica and Ljubostinja, and other old Serbian monasteries. The funds for building the monastery came as a gift from God: Mrs.Olga Popov, a devout Russian woman and a great friend of the Serbian people left the sisterhood a substantial amount of money for the monastery building fund. By Divine Providence , the monastery never lacked benefactors and donors. The Monastery was consecrated on June 19, 1994 , on the Feast of the Descent of the Holy Spirit upon the

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Apostles. Holy liturgy was served by His Holiness the Serbian Patriarch Pavle together with several bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church and numerous priests and hieromonks from both Serbia and the Diaspora, in the presence of many faithful people. Location of the monastery: 32787 Early Road, New Carlisle,IN 46552 Enjoy in this pictures of this beautiful monastery.


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We helped Premovic Family

Report: Јелена Вуканић On Sunday, December 16, we visited the Premović family from the village Prislonica near Čačak again.

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New Help for Gugalj Family

Our help was consist of three goats and one pig. From Mr.Rackovic we got three goats at a very reasonable price of 15 000 din and from Mr.Majstorovic free pig and two packages of contentrate.

Report: Добрина Кусмук, Рeпублика Српска


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Single mother of five children, Zdenka Gutalj from East Sarajevo in the Republic of Srpska, and her children have been helped twice. Zdenka somehow cope alone and finds solutions and except last summer when she asked for help to buy a refrigerator she avoided to seek help. But this time she did not have a choice. The youngest child, Nemanja (11 years) who has problems with the development had to go to a hospital in Banja Luka. Cost for trip to hospital, no matter how small was it was impossible for Zdenka to pay and we approached for help. We paid Zdenka (80 KM) for return ticket and gave her money for the accommodation of two nights in Banja Luka (85 KM). For this purpose we have spent 120 KM from the accounts of Republic of Srpska. In any case, this time we managed to come to the aid to children whose parents barely manage to make ends meet and simply contingencies cannot be covered. Nemanja has a problem with the bone marrow and its growth is completely slow. Zdenka hopes to help him with hospital treatments .

She asked us to buy some clothe for Nemanja that he could wear in thel. To help her pay the accommodation and the way back ,because she simply cannot provide it a bit. Nemanja received a lot of new things we bought for him. By the way, we took his sister Bojana some donated clothes for the girls while for the boys this time we had nothing so we had to buy in Belgrade at the price of 6,000 din.

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New Help for Milic Family Representatives of humanitarian organizations Serbs for Serbs from Montenegro visited before the end of 2010 refugee family from Kosovo and Metohija - Milici in Podgorica, Montenegro. A kind of New Year's help for Family Milic is primarily fire-wood for heating (confirmation) and this help was really necessary, and to help itself came at the right moment, when cold days started. Of course,we help this family with some food (bill) . Complete support was in the amount of 500 euros.

As always, we were greeted warmly in the House of Milic family. Their host and head of the family father Milan is still at the hospital Brezovik, and his head role is bravely but slowly taken by the boys - twins. It was nice to see them to cleave the wood, enough to replace her mother. Thank God, the children were healthy and well and hope they will come to the right path and that our humanitarian organizations will do at least a small step to help that really happen.

Our action in Pribilovci will be done before we planed At the end of 2010. year, good news arrived in our organization. Instead as we planned for about 30 months from now, eight members of families Miladin Ekmecic, Serbian returnee families in the Herzegovinian village Prebilovci, will get planned Tractor in the period between Christmas and the Orthodox New Year. With the help of many Serbs from the Diaspora, and at the request of Serbs for Serbs in Republiic of Srpska President Dobrina Kusmuk, Republic of Srpska Government and its relevant Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Management, today they allocated 14,305 KM (over 7,000 Euros) to our account.

On behalf of our humanitarian organizations and all people who donated funds in our biggest project so far, our heartfelt thanks.


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Finance We want to inform all donors and friends of humanitarian organization Serbs for Serbs that live in the United States and Canada we have new Pay Pal account so you can send your donation via email to:

szsamerika@gmail.com or Office@SerbsforSerbs.org Обавештавамо пријатеље и донаторе хуманитарне организације Срби за Србе који живе у САД и Канади да органак СЗС у Америци има нови Пеј Пал рачун на који можете да уплатите своје донације. Да би ојачали организацију глобално морамо да јачамо регионалне одборе. Хвала вам

DONORS IN DECEMBER 1.

Мilan Dobros - $15.00

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Dejan Petrovic(IL) - $15.00

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Michigan Serbs - $15.00

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www.cikaskisrbi.com - $25.00

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I.S (IL) -$25.00

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Mladen S. -$30.00

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www.nemapredaje.net -$25.00

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Mateja S.(IL) -$25.00

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Zelimir L. -$50.00

10. A.S.(Ca) - $70.00 11. Srdjan Stijacic(On)- $100.00 12. Savo Radulovic(IL)- $100.00 13. Aleksandar Krsmanovic(NY) - $50 14. Nemanja V.(Ca) -$100.00 15. A.D.(NJ) -$25.00 16. Zoran Alijevic(IL) -$30.00 17. Tihomir P. -$11.82 18. Olja M.(NY)-$20.00 19. Jovo V.(NY)-$20.00 20. Vesna G(Ca)-$200.00 21. Emina Stojkovic(IL)-$50.00 Total: $1001.82

+ Donor from USA still using old Serbs for Serbs Austria Pay Pal 11. MJ Cook /САД/ - 22.3 € 17. Милош В. /САД/ - 10 € 19. Бранка М. /САД/ - 10 € 24. Симке /САД/ - 20 € 27. Драгана В. /САД/ - 20 € 34. Иван А. /САД/ - 120 € 59. Немања В. /САД/ - 100 € 79. Недељко П. /САД/ - 20 € 80. Биљана З. /САД/ - 20 €

CHILDREN ARE OUR FUTURE!

=342.30 € (Around $458,47)

We want to inform all donors and friends of humanitarian organization Serbs for Serbs that live in the United States and Canada that we have new Pay Pal account so you can send your donation via email to: Donations@SerbsForSerbs.org

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Хуманитарна Организација Срби за Србе је регистрована као непрофитабилна организација у држави Илиноис и тренутно смо у процесу за добијање статуса 501c3 који би омогућио свим донаторима да донације упућене нама могу да се отпишу од пореза. У наредних пар месеци очекујемо позитиван одговор од IRS-а.

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