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CHARITY ORGANIZATION SERBS FOR SERBS

Monthly Report for December www.serbsforserbs.org

Monthly Report No. 12 December, 2012 Charity organization Serbs for Serbs www.serbsforserbs.org 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,

the population and generally bad economic condition of the households in Serbia, Republic of Srpska and other countries in the Balkan.

Charity organization Serbs for 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 profit charitable organization. Donation is tax-deductible deductible to the extent followed by the law. On 30th September, 2011 we finally nally 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

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 ey 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 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 eans 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.

CHILDREN ARE OUR FUTURE! www.serbsforserbs.org

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


Monthly Report for December Ambitions

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 help? We help Serbian families who live in the Balkans, have five or more children and live in 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; • 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.

www.serbsforserbs.org 2012 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 to donate? 1. PayPal donation: szsamerika@gmail.com 2. Direct Deposit to Wells Fargo Bank account Please email us at: szsamerika@gmail.com 3. You can mail personal or business check to: Serbs for Serbs PO Box 34206 Chicago, IL 60634 4. Donation boxes: BEOGRAD CAFÉ 2937 West Irving Park Road Chicago, Illinois Owner: Dule Pavlovic DANI’S DELI 7316 West Lawrence Avenue Harwood Heights, Illinois SANDY’S BAKERY 5857 West Lawrence Avenue Chicago, Illinois Owner: Slava and Sretena Damjanovic BALKAN BAKERY 541 South LaGrange Road LaGrange, Illinois Owner: Olja Igic COMPASS FUEL STATION 8147 Joliet Road McCook, Illnois Owner: Roy and Maria Dobrasinovic

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


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FAMILY BALOVIĆ GOT THEIR NEW HOUSE!

Pazar, which set the new pillars and brought electricity to the new Balović house. The parents and the children Sara, Kristina, Verica and Veljko are delighted with their new home, which will keep them from the cold winter, which is present here four to six months per year.

Charity organization Serbs for Serbs has successfully finished its biggest project – building a new family house for the six-member family Balović from the village Rajetiće near Novi Pazar. During the last eight months, the organization Serbs for Serbs has financed the building of the house in cooperation with the Serbian cultural society from Geneva, and the Charity organization Stara Raška from Belgrade in the amount of 17,620 EUR, which is located at the so-called dividing line between central Serbia and Kosovo and Metohija.

On Sunday, December 2, 18 members of the Charity organization Serbs for Serbs went from Belgrade to Rajetiće to celebrate the magnificent event. The organization issued a thank note to Mr. Zvonko Milanović, dedicated to the Electrodistribution Novi

Moving the family into the house was the most important, but not the last phase in building the house. Building a little house around the water pump, which should bring the water into the house represents the most important segment of the works ahead of us. The works will be continued during the winter, depending on the weather conditions.

Unfortunately, this is only one family which our organization managed to put under the new roof. There are dozens of families in the village and nearby, who need charity and housing. The number across Serbia and Balkan grows up to several hundred thousand. We hope that, with God's help, and the help of good people worldwide, we can gather Serbian nation around these and similar charity projects in the future. Children are our future!

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


Monthly Report for December GREENHOUSE FOR FAMILY STOJANOVIC

www.serbsforserbs.org 2012 The greenhouse was set in the middle of November. Until February next year, the family needs 800 tomato seedlings in order to start producing in the new greenhouse. We use this opportunity to send an appeal to the city authorities in Jagodina to help us provide the seedlings, and thus support this family, which is an example of fight against the white plague. Since the greenhouse was set until our visit, Goran made another, smaller greenhouse, which will serve as a place for seedlings, and cauldron for heating of the big greenhouse. Thus the Stojanovic family will be able to use the greenhouse all year long.

On Sunday, December 16, members of the Charity organization Serbs for Serbs visited an eleven-member family Stojanovic from Vinoraca near Jagodina, consisting of father Goran, mother Jasmina, their seven children and Goran's parents. As we announced during the previous visit, we provided a greenhouse to this hard working family in the amount of 405,000 dinars. The greenhouse meets the highest standards in the agriculture, and we hope that the yield will be good, and that the family can improve their living conditions. During the last visit, we noticed that the family commenced building the floor of the house. The roof is being covered with old tiles, and the floor needs an isolation and inner works. Instead of the usual isolation, Goran wants to place isolation panels, used in refrigerator cars. Bearing in mind that they have already started to improve what the organization provided them, we believe that they will continue to do that, so we decided to prepare the money for the panels. The money which would have to set aside for the panels, the family can use to equip the inner side of the house, and thus fully resolve their housing. Long-term, the family plans to build more greenhouses and buy goats. We use this opportunity to thank Mile Gosnjic and other friends from the Agriculturist Association Moba, which have helped us by giving the advices, and without whom the selection of the greenhouse would be more difficult. We also thank all the donors, without whose trust and support we wouldn't be able to help this family.

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


Monthly Report for December NEW BATHROOM FOR FAMILY TODOROVIC

www.serbsforserbs.org 2012 Very difficult conditions in which Njegos (12), Jovana (10), Jovan (8), Luka (6), Stefan (5), their parents Ratko and Zemka and Ratko's sick mother Dobrila live, forced the organization to help this family in several occasions, so that they could stand on their feet, and manage to provide the necessary for living. The first part of the help consisted in getting two new double-decker beds for the youngest.

Charity organization Serbs for Serbs visited family Todorovic from the village Vodice near Smederevska Palanka on Sunday, December 16. After the first visit in October, the organization has provided two new doubledecker beds for the children (46,000 dinars), isolation material for part of the house and material for building a bathroom (162,000 dinars), which Ratko, father of the family, managed to equip himself.

Thanks to the dedication of Ratko and his friends, the bathroom is finished, and the children will be able to use it like their peers in Serbia. The help to the family is going to be continued in the next period. The family needs a fridge and an isolation material for second part of the house. We agreed with the parents to get them a cow so that the children could have fresh milk every day, or a calf. The Charity organization Serbs for Serbs use this opportunity to appeal to Serbian people worldwide to send direct help to family Todorovic prior to Christmas, in order to reduce their debts for electricity and utilities, which has grown over 80,000 dinars. For the direct contact with the family, e-mail us to organizacija@srbizasrbe.org. Charity organization Serbs for Serbs www.serbsforserbs.org PO Box 34206, Chicago, IL 60634 Phone: +1-312-85-SERBS


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DELIVERY OF THE REMAINING AID IN KRAJINA

Upon the completion of our joint visit and aid for Serbian families in Krajina which we completed in September, happily we can report that in the last few days the aid action was fully completed with the final delivery of all purchased materials as aid for the families we visited.

The words of gratitude directed to our donors and organization members from the families helped were additional motivators for us to continue to work even harder to help families all over the Krajina region with our commitment to improve the quality of life for the returning families and provide a better tomorrow for their children. …………………………………………………………...

FRIENDS FOR THE DANJEK FAMILY

In the last couple of days, we received a notification of the repeated payment to the Danjek family by the friends of our organization. The new payments have been intensified after the first one. The amount of the last payment was 8,000 dinars. We use this opportunity to express the gratitude of Danjek family to our friends. Charity organization Serbs for Serbs www.serbsforserbs.org PO Box 34206, Chicago, IL 60634 Phone: +1-312-85-SERBS


Monthly Report for December ADDITIONAL PACKAGE OF BOOKS FOR KUCEVISTE

A friend of the organization and our regular donor Mr. Bane, helped in delivering a new package of books to the Serbian cultural center Vuk Karadzic from Kuceviste in Skopje Montenegro. A rich collection of books has been completed with approximately 50 books in national history and literature. We use this opportunity to convey greetings and gratitude of the youngest members of the library and other members of the cultural center. In cooperation with our regular donors we continue with our humble project of equipping the library in the forthcoming year. …………………………………………………………...

www.serbsforserbs.org 2012 We thank again our friends from Austria – Nikola A. and Ivana P. who recently donated 100 EUR, with the aim of helping this family.

We move on, no surrender! …………………………………………………………...

CVS CAREMARK DONATED $2500 TO SFS

HELP FOR THE JESIC FAMILY DURING WINTER

Representatives of the Charity organization Serbs for Serbs sent on Saturday, December 8, help to the youngest members of the eight-member family Jesic from Prijepolje: 3 pairs of shoes, 3 jackets and medicines. We hope that this kind of donation, in total value of 11,350 dinars will help the children get through the cold winter days.

CVS Caremark has awarded Serbs for Serbs $2,500 thanks to the help of five volunteers from the company (at the picture: Zelimirka Krsmanovic, Luis Mata, Cindy Fernandez, Silvia Nunez, Ana K Maiato-not pictured). With this grant we have reach a milestone for the year 2012. We have received 50,000 in donations thanks to our volunteers and everyone who has donated to the organization. These contributions have enabled us to reach out to more families in need and provide them with assistance. Thank you all for your involvement with our organization’s mission!

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


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SFS VISITING FAMILIES IN BELGRADE

Charity organization Serbs for Serbs visited on Sunday, December 16, two families in Belgrade, family Markovic from Zemun and family Radosavljevic from Borca. In each of the family there are five children. The organization used the opportunity to deliver a package of groceries in the amount of 5,227 dinars to family Markovic. The visit to the Radosavljevic family aimed at getting to know the conditions under which they live, in order to help the family. Family Markovic from Zemun lives in extremely difficult conditions. The walls of the house are moist, and the family barely manages to meet its needs. Parents Nikoleta (37) and Mirko (40) are unemployed, and their only income consists of the child benefit in the amount of 10,000 dinars. Children Petar (18), Deni (15), who has cerebral palsy, Danijel (13), Danijela (12) and Teodora (6) don't have enough conditions for going to school and having a normal childhood. However, rugby club Partizan enabled the children to train, and they have won several medals, although their parents cannot provide the money for the trainings.

The second family we visited has five minor children – Natasa (9), who is attending special school for the children with damaged hearing, Slavisa (9), an adopted son of the family, Bogdan (6), and twins Arsenije and Mladen (2). Family Radosavljevic also lives in a rented apartment, and their income comes from a small workshop which is placed in their house. Maja (42) and Branko (47) are hard working and creative people who are producing souvenirs and embroidery on flags, towels etc. Their firm, apart from the child benefit in the amount of 8,900 dinars, brings income. They have a lot of ideas, but not enough means to realize them.

The family is renting an apartment in Zemun. The owner of the house is not charging them the rent, but they will have to leave the house at the spring. Until three years ago, Mirko was working, but he had an accident on his job. He was a victim of the robbery, during which he received hard injuries. Among other things, his hearing was damaged, which made him almost incapable of work. He also has a diabetes, but he doesn't have sufficient money for the therapy. Nikoleta also can't find a job. They don't have the computer, although the oldest son attends the Polytehnic school, and he needs a computer. Charity organization Serbs for Serbs www.serbsforserbs.org PO Box 34206, Chicago, IL 60634 Phone: +1-312-85-SERBS


Monthly Report for December ANNUAL MEETING OF THE SFS BOARD

www.serbsforserbs.org 2012 Serbs for Serbs charity organization and donation boxes will be at the bar) FEBRUARY -Indiana Charity Party should be organized by Krajiska Braca -Palacinka Night should be organized in Chicago MARCH -We are planning to organize Wine Testing and Photo Gallery Auction MAY 27th -We are planning to visit Memorial Day Picnic JUNE 1st -FUNDRAISING SPORT EVENT “TROJKA IZ BLOKA” in Chicago

On December 29, 2012 Charity organization Serbs for Serbs held 3rd annual meeting of the Central Board in Chicago. We agreed that all major goals were achieved successfully for 2012. We strengthened the idea of our organization in Chicago and few other cities, increased the number of donors and donations from month to month. In the year 2012, Serbs for Serbs organized fundraising events in Chicago, New York and Los Angeles, Palacinka Nights, events and other gatherings. We placed several donation boxes in Serbian stores, in Chicago area. Our financial goal for 2012 was to collect more than $40,000 and we did it! We raised around $60,000, thanks to all our donors! We have created a new work plan for 2013 and set new goals: – We will try to strengthen the idea of our organization in Chicago and throughout the United States. We want to increase the number of donors and donations from month to month. We will try to increase number of monthly donations to minimum of 30 donations per month. – In the year 2013 we will organize events in Chicago and in other cities, we plan to organize several humanitarian parties, Palacinka Nights, Wine testing, sports events and other gatherings. We plan to visit more events where we can promote our ideas and goals. 2013 PLAN OF EVENTS AND GATHERINGS JANUARY 13th – Nem & Nash Present ORTHODOX NEW YEAR EVE 2013 in NV PENTHOUSE LOUNGE, CHICAGO, IL (Percent of the money raised at the door will go to

JULY 4th -We are planning to visit Picnic at New Gracanica Monastery AUGUST -We are planning to visit few Serbian Festivals in Chicago-land area SEPTEMBER 2nd -We are planning to visit LABOR DAY at New Gracanica Monastery OCTOBER -Chicago SFS Charity Party ***We expect to visit and organize more Palacinka nights, BBQ and other events. Dates are subject to change.*** We encourages all Serbs living in the United States and Canada as well as all friends of the Serbs to organize a charity parties or Palacinka nights in their neighborhoods. Please contact us if you wish to help or volunteer. Do not let no child is hungry in Serbia ... Children are our future! Thank you, CENTRAL BOARD OF CHARITY ORGANIZATION SERBS FOR SERBS

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


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Donors in December:

35. Radmila Avlijas (CAN) - $15 36. Natasha Peric (IL) - $12 37. Sinisa Straser - $25

1. Milos Mladenovic - $20

38. Bozana Jocson (CA) - $100

2. Делије Њујорк - $15 3. Compass Fuel donation box (IL) - $108 4. Balkan Bakery donation box (IL) - $47 5. Sandy's Bakery donation box (IL) - $35 6. Beograd Café donation box (IL) - $35

39. Ricardo Hernandez (IL) - $20 40. Nemanja Drapic (IL) - $50 41. Olja Meyer (NY) - $10 42. Snezana Rosic - $200 43. Bojan Mitrovic - $50

7. Dan Kovacevic (IL) - $25

44. Mladen and Milica Simic (TX) - $30

8. Sasa Savic (TX) - $50

45. B. Bojanic (CA) - $15

9. Nemanja Lovre (CA) - $100 10.. CVS Caremark Volunteers - $2,500

46. Dalibor Karabatak - $100 47. SZS Krajiska Braca (IN) - $75

11. www.cikaskisrbi.com - $25 12. Microsoft Matching GP - $312.48 13. Dani's Deli donation box (IL) - $40

48. Milos Joncic (NY) - $40 49. Aleksia Petrovich (IL) - $50 50. Teodora Petrovich (IL) - $50

14. Denis Radovanovic - $30 15. Dragisa Stanimirovic (FL) - $50 16. Miroslav Djokic (CA) - $100

51. Zeljko Bajic (CAN) - $50 52. Brankica Blazenovic (AZ) - $15 53. Stevica Tasic (CAN) - $200

17. Miodrag Arsic (CAN) - $50

54. Jovica Vukadin (CAN) - $25

18. Sasa Lazarevic (IL) - $50

55. Tamara Lezaic (MN) - $25

19. Milan Dobras (AZ) - $15

56. Jovana Krstic (IL) - $20

20. Zarko Ivkovic (NY) - $100

57. Nina and Maksim Krsmanovic (NY) - $50

21. Vesna Kostic - $200

58. Nemanja Lovre (CA) - $100

22. Slav Karach (GA) - $25

59. Serbosi Kanada (CAN) - $ 515

23. Nenad Stefanovic - $50

60. Srdjan Markovic (CA) - $25

24. Zeljka Bucalo (NV) - $50

61. Slobo Rozic - $20

25. Dragana W. - $40 26. Ivan Aksentijevich (MD) - $25

62. Prodavnica, Carol Stream (IL) - $120 63. Ankica D. (NJ) - $25

27. Ivan Radulovic (NY) - $25 28. Milan Milicic (CAN) - $100 29. Aleksandar Micic (MO) - $15

64. Milos Saric - $25 65. Anka Milankovic (CAN) - $20 CAD 66. Marcus Smolanovich (CA) - $626

30. Ivan Radujko - $100

67. Ilija Perac (Australia) - $550 AUD

31. Ljiljana Trkulja -$100

68. Absolute Entertainment, Guvernment, Toronto

32. Irena Gumbert (CA) - $25 33. Nemanja Lovre (CA) - $100 34. Jelena Kecojevic (CA) - $15

(CAN) - $509 CAD 69. Ivana B. (TX) - $100

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70. Alex Ilic (IL) - $25 71. Ivan Mihailovic (CA) - $50 72. Dusan Stojkovic (IL) - $30 73. Sinisa Peric (MD) - $25 74. Bank of America Matching - $692 75. Vladimir Lazarevic (IL) - $100 76. Zelimirka Krsmanovic (IL) - $30 77. Zorica Jokanovic (IL) - $25 78. RFC Express Sumadija (IL) - $50

TOTAL IN DECEMBER: $9,473.79

Donations in 2012.

Number of donors in 2012. 120 110 100 90 80 70 60 50 40 30 20 10 0

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