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CHARITY ORGANIZATION SERBS FOR SERBS

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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

Monthly Report No. 14 November, 2011


Monthly Report Dear friends and donors, 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 are a 501(c)(3) notfor-profit charitable organization. Donation is tax-deductible to thee 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 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. ion. There, among us, the blind and deaf. We are witnesses of the bad demographic situation of our nation, tion, decreasing natality, increasing number of singles, abortions, accelerated aging of

www.serbsforserbs.org 2011 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 ld 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


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www.serbsforserbs.org 2011 • 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.

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 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: szsamerika@gmail.com 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 www.serbsforserbs.org PO Box 34206, Chicago, IL 60634 Phone: +1-312-85-SERBS


Monthly Report SFS IN THE BRANIČEVO COUNTY

Charity organization Serbs for Serbs conducted on Tuesday, 8th of November, on the feast of Saint Demetrius, its first charity action in eastern Serbia, in the Braničevo county. We visited a four-member family Milošević from the village Sirakovo in the municipality Veliko Gradište. We provided automatic water supply pump, and the material for bringing the water into the house and equiping the bathroom in the amount of 62,010 dinars.

www.serbsforserbs.org 2011 It made us even more sad, bearing in mind the luxury of the houses in that and neighboring villages, whose owners are mostly abroad.

During our first visit to the municipality of Veliko Gradište in the beginning of September, Lidija told us that they need a water supply pump and the material for bringing the water into the house and equiping the bathroom. A few weeks later we were in the Braničevo county again, and provided the material help they needed.

After finding about the difficult situation of this family from a newspaper article, we decided to visit the family. A single mother Lidija Milošević lost her job after an unsuccessful privatization. She had to asume responsibility for her mentally ill mother and two children. Although the state institutions and other inhabitants of the village are acquainted with their situation, the family lives on the edge of existence, without the hope of anyone's help.

The family managed to buy the tiles and material for the Rigips walls in the amount of 150 EUR. We provided the remaining material. The water pump will bring them the water into the house, and the irrigation of the garden, which should make the life and existence of this family easier. Our organization provided 60,000 dinars for that cause, and the store Dicić Promet from Veliko Gradište gave us a discount of 2,010 dinars, and we use this opportunity to thank them again. The largest Charity organization Serbs for Serbs www.serbsforserbs.org PO Box 34206, Chicago, IL 60634 Phone: +1-312-85-SERBS


Monthly Report part of the material was delivered on the same day, and the rest of the material should be delivered in the next few days. We would like to emphasize that the owner of the Dicić Promet provided the transportation to Sirakovo (which is 18km away from Veliko Gradište) free of charge, and visited the family together with the representative of SfS.

www.serbsforserbs.org 2011 He used the opportunity to give an advice to the family related to the conducting of construction works which should begin soon. A friend of the family will work for free. After meeting the Milošević family we are free to say that we are encouraged by the behaviour of the humble single mother, who is not losing her strength and will to fight for the better life of her children, which deserves any kind of support and help. We were also encouraged during our conversation with Marko (15), who is determined to remain in his village after finishing the highschool, establish a family and engage in agriculture. We hope that the future actions in this area will raise the awareness of our people in relation to the trouble of their compatriots, and the need to give them fraternal love and support. We also use the opportunity to talk about the empty Serbian houses (which are a warning to all of us) from the old part of the Sirakovo village, in which the Marković family lives alone, and to wish Marko fulfils his intention and become an example to other boys and girls in similar situation...

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


Monthly Report DELIVERED HELP TO THE RAŠKA AREA

A four-member team of the charity organization Serbs for Serbs from Belgrade visited on 19th and 20th of November three families in the Raška area. We got acquainted with the problems of the family Ješić (Jabuka, Prijepolje), we bought bathroom equipment to the Šalipur family (Priboj), and freezer, three-seater bed, and the construction material for the reconstruction of the barn to the Dimitrijević family (Jasenovo, Nova Varoš). In the action we provided: • bathroom equipment – 26,300 dinars • freezer – 22,000 dinars • three-seater bed – 16,000 dinars • construction material for the reconstruction of the barn – 17,000 dinars • transportation costs – 3,000 dinars • travel costs – 6, 910 dinars.

www.serbsforserbs.org 2011 month old). The family house collapsed in 2006, and the family has been living in the barrack, which is a part of the refugee center. The bigest problem they have faced recently was the electricity switched off, so they can't use the calorifier.

The action of providing a new house for the family is ongoing, and the house has already been found. The value of the house is 9,000 EUR. The social care director is trying to provide the money for the house, which would belong to the municipality, and the Ješić could be able to use it. The administration is not helping them. After the Divac foundation provided the apartments to the refugees from Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Ješić family is the only one left in the barrack. They receive a children allowance in the amount of 8,000 dinars for four children, and the father is working for a wage. The children live in bad conditions, and they are getting sick. We promised to try to help them to buy a house, and latter equip it and buy domestic animals.

On Saturday afternoon we arrived to the Žiča monastery. After short visit, we continued to the monastery ðurñevi Stupovi. A prior of the monastery Gerasim welcomed us like a true host. We decided to spend the night in Nova Varoš, and early in the morning headed to Prijepolje, where we attended the liturgy in the Mileševa monastery. The first satelite signal between Europe and North America contained the picture of the White angel from Mileševa. We continued towards the Montenegro border line, to the settlement Jabuka, where we visited the Ješić family. It consists of the unemployed parent Nenad and Danijela, and the children: Milovan (13), Miljan (11), Srñan (7), Aleksandar (4), Danka (2) and Darko (oneCharity organization Serbs for Serbs www.serbsforserbs.org PO Box 34206, Chicago, IL 60634 Phone: +1-312-85-SERBS


Monthly Report We encountered a church dedicated to Saint Elijah, which was consecrated this summer. In the center of Priboj we visited the church of the Ressurection of Christ. We soon went to visit the Šalipur family, to whom we bought a freezer in the last action. This time we provided material for equiping the bathroom, in the amount of 26,300 dinars. We agreed with father Ljuba to provide help for the house insulation, to reduce the moisture in the walls.

www.serbsforserbs.org 2011 bring it from the spring 200 meters away from the house. We agreed to get them a pump and a hose to get the water into the house, and then a material for the bathroom and domestic animals.

We visited the monastery of Saint Nicholas and the church od Saint Elijah. After that we went to the village Jasenovo in the Nova Varoš municipality, the home of the Dimitrijević family. In the previous action we agreed to get them a freezer, three-seater bed and the construction material for reconstruction of the barn, in the total amount of 58,000 dinars. The biggest problem to the family is the lack of water in the house, so they must

We were satisfied with the action, and hoping that we made the life easier to these families.

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

With the faith in God, Darko Lojaničić


Monthly Report ADDITIONAL HELP FOR THE KOMATINA FAMILY

www.serbsforserbs.org 2011 estate, but the debt increased to 80,000 dinars, so we agreed with the family to get them each time we go there several animals to grow, so they could earn and pay the debt themselves.

On the 17th of November, with the help of our friends from the Raška area, we continued the action of helping the Komatina family, who is living in the village Radaljica near Novi Pazar.

We spent 10,000 dinars for the rest of the bathroom tiles and other material for the bathroom, and additional 16,500 dinars were spent by our friends from Novi Pazar to buy 2 female lambs. The bathroom is now fully functional. Since they already have a cow and five sheep, we firmly believe that two additional sheep will help them to normalize their funding. We owe special thank for the realization of this action to our friend Goran Petrović, and Miloš Starovlah from the village Šaronje.

The family is no longer forced to ask for charity from the brotherhood of the monastery ðurñevi Stupovi, and the hope remains that after each visit, things will get better. We said to Mrs. Radmila that she could thank us if the Komatina family gets another member. We agreed to visit them again as soon as we can, and according to the announcements of our donors, that could happen soon.

We intended to spend the rest of the money from the previous action, 25,540 dinars, for paying the tax to the

No surrender! For healthy family – for healthy Serbia! Bojan Ilić

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


Monthly Report NEW VISIT AND HELP TO VRŠAC

www.serbsforserbs.org 2011 the amount of 22.000 dinars). After saying goodbye to the family, we hurried to witness the local football derby. The youngest member of the Vasić family, Mladen, played in the derby. He managed to lessen the defeat of his team by scoring a goal.

On Sunday, November 20th, a four-member family of the Charity organization Serbs for Serbs from Belgrade and Novi Sad, visited and helped families Medić and Vasić from Vršac. The help we delivered consisted of clothing, footwear, books, toys, school equipment, bathroom equipment, 6 chairs, paying the debt in the bakery and buying elementary groceries. A two-member team from Novi Sad joined a twomember team from Belgrade, due to the amount of staff. We arrived at the Medić family first, and the army of children that welcomed us, helped us to get the things out of the car.

We bought clothing, footwear, toys and books to the Vasić family. We could see that the house appliances are beginning to break down. The refridgerator, washing machine, beds, chandelier are in bad condition, everything except the stove we delivered in the last action. All the members of this family like to read a lot, so we call upon the people of good will to join us in the action of collecting the books. We said goodbye to the Vasić family, in the hope to be able to help them more in the next action.

We bought chairs (7.200 dinars), equipment for the bathroom (7.100 dinars), payed the debt in the bakery (8.000 dinars), and bought some groceries (in

With the faith in family and better life, Mladen Matijašević

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ANOTHER SUCESFULLY FINISHED PROJECT!

Miladin has also bought a tiller, a plow and a trailer. He paid 6,540 KM for those things. He added his money and also bought a hook he needed for 250 KM. This marked the completion of the most necesarry equipment for the serious engaging in agriculture, in order to gain a higher income. Thanks to a number of donors, the Charity organization Serbs for Serbs, managed to finish second in a row big charity action in the Republic of Srpska. After collecting 2,800 EUR which we sent for the tractor connections to Miladin EkmeÄ?ić, we went to Prebilovce to visit the honest and hard-working family once again. Miladin and Sojka were preparing for the autumn sowing of garlic, and the oldest son was helping them. He looks like his father, and he is helping and taking care of everything, although he is studying on a faculty. The other children are very good pupils. They are all doing quite fine. The tractor has undergone jubilee 100 working hours.

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


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We said goodbye to the family, happy that we managed to help them, and proud to be a part of the organization which justifies its existence, and illustrates how it looks like when the Serbs work together.

Miladin told us that his vegetable yield was better this year, but the prices were low due to a Escherichia epidemic in Europe, so he didn't make significant profit. However, he is satisfied and optimistic. Miladin has suceeded to renew some things around the house, and he has big plans. There is a lot of work ahead of them, but for the hard-working family, such as the EkmeÄ?ić's, it is not a problem.

Report: Dobrina Kusmuk, Republic of Srpska

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Monthly Report SFS HELPED THE DANJEK FAMILY

www.serbsforserbs.org 2011 Srpska. It will help the household of this family, in the attempt to provide the means for normal life. We plan to set aside the remaining 900 EUR in December, and thus finish the project which is being realized in conjunction with the municipality Eastern Sarajevo from the Republic of Srpska. _____________________________________________

BOOKS DELIVERED TO KOSOVSKA MITROVICA

Thanks to the people of good will and noble heart, the Charity organization Serbs for Serbs donated 25.000 dinars to the Danjek family from Ravno selo (Serbia). The money was spent for the: translation of the documents for the house and the estate which we bought for the family last year, building the barn and groceries. This is another help in a row to the humble and hardworking family, with the aim of providing them normal life and working conditions. NO SURRENDER! _____________________________________________

TOWARDS THE END OF ANOTHER PROJECT

Charity organization Serbs for Serbs set aside another 900 EUR this month for the project of getting the cultivator to the Tambur family from the Republic of

After having collected the donation of literature, sent by our donor from London, the representatives of the Charity organization Serbs for Serbs delivered the books to the Faculty of люedicine from Kosovska Mitrovica, to which it was intended.

We use the opportunity to express the gratitude of the Serbian students and professors from Kosovo and Metohija.

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


Monthly Report SFS AT THE FACULTY OF ECONOMICS

Upon the invitation from the Student union of the Faculty of Economics from Belgrade, the representatives of the charity organization Serbs for Serbs set a stand at this faculty in order to collect donations for the help to the Balović family from the Raťka area, primarily in food. We collected a total of 10,000 dinars, which will be spent on the groceries at the beginning of December. We use this opportunity to thank to the Student union, the Faculty of Economics, the students and professors who have supported this action.

www.serbsforserbs.org 2011 SERBS FOR SERBS WINTER DRIVE

Serbs for Serbs has initiated a winter collection program for children's hats, gloves and scarves. With the coldest parts of winter coming, we want to help the children get through it with a little more warmth. We have set up donation boxes at local churches and businesses. We ask that whomever can, please bring NEW or GENTLY USED children's gloves, hats and scarves.... The donation boxes can currently be found at the following locations: Sv. Nikola, Brookfield Sv. Stefan, Leland Ave. Chicago Old Holy Resurrection, Palmer Square, Chicago Holy Resurrection Cathedral, Redwood Dr. Chicago Beograd Meat Market, Irving Park Rd, Chicago. If you cannot make it to one of our donation boxes, please feel free to contact us to arrange for a pick-up of your winter garments. For those of you not in the Chicago area, please organize something similar in your town and we will help get the children's winter garments to them in Serbia. The first package is scheduled to be shipped to our children in Serbia this December, so please act hastily so we can help as many kids as possible.

Thank you for your kind generosity! Serbs for Serbs

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Monthly Report SERBS FOR SERBS CHARITY PARTY AT XIPPO

Nov 18, 2011. Charity organization Serbs for Serbs from USA organized second Charity party in Chicago in ex Xippo Bar. Key to a very successful party and good vibe was group Terzor.

www.serbsforserbs.org 2011 Suggested donation was $10 and we raised total of $1600,00. The Charity party was not only a chance to get together with friends and acquaintances, but also to celebrate the recent news that SfS has officially been approved for 501c3 tax exempt status by the IRS.

Big thanks to Polish friends who cĐ°me specially to our party from New York City just to support our cause. At this event they show up wearing Kosovo is SerbiaSupport from Poland T-Shirts.

THANK YOU ALL FOR SUPPORT! Charity organization Serbs for Serbs www.serbsforserbs.org PO Box 34206, Chicago, IL 60634 Phone: +1-312-85-SERBS


Monthly Report Donors in November:

www.serbsforserbs.org 2011 31. Sasa Savic (TX) - $30 32. Serbosi Kanada (CAN) - $710 33. Milan Titin - $15

1. Dragisa Stanimirovic - $60

34. Zoran M. (NY) - $100

2. Mladen Simic (TX) - $40 3. Petko Petrovich (IL) - $30

TOTAL IN NOVEMBER: $3.885

4. Dani's Deli (IL) - $50 5. Dan Kovacevic (IL) - $15

Number of donors in 2011.

6. Milan Dobras (AZ) - $15 7. Dusan Stojkovic (IL) - $30

45 40 35 30 25 20 15 10 5 0

8. Dejan Petrovic (IL) - $15 9. Bozana Jocson (CA) - $100 10. Zelimir Lucic - $50 11. Ivan Aksentijevich - $25 12. Dragana W. - $30 13. Sasa Lazarevic (IL) - $30 14. Ivan Radulovic - $25 15. Z. B. (CAN) - $25 16. Olja Meyer - $20 17. Sasha and Elena (AU) - $15 18. SZS Krajiska Braca (IN) - $75

Donations in 2011.

19. N. V. - $100 20. Nema Predaje T-shirt - $140 21. Milos Mladenovic - $25 22. Christopher Petrovic - $25 23. Natasa V. - $125 24. Marko Z. (CAN) - $100 25. Dragisa Stanimirovic - $90 26. Aleksandar Krsmanovic (NY) - $50 27. Milan Zdrnja - $50

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28. Xippo Charity Party -$1.600 29. Ankica D. - $25 30. Nenad Dj. - $50

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