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CHARITY ORGANIZATION SERBS FOR SERBS

Monthly Report for November www.serbsforserbs.org

Monthly Report No. 11 November, 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 November 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

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SFS VISITED FAMILIES IN THE RASKA REGION

On Saturday and Sunday, the 3rd and 4th of November 2012, representatives of Serbs for Serbs visited the families Balovic and Komatina in the Raska region. The reason for the the visit was to personally observe the construction progress on the home of the Balovic family in the Village of Rajetice near Novi Pazar. We were able to confirm what was still needed to be completed and what was needed in regards to furniture which would allow this wonderful family to enter this winter in their new home. We also used this opportunity to gift the Balovic family some basic hygienic necessities as well as a computer donated by RATEL. During this visit to the Raska region, we also visited the Komatina family from the Radaljica village in the Golija mountain region, a family our organization has helped in the past.

In regards to the interiors, the laminate floors have been installed in the bedrooms and living room while the main hallway, along with the bathroom and kitchen areas received ceramic tiles. The remaining scope of work includes the construction of the chimney, installation of gutters, excavation of the septic field and the installation of the main water feed from the water spring. In a discussion with the contractors and Tihomir, it was decided that the painting of the exterior façade and interior walls would wait until spring to allow the walls to be completely dry. We inspected the existing, old home to see what could be used of the existing furniture in the new home. Unfortunately, the condition of the existing furniture and appliances are not good, so we made a list of everything that needs to be replaced.

The six member Balovic family’s home is under construction, as the first project of this type for the Serbs for Serbs organization with the support of our donors and friends of the organization. We are extremely excited that this largely significant project is nearing completion and the Balovic family will get to spend the winter in their new home. We were able to confirm the progress with our visit on the 3rd of November when we happened upon the contractors who were working on the interior finishes of the home. The house is comprised of two bedrooms, a main hallway, bathroom, kitchen and living room with a dining area. The children have already chosen their own rooms and for the time, Veljko will have his own room. Tihomir and Milica have decided they will sleep in the living room.

Upon the purchase of new furniture, the Balovic family will be able to move from their old home into a new and modernly equipped home. We wished them this to be the last year they celebrate their slava, Sv. Petka, with their friends and family in their old home.

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With our visit to the Balovic family, we took the opportunity to not only bring some basic necessities, we also gifted the children a computer, a gift from our friends at RATEL. The joy of the children while we were bringing in the computer cannot be explained with words. Little Sara, with a huge smile, was barely able to speak the word “computer”. We wished the children lot’s of use of the computer for future school projects and studies. Once more, we would like to thank the good people at RATEL for enabling us to deliver this gift to the Balovic family.

After lunch, we visited the church of St. Peter in Stari Ras and then headed towards Golija. By way of the village Dezeva, the birthplace of St. Sava, we arrived in Radalice, the village where the Komatina family resides with their six children. Serbs for Serbs, along with our donors and friends, have helped the Komatin family before. We have built a new bathroom, rebuilt their barn and purchased pigs for them.

Upon visiting the Balovic family, we set out towards the Old Ras region to meet with Bojan, one of the contractors working on the Balovic home, in order to settle some invoices. Considering how tired we were, we quickly found ourselves heading to the holy monastery Djurdjevi Stupovi (Pillars of St. George) where we spent the night as guests of father Gerasim and the monks of the monastery. Father Gerasim, again, as a great friend of our organization, whole heartedly welcomed us.

The Komatina family, with smiles on their faces, welcomed us into their home where we took the opportunity to give the children some sweets. The work on the barn is close to completion and soon the pigs can be transferred into it. We wished the Komatina family to wisely use this gift of good people and work hard to increase their pig count to create a more worry free childhood for their children.

After attending morning mass, we accompanied father Gerasim in a visit to the newly formed volleyball club Stari Ras (Old Ras) and watched a training session of the youngest members. Professional volleyball player Darko Lojanicic, a member of Serbs for Serbs, took the opportunity to show the young members of Stari Ras some moves and plays, which was followed by wonderment and enthusiastic applause from all in attendance. After our visit to the volleyball club Stari Ras, father Gerasim and the monks of Djurdjevi Stupovi once again showed their kind heartedness and invited us to lunch at the monastery dining hall.

Full of good impressions and thanks for our donors and friends Serbs for Serbs, we began our return to Belgrade, over beautiful Golija. This was a wonderful weekend.

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


Monthly Report for November NEW INSTALLMENT FOR THE VUCKOVIC TRACTOR

www.serbsforserbs.org 2012 cold weather, Serbs for Serbs had already purchased building materials in October (gravel, cement, construction lime) in the value of 58,691 RSD (approx. $675). Work is in progress and moving smoothly, so we have also bought more material in the value of 33,768 RSD (approx. $390) for the second phase of work on the Vulic home.

On Monday, November 5, we paid the second installment for buying the tractor within the action of helping family Vuckovic from the village Koprivna near Prijedor. This time we paid 1,722.25 KM. Let us remember, the total value of the tractor is 5,500 KM. Since we had already paid the first installment in the amount of 1,880 KM, we need to pay the remaining installment in the amount of 1,897.75 KM, in order to finish the action. With faith in God we continue our work! …………………………………………………………...

ONGOING WORK AT VULIC'S HOME

Serbs for Serbs have continued to help the eight member Vulic family from Ostruznice in the building of their home which their father began by himself. In order to help speed up construction before winter and

The Vulic have earned our respect for their sacrifices and commitment, which is why we will continue to try to help and contribute to the realization of this very important project.

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NO WINTER FOR THE AJDUKOVIC FAMILY FROM KOSMET

WOOD FOR HEATING FOR JOVANOVIC FAMILY

The Charity organization Serbs for Serbs and the Serbian Society Zaduzbina from Slovenia managed to help yet another family from Kosovo and Metohija in a joint effort. We provided firewood, 5m3 in the amount of 200 EUR for family Ajdukovic from the martyr village Staro Gracko near Lipljan.

For the upcoming cold weather, Serbs for Serbs has decided to help the Jovanovic family from Sremska Kamenica. Help was delivered by way of the purchase of wood for heating in the value of 55,350 RSD (approx. $630).

Although we have helped this family in a Easter action last year, a single mother Jelena and her three children live in very difficult conditions. We hope that we have made their everyday life a bit easier, and contributed to their survival during the winter.

We hope that in this manner, we have somewhat lightened the load and every day stress for this single mother Vesna and her golden children. Our organization will of course do what we can to help the Jovanovic family in the future.

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


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SWITZERLAND MEETS SERBIA AND SFS

spontaneously became donors. Katarina’s effort and her great heart won the audience, so she managed to get the donations in the value of 250 francs.

Katarina Jankovic, a pupil from Switzerland, decided to show the brighter side of Serbia to Swiss. Katarina is a member of KUD Nikola Tesla from Uster, which supports our famous charity pancake-parties. Katarina met the activists of the Charity organization Serbs for Serbs, got to know the work of the organization, and decided to present that at her final paper at school.

We use this opportunity to thank Katarina for her effort and support. ……………………………………………………….......

BEAUTIFUL “KRAJISKO EVENING” IN USTER

She received important information in an interview with our representative Maja Jovanovic, who is also playing at KUD, and who became her friend. Katarina wrote a paper of 50 pages, and described Serbian nation, Serbian customs, and the difficult situation in Serbia, but also our hearts filled with love, and thus presented our organization.

The teachers were thrilled, and decided to present her paper, along with other papers, to the public. Parents, teachers and other guests were curious about our story, who we are, what we are doing, and what we aimed at. After the successful presentation, Katarina opened her beautiful stand, in which she presented Serbian food, costume and our organization. People were very touched by her engagement and school paper, so they

Members of the Swiss Serbs for Serbs charity organization visited the event “Krajisko Evening” on Saturday, November 17th. The hosts for this unforgettable event were Misko Korac and Gordana Krajisnik. The wonderful atmosphere was created Lasta Vrbanje, Gordan Krajisnik, Zare and Goci, along with the singer Cana. The event was also made memorable by the performances of the folklore groups KUD “Kolo Baden” and “Bozur Etvil am Ze”. Our members took the opportunity to present the work of our organization and offer up our popular T-shirts for sale. All together, 260 Swiss Francs (aprox. $275) were raised from donations and T-shirt sales.

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


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SFS PALACINKA PARTY IN CHICAGO

Friends and members of the SfS from Chicago organized on Thursday, November 8th 2012, the Evening of the donor pancakes with the goal to help Serbian children. This time event was organized on Saint Demetrius Day – Mitrovdan.

Thank you to everyone who was able to attend our event on Thursday Night. We greatly appreciate your donations and contributions. We hope everyone had a great time, because in doing so, we were able to raise $520 to help Serbian children and families in dire need! …………………………………………………………...

EVENING OF THE DONOR PANCAKES IN WETZIKON

Representatives of the Charity organization Serbs for Serbs from Switzerland organized on Saturday, November 24, evening of the donor pancakes in the premises of the club Nikola Tesla. We used the opportunity to talk and get to know the guests with the work of the organization. The goal of the evening, to meet our old friends again, but also to meet new ones, has been achieved, and we thank wholeheartedly to the people who attended the evening. During our socializing, we collected 780 SFR and 30 EUR. Thanks to all dear friends with great heart for the time spent together and their support! 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 November:

35. Ankica D. (NJ) - $25 36. T-shirt Nema predaje - $75

1. Beograd CafĂŠ donation box (IL) - $53 2. Dani's Deli donation box (IL) - $34 3. Compass Fuel donation box (IL) - $96 4. Sandy's Bakery donation box (IL) - $85 5. Balkan Bakery donation box (IL) - $57 6. Dan Kovacevic (IL) - $25

37. Serbian BBQ, Chicago (IL) - $150 38. Ivan Mihailovic (CA) - $50 39. Serbosi Kanada (CAN) - $560 40. Zivko Tatalovic - $100 41. T-shirt shirt Sloga bice poraz vragu - $44 TOTAL IN NOVEMBER: $2 2,799

7. Dragisa Stanimirovic (FL) - $50 8. www.cikaskisrbi.com - $25

Number of donors in 2012.

9. Dragana W. - $40 10. Milan Dobras (AZ) - $15 11. Slav Karach (GA) - $25 12. Dusan Kovacevic (UK) - $10 13. Miroslav Cika (CAN) - $30 14. Nenad Lukic (TN) - $25 15. Ivan Aksentijevich (MD) - $25 16. Igor Fisic - $20 17. Bojan Mitrovic - $40

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18. Ivan Radulovic (NY) - $25 19. Palacinka Party in Chicago - $520 20. SZS Krajiska braca (IN) - $75 21. Aleksandar Micic (MO) - $15 22. Jelena Kecojevic (LA) - $15 23. Sinisa Straser - $25

Donations in 2012. 16000

24. B. Bojanic - $10

14000

25. Bratislav Cvijetic - $100

12000

26. Zeljko Bajic (CAN) - $50

10000

27. Brankica Blazanovic (AZ) - $15

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

4000

29. Branka Hercegovac (Australia) - $15

2000

30. Tanja Josipovic - $20

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31. Nina and Maksim Krsmanovic (NY) - $50 32. Nemanja Lovre (CA) - $100 33. Srdjan Markovic (CA) - $25 34. Volim Manjacu (IL) - $50 Charity organization Serbs for Serbs www.serbsforserbs.org PO Box 34206, Chicago, IL 60634 Phone: +1-312-85-SERBS


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