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Monthly Report for September

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

Monthly Report No. 9 September, 2012

Monthly Report for September 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 September 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 September SEPTEMBER SFS ACTION IN KRAJINA

At the beginning of September, a new common action of helping the endangered Serbian families in Krajina has been conducted. In the action we visited six families. The help was delivered for three families. In the next period, we will provide help for a total number of eight families. The initiative of our organization has been supported and joined by the fraternal organizations by donating money – Serbian Orthodox Youth Innsbruck 1,000 EUR and Serbian Society Zadužbina from Slovenija 700 EUR. In the next couple of weeks, our organization will donate approximately 1,800 EUR for the needs of the families we visited. 2012 the consequences of such situation is that he can’t find a regular job. Bearing in mind all of that, we decided to get them a proffesional chainsaw, so that Milan could work for a wage and thus provide additional income for his four children.

After family Panić, we visited a young three-member returnee family Šorak. They decided to come back to Korenica with a six-month old daughter Dajana. They live in a newly built apartment, which they use, but it is completely empty. We agreed to get them a washing machine. The father was at work during our visit, so we went with the mother in a nearby store, bought a washing machine, and with a discount, we received a vacuum cleaner. We hope that this humble help will improve the life of a young family.

The list of the help we provided and planned: • Washing machine • Aggregation • Chainsaw • Wood-burning stove • Freezer • Double decker bed • Chairs • Crib • Firewood • Groceries The first part of the action was conducted in Lika. Our first stop was Korenica, in which we planned to visit two families. According to our previously agreed plan, we visited a six-member family Panić, whom we helped several times before. Father Milan is still having troubles with the Croatian authorities which are wrongly accusing him for the alleged war crimes, due to which he was forced to serve part of the prison sentence. One of Charity organization Serbs for Serbs PO Box 34206, Chicago, IL 60634 Phone: +1-312-85-SERBS

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The action continued in Donji Lapac. The first family we visited was a five-member family Rašeta. The family consists of father Dražen, mother Rada and their three children, Jovana (17), Nemanja (14) and Brankica (3). On a first sight we noticed that it is a hard working family. Both parents are currently unemployed, which is almost a fact considering Serbian returnees. Dražen is a war-disabled, but he is struggling for his family. He is finishing the works on a farm of goats they plan to open. Thus, they needed an aggregation for the farm, which we agreed to get them.

We continued our journey and visited family Kantar. The family consists of nine members, two brothers with their families and their parents. The couple Branimir and Irena Kantar have three children: Milana (7), Jelena (5) and Miloš (3 months). Branimir’s younger brother Milan also lives in a household with his wife Smiljana. Branimir is a car mechanic, and manages to earn some money for his family. The greatest problem this family is facing is an isolation of the house, because the family was able to provide an isolation of one part of the house. Therefore, we planned to send them a material for an isolation of the rest of the house.

We went to Gračac, but we didn’t spend much time there. Instead, we left the money to the friends of the organization who are helping our actions, to provide help for the two families in urgent need. One of them is a nine-member family ðilas, with seven minor children. The father of the family, Radislav, become ill a couple of months ago, and the family lost all the income. We decided to give 90 EUR for the urgent purchase of groceries. The second family we helped was the family of Milanka Jelača and her sister, whom we have helped several times before. The money we left will be sufficient for 5m3 of firewood for the winter. Late afternoon we finaly reached Kistanje, in which we met the friends of the organization from that area, and visited the last two families in the action. Our primary plan was modified on the spot, so upon the call of the local priest from the Benkovac parish, instead of the families in Kistanje, we decided to visit two families in the villages near Benkovac.

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Monthly Report for September The first family we visited is a five-member family Ćalić in the village Brgut, consisting of father Milan, mother Jasna and children Milica (7), Marko (6) and Miloš (4). Upon the return to their family home, the family faced a burned house and all the other objects. They moved into the object next to the house, which was once a local store, and which is also devastated. They live in three rooms. In a few months, the family will have another member. They are very humble, so except for the freezer, they didn’t ask for anything else, but bearing in mind their situation, we decided to provide also several pieces of furniture for the children. 2012 After the hospitality in monastery Krka and the morning Liturgy we attended, we finished the visit to the Serbian families in Croatia. The conclusion after each visit to the returnee families in Krajina remains unfortunately the same. They live in rarely populated areas, without opportunities for the regular jobs, abandoned by their mother country, maltreated by the state in which they live. Serbian families and Serbian children don’t have a bright future. The humble help of the state which took away everything from them, and the spiritual help of the local priests of the Serbian Orthodox Church, who share the same fate, are the only facts which keep the Serbs in those areas. There is a great need of the actions conducted by our and fraternal organizations. The actions which seem great, bring little help in the surrounding conditions. After each of the actions, we call upon the people of good will to join, help for themselves, or in cooperation with our organization, to support the Serbs to stay in their ancestral homes. The providing of certain help, that desire would become meaningful.

The last family we visited was the family of which we had no information until we reached their village, but it turned out to be the family Žmirić, a returnee family from USA, which our representatives from Vienna visited two years ago, and helped. Father of the family, Dušan, welcomed us warmly, and thanked for the previous help of our organization. Since our last visit, their condition is slightly improved, because the state built a house for this nine-member family with seven minor children. Dušan has great plans for the family business, but there is a lack of money for the realization. Therefore, we agreed to get them a wood-burning stove, until we meet the conditions for the significant help.

With faith in God! Predrag Marinković Charity organization Serbs for Serbs PO Box 34206, Chicago, IL 60634 Phone: +1-312-85-SERBS

Monthly Report for September SFS ACTION IN JAGODINA AND VALJEVO 2012 and a small greenhouse which Goran built on his own. Goran has completed two crafts, and he also works woodcut. His wife Jasmina left the faculty in order to take care of the children, and their seven children are their biggest treasure. Their children are happy and smiled, and we could notice harmony in the family. Goran told us he wanted to make working places for his children, so that they could continue his work, instead of becoming cases for social care. Jasmina told us that the children can take care of the animals and garden, and that the parents can rely on their children.

On Sunday, September 2, 2012, the members of the Charity organization Serbs for Serbs visited family Stojanović from Vinorača near Jagodina and family Trifunović from Valjevo. We used the opportunity to agree with family Stojanović about the help we should provide by the end of the year, and made sure that the beds for the Trifunović family have arrived, and ready to use. Family Stojanović has 11 members: grandfather Mladen, grandmother Živka, father Goran, mother Jasmina and their seven children: Jovana (16), Nikola (14), Teodora (11), Jovan (8), Ksenija (6), Sofija (4) and Emilija (1). We wanted to get to know the family and see if we could help them, although they are not complaining about the current situation.

Goran doesn't want his children to leave Serbia, because he teaches them to love Serbia and to appreciate life and freedom for which our ancestors died. Goran's and Jasmina's children are being raised to be good people, and to know who they are – the Serbs. Goran built a house with the toboggan in the yard, and put a Serbian flag on it. The children have a basket net, and part of the yard to play. They also have a computer and an internet, but they use it in a reasonable manner. Neither the state, nor the church wanted to help Goran to start a business in agriculture. He suggested that he would help another family in 2-3 years, if we could help them.

The family lives in a house built by Mladen. They are expanding the house, so that the children could have more space. They have goats, hens and turkeys, a garden Charity organization Serbs for Serbs PO Box 34206, Chicago, IL 60634 Phone: +1-312-85-SERBS

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Considering the harmony, happiness, will to struggle and hard work, we agreed to help them get a greenhouse and planting seed. In the following months we will provide the money for the greenhouse, which should be placed by the end of the year.

After that, we went to Valjevo, and visited family Trifunović. During the last visit we agreed to get them five beds for the youngest members of the family. We bought the beds in the amount of 55,000 dinars. Since they have been registered at the Center for social work several months ago, good people helped this family to build another store and make rooms for the children. The Center is still supervising them, and according to the words of the father Milan, they come on a weekly basis, or the family has to go to the Center. The family received a list of terms they must fulfill in order for the children to stay with them, including what to eat during the day. During the visit, a video was made, and it will be played on the regional television Vujić, and we use this opportunity to thank cameraman Miroslav Milovanović for his time and effort.

Family Trifunović consists of father Milan, mother Marina and their five children: Nikolina (12), Krstivoje (9), Bojana (6), Ivana (4) and Milica (3). The parents were registered at the Center for social work due to the charges of negligence towards the children, and life in non-hygiene. The neighbors defended the family, claiming that there was no reason to take away the children from the parents. The family lives of Milan's salary as a janitor in a school, and child benefit for four children.

We hope that the family will stay together, and that there will be more good people who will help this family to live in better conditions. Charity organization Serbs for Serbs PO Box 34206, Chicago, IL 60634 Phone: +1-312-85-SERBS

Monthly Report for September LAWNMOWER FOR FAMILY KOSTOVIĆ 2012 wardrobe etc. We hope that the lawnmower will make their everyday struggle for better life easier.

…………………………………………………………... Charity organizations Serbs for Serbs helped elevenmember family Kostović from the village Ljuljac near Novi Pazar. We provided lawnmower, in the value of 96,000 dinars.


The representatives of the Charity organization Serbs for Serbs sent three school backpacks, three pairs of sneakers and school equipment for the young members of the family Ješić from Prijepolje. We wanted this humble gift to mark the happy and successful beginning of the new school year.

This was not the first time we were helping this family. There were several donations so far: washing machine, computer, groceries, hygiene packages, diapers,

We would like to thank our friends from Canada, who recently donated five school backpacks and school equipment. Two of the backpacks were for the Ješić family, and the rest of the package was paid 4,500 dinars. We already helped family Ješić several times before, by providing them the household appliances and firewood.

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The representatives of the Charity organization Serbs for Serbs visited on Sunday, September 16, family Jovanović from Sremska Kamenica – a single mother Vesna and her five children: Jelena (1995), Marina (1997), Branislava (2002) and twins Marko and Miloš (2003). The family lives in bad conditions – the house is ruined, and it has plenty of holes and cracks, because it is built on a landslide. Despite the problems, the children are good pupils, and mother Vesna is tutoring and doing her best to afford everything the children need for a happy childhood.

The monthly income is about 30,000 dinars, and that is not enough for their needs. The house is in a bad condition, and it requires constant investments. The children go to school, and they need the books, school supplies, wardrobe and footwear.

Our organization will look into this case, and make a decision of possible help. Until then, we can tell the members of the family Jovanović that they are not alone, that they shouldn't give up, and to endure in the everyday struggle for survival.

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He wouldn’t take the money we offered as a contribution. Instead, we agreed to give the money to the little boy this monk is helping.

As we have announced before, during our last visit to the families Ljiljak from Neuzine and Danjek from Ravno Selo, we made an agreement to enable the members of these families to be baptized. On early Sunday morning, August 26, just before 9 o’clock, eight members of the family Ljiljak and six members of the family Danjek were gathered in the courtyard of the monastery Krušedol. Together with the members and friends of the Charity organization Serbs for Serbs they attended the Holy Liturgy. After the Liturgy, eight members of the family Ljiljak and four members of the family Danjek, and sister Smilja (who decided to be baptized in the last moment) were baptized. The children had six godfathers – members and friends of the organization and two nuns from the monastery.

After the baptizing, the godfathers gave each child a cross, Orthodox prayer book, chaplet and three icons. Our friend Milan made photos of the event, and we use this opportunity to thank him. We continued to socialize at the monastery court. Friends of the organization from Novi Sad and Belgrade, as well as monastery brotherhood joined us. Former rector of the Seminary in Karlovac, Archpriest stavrofor Dušan Petrović, and his wife, also attended the event. In the late afternoon we went to the monastery Grgeteg. We took the blessing of three handed Mother of God, and the gift of the monastery and the newly baptized received one icon with three handed Mother of God. From Grgeteg we went to the monastery Velika Remeta, where the Ljiljak family received an icon of their slava, because they didn't have one so far. After the socializing on a beautiful monastery court, with blessings of the father Stefan, and spiritual books, family Ljiljak went to Neuzine, while the Danjek family joined us, and we went together to Novi Sad.

The monk Kleopa Stefanović baptized the children. We made sure he was the spiritual shepherd of the Serbian people and the ambassador of the Serbian Orthodoxy. Charity organization Serbs for Serbs PO Box 34206, Chicago, IL 60634 Phone: +1-312-85-SERBS

Monthly Report for September Our hearts were full, and it was a great joy to be accompanied by these soldiers of Christ. We are grateful for that. We would also like to thank the brotherhood of the monastery Krušedol for their hospitality and the candles, and father Pajsije Budimir, who enabled us to feel like the hosts of the event, father Kleopa Stefanović for his affability and service, archimandrite Stefan Vučković and the sisterhood of the monastery Grgeteg. Also, our friend Milan Škorić for beautiful photos, Dragan Vidojković for the donation for the event (5,000 dinars and other help), brothers Ljubiša and Velimir and sisters Slobodanka, Bosiljka and Evica, and the others who participated in this joy. Charity organization Serbs for Serbs was the organizer and host, and provided material help of 20,000 dinars and 60 EUR: • 10,000 dinars for van transportation of the family Ljiljak (Neuzina-Krušedol-Neuzina); • 4,000 dinars for the presents to the newly baptized (a cross, chaplet, Orthodox prayer book and icons of Angelina Serbian of Krušedol, Mother of God and Christ the Savior); • 2,000 dinars for 6 meters of the white linen; • 5,000 dinars for drink and branch (coffee, fruit, cakes, plates, glasses...) and 1,000 dinars for a kilo of fornetti; • 1,000 dinars for a fuel; • 1,200 dinars for the travel costs of the Danjek family; • 60 EUR for father Kleopa; • other things we needed. Thank God, we managed to finish the atypical action of our organization. May the Lord be praised, for we thank Him for everything! …………………………………………………………...

THE MONASTERY OF ST. NIKOLAJ 2012 On the holiday Beheading of Saint John, the donors and members of the Charity organization Serbs for Serbs visited the brotherhood of the youngest Serbian monastery of the St. Bishop Nikolaj Velimirović on Soko Grad (near Ljubovija), and donated a humble gift for the prosperity and further development of the holy place in the mother country. The monastery is an endowment of the Bishop of Šabac, Lavrentije, dedicated to the St. Nikolaj Velimirovič, who was a bishop of Lelić and Žiča. For more than a decade, an international manifestation Moba is taking place, and gathering the young people from abroad, originating from this place. The monastery complex includes a small church, a museum and an area for the guests, but also the workshop for the brotherhood. The Home of the bishop Nikolaj is located next to the monastery. It has a library, dining room, an apartment with 32 single rooms and other rooms. On the rock which is dominating the area, and which consisted a part of the Turkish fortification, a plated cross has been built, as a sign of the repentance of the German people for having participated in an insane aggression on Serbia in 1999, a gift to the monastery by the family Vrobel from Germany. A monument of the St. Bishop Nikolaj, 3 meters high, is a work of Darinka Radovanović, a sculptor from Belgrade, and it is a present of Branko Tupanjac, a Serb from Chicago. In the spiritual oasis, one can often find artists, painters, writers... all those who are seeking for the harmony of the spirit and the world. The humble room of the museum contains the documents and photos of the life and work of Bishop Nikolaj, from his birth until his death. Second part of the museum space is dedicated to the archeological objects, history of Soko grad, life and customs of the inhabitants. As well as their late predecessor, nun Jefimija, the nuns of this monastery have given a number of handcraft, apart from their prayers and regular monastery chores. There is an artistic workshop, next to the church museum, where the nuns are painting icons and frescoes, and embroidery on silk, in praise of the Lord and holy teachers. Prayer chapels are very special, and they are located outside the monastery complex. There are 10 chapels of stone from the monastery to the plated cross. Each of them contains one of the 10 Commandments of God, and the Serbian painters have painted the interior of the chapels. A voyager can think, in silence, of each Commandment, and find a way to the Lord, and see his life path, pure thoughts of his life on earth among people.

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Current look of the house

Members of the Charity organization Serbs for Serbs from Niš and Switzerland were the guests of the family Nikolić from Bojnik, who made a thanksgiving lunch for the members of the organization, and also for all the friends and neighbors who helped in building the house. The works on the house commenced about year and a half ago, and during that time, family Nikolić, together with friends and neighbors, managed to build a nice, big house on which all the inhabitants of the village ðace near Bojnik are proud of.

The youngest members of the family didn't have enough place to sleep in their house. Six children have been sleeping in a room of 10m2 size, while the other members of the family were sleeping with their relatives of friends who live nearby. After the great project of our organization, family Nikolić now has another 70m2, i.e. 3 bedrooms, a living room, bathroom and big terrace.

The house is finished on the outside, and it still needs to be painted inside, it needs a laminate and a bathroom, and the youngest members of the family will be able to enter their new rooms. The family plans to finish the inside of the house within a month.

This project enabled all the members of the family to sleep in their house, under the same roof, due to which this family expresses immense thank to all the donors who helped in the action. The project will have been finished when the Charity organization Serbs for Serbs buys three beds.

Previous look of the house

Report: SFS – Niš and SFS – Switzerland

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Monthly Report for September 2012 time, building good friendships that will hopefully last a long time.


The palacinka party was a success on two levels; one, we were able to gather $615 in donations and two, we were able to spend time with friends and show our children how important it is to not forget their Serbian heritage and culture.

Sunday night, friends and family gathered once again in Chicago to collect donations for Serbian children while enjoying palacinke and drinks. There were plenty of amazing palacinke thanks to Ceca Petrovich and some quality, 5 year aged, homemade rakija from Cacak.

The donors were thanked for all of their contributions, help and support (most friends who attended have donated many, many times). The hosts expressed how important these types of events were for the children in Serbia and how much their contributions really mean to struggling families all over Serbia. Hopefully, now that winter is coming, there will be many more palacinka parties!

While the adults were enjoying the good food and spirits, the children were all playing and having a great

God bless and protect our children!

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Donors in September: Number of donors in 2012.

1. Serbosi Kanada (CAN) - $440 2. Dan Kovacevic (IL) - $25 3. Olja Meyer (NY) - $25 4. - $25 5. Milan Dobras (AZ) - $15 6. Slav Karach (GA) - $25 7. Ivan Aksentijevich (MD) - $25 8. Beograd CafĂŠ, Chicago (IL) - $50 9. Ivan Radulovic (NY) - $25

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10. Aleksandar Micic (MO) - $15 11. Dragana W. - $40 12. Jelena Kecojevic (LA) - $15 13. Rade Bunijevac - $50 14. Zeljko Bajic (CAN) - $50

Donations in 2012.

15. Dragisa Stanimirovic (FL) - $50 16. Rysiek (Stalowa Wola, Poland) - $20 17. Aleksandar Krsmanovic (NY) - $50 18. Ivan Vujovic (OH) - $15 19. Goran Trifunovic (IL) - $50 20. Srdjan Markovic (CA) - $25 21. Palacinka Party in Chicago - $615 22. Ankica D. (NJ) - $25

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23. Bozana Jocson (CA) - $100 24. Ivan Mihailovic (CA) - $50 25. Serbosi Kanada (CAN) - $590 TOTAL IN SEPTEMBER: $2,415

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