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CHARITY ORGANIZATION SERBS FOR SERBS

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Monthly Report No. 4 April, 2015 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 for April 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 is a 501(c)(3) notfor-profit charitable organization. Donation is tax-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 to unnecessary administration, missing information and slow decision making, the delivery of aid arrives too late to the final consumers, or not at all. It is a sad and embarrassing, but true fact that more than 18.000 children daily die around the world because of starvation and malnutrition. There, among us, the blind and deaf. We are witnesses of the bad demographic situation of our nation, decreasing natality, increasing number of singles, abortions, accelerated aging of

www.serbsforserbs.org 2015 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 was formed by a group of young and trustful people, who are united by the common vision of helping families blessed by many children and who are aware of the fact that even a small help means a lot for those who don't live in a material excess. We are united by the humane idea to help the poorest part of the Serbian nation. Charity organization Serbs for Serbs try to revive the spiritless energy of the Serbian Diaspora which would be able to reinforce people of Serbian heritage as well as all good people throughout the world with minimal, but constant monthly donations. We hope and believe that there is also a grain of doing well and that you will join us in the endless struggle against poverty. God bless and save all Serbian families with many children and our honored donors who participate in the noble effort to return smile on children faces.

CHILDREN ARE OUR FUTURE!

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Monthly Report for April 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.

www.serbsforserbs.org 2015 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

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.

NADA’S DELI & BAKERY 7316 West Lawrence Avenue Harwood Heights, Illinois

What are our long term goals? • family is ready to support itself daily and manage to pay all required expenses; • 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.

COMPASS FUEL STATION 8147 Joliet Road McCook, Illinois Owner: Roy and Maria Dobrasinovic

BALKAN BAKERY 541 South Lagrange Road LaGrange, Illinois Owner: Olja Igic

ST. NIKOLA CHURCH 4301 Prairie Ave. Brookfield, Illinois CITY FRESH MARKET 3201 W Devon Ave, Chicago, IL 60659

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Monthly Report for April SFS VISITED FAMILIES NEAR BELGRADE

Memebers of charity organization SFS with one of the visited family On Sunday, March 29, members of the Charity organization SERBS FOR SERBS visited the multiple children Jankovic and Menicanin families, which live in the territory of Mladenovac Municipality.

www.serbsforserbs.org 2015 First we visit the nine-member Jankovic family, which lives in the village of Mladenovac.

The youngest members of Menicanin family Beside the parents and their five children, members of the family are also the grandparents. In a shabby and unfinished house, the Jankovic family barely manages to make ends meet. Since both parents are unemployed, they provide for the family by working for a day wage and receiving child benefit.

The Jankovic family from the village of Mladenovac consists of the parents, Dragan and Jelena and their five children: Stefan (13), Robert (11), Uros (7), Viktor (4), and Novak (2). Members of the Menicanin family from the village of Sepsin are the parents, Zoran and Natasa, who also have five children: Mihajlo (12), Milica (10), Andjela (8), Dimitrije (6) and Djordje (4).

Mother Jelena Jankovic with her sons, Stefan, Robert, Uros, Viktor and Novak Charity organization Serbs for Serbs www.serbsforserbs.org PO Box 34206, Chicago, IL 60634 Phone: +1-312-85-SERBS


Monthly Report for April They cultivate a small amount of land in their yard and thus at least provide the necessary food for the children.

www.serbsforserbs.org 2015 In the village of Sepsin, we visit the seven-member Menicanin family. A very hardworking and diligent family, which we saw at first hand, is now struggling to survive, because the father lost his job at a toll booth and then had to sell everything they had been acquiring for years in order to support the children.

In agreement with the Jankovic family, we plan on providing them with two sofas, a big wardrobe and an electric stove. We say goodbye to the Jankovic family and head towards the Menicanin family.

Dimitrije, Mihajlo, Milica, Djordje and Andjela Menicanin

Zoran and Natasa Menicanin with their youngest son, Djordje

Serbs for Serbs with the Menicanin family in front of their house

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Currently, Zoran is employed as a barbecue chef in Belgrade and he also keeps several pigs and decorative chickens, and thus is trying to earn some extra money for his family.

Spacious stable where Zoran intends to grow the egg laying business Since they wish to re-engage in agriculture, and have a big building for keeping animals, we agreed on providing them with 300 laying hens, and the necessary equipment for the future egg laying farm in the form of battery cages.

The Charity organization SERBS FOR SESRBS calls upon all friends and donors of the organization from the Republic of Srpska to join our fundraising action to help this family and other socially disadvantaged Serbian families with multiple children. 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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FOAL FOR STANKOVIC FAMILY FROM STRPCE

At the beginning of April, the Charity organization SERBS FOR SERBS helped the five-member Stankovic family from the village of Vrbestica in Strpce Municipality in Kosovo and Metohija. The aid consisted of purchasing a foal, and when it grows, it will be of great help to the Stankovic family in agricultural activities. Members of the family are the parents, Zoran and Julijana and their three sons: Nebojsa (17), Nenad (14), and Nikola (11). The value of the foal was 61,000 RSD. We thank our friends from the Visoki Decani Monastery, who delivered the foal directly to the Stankovic family.

We call upon all people of good will to continue supporting the work of the Charity organization SERBS FOR SERBS and thus help and give joy to numerous children in need.

Stankovic family in their yard with the donated foal

NO SURRENDER! SERBS FOR SERBS

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SUCCESSFUL EASTER ACTION IN KOSMET

The Charity organization SERBS FOR SERBS, in cooperation and with great help of the friends from EHO “Majka devet Jugovica”, from Gracanica, delivered big aid for 11 Serbian families in Kosovo and Metohija, for the biggest Christian holiday, Easter. 55 sheep and 22 lambs, in the total value of 800,000 RSD, were distributed to the families. For the first time, the animals were bought in the Diocesan sheep and goat farm in Novo Brdo, opened at the end of 2013, and run by the organization “Majka devet Jugovica”. Funds earned from selling the sheep will be directed towards new projects of agricultural production in the municipality of Novo Brdo. The organization SERBS FOR SERBS will certainly continue to carry out this and similar projects, primarily in cooperation with EHO “Majka devet Jugovica”, as well as with other fraternal charity organizations worldwide, which aim at making socially disadvantaged families financially independent by creating possibilities for work, production and selling of agricultural products in Kosovo and Metohija. Each family received a donation of 5 sheep and 2 lambs, and the following is a list of the families together with the photo report: The village of Rajanovce 1. Djordjevic Boban – lives with his father, mother, wife and two children: Vasilije (3), Kristina (1.5)

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www.serbsforserbs.org 2015 3. Naskovic Mile – lives with his wife and two children: Igor (27), Jovana (10)

4. Nikolic Predrag – lives with his wife and two children: Branislav (21), Milos (12), and his unmarried older brother

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www.serbsforserbs.org 2015 6. Filipovic Nebojsa – lives with his wife, his three children: Marko (18), Milica (16), Tamara (10), and his mother Borka, who is 100 years old

The village of Korminjane 5. Jovanovic Ivan – lives with his mother, wife and three children: Mirjana (17), Milan (16), Katarina (12)

7. Arsic Dragan – lives with his wife

Sheep for family Jovanovic

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The village of Kusce 8. Djordjevic Velimir – lives with his wife, son, his daughter-in-law and three grandchildren: Nemanja (12), Petar (7), Vukan (3.5)

10. Mitrovic Vladimir – lives with his wife and two children: Vladimir (34), Milos (26)

The village of Prekovce 9. Filipovic Tihomir – lives with his mother, his wife and four children: Dijana (14), Dejan (13), Danijela (12), Darko (10)

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The village of Ranilug 11. Stoilkovic Dejan – lives with his wife and three children: Marija (12), Marko (10), Mihajlo (4)

Family Stoilkovic with provided help

We call upon all donors worldwide to support this and other numerous projects of the Charity organization SERBS FOR SERBS by REGULAR MONTLY DONATIONS, so that much needed aid would reach a vast number of socially disadvantaged families and their children as soon as possible.

Marija and Mihajlo Stoilkovic

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COW BOUGHT FOR SRETENOVIC FAMILY

During the Easter holidays, the Charity organization SERBS FOR SERBS helped the nine-member Sretenovic family from Ugrinovac, near Gornji Milanovac. The donated cow will be of great help to the multiple children Sretenovic family, consisting of the parents, Dobrivoje and Dusanka and their seven children: Nada (17), Aleksandar (15), Andrija (14), Nemanja (12), Ana (10), Mila (9), and Jasmina (8). The value of the cow was 120,000 RSD.

Aleksandar Sretenovic was happy to take up new obligations of feeding hay to their new cow

We call upon all people of good will to get involved in the work of the Charity organization SERBS FOR SERBS and support our common fight against poverty of multiple children families.

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SFS VISITED LAZAREVIC FAMILY FROM OZREN

Last weekend, members of the Charity organization Serbs for Serbs visited the nine-member Lazarevic family from the hamlet of Okoliste on Ozren Mountain, Doboj Municipality, in the Republic of Srpska. The Lazarevic household consists of the mother, Milenka (49), her daughter Vedrana (8) and son Sladjan (30), who is married to Ruzica (25), and they have five children: Zeljko (10), Bojana (9), Zeljana (7), Slavica (5) and Darko (2).

The Lazarevic family is engaged in agriculture and that is how they provide food for the children. At the moment, things they need the most are: several pigs, a cow, stove for the children’s room, clothes, footwear, and school supplies for the children.

The Charity organization SERBS FOR SERBS calls upon all friends and donors of the organization to join our fundraising action to help this family and other socially disadvantaged Serbian families with multiple children. CHILDREN ARE OUR FUTURE!

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SFS HELPED PERIC FAMILY NEAR ZVORNIK

The Charity organization SERBS FOR SERBS helped the seven-member Peric family, situated in the village of Zelinje, 20 kilometers from Zvornik in the Republic of Srpska. The father, Nenad Peric, lives with his mother Zagorka and his wife Slavica, and they have four children: Marko (13), Darko (12), Mihajlo (5) and Milica (4). They live in the old family house, which Nenad inherited from his late father. The aid consisted of providing them with front door and windows, in the total amount of 1,017.50 BAM.

Milica Peric beside the new windows

Darko, Marko and the father, Nenad, in front of their house

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Monthly Report for April Darko is the son who has a serious skin disease. The house they live in has several rooms: two bedrooms, a living room, a kitchen and a toilet. There is no floor in the living room, but bare ground under the carpet. Other rooms have floors which are old and worn out. The outward appearance of the house is disastrous, with old windows and walls which cracked due to detonations during the war.

www.serbsforserbs.org 2015 Nenad was employed up to the age of 25, when he had a stroke, which left him unable to do any kind of physical work. Slavica used to work in Zvornik, but when the financial crisis hit, she lost her job. In order to provide food, the Peric family is engaged in subsistence agriculture and this year they have started growing potatoes, salad and peppers.

Marko Peric prepared a short concert for us

Marko, Darko, Mihajlo and MIlica Peric with the door and windows After the first visit to the family, we decided to bring them the food package, which made them very happy. The grandmother, Zagorka, told us that they had been borrowing flour from neighbors for days and she cordially thanked us for helping them out. We also decided to solve the biggest problem of the Peric family, so we bought them the front door and windows in the nearby factory. Mihajlo, the youngest son in the Peric family It was the drafty windows that were the biggest problem for the family. They let in cold air and there was no way to heat the house. The family lives on 105 BAM of child benefit and 90 BAM they receive for their diseased son, Darko.

The Peric family wishes to thank all donors and the Charity organization SERBS FOR SERBS, who enabled them to live in a lot warmer home. We felt their deep gratitude – they warmly welcomed us and later said goodbye to us with smiles and tears of joy on their faces.

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AID REACHED RADANKOVIC FAMILY

On Wednesday, April 15, the Charity organization SERBS FOR SERBS and the Association of women from Serbia and Russia MATRONA visited and helped the family Radankovic. Member of Radankovic family are perents Milan and Snjezana from Ljubovija, who were blessed with four children: Valentina (17), Ruzica (9), Milica (7) and Vasilija (3). The Charity organization Serbs for Serbs provided the family with a big and comfortable sofa, which can turn into a bed, worth 34,650 RSD. And the Association of women from Serbia and Russia Matrona brought them food and hygiene packages, and also clothes that the girls need.

Aid provided by the Association of women from Serbia and Russia Matrona The Radankovic family lives in a house which is full of mold, their beds are worn out, and the youngest child, Vasilija, suffers from rickets, arthritis and short bowel syndrome. The father is employed, and the mother takes care of Vasilija and other children. They live frugally on the father’s small salary, and they receive 19,000 RSD of allowance for assistance and care by another person and minimum welfare of 9,500 RSD. They need 50,000 RSD a month only for Vasilija’s medications and food!

Milica, Vasilija and Ruzica Radankovic on their new sofa

Sofa bought for the Radankovic family

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This is just the beginning of helping this family. Vasilija’s diet and expensive medications determine the lives of all family members and dictate their modest budget. Things she needs every day are: Milupa 7 lactose free milk formulas, no milk cereal, Juvitana salty baby food without peas, juices without pears, plums and apples, Prolom bottled water, Plazma biscuit, salty sticks, Fish snack crackers, dark chocolate and puddings.

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The Charity organization Serbs for Serbs and the Association of women from Serbia and Russia Matrona invite all people who are in a position to help the Radankovic family and little Vasilija to get involved, so we can try in every way possible to help make these young lives easier and better and little Vasilija to overcome her health problems. Their parents are diligent and hardworking people, but they have a hard battle to fight, and in order to win, they need all of us!

Medications she needs are: ”Probiokid imuno,” “Linex baby,” “Multilac,” “Pektin” capsules, “Pikovit Omega 3” and “Fantomalt.”

Little Vasilija Radankovic

Be a part of this action! Let’s help the Radankovic family!

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NEW BATHROOM FOR SIMIC FAMILY

The start of building a future pigsty

The Charity organization SERBS FOR SERBS helped the five-member Simic family from the village of Stitari near Sabac. The family consists of the single mother, Joka, and her children: Ljubomir (14), Stefan (12), and the twins, Ivan and Ivana (10). We helped them by completely renovating their bathroom, including water supply lines and electrical installations, tiles, sanitary ware and the water heater, in the total amount of 72,725 RSD.

The plot where the Simic family plans on engaging in subsistence farming The Simic family currently lives on child benefit (which is 10,000 RSD) and 15,000 RSD of welfare. They are planning on starting a small pig farm, so building works on their pigsty are in progress.

Firewood provided for both last and next winter

Present look of the new bathroom in the Simic family home

The Charity organization SERBS FOR SERBS calls upon all friends and donors of the organization to join our fundraising action to help this family and other socially disadvantaged Serbian families with multiple children.

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Monthly Report for April VISITING MILICEVIC FAMILY FROM UZICE

www.serbsforserbs.org 2015 Zoran and Mirjana have a lot of problems, but they do not lack love and happiness. Their problems are of the financial and existential nature. These good people barely manage to make ends meet with the minimum welfare of 15,000 RSD and without child benefit, and since the other day, also without the electricity. Past unpaid bills, including the ones that are huge and inconceivable for a rural household, led to electricity cutoff. The Milicevic family now lives in the dark and without water supply, and the six children only see the light in their good parents, who work hard from sunrise to late night, working for a daily wage throughout the Uzice region.

In mid-April, we visited the nine-member Milicevic family from the village of Dreznik, Uzice Municipality. The grandmother, Zorka, lives with her nephew Zoran and his wife Mirjana, who have six children (in the photo, left to right): Marina (12), Mirko (4.5 months old), Marko (14), Milomir (4), Milica (10), and Milan (8). Since both parents are unemployed, the father, Zoran, provides for the family by working for a daily wage wherever he can find work to do. As part of the “Trojka iz bloka� project, which will be held for the first time in Uzice, on April 30, at 1 p.m., in the Big Park, the plan is to provide the Milicevic family with a new bathroom to ensure the youngest family members grow up healthier and happier.

Zoran Milicevic, one of the forgotten heroes from Kosare The children are excellent students at school, and their house is full of diplomas and successes sprung from the family wing of love and warmth. The grandmother, Zorka, is almost ninety years old, but God gave her good voice, eyesight and reason, so she takes care of the children while their parents are away from home. She tells them stories and amuses them, as much as she can. And the children let us on that they also tell her stories. These good people are fighting their problems every day and do not let themselves despond. Together, they have tilled the field in front of their house after 15 years‌ Up to 2006, Zoran had a job, and when he lost it, their serious problems started. Several employers never paid him salaries or contributions, but Zoran is used to it and does not complain about anyone. At the age of twenty, he spent 16 months in the war in Kosovo and Metohija, in 1998 and 1999. He survived the attack on the Kosare blockhouse, and came back to his village with two pieces of shrapnel in his shoulder, and without any military honors, let alone wages or compensation. Up to the present day, everything he has, he has acquired with his two hands and he continues to believe in nothing but them.

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Bathroom “entry” The Charity organization “Serbs for Serbs” has existed since 2005 and has been helping socially disadvantaged multiple children families throughout the Balkans. The sports-charity “Trojka iz bloka” project was first held in 2012 in block 23 in Novi Beograd. The project has been supported by the Basketball Federation of Serbia, Partizan and Red Star Basketball Clubs, as well as other personalities from the fields of sports, art and education. Now, together with the esteemed sponsors, they are all inviting you to show the Milicevic family that they are not alone, and to help them and try to make their hard lives at least a bit easier. For a start, let’s change these unpleasant scenes. Those who are going to be in charge of great atmosphere at the tournament are the well known Belgrade rap groups Sick Touch, Zvezde Grajma and FTP, who are going to perform between the first part of the tournament and the finals, and in their unique way give support to the tournament and the Milicevic family. Be a part of Trojka iz bloka! See you in the Big Park on April 30!

All participants of the tournament will feel rewarded when these sights become better and prettier. The best three shooters will get medals and prize flying in the aircraft of the Uzice Aero Club, and also tickets for the City pool! Charity organization Serbs for Serbs www.serbsforserbs.org PO Box 34206, Chicago, IL 60634 Phone: +1-312-85-SERBS


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SOFAS AND STOVE FOR JANKOVIC FAMILY

Unloading the new sofas

Last weekend, members of the Charity organization SERBS FOR SERBS helped the nine-member Jankovic family from the village of Mladenovac, Mladenovac Municipality. We first visited the Jankovic family at the end of March when we agreed on the way of helping them and on this occasion we provided and delivered the aid. Two sofas, wardrobe and an electric stove, worth 81,960 RSD, was bought for the Jankovic family, consisting of the parents, Dragan and Jelena and their five children: Stefan (13), Robert (11), Uros (7), Viktor (4) and Novak (2).

The arrival of the sofas in the yard of the Jankovic family

Delivery of the electric stove The Charity organization SERBS FOR SERBS calls upon all friends and donors of the organization to join our fundraising action to help this family and other socially disadvantaged Serbian families with multiple children. Charity organization Serbs for Serbs www.serbsforserbs.org PO Box 34206, Chicago, IL 60634 Phone: +1-312-85-SERBS


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SHEEP DELIVERED TO LAZOVIC FAMILY

The mother, Milena, with younger twins, Sekula and Nina, beside the donated sheep The Charity organization SERBS FOR SERBS helped the seven-member Lazovic family from the village of Garasi near Arandjelovac. The parents, Zeljko and Milena have five children: Andjela (15), Jovana (15), Ana (10), Sekula (4) and Nina (4). Having learned about their plans to start a business of growing and selling sheep and lambs, last year we helped them by building a stable. Ten days ago, they were provided with eight sheep in the total value of 181,500 RSD.

The father, Zeljko, with Sekula and Nina beside the donated sheep Beside 8 sheep donated by Serbs for Serbs, the seller gave one sheep as his own donation and one sheep was bought by the family so that they could register small farm company and sell their products to other farms and producers across Serbia. The Charity organization SERBS FOR SERBS calls upon all friends and donors of the organization to join our fundraising action to help this family and other socially disadvantaged Serbian families with multiple children. CHILDREN ARE OUR FUTURE! NO SURRENDER! SERBS FOR SERBS

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Monthly Report for April AID FOR JANCIC FAMILY FROM HERCEG NOVI

In April, the Charity organization SERBS FOR SERBS helped the multiple children Jancic family from the village of Suscepan, Herceg Novi in Montenegro. Members of the Jancic family are the single father, Ivan, his children: Nemanja (10), Milica (9), Mirjana (8), Vasilije (6) and the grandmother, Radica.

www.serbsforserbs.org 2015 The Jancic family members are tenants in the village of Suscepan in Herceg Novi and all of them live in one room. They pay off the rent in the way that the father, Ivan, does all kinds of physical work for the landlord and they do not have any other income, except for their father’s daily wages.

Hard living conditions of the Jancic family

Ivan works for a daily wage in the construction industry when there is work to do. The grandmother, Radica, is the only one helping him to raise his children. We helped them by buying footwear for the children, food and hygiene products in the total value of 375 euros.

Mirjana, Milica and Vasilije Jancic The Jancic family lives in extremely tough financial conditions, especially after 2011, when the children’s mother abandoned them and terminated all contact with the family.

The grandmother, Radica, with her grandchildren

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Delivery of food, hygiene products, sneakers and sandals The Jancic children trying on new sneakers and sandal Due to lack of finances, their biggest problem is making regular monthly payments to the state, i.e., paying electricity and water bills. This problem requires urgent solution, given the fact that their current water and electricity debts are more than 1,000 euro’s.

The oldest child, Nemanja Jancic All members of the Jancic family are citizens of the Republic of Serbia. Three children go to primary school, and all four of them attend RE and the Divine Liturgy at St Stefan Church in Suscepan. The children are polite and well brought up. The Parish Three of Herceg Novi makes constant efforts to provide some aid for the Jancic family.

Members of the Charity organization Serbs for Serbs with the youngest Jancic family members The Charity organization SERBS FOR SERBS calls upon all friends and donors of the organization to join our fundraising action to help this family and other socially disadvantaged Serbian families with multiple children.

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SFS HELPED LOJPURS FROM MONTENEGRO

The second floor, before pouring the slab (November, 2014)

The Charity organization SERBS FOR SERBS helped the nine-member Lojpur family from Golubovci in Podgorica. Members of the family are the grandmother, Slavojka, the parents, Milan and Jovanka, and their six children: Dusanka (22), Natasa (20), Dusan (18), Nikolina (16), Nikola (9) and the youngest, Sofija (4). During the previous visit to the family, we had agreed to help the family by purchasing the construction material and engaging construction workers to build a slab on the family house. The total amount of the aid was 6,392 euro’s. The father, Milan Lojpur

The Lojpur family is engaged in agriculture thanks to the spacious greenhouses, where they can grow different sorts of vegetables, and they make most of their income by selling them.

The slab poured on the family house (April, 2015) CHILDREN ARE OUR FUTURE! SERBS FOR SERBS!

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Greenhouses belonging to the Lojpur family

The look of the family house, before making the slab (November, 2014)

The youngest, Sofija Lojpur in the yard

The look of the house after pouring the slab (April, 2015)

Dusan, Natasa and the grandmother, Slavojka, Lojpur

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Monthly Report for April EASTER SFS ACTION IN KRAJINA

www.serbsforserbs.org 2015 We started our three-day journey in Dalmatia, where we helped 15 families. First we went to the primary school in Zegar and played football with the nine children currently attending the school, and there were about 900 of them before the war.

Thanks to the donors of the Charity organization SERBS FOR SERBS and all those who follow and support the work of the organization, at the end of April, the biggest action in Krajina was finished successfully. 29 families were helped and the value of the aid was over 35,000 Euros! We also owe big gratitude to the priesthood of the Dalmatia and Upper Karlovac Dioceses of the Serbian Orthodox Church.

Soon after we left Zegar, we arrived in the village of Orlic, where we visited the four-member family, consisting of Zoran Cetnik and Ratka Bjelan, and the children, Ratko (10), from Ratka’s first marriage, and Ilijana (9 months old). We provided this family with a sofa bed, a stove with several kitchen cabinets and a grass trimmer.

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www.serbsforserbs.org 2015 The next family we visited lives in the vicinity of Knin, in a place called Kovacic, and consists of the parents, Davor and Svetlana Trtica, and their daughter, Romana (21). We provided 4 windows and a front door.

A front door and windows for the Trtica family The Simic family was provided with balcony doors and windows In Markovac, near Knin, we visited the Simic family, consisting of the parents, Mario and Tatjana, and their children, Marijana (6) and Jovan (8 months old).We provided them with balcony doors and windows.

In the same village, we visited the Gajer family, consisting of the parents, Sladjan and Nevena and their children, Branko (16) and Milica (8). We provided them with a used motocultivator, which they can use to cultivate a small patch of land they own, but Sladjan can also use it to earn a daily wage.

Motocultivator for the Gajer family The next family also living in Kovacic is the Medakovic family and consists of the parents, Mico and Nikolina, and the children, Nikola (18), Milos (17), Pantelija (16) and Grigorije (4). This family was provided with a better and stronger motocultivator (used) with a trailer and a plow, and they can use it for wood transport and land cultivating. Charity organization Serbs for Serbs www.serbsforserbs.org PO Box 34206, Chicago, IL 60634 Phone: +1-312-85-SERBS


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Circular saw for the Sinobad family Also in Knin, we helped the Loncar family, consisting of the parents, Predrag and Nikolina, and their children, Milica (6), Nikola (5) and Jovan (3). The father Mico Medakovic and member of SFS charity organization with motocultivator that we provided for thise family

We also provided this family with such aid that will help them support themselves, and that is a chainsaw and a welding machine.

Valuable aid for the Medakovic family After that, we went to Knin to visit the Sinobad family, consisting of the parents, Nebojsa and Ksenija and their children, Mihajlo (16), Jovan (10) and Vasilije (4). We bought them a circular saw and washing machine.

Memmber of SFS with the youngest member of family Loncar The Loncar family was also provided with a used gas electric combination stove, wood-burning stove and sink.

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www.serbsforserbs.org 2015 After visiting the Knin fortress, we arrived to Ivosevci (Gornje Tisme), near Kistanje. Here we helped the Milinkovic family, consisting of the parents, Rade and Milka, and their children, Borislav (19) and Bojana (5). They breed cattle and also produce and sell dairy products, so we bought them a used tractor, which will be enable them to provide food for the cattle and do different agricultural works, for themselves and others, and thus earn some extra income.

The Milinkovic family was provided with a used tractor

The Loncar family, talking to the SFS Charity organization Serbs for Serbs www.serbsforserbs.org PO Box 34206, Chicago, IL 60634 Phone: +1-312-85-SERBS


Monthly Report for April The next family we visited lives in Krstanje, and the family members are Misa and Zeljana Milic, their children, Milica (6) and David (3) and also Zeljana’s mother and sick sister. We provided them with three bigger windows.

www.serbsforserbs.org 2015 We learned about a very interesting story in Golubic, visiting the Veselinovic family, which consists of the parents, Darko and Jagoda, and their children, Dajana (9) and Nikola (5). This family has a registered rural household and they are engaged in rural tourism. They prepare home-made food and products for tourists and they need to have their kitchen and guest room repaired, so we provided them with the construction material.

The Veselinovic family was provided with the construction material In Krupa, we visited the Ljubicic family, consisting of the parents, Novak and Jela, and their children, Dajana (13) and Nikolina (8). We provided them with a wood-burning stove. Windows delivered to the Milic family

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Tractor trailer for the Milic family Serbs for Serbs in front of the Krupa Monastery After that, we went to Zegar, more precisely, the hamlet of Senadanin, to visit the Peric family, consisting of Zoran and Svjetlana and their son, Aleksandar (9 months old). We provided them with a chainsaw.

The family is engaged in this type of tourism, but on a very low level, because they have very modest conditions. We provided them with the construction material so they can fix up toilets, barbecue place and yard and that would be enough for them to stand on their own feet and take their business to a higher level. The father of the family does all the works by himself.

Chainsaw for the Peric family The next place nearby was Bogatnik, where we visited the Milic family, consisting of the parents, Sinisa and Nada, and their children, Jovana (7), Marta (4) and Petar (1). The Milic family lives on goat keeping and selling cheese and dairy products, so we provided them with a tractor trailer, which they can use for these purposes, among other things. Our next destination was the Buljevic family from Muskovci, near the beautiful river of Zrmanja. The family consists of Ljubomir and Slobodanka, and their children, Dragana (8) and Marija (3). Local tourism is very developed by the river Zrmanja.

The Buljevic family was provided with the construction material

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Monthly Report for April In a place called Kasic, Benkovac Municipality, we visited the Drca family, consisting of the parents, Dusan and Jovanka, and their children, Stefan (17), Dario (10) and Damir (6). We bought them a freezer, a cow and a goatling.

www.serbsforserbs.org 2015 We started our second day of the action in Krajina in Lika. In Gracac, we visited the Drobac family, consisting of the parents, Marko and Bojana, and their children, Luka (15), Nikolina (13), Sanja (10) and Milica (1). Our organization provided them with two sows.

Drca family with member of SFS

Freezer, goatling and cow for the Drca family

The Drobac family received two sows

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In the vicinity of Gracac, we also helped the Plecas family, consisting of the mother, Milena, and the children, Jovana (9), Milica (6), Jelena (5) and Nikolina (1). The father of the family suddenly passed away a few weeks ago and left behind the single mother with four underage daughters. We bought them basic groceries. In a place called Udbina, we visited the seven-member Josan family, consisting of Miroslav and Aleksandra and their five children, Milica, Milos, Branka, Dejana and Aleksandar. We provided them with a chainsaw.

While in the neighborhood, we took the opportunity to visit the Panic family and take a picture of the cow, provided for them during the Christmas action.

The Josan family was provided with a chainsaw

Cow for the Panic family

Used tractor for the hardworking Prica family In Mihaljac, near Korenica, we provided valuable aid in the form of a used tractor for the Prica family, consisting of the grandmother, Danica, the parents, Milorad and Danijela, and their children, Nikola (19), Milan (14) and Nikolina (12). This is a diligent and hardworking family that we have helped before, so we are sure that this tractor will help them significantly improve their family household.

The Drakulic family beside the provided construction material

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In the village of Kolaric in Kordun, we helped two families. First we helped the Drakulic family, consisting of the parents, Radomir and Bogdanka, and their children, Tijana (17), Petar (16), Tamara (14) and Nemanja (12). We bought them the construction material, which they are going to use to build their small dairy and keep their own cows to produce milk.

Material for the Tadic family In the village of Goricka, we were hosted by the Petrovic family, consisting of the mother, Vesna, and her children, Mile (15) and Milana (11). We helped them by purchasing a freezer, washing machine, toilet tank, toilet and kitchen cabinets. Also in Kolaric, we visited the Crevar family, consisting of the parents, Miodrag and Marijana, and their children, Mile (12), Jelena (6) and Nikolina (1). We provided them with tires and a tractor battery, and also the tractor electric pump repair.

The Crevar family with the new tractor tires and battery The next was the Tadic family, from Gornja Socanica, consisting of the parents, Nikola and Dragana, and their children, Dejan (14) and Zoran (12). We provided them with the material for roof repair, because the roof leaks. This family lives in very hard conditions, enough to mention that they lived without electricity for ten years.

Valuable aid for the Petrovic family

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Near Petrinje, in the village of Pastosa, we visited the Vrga family, consisting of the parents, Dejan and Zorica, and their children, Tea (9) and Denis (1). They shared their interesting and tragic story with us. The grandfather of this family switched to Adventists. With members of his sect, he tried to recruit his son (the father of this family) and once they even made the son remove their Patron Saint’s icon off the wall, which the man refused. That is why this man, together with his family, left the family house and moved to Petrinja. These parts of the country (Kostajnica, Dvor, Petrinja...) are full of sects that are constantly recruiting our poor people, attracting them by buying agricultural machines, construction material and other necessities.

The Kovarbasic family The Borojevic family from Mecencani consists of only two members, the single mother Drena, and her daughter, Andjela (12). We bought them a couch.

In order to help this man remain with his family in their new home, without the help of his father, we bought them a Holstein cow, which gives over 15 liters of milk a day. This will help the family a lot.

The Borojevic family was provided with a couch The next family we visited in the village of Komogovina is the Sestic family, consisting of the parents, Djuka and Ljubica, and the children, Milica (11), Milos (9) and Radovan (7). We helped them by buying the construction material and sanitary ware. The cow provided for the Vrga family After that, in the village of Dodosi, we visited the Kovarbasic family, consisting of the parents, Zeljko and Jula, and their children, Ana (11), Zeljka (8), Nemanja (6) and Zeljana (4). We helped them by buying a washing machine, two bunk beds, four mattresses, bed sheets, a stove and some candies for the children. The parents are unemployed, and they live on welfare and child benefit. The children are well brought up and good students. They all sleep in one room, and the son sleeps beside the parents’ feet.

The Sestic family

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In the remote village of Memska, we reached the Zivkovic family, consisting of the great grandmother, Jelica, the grandmother, Rada, and her granddaughters, Dragana (15) and Bojana (6). We provided them with a bunk bed with mattresses.

The Arbutina family

A bunk bed with mattresses for the youngest members of the Zivkovic family In the vicinity of Glina, in the village of Drenovac, we helped the Arbutina family, consisting of the parents, Zoran and Ljiljana, and their children, Sara (10), Patra (8), Martina (2) and Nikolina (2). They were provided with the construction material and material for central heating installation. They live in hard conditions, and, in addition, Nikolina has health problems and still has not started to walk. She should do some exercises which would help her, but she cannot go to the facility to do them, because there is no road.

Although 20 years have passed since the war ended in this area, the traces of the pogrom are still fresh and visible. Burned and abandoned houses, empty villages once full of life and demolished churches continue to be an open sore of the people who used to live in Krajina, but also of all of us. Still, in spite of everything, the Serbs who now live in this area do not lack a wish to work and survive. That is why we bear the name of Serbs for Serbs and we will always be there for our people!

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www.serbsforserbs.org 2015 The tournament started with the performance of the national anthem of the Republic of Serbia, “Boze pravde”, and after that the song “Crven cvete”, by the lyricist, Jelena Bojovic. These two songs were performed by the members of the music ensemble Kosovski bozuri, Dragana Milic and Katarina Sulkic.

On Tuesday, April 7, 2015 the first outdoor charity Three-Point Shooting Tournament under the name of “Trojka iz bloka” was held at the courts of “Mihajlo Petrovic Alas” Technical School in Kosovska Mitrovica. The tournament was organized by representatives of the Charity organization SERBS FOR SERBS, i.e., members of the sports-charity “Trojka iz bloka” project and representatives of the Student Parliament of the University of Pristina with a temporary headquarters in Kosovska Mitrovica.

After that, spectators were addressed by Mladen Matijasevic, “Trojka iz bloka” project manager and Miroslav Milic, president of the Student Parliament of the University of Pristina with a temporary headquarters in Kosovska Mitrovica. Charity organization Serbs for Serbs www.serbsforserbs.org PO Box 34206, Chicago, IL 60634 Phone: +1-312-85-SERBS


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Lazar Aksic (the third place winner), Nenad VUkomanovic (the second place winner) and Gojko Zubac (the first place winner) 127 contestants entered for the tournament, the most successful being the third place winner, Lazar Aksic, the second-place winner, Nenad Vukomanovic, and the youngest first-place winner so far, Gojko Zubac. Medical director of Obstetrics and Gynecology clinic in Kosovska Mitrovica, Milijana Milenkovic as well as the head nurse, Olivera Elek, also participated in ThreePoint shooting.

It was 127 contestants entered for the tournament and the amount of 130,630 RSD was raised The special guest of the tournament was a former national basketball team player and member of the golden generation from the 2002 World Championship held in Indianapolis, Aleksandar Smiljanic, who took the occasion to present the Student Parliament with a jersey of the Serbian basketball national team with the autographs of all national team players. The tournament was opened with shots by Aleksandar Smiljanic and the provost of the University of Pristina with a temporary headquarters in Kosovska Mitrovica, Prof. dr Aleksandar Jovanovic.

The amount of 130,630 RSD was raised at the tournament. In a few days, other funds will also be added to this sum - funds raised at a charity student party following the tournament, money collected at the screening of the movie “The Enclave� held on Thursday, April 9, at the cinema in Zvecan, as well as contributions made by several faculties of the University of Pristina with a temporary headquarters in Kosovska Mitrovica.

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Those who ensured a great atmosphere at the tournament were good, old friends of the tournament, members of the Belgrade hip-hop band THC la Familia, rap artist Uncle Joe and the best European basketball freestyler, Nemanja Trickey Blazic. The tournament was attended by the director of the movie “The Enclave”, Goran Radovanovic and folk singer from Kosovska Mitrovica, Slobodan Boba Rakic.

We wish to thank the Student Parliament and all the faculties of the University of Pristina with a temporary headquarters in Kosovska Mitrovica, all primary and secondary schools, Kosovska Mitrovica Municipality, the Student Center “Pristina” from Kosovska Mitrovica, the Trepca Combine, local media who supported us from the very start and all other institutions and business entities that also contributed to the Tournament.

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Neither rain nor bad weather managed to discourage people to gather in a large number at Ploca, which clearly shows that the Tournament in Kosovska Mitrovica has a bright future in the years ahead.

The season of the Trojka iz bloka Tournaments is to be continued on April 13, in Kraljevo, at the open sports courts on the bank of the river Ibar, starting at 12 o’clock.

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www.serbsforserbs.org 2015 After the solemn intonation of the national anthem of the Republic of Serbia, “Boze pravde”, performed by members of the choir of the “Zivan Maricic” Primary School from Zica, the student of this school, Momcilo Gajovic, recited a poem by Ljubivoje Rsumovic, “Zdravica srpskom narodu”, and the student, Marija Janicijevic, sang the song, “Ej, dragi, dragi, bozurove sadi.”

On Monday, April 13, 2015, at noon sharp, one of the most successful “Trojka iz bloka” tournaments started in Kraljevo at the open sports courts on the bank of the river Ibar. A large number of people gathered on this beautiful day of the most joyous Easter holiday and the egg tapping contest started immediately. And incredibly, 163 contestants entered for the Three-Point Shooting Tournament and 91,160 RSD was raised. Having such a huge response, Kraljevo tournament has stood side by side with the last year’s tournament held at Kalemegdan Fortress, which is considered to be the most successful. After this solemn and touching beginning, the tournament was opened with three-point shots by Ivan Petrovic, the coach and owner of the FC “Apolon” from Kraljevo, and Igor Pesic, one of the seven children in the Pesic family from the village of Samajla, which the funds raised at the tournament are designated to.

The tournament was officially opened by Milos Simovic, on behalf of the Charity organization Serbs for Serbs and the “Trojka iz bloka” project, and Vladimir Todorovic, on behalf of the Charity organization “Dobro na dar” from Kraljevo. Charity organization Serbs for Serbs www.serbsforserbs.org PO Box 34206, Chicago, IL 60634 Phone: +1-312-85-SERBS


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Sponsors and benefactors of the tournament raised a sum of 91,160 RSD in donations. This money was raised thanks to all kindhearted people and true sports lovers. It is no surprise, then, that so many sports clubs from Kraljevo, together with their members, supported the tournament held at the open sports courts on the bank of the river Ibar. Three-Pointers were shot by FC “Apolon” Kraljevo, Basketball and Handball Club “Sloga” Kraljevo, BC “Play” Kraljevo, BC “Roling” Kraljevo, FC “Kiker” Kraljevo, PVK Kraljevo, Karate Club “King” Kraljevo, “Krav Maga Global” Kraljevo, Brazilian jiu-jitsu Kraljevo, and also members of the Women’s Basketball Club Kraljevo, who were the ornament of the tournament.

The first-place winner was Matija Petrovic with 22 three-point shots, the second-place winner was Stevan Karapandzic, with 20 three-point shots, and the thirdplace winner was Vladimir Perovic with 18 three-point shots. During the break preceding the finals, there was a performance by the rap artist, Uncle Joe, while DJ Drxy and DJ Kibo were in charge of the music. Beside these guys, the ones that ensured good atmosphere and great show by demonstrating their skills were also members of the Karate club “King” Kraljevo, Brazilian ju-jitsu Kraljevo and “Krav Maga Global” Kraljevo, as well as members of the Svebor group “Sveti knez Lazar” from Kraljevo.

We wish to thank Kraljevo and its residents for the unforgettable tournament, all the participants for their selfless help and our sponsor, “Gala market” from Kraljevo for their contribution of 7,000 RSD, all the sportspeople and people of good will. The proud “Trojka iz bloka” leaves Kraljevo and moves on with great hope in the goodness of our people, which was shown today by the residents of Kraljevo in the nicest way possible. Be a part of “Trojka iz bloka!” Send an SMS in Serbia to 7763!

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SUCCESFFUL “TROJKA IZ BLOKA” IN UZICE

Mladen Matijasevic

On Thursday, April 30, 2015, the first “Trojka iz bloka” was successfully held in Uzice. 100 shooters entered for the tournament, and about 500 people came to the Big Park at 1 o’clock to show the Milicevic family from the village of Dreznik that they are not alone. With the help of the proud sponsors, both donors and participants, as well as the contributions from the collection box at the charity after party at Ribolovac club, the total amount of 122,770 RSD was raised. The residents of Uzice have shown that they have a big heart! After the welcome speeches, the student of the Gymnasium of Uzice, Anica Cvetkovic, sang the national anthem of Serbia, “Boze pravde”, and the tournament was officially opened with shots by the oldest children in the Milicevic family, Marko (14) and Marina (12). The best reward for everybody present and the Milicevic family as well was people getting together and enjoying the great atmosphere on the beautiful day at the courts in the Big Park. To view the full photo gallery, visit the official “Trojka iz bloka” facebook page.

Jovanka Lucic At the very beginning of the tournament, the spectators were addressed by Mladen Matijasevic, the sportscharity “Trojka iz bloka” project manager, and Jovanka Lucic, on behalf of the Charity organization Serbs for Serbs.

Those who ensured great atmosphere at the tournament were the famous Belgrade rappers Cobran and Mlata from the rap group Sick Touch, Gazda Paja, Vojke, Palke and DJ Buraz from the Zvezde Grajma group, and also Jovan and Bogdan from the FTP group. During the tournament, DJ Sale L from THC la Familia, who is also the official DJ of the “Trojka iz bloka,” was in charge of the music.

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Marko Milicevic

Jovan (FTP), Mlata and Cobran (Sick Touch) Marina Milicevic There was music for different tastes, and people stayed until the very end of the tournament, enjoying the great music and sporting spirit. The Play Off Basketball Club brought their cadets to collectively take part in the tournament, and “Radoje Ljubicic” Technical High School sent their teacher and numerous students to shoot three-pointers and support their fellow citizens. The old and the young enjoyed themselves at the courts on the bank of the river Djetinja. TV crew of the most popular Uzice television TV 5, and the crew of the show “This is Serbia” from Radio Television of Serbia attended the event, and enabled wider audience to feel the positive energy at the tournament. Radio Luna Uzice also sent their crew, and just like TV5, in the days preceding the “Trojka iz bloka,” they had been inviting people of good will to join the action of the Charity organization Serbs for Serbs.

We owe deep gratitude to our sponsors and technical sponsors for the quality of the tournament and donations. The Industrial Union of Prvi Partizan made a contribution of 20,000 RSD, the Union of Elektrodistribucija Uzice JP, 15,000 RSD, MetalacElektro D.O.O. 10,000 RSD and Auto Centar ERE 7,000 RSD. “Makamara” café and Dusko G. donated 3,000 RSD, and “Skala” club 4,000 RSD. Sloboda BC, being a technical sponsor, donated 5,000 RSD for juices for participants, and “Blue Moon” pie shop provided participants and organizers with flatbreads. Guys from the “NEXT” festival provided chips and plastic cups and also a big number of volunteers. Uzice Red Cross and Uzice Tourist organization provided the sound equipment, and “Ribolovac” Citizens Association provided sun umbrellas at the court, and apart from the sanitaryware for the Milicevic family, worth 35,000 RSD, they also provided space for the charity after party at their club in the town center, where people donated 9,300 RSD in the collection box.

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Luka Savic (3rd place), Filip Smiljanic (1st place) and Nikola Mirkovic (2nd place)

Bogdan (FTP)

Uzice Aero Club provided another prize – flying in the aircrafts of their club in Ponikve, near Uzice. The city of Uzice and the City Cultural Center also gave their support to the tournament. In the following days, other contributions will also be added to the sum raised at the tournament: Mozzart Bookmaker - 7,000 RSD, “Blue Moon” pie shop - 7,000 RSD and Arsic Pharmacy 10,000 RSD.

Gazda Paja, Vojke, Palke and DJ Buraz – Zvezde Grajma

The best shooters at the tournament, where the sum of 27,470 RSD was raised, were Filip Smiljanic (first place), Nikola Mirkovic (second place) and Luka Savic (third place). We congratulate the winners and all participants! A big thanks to all sponsors and donors!

Sale L (THC la Familia) We owe special gratitude to Javno preduzece “Big Park”, for providing us with the courts and technical support at the tournament, and prizes for the best shooters – tickets for the City swimming pool.

Send an SMS in Serbia to 7763 for the “Children are our future” project! 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 April 4.570 MASSAGES SEND ON 7763 IN MARCH

www.serbsforserbs.org 2015 So far, the action of sending a charity SMS to 7763 in Serbia has been supported by:

Rap group THC la Familija

At the beginning of March, 2015, the Charity organization SERBS FOR SERBS, in cooperation with mobile service providers Telekom, Telenor and Vip, started a national campaign for helping socially disadvantaged families throughout Serbia. Through the charity SMS number 7763 in Serbia, in the first 30 days of the campaign, 4,570 messages were sent: 2,178 messages in the Telekom network, 1,530 in Telenor, and 862 messages in VIP. The action continues in April as well. It is sufficient to send an empty SMS or an SMS with any text you want.

Bosko Cirkovic Skabo, a member of Beogradski Sindikat

Your message will be charged at 100 RSD (without the charge of your service provider). We extend our deep gratitude to all donors and friends of the organization who took part in the charity campaign of the organization SERBS FOR SERBS.

Nedeljko Jovanovic, Serbian national handball team player

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Our famous basketball national team player Boban Marjanovic Novica Bjelica, Serbian national volleyball team player

Aleksandar Smiljanic, Serbian national basketball team player

Students of the University of Pristina in Kosovska Mitrovica Funds raised through received messages in the first month of the “Children are our future� charity campaign will be paid by Telekom, Telenor and VIP companies into the account of the Charity organization Serbs for Serbs. The action continues, with the aim of over 300,000 people throughout Serbia taking part in the campaign during 2015. SEND AN SMS IN SERBIA TO 7763 CHILDREN ARE OUR FUTURE! SERBS FOR SERBS!

The famous actors from the TV series Drzavni posao Charity organization Serbs for Serbs www.serbsforserbs.org PO Box 34206, Chicago, IL 60634 Phone: +1-312-85-SERBS


Monthly Report for April SFS GUESTS ON TV HAPPY

On March 18, 2015, representative of the Charity organization SERBS FOR SERBS, Milos Simovic, was a guest on TV Happy in Belgrade. The work of the organization was presented, especially regarding the sports-charity “Trojka iz bloka” project, and the form of the aid delivered in the FIGHT AGAINST FLOODS project, which aims at helping families with underage children whose homes were damaged during the disastrous May floods in Serbia and the Republic of Srpska. During the conversation, the special emphasis was also put on getting a charity SMS number 7763 in Serbia. ……………………………………………………….......

www.serbsforserbs.org 2015 SERBS FOR SERBS GUESTS ON TV NASA

On March 27, 2015, representatives of the Charity organization SERBS FOR SERBS, Milos Simovic and Igor Rasula, were guests on the morning show on TV Nasa. In the half-hour guest appearance, they presented the work of the organization as well as aid actions carried out so far. As in earlier appearances, the special emphasis was put on getting a charity SMS number 7763 in Serbia. …………………………………………………………...

NEW SFS T-SHIRT: AT GAZIMESTAN

SFS GUESTS ON GRAND TV

On April 3, 2015, representative of the Charity organization SERBS FOR SERBS, Milos Simovic, was a guest on Grand Television. As in earlier appearances, the work of the organization was presented, especially regarding the sports-charity “Trojka iz bloka” project, and the form of aid delivered in the FIGHT AGAINST FLOODS project, which aims at helping families with underage children whose homes were damaged during the disastrous May floods in Serbia and the Republic of Srpska. During the conversation, the special emphasis was also put on getting a charity SMS number 7763 in Serbia.

The Charity organization SERBS FOR SERBS presents the new T-shirt “AT GAZIMESTAN”, to celebrate the 626th anniversary of the famous Battle of Kosovo in Gazimestan. The Serbian army was led by Holy Prince Lazar Hrebeljanovic, whose curse was inscribed on the main Gazimestan monument, while the icon depicting him is one of the biggest Orthodox icons in the world. The price of the T-shirt 1,300 RSD (or €12, 24 BAM, 20 CHF, $15) plus delivery cost. Money made from selling T-shirts will be spent on the work of the organization and its strengthening.

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SERBS FOR SERBS CHARITY SHOP

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Monthly Report for April Donors in April : 1. Compass Fuel donation box (IL) - $ 16 2. Balkan Bakery donation box (IL) - $ 10 3. Beograd CafĂŠ donation box (IL) - $ 32 4. Nada's Deli & Bakery d. box (IL) - $ 28 5. St. Nikola, Brookfield d.box (IL) - $ 18 6. Bubamara cafe d. box (IL) - $ 10 7. Srdjan Gavrilovic (GA) - $ 15 8. Radomans Framing (CA) - $ 15 9. www.usaserbs.net (IL) - $ 25 10. Michael Salgarolo - $ 10 11. ISerbApparel.com - $ 10 12. Radio Zelengrad (WI) - $ 20 13. Miodrag Bogdanovic (TX) - $ 100 14. Milan Dobras (AZ) - $ 15 15. Zeljka Bucalo (NV) - $ 25 16. Tihomir Bajic (CA) - $ 100 17. Slavisa Karach (GA) - $ 25 18. Ivan Aksentijevic (MD) - $ 25 19. Ilija Perac (Australia) - $ 450 20. Zana Zelenovic (CAN) - $ 100 21. Dragana Beara (CAN) - $ 50 22. Ivan Radulovic (NY) - $ 25 23. Natalye Magay (Russia) - $ 15 24. Aleksandar Micic (MO) - $ 15 25. Irena Gumbert (CA) - $ 25 26. Milan Zdrnja - $ 25 27. Vesna Kozomora (IL) - $ 25 28. Mladen & Milica Simic (GA) - $ 30 29. Milos Joncic (NY) - $ 50 30. Milos & Milena Stamatoski (CAN) - $ 50 31. Helena Urukalo (CAN) - $ 15 32. Dragana W. - $ 20 33. Margareta Curcic (CAN) - $ 30 34. Predrag Kisa - $ 50 35. Nikola Mrdakovic (IL) - $ 15 36. Zoran Starcevic - $ 20 37. B. Bojanic (CA) - $ 15 38. Nenad Milasinovic (Australia) - $ 25 39. Igor & Lana Glisic - $ 50 40. Daniel Plavsic (WA) - $ 25 41. www.designswww.com - $ 15 42. Milos Subotic (R. Srpska) - $ 20 43. Protecta Elec. Serv. (Australia)- $ 15 44. Ivan Aksentijevic (MD) - $ 25 45. Dragisa Djordjevic (MD) - $ 15 46. Marko Saric - $ 30 47. David Gavric (IN) - $ 50 48. Marta Stojanovic (CAN) - $ 25 49. Bojan Jovanovic (IL) - $ 25 50. Headfusion Inc (Sweden) - $ 50

www.serbsforserbs.org 2015 51. Biljana Bursac (CO) - $ 15 52. Srdjan Markovic (CA) - $ 25 53. Veljko Dobrilovic - $ 100 54. Ankica D. (NJ) - $ 25 55. Nikola Mrdakovic (IL) - $ 25 56. Marko Saric - $ 20 57. Sasa Savic (TX) - $ 30 58. Nina & Maksim Krsmanovic (VA)- $50 59. SD - $ 50 60. Sinisa Peric (MD) - $ 50 61. Brankica Paunovic - $ 25 62. Andreja Simovic (CA) - $ 100 63. Aleksandar Tanasic (CAN) - $ 25 64. Zoran Mladenovic (MD) – $ 100 ________________________

TOTAL IN APRIL: $ 2.534

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DONATIONS IN 2015.

NUMBER OF DONORS IN 2015.

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