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CHARITY ORGANIZATION SERBS FOR SERBS

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Monthly Report No. 6 June, 2016 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 Charity organization Serbs for Serbs www.serbsforserbs.org PO Box 34206, Chicago, IL 60634 Phone: +1-312-85-SERBS


Monthly Report for June 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 2016 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 good 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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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 2016 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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STOJKOVIC FROM KOSOVO MOVED INTO A NEW HOUSE

The Charity organization Serbs for Serbs is informing the donors from all over the world that during May it finished big project of renovating the house for family Stojkovic from the village of Izvor, Novo Brdo municipality on Kosovo and Metohija. We have helped family Stojkovic for the first time in the scope of Christmas action in 2014.

We invested 874,250 RSD for the construction material, furniture, household appliances, door and windows in order to provide elementary living conditions for the Stojkovic family inside their house. We managed to accomplish the set goal with the help of donors throughout the world, and with faith in God and fraternity.

Jagos and Danijela are raising two sons, Andrija (4) and Luka (2) and the help they received in 2014 only revealed the amount of problems they have and have to struggle against. In cooperation with our branch Serbs for Serbs Canada which started a campaign under the name “In Time for Bozic 2016”, the Charity organization Serbs for Serbs started a project of help to family Stojkovic. Serbs for Serbs with family Stojkovic in the future children’s room

Pregnant Danijela with her son Andrija in January 2014 Charity organization Serbs for Serbs www.serbsforserbs.org PO Box 34206, Chicago, IL 60634 Phone: +1-312-85-SERBS


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Life on Kosovo and Metohija is not an easy one for Serbs, but family Stojkovic now has some hope. The big project of renovating their house restored their faith in people and now they know that there are benefactors of good heart throughout the world who will do anything to help them.

Luka and Andrija didn’t separate themselves from the cookies

Serbs for Serbs with family Stojkovic in front of the renovated house

Jagos and his family extent their immense gratitude to all the donors worldwide for the help they provided for the family The Charity organization Serbs for Serbs thanks the donors from all over the world and calls upon all the people of good will who supported the project of helping the Stojkovic family. We brought back the smiles on Andrija’s and Luka’s faces because – CHILDREN ARE OUR FUTURE.

Andrija Stojkovic in new bathroom

CHILDREN ARE OUR FUTURE!

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Monthly Report for June SFS VISITED FAMILY SAMARDZIC FROM NEVESINJE

www.serbsforserbs.org 2016 Therefore, the family has started the building of the new house so they need carpentry and construction material the most for finishing the building of the new house. The water supply system didn’t arrive in the place where family Samardzic lives, so they obtain water from the cistern. The oldest son is working for the army in Bileca, and the total income including his salary is approximately 430 EUR. They are paying monthly installments of 80 EUR for a loan which they took for buying part of the construction material. They have no additional help.

During May, representatives of the Charity organization Serbs for Serbs visited the five-member family Samardzic from the village of Postoljani near Nevesinje in the Republic of Srpska. The members of the Samardzic family are single mother Zeljka, her sons Boza (25), Ilija (23), Lazar (19) and a daughter Jovana (14). The biggest problem of the family consists in the fact they live in an old, tenement house which is in bad shape from the roof to the earthen floor and doesn’t fulfill elementary conditions for living.

Very bad condition of the kitchen space in the house Mother Zeljka is seriously ill while her husband died of illness. The Samardzic family lives in very bad conditions in the old house without the bathroom. There is no floor either, only soil.

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Single mother Zeljka Samardzic with her children

Current outlook of the interior of the new house In order for family Samardzic to move into the new house it is necessary to set the windows, door, floor, plaster the interior and equip the toilet. The electricity and water installations have already being set. It takes approximately 5,000 EUR for the works and material.

Outdoor toilet beneath the old house

Family Samardzic in front of the new house We call upon all the people of good will to get involved and donate in order to help the projects of the Charity organization Serbs for Serbs with the aim of helping the socially disadvantaged multiple children Serbian families throughout the Balkan. CHILDREN ARE OUR FUTURE! SERBS FOR SERBS New house which should be equipped for life of family Samardzic

NO SURRENDER!

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EASTER ACTION IN KRAJINA, PART 1

Miroslav Vucenic with the material for roof repair

In the scope of the Easter action, representatives of the Charity organization Serbs for Serbs visited 17 families in the Dalmatia area. On that occasion we delivered help for fourteen families, while the delivery of help is being prepared for the remaining three families. We also visited the association “Women of the Kosovo valley” with which we established cooperation in the previous period and which we have helped on this occasion. The total value of the delivered help is 14,800 EUR, and the total value of the planned help is approximately 20,000 EUR. The overview of the delivered help: - Metal cutting saw - Used hay baler - Three beds with mattresses, closets and children’s working tables - Stove/cauldron for central heating of the entire house - Combined refrigerator - Two new connection tillers - Used tractor - 13 sheep - A cow - A bull - Construction material for roof repair and craftsman’s services - Construction material for pigsty building - Construction material for removal of moisture in the house - Construction material for reconstruction of the school in Ridjane

We started the action of visiting the helped families in the area of Dalmatian Kosovo. We first visited family Vucenic in Zvjerinac near the Lazarica monastery consisting of parents Miroslav and Danijela and children Spiro (5) and Miroslava (9). We provided them with the construction material for roof repair and paid the craftsman services in the total amount of 700 EUR. Not far away in Orlic, we visited multiple children family Simic consisting of parents Zdravko and Mirjana and the children Romanela (21), Djurdja (19), Jelena (14) and Sanja (7). We have heard nothing but words of praise about this hard working family for their work and effort, and we bought them the new connection tiller in the value of 1,000 EUR.

A photo with family Simic

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After that, we had the opportunity to meet the members of the Association “Women of the Kosovo valley” who thanked us for all the help we provided them since the beginning of our cooperation and for the new donation – construction material for incapacitating the old school in Ridjane which is going to be the future head office of all their activities.

The hay baler was delivered to the family of Sinisa Sladoje Our next stop was the faraway Sinj, the village of Lucani. We visited two families Sladoje in the village. The first family Sladoje we visited consists of the parents Sinisa and Ivana and children Nikola (10) and Luka (8). We have allocated 1,000 EUR for buying the used hay baler for them.

Material delivery for repairing the school in Ridjane

We provided the bull for the family of Dusan Sladoje

Construction material delivered to the Association “Women of the Kosovo valley” On this occasion we delivered the material in the amount of 500 EUR. We were informed of all current and future projects which are going to be of great benefit to the entire Serbian community from the Dalmatian Kosovo.

Another family Sladoje lives not far away from them, in which Dusan and Dragica live with their children Luka (5) and Ilija (3). On this genuine little farm of animals in the present environment we had the opportunity to talk with this hard working family. We bought the bull in the amount of 1,000 EUR in order to further improve their farm and animal husbandry development.

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Furniture for children’s room was delivered to family Kotaras The action continued in Knin and surroundings. We first visited family Kotaras in which parents Miroslav and Tina live with their children Nikola (10), Nina (8) and Filip (6). Considering the fact they live as subtenants in the house full of moisture, we decided to provide them with beds with mattresses, as well as closets and working tables for the youngest ones. The value of the delivered help was 1,100 EUR.

Metal cutting saw was provided for family Orlovic In the village of Ljubac near Knin we visited family Orlovic in which parents Petar and Nikolina live with their children Denis (10), Danijela (7) and Petar (2). We bought the professional metal cutting saw in the amount of 900 EUR. Father Petar will use the saw to develop his private business which enables him to sustain his family.

A cow will soon be delivered to family Bradas After Kotaras, we went to the village of Zagrovic which is also located not far away from Knin. There we visited family Bradas, consisting of parents Drazen and Snezana and children Milica (12) and Jelena (10). We plan to buy and deliver a cow for the family.

Sport family Orlovic

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www.serbsforserbs.org 2016 The next family we visited was family Damjanovic from Golubic. Parents Davor and Mirjana live with their daughters Suzana (20) and Sanja (16). Having returned from Knin to Golubic recently due to tough life and the lack of job, they plan to engage in cattle breading more seriously. To begin with, they plan to grow pigs, and we bought construction material in the amount of 700 EUR for the pigsty.

Family Babic’s flock is richer for another 13 sheep

Construction material for the Maric family In Knin we reached family Maric, consisting of parents Zoran and Gordana and their daughter Sara (12). Great moisture in the house is making the lives of its inhabitants more difficult.

During the second day of our action we visited several families in the area of Zegar. We first reached family Babic. Father Milovan lives with his wife and daughter Milica (3) and a several-months-old baby. For the needs of further cattle breading, sheep breading to be more precise, we provided 13 sheep in the amount of 900 EUR.

The request of family Maric was to help them in providing the construction material for moisture sanation. The material was delivered prior to our arrival, and the value of help was 900 EUR.

Construction material for future pigsty of family Damjanovic

Cow delivered for family Kljajic-Peric in the area of Zegar

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Monthly Report for June Family Kljajic-Peric received help for cattle breading since we donated 1,000 EUR for buying of a cow. Parents Sava and Snezana and children Dejan (8) and Lana (7) live in this humble household.

www.serbsforserbs.org 2016 We first visited family Vujasinovic, consisting of parents Dalibor and Nikolina and children Andjelina (9) and Jovan (5). We provided a used tractor in the amount of 3,000 EUR for this hard working family. The provided tractor will be for the benefit of St. Nedelja monastery in Ocestovo since father of the family Dalibor has been actively helping the brotherhood of this monastery for quite some time.

We plan to provide tiller with trailer to family Coso The third family from the area of Zegare whom we plan to help as soon as possible is family Coso, consisting of parents Nenad and Marija and children Jelena (9) and Mladen (3). The planned donation for this family is 1,000 EUR as a help to buy the used tiller with trailer.

Đ? photo with family Strbac Afterwards we visited family Strbac as well. We have known the family for a long time. Parents Nebojsa and Suzana and children Jelena (17), Milica (16), Lazar and Marija (15) live in the household. The procurement of the machine for engraving, i.e. souvenirs making on special stone plates is underway. The value of the abovementioned machine is 2,700 EUR. They plan to make souvenirs mostly for the needs of our churches and monasteries throughout Dalmatia, and we hope that these unique and interesting souvenirs will find their way to the remaining temples of the Serbian Orthodox Church throughout Balkan.

Tractor for family Vujasinovic Once again we have been active in the area of Kistanje and surroundings where we visited two families whom we had earlier helped and provided significant aid which will notably help them to become economically independent and secure.

Stove/cauldron for central heating of the entire house of family Subotic

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Monthly Report for June The next family we have successfully helped was family Subotic from Ervenik. Parents Djordje and Nikolina live with their children Andjela (18), Dusan (14) and Mirjana (10). Due to father Djordje’s employment and children’s school duties, they spend most of their time in a house not far away from Knin. Therefore we provided special stove/cauldron for central heating of the entire house in the amount of 900 EUR.

www.serbsforserbs.org 2016 The last family we helped in Dalmatia was family Mladjen from a distant village near Ervenik. The family consists of parents Slobodan and Jelena and children Snezana (20), Silvana (14) and Sanja (8). It is another hard working family whom we enabled to improve its economic position and provide safer future for their children by their own work.

Serbs for Serbs in the monastery Ocestvo courtyard

We delivered a combined refrigerator to family Knezevic We continued our journey to the Oton Polje and the lonely family Knezevic. This family consists of parents Predrag and Branka and their children Kristina (5) and Natalija (2). We tried to improve the difficult conditions in which this family lives by providing a combined refrigerator in the amount of 300 EUR.

Tractor tiller delivered to family Mladjen

We had another opportunity to visit great sanctuaries in Dalmatia such as monastery of St. Nedelja in Ocestovo, monasteries Lazarica and Krka, and one of the oldest churches in Dalmatia, the St. George church in Padjeni. Help to the remaining Serbian people in Krajina, with the emphasis on the Dalmatia area, is of great significance. It is particularly important to help young families and families with greater number of minor children, so that the Serbian people in that area could have the slightest opportunity to survive in the time ahead of us. We are ahead of the continuation of the Easter action of help to the Serbian people throughout Krajina. Therefore we call upon all the people of good will to help according to their possibilities in order to engage soon in delivery of the planed help to our compatriots.

CHILDREN ARE OUR FUTURE!

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Monthly Report for June SFS HELPED JEFTIC FAMILY FROM VLASENICA

Last weekend, members of the Charity organization Serbs from Serbs Republic of Srpska visited and helped the six-member Jeftic family, living in the village Jeftici, 10 kilometers away from Vlasenica. The family consists of the parents Cvijetin and Dragana, and their four sons: Mitar (15), Slavoljub (13), Zeljko (11), and Marko (8), the youngest. They are currently living as tenants in an old house which belongs to Cvijetin’s brother. They were provided with construction material to the value of 1,168 BAM so that they could continue works on their new house.

The Jeftic family currently lives in two rooms in the house which belongs to Cvijetin’s brother and is in very bad condition, barely suitable for living. Not far from the house where they are currently living, Cvijetin has his own land where he started building a new house and finished one floor, but then he ran out of money and stopped, as the photographs show.

www.serbsforserbs.org 2016 In the meantime, Cvijetin received used windows, and he addressed us to help him by purchasing construction material to pour the slab, because he cannot afford it.

They were supposed to move out, but they did not, because they have nowhere to go. Cvijetin says that his wish is only to pour the slab and install the windows, so they could move, because they have to leave his brother’s house.

Nobody in the Jeftic family is employed, so they have no regular income. Cvijetin works for a daily wage at a nearby sawmill, as some sort of help. The house where they are currently living is barely suitable for living, with two rooms and a bathroom which is not a pleasant sight. Children commute to school for 10 kilometers, sometimes by bus, sometimes by foot, and sometimes they hitch… they manage any way they can.

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They go to Primary School in Vlasenica; Mitar and Slavoljub are in the seventh grade, Zeljko in the third, and Marko in the second grade. Mitar missed out two years of education due to health problems. He had several bowel operations, so he is only in the seventh grade.

Zeljko also has health problems, and they receive 80 BAM and diaper package for him. Despite all these problems and lack of money, Cvijetin managed to build one floor (6m x 4.5m) and buy the windows. He lacked the money for the construction material to pour the slab, and the Charity organization Serbs for Serbs provided that. Cvijetin is going to ask a few of his friends to come and help him and his sons to pour the slab and plaster the house. And he will provide material for the roof construction himself, so they will soon be able to move into their new home.

We extend our deep gratitude to big-hearted donors, who have enabled the Jeftic family to start the works. We hope they will soon be able to move into their new house. Charity organization Serbs for Serbs www.serbsforserbs.org PO Box 34206, Chicago, IL 60634 Phone: +1-312-85-SERBS


Monthly Report for June SFS PROVIDED HOUSE FOR FAMILY FROM PALE

www.serbsforserbs.org 2016 They are very hard working, and for years they have been living on daily wages that Snjezana and Radenko earn. The children have also been working for daily wages by picking seasonal fruit, splitting wood or doing other seasonal work. That is how they have overcome numerous troubles.

The family is in possession of 1,300 m2 of land

The life story of the Mandic family from Pale in the Republic of Srpska is a sad one, but we have managed to improve the living conditions for the four children. Aleksandar (18), Aleksandra (17), Jelena (16), and Andjela (6) will be living in a new home from now on. Let us review the sad story of the mother, Snjezana. She had previously been married to Mandic, the father of Aleksandar, Aleksandra, and Jelena, and he had molested and humiliated her, so she worked up the courage and ran away from him, taking the children with her. She moved into her father’s house in Pale. He took them in and adapted the attic for her and her children. Up to the purchase of the new house, the attic was their only refuge.

Not giving up, Snjezana did her best to support her children, and after a while, she started living with Radenko Cosovic, and they have a daughter Andjela.

The family’s perseverance did not go unnoticed, so our members in the Republic of Srpska organized the “Trojka iz Bloka” which was held on September 27, 2015. 1,047 BAM and 30 Euros were raised at the tournament. After the story had been published on our site, our donors joined in, and thanks to their donations, a house to the value of 19,263 BAM was bought near Pale, in a place called Podvitez. Also, the family is in possession of 1,300 m2 of land. It is praiseworthy that they have already plowed part of the field and planted vegetables for their own needs, but also for sale. Thanks to the selfless help, this sad story has a happy ending after all, and we are certain that they will work hard and achieve even better results.

Words cannot describe the gratitude and the smiles on the children’s faces. We hope that this will be a start of a better life for the family and that the children will have a more peaceful and happier life, because they are OUR FUTURE.

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HELP FOR YOUNG MEMBERS OF THE VUCETIC FAMILY FROM ZEMUN

Work on replacing the roof construction and building the children’s room

During the last weekend, members of the Charity organization Serbs for Serbs visited the sevenmember family Vucetic from Zemun. The Vucetic family, consisting of parents Aleksandar and Adriana and their five wonderful children – Konstantin (13), Dimitrije (11), Kasijana (8), Elena (3) and the youngest Stefan, who is only a year old, we visited for the first time in early May and agreed to the construction work on the expansion of their living space. Almost half of the funds to help family Vucetic was collected at the “Trojka iz bloka” tournament, which was held in Zemun. The total value of the material and works amounted to 252,350 RSD.

The following works have been done at family Vucetic’s: roof construction and roof tiles replaced, PVC front door placed, the children’s room out of the existing terrace built, two PVC windows placed (in the room and over the front door), electricity in the new room introduced, smoothing layer placed, and laminate and plastering works were finished.

Mother Adriana with children in front of the new children’s room

Appearance of the house during the first visit to the family in May 2016 Charity organization Serbs for Serbs www.serbsforserbs.org PO Box 34206, Chicago, IL 60634 Phone: +1-312-85-SERBS


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New room for young family Vucetic members Serbs for Serbs with family Vucetic in front of the extended family home

Mother Andriana with children Dimitrije, Stefan, Elena, Konstantin and Kasijana

We call upon all the people of good will to get involved and contribute to the projects of the Charity organization Serbs for Serbs which aim at helping the socially disadvantaged multiple children Serbian families throughout Balkan. 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 June SFS AT “PAN-SERBIAN SUMMIT” IN ZURICH

www.serbsforserbs.org 2016 The donation can range from 1 to 99 Francs. We also presented all our activities at a global level to a large number of entrepreneurs from Serbia, Republic of Srpska and Switzerland. All the mentioned entrepreneurs are interested in cooperating with our organization.

For the first time in Switzerland, the Switzerland chapter of Serbs for Serbs charity attended the “PanSerbian summit”, which was held on June 3 and 4, in Dietikon near Zurich. The sponsors of the event were the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Serbia and the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Serbia, with the blessing of the Serbian Orthodox Church and support of Air Serbia. The Charity organization Serbs for Serbs was present at the fair, to the great joy of regular donors, and also the new ones, who had the opportunity to find out more about the work of the organization. 544 Swiss Francs of donations were raised during the fair.

This was also the opportunity to spread the word about the first sports-charity event, “Trojka iz Bloka”, which Serbs for Serbs organizes in the city of Remount in Switzerland. On the occasion, a number of people suggested holding the “Trojka iz Bloka” in the region of the city of Zurich, in order to attract a large number of our fellow citizens, who live and work in the area. Serbs for Serbs will try to take steps in order to organize the “Trojka iz Bloka” in the region of the city of Zurich in the future period. A new way of making donations through sending SMS was presented at the event in Switzerland. By typing SZS 15 and sending it to 339 you donate 15 Francs to the Charity organization Serbs for Serbs.

After the first Pan-Serbian summit, the Charity organization Serbs for Serbs is looking forward to the next year in order to attend this important event.

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CHARITY EVENT IN GERMANY

On Saturday, June 11, 2016, KUD Drina from Augsburg hosted the “2nd folklore evening of the Drina”. The hall was full of people who came to enjoy the songs and the dances of older and younger folklore dancers. Children performed their choreographies, showing that the Serbian diaspora did not forget their customs and origins. Among those who performed at the event were: KUD “Jugos” and SKU “Rastko” from Munich, SKU “Svilen Konac” from Ingolstadt, SKUD “Mladost” from Rosenheim, KUD “Sveti Sava” and the host KUD “Drina” from Augsburg.

Charity organization Serbs for Serbs also had the honor to attend the event. We were given a spot inside the hall to present our leaflets, flags and a collection box. People were constantly approaching us, wishing to talk to us. There were also familiar faces that we had met at previous events.

Children were a bit intimidated at first, but then they came to us and looked at our stand with all kinds of souvenirs. They devotedly helped us blow balloons and align t-shirts, and in return asked for the balloons to play with them. The atmosphere was great the whole evening, with sincere smiles, kind words and support for our work.

602 Euro of donations were collected that evening. A big thank you to all good people who donated the money that evening, and also the children, who helped us and made our stay memorable! Also, a big thank you to all members of KUD “Drina” for inviting us to this lovely gathering, and making our evening truly wonderful.

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SFS AT THE FESTIVAL IN LEOBERSDORF

On June 18, members of the Charity organization Serbs for Serbs Austria attended a multicultural festival in Leobersdorf near Vienna, hosted by KUD Mladost from Leobersdorf. The program was very rich, with performances of Serbian cultural artistic societies, as well as other societies, which presented traditions from various parts of the world. During the evening, 320 Euros of donations were collected in the collection box. We take this opportunity to thank all people of good will who supported the work of the Charity organization Serbs for Serbs by being present and making contributions. We would also like to extend special gratitude to friends and hosts of the festival, KUD Mladost from Leobersdorf, for their hospitality.

Final preparations of the youngest participants People at the festival had the opportunity to find out more about the work of the organization at the Serbs for Serbs stand. Charity organization Serbs for Serbs www.serbsforserbs.org PO Box 34206, Chicago, IL 60634 Phone: +1-312-85-SERBS


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www.serbsforserbs.org 2016 Besides the rich programme by various Serbian cultural and artistic associations, all guests had the opportunity to familiarize themselves with the organization and donate in order to help Serbian families. Besides the possibility of obtaining information on the work of organizations, the present guests were able to enrich their wardrobes with true motifs by purchasing T-shirts from our charity store.

Just like last year, the members of the Charity organization Serbs for Serbs were present on June 25 to celebrate the anniversary of KUD St. Sava from Graz.

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CHARITY DARST TOURNAMENT IN AUSTRALIA

On Saturday, June 25, the representatives of the Charity organization Serbs for Serbs in Australia held the first charity darts tournament in Melbourne, for helping the socially disadvantaged multiple children families from the Republic of Srpska. The winner Dejan Aleksic was awarded with the basket of products from Serbia. We raised 358 AUD on the tournament.

A special thanks for the beautiful cake and cookies goes to Rose Topic and the church of St. Petka of the Serbian Orthodox Church parish in Rock bank on the use of hall.

We thank all the good people who came, we are satisfied with the result, but we hope that the next tournament will have a larger number of participants and visitors.

Dejan Aleksic – the champion of the first charity darts tournament in Australia

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“TROJKA IZ BLOKA” HELD IN NEW YORK

On May 21st, 2016, Serbs for Serbs USA made history and started a new tradition. The Charity 3-Point Shooting tournament "Trojka iz bloka" was held for the first time ever in New York City. A huge step forward in helping Serbian families in the Balkans, this tournament represents a wonderful event that merges charity and sports like no other.

The scene for the First Ever “Trojka iz bloka” New York was set in historic Harlem, for some, considered the Shrine of street basketball! Serbs for Serbs New York, joined by SFS members from Chicago and Washington, organized the tournament at the historic basketball courts of St. Nicholas Park. Surrounded by beautiful architecture and curious neighbors, the event was the attraction of the day to say the least! Local neighborhood leaders approached our group to give words of welcome and encouragement. They were very supportive of what we were doing and where the help was going.

The first ever “Trojka iz bloka” in New York had all of the elements of the now well established global tournament. There were old and young competitors, families, athletes, locals and visitors from afar. After 3 rounds, the clear favorites headed into the finals. With quality shooting and suburb accuracy, the winner of the tournament literally came down to the final shot!

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Monthly Report for June On the last shot of the tournament, Nemanja Jokic took the lead by one and thus took the trophy for 1st place and therefore became the first ever Champion of the “Trojka iz bloka” in New York! Second place went to a now Trojka regular, Nikola Josipovic of Chicago. Nikola took 2nd place in Chicago last year, along with 4th place in Mladenovac last summer. 3rd place went to local Sava Vesic who also impressed with his majestic vocals for the intonation of the national anthem of Serbia, Boze Pravde. A total of $ 1,316 in donations was raised at the end of the tournament.

www.serbsforserbs.org 2016 After visiting the church, the group went to a celebratory dinner at the Serbian restaurant Kafana in the East Village part of New York City. Kafana was a sponsor for the “Trojka iz bloka” NY tournament and provided a $100 dinner for the winner.

Members and friends of the Serbs for Serbs charity in front of the St. Sava church in New York

Current look of the St. Sava church A lot of preparation and work went into creating this first time event, and the hope is that this will be the beginning of an annual tradition for New York.

Successful tournament and new friendships marked the first ever "Trojka iz bloka" in New York City

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After the tournament was completed, a large contingent of volunteers and competitors went to visit the devastated Serbian church of St. Sava. The level of destruction was heart breaking! God willing, the church will be rebuilt swiftly!

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“TROJKA IZ BLOKA” HELD IN NOVI SAD

Despite the hot weather, the plateau in front of the SPENS was full of people, who showed their will to help their neighbors in distress.

On May 28, in front of the SPENS hall in Novi Sad, fourth in a row sports-charity spectacle “Trojka iz Bloka” was held and 247,520 RSD were raised to help the Strajnic family from Kac. The single mother raises five children in a house without basic conditions, but now this courageous mother knows that she has help from her neighbors from Novi Sad! 130 participants collected 39,220 Dinars from participation fees, 5,100 Dinars were collected by good people at the first charity table tennis tournament in Novi Sad, and 81,000 Dinars were raised at a charity party by students living in the Slobodan Bajic Student Home!

While the best 3-point shooters were gathering, we were enjoying the sounds of trumpet and clarinet played by Dusan and Dragan, who came from the Republic of Srpska to support the Trojka iz Bloka! Our proud sponsor Agi Pasta Away made delicious Italian pasta and our friends from social company Sodara Filipus presented mineral water produced by their members, boys and girls with special needs.

Best tournament for the fourth time in Novi Sad! All the money raised at these two stands was also added to the total sum raised at the tournament!

Greeting from Novi Sad! JKP Trznica and PIP D.O.O sponsored the tournament with 50,000 Dinars each, Kuca kobasice 10,000 Dinars, and Mr. Djordje K. 100 Euros! Technical sponsors were the SPENS hall, Mediaplay, Sans, Mlada srpska snaga and Russian restaurant Ruska trpeza. This goes to show that Novi Sad once again rose and united in the fight against poverty!

The magic of humaneness, sport, and fun spread across the SPENS plateau, and then the anthem of the Republic of Serbia was performed on the trumpet and the clarinet and the event was broadcast live on our official Facebook page Trojka iz Bloka, to the pleasure of all 3-point shooters worldwide.

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www.serbsforserbs.org 2016 The real winners of the tournament are the Strajnics Stefan (12), Jelena (14), Jovana (16) and Dusan (18), together with their mother, for whom the funds raised at the tournament are intended. The mother, Gordana, can now count on the aid obtained through the sports-charity project Trojka iz Bloka. Their family became a part of ours and they will never be alone again!

And the competition begins… The gathered people were addressed by the representative of the Charity organization Serbs for Serbs and the organizer of “Trojkas” in Novi Sad, Nenad Muzdeka, who thanked the sponsors, donors and technical sponsors for supporting the aid project intended for the Strajnic family. He also thanked the volunteers, shooters and guests who made time for coming and spending this tropical day under the baskets.

Silver, gold and bronze of the fourth in a row Trojka in Novi Sad

With us there were Vasa Mijic, legend of the Serbian volleyball, Bore and Sale L from THCF, who were in charge of the program and the music, and the home support were Emsi Milica and dance group Styles and Flavas.

Honor above all – THCF for Novi Sad! Over 130 shooters competed for the Trojka iz Bloka trophy! It was tied until the very end as everybody was great at shooting 3-pointers! The best among best at the fourth in a row tournament in Novi Sad were Igor Vujicic – gold, Vasa Mijic – silver, and Nemanja Kumovic – bronze. Charity organization Serbs for Serbs www.serbsforserbs.org PO Box 34206, Chicago, IL 60634 Phone: +1-312-85-SERBS


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“TROJKA IZ BLOKA” HELD IN LINZ, AUSTRIA

Basketball as a warming-up for the three-pointer shots

The first tournament Trojka iz bloka in the European Union was held in Linz, Austria on May 21, and we raised incredible 3,136 EUR! The event of utmost significance for the Serbian diaspora started with the projection of the documentary “Children”, and in the donor box in front of the hall 323 EUR was collected. The great introduction to the day of humanity, sport and fun was the charity tournament in basket 3 on 3, and the applications for it brought 205 EUR. During the manifestation, the selling of food and drinks brought 677 EUR. A lot of competitors applied to shoot three-pointers, and the applications for it brought 355 EUR! The beginning and the end of the tournament in Austria were marked by music – during the performance of KUD Ostrog we collected 50 EUR, and during the charity concert held by Skabo, Uncle Jo and Eldorado we collected 491 EUR!

Wonderful picture of the united diaspora in which everyone contributed a little bit but we gained a lot to help the socially disadvantaged multiple children families! Our proud sponsors in Linz supported the mission of Trojka iz bloka – the City of Linz, Magistrate of the City of Linz, Representative Office of the Republic of Srpska in the Republic of Austria, the Serbian Club Vidovdan, online platform Vozi.me, Hemingway music and jazz bar, Edelvajs restaurant and café, 1389 streetwear, Café Lav, Café Barflaj and Ninos barber shop. We thank our proud sponsors, donors and technical sponsors who helped us to hold successful tournament in Austria. The magic of Trojka iz bloka is conquering Europe! The winners of the tournament in basket 3 on 3 were the Kings of Mamba, and the winners of the first Austrian tournament in fast three-pointer shots were Miki Matic (first place), Milos Blagojevic (second place) and Goran Selic (third place), respectively. We congratulate the winners and we congratulate the humane Serbs from Austria who presented the magic of Trojka iz bloka in the best possible way!

The team has arrived – Skabo, Uncle Jo and Milos Simovic

The best three-pointer shooters in Linz

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Monthly Report for June “TROJKA IZ BLOKA” TOURNAMENTS HELD IN GERMANY

www.serbsforserbs.org 2016 The champion of humaneness in Duisburg was Goran Vrucinic, who was the only sponsor, donating 100 Euros.

Greetings from Duisburg!

On May 26 and 27, Trojka iz Bloka was on its first European mini tour – Duisburg and Düsseldorf each hosted the sports-charity spectacle, making Germany the second country of the European Union which has felt the magic of the tournament! 80 participants and several sponsors contributed to raising the sum of 809 Euro! Charity organization Serbs for Serbs, together with Denis Arsic, coach of KK Beobasket from Duisburg and Danijel Rakojevic, associate of the Trojka iz Bloka from Hamburg, successfully organized the tournament. With barbecue, good music and lots of 3-pointers, the world had the opportunity to see that the diaspora did not forget their homeland!

And the champion with 27 3-pointers was Nikola Jovanovic; second place went to a German, Simon Rentz with 24 3-pointers, while third place went to Luka Petronic with a 3-pointer less. The German tour was continued two days later in Düsseldorf, where the tournament was successfully organized as part of the 20th European Basketball Championship of Serbian Diaspora (KEPSD). This big event, which has been gathering Serbian basketball players for twenty years, acquired a new dimension and showed that basketball lovers are also true benefactors!

Winners of the tournament in Düsseldorf!

Winners of the tournament in Duisburg with the crew of the Trojka iz Bloka 53 “Trojka shooters” of all nations were shooting 3pointers, and a lot of people came to see the “Trojka” spectacle in their city! Everybody enjoyed being there together and being part of the mission of the Trojka iz Bloka!

A great group of professional and amateur basketball players got together to help socially disadvantaged families from the Balkans and they succeeded at that! There were 28 participants, and the best of them were: Dusan Djukic with 20 3-pointers, Vladica Vukomanovic with 19 3-pointers, and third place again went to Luka Petronic! A lot more friends gathered and watched the tournament, and the Trojka iz Bloka started another tradition!

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“TROJKA IZ BLOKA� CHICAGO

On Saturday, June 4,2016, 60 competitors and dozens of supporters weren't scared off by the morning clouds and threats of rain, instead, they all came down to Veteran's Park in Lyons, Illinois to compete in the 4th Annual, Trojka Iz Bloka Charity 3-Point tournament!! The tournament started with the playing of the Serbian National Anthem and then the competitors were divided into two groups and began competing. With good music and good food, the atmosphere was positively electric. After two rounds, the semi-finalists were clear and the real action began.

There were plenty of returning champions and top finishers from previous years, but this year, the Crown went to 16 year Nikola Borojevic!!! Nikola also set a new record for our tournament of 8 3pointers in-a-row! Second Place went to Mirko Radonjic and the Third Place finisher was Dusan Vranes. Thank you to all of our competitors, guests, friends and sponsors for making this year the most successful Trojka in Chicago yet!! We raised $6,040 all together and had a great time doing it!

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As with past years, we were lucky to have a great group of sponsors who helped make this tournament possible. A very special thank you for their contributions goes to White Star Logistics, Love Freightways, Maybach International Group, Accolade Design Inc, ADR Custom Builders, King Logistics, Charlie Trucking, Five Star Transport, Bizzmark Chicago Air & Freight Inc, Benny’s Pizza, Logistics Group and 2N Licensing. CHILDREN ARE OUR FUTUTRE! Charity organization Serbs for Serbs www.serbsforserbs.org PO Box 34206, Chicago, IL 60634 Phone: +1-312-85-SERBS


Monthly Report for June NEW “TROJKA IZ BLOKA” TOURNAMENTS IN NEW BELGRADE

www.serbsforserbs.org 2016 Over the last five years, the Trojka iz Bloka has built or renovated over 25 bathrooms and has started and finished many other projects, which has enabled healthier growing up of the youngest members of socially disadvantaged families. CHILDREN ARE OUR FUTURE and this is the reason we got together for the fifth time in the Block where it all started, to celebrate Trojka’s birthday with good deeds, good basketball and good music! The biggest winner of the Blok 23 tournament will be the Nikolic family, and for them, but also for all of us, we organized another birthday tournament! For the first time, Trojka iz Bloka moved to another part of New Belgrade – to Paviljoni, on June 7, where we continued gathering and raising money for four Nikolic little ones, who urgently need a new bathroom!

On May 29, in Block 23 in New Belgrade, Trojka iz Bloka celebrated a small jubilee – 5 years since the Charity organization Serbs for Serbs started this unique sports-charity project in 2012. Another birthday tournament of the Trojka iz Bloka was celebrated by getting together and shooting 3-pointers so as to help the Nikolic family from Obrenovac. The sum of 31,160 Dinars was raised from participation fees of 85 shooters, and the proud sponsor TK Gazela supported the aid project intended for the Nikolic family with 12,000 Dinars. That way, the total amount of money raised at the tournament was 43,360 Dinars, which will be used to build a new bathroom for the Nikolics! The idea born in 2012 has grown into a world famous spectacle and has become the symbol of humaneness, sport and fun. It has become a mission fighting for the future of children throughout Serbia and the region!

Greetings from the champions of Block 23! Skabo from Beogradski Sindikat has been with us for five years, helping socially disadvantaged families. He contributed to this birthday as well, performing his raps, and he was joined by the guys from THC La Familija and young Uncle Dzo. Bore and Stefan put on a show full of laughter, rapping and inviting people to send SMS to the charity number 7763. The DJ, Sale L, was in a great mood, so great music was echoing across Novi Beograd, and everybody was either shooting 3-pointers or cheering! Once again, together we showed that we can help! Dance group Fly and boys and girls from Agi pasta, complemented what the Trojka iz Bloka is famous for – the magic of humaneness, sport and fun! At the court of “Laza Kostic” Primary school, there were many children, young and old people and they all came to watch the tournament which was born in their neighborhood. The stands were full and everybody was thrilled to be present at this memorable event.

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Monthly Report for June The event was complemented by the youngest cadets of the Hockey club Partizan, who played an exhibition match three on three, chasing the puck and showing they are there for their peers in need.

www.serbsforserbs.org 2016 The tournament was opened with the performance of the anthem by the “Nadezda Petrovic” Primary school choir, followed by the performance of the best cello player, who had been a guest at our tournaments earlier. Proud sponsors in Paviljoni were Vedro, Quest Playroom and Morelo Pastry, donating 7,000 Dinars each, as well as Melino relax, donating 20,000 Dinars. Proud donors were Pacific link with 5,000 Dinars and Suzana Milenkovic, with 1,955 Dinars.

The birthday tournament was continued in Paviljoni, which hosted the Trojka iz Bloka for the first time. Despite the first time, the “Trojka” will be remembered in the best way possible. We were welcomed by Stanislav Karasi, Dusan Kecman, Jovica Antonic, Srecko Jaric, Goran Grbovic and Bane Markovic! At the courtyard of “Nadezda Petrovic” Primary School, there were bartenders from Bartenders Serbia Association who made non-alcoholic cocktails and thus raised 7,040 Dinars! There were also many other people who made this event a true spectacle – Jelena Mihajlovic, the best Serbian cello player, primary school students, dance group Avangarda, DJ Paja Koba33, big friend of the project, Tricky, as well as the host at the microphone, Stefan from THC La Familija!

The total amount raised at the tournament was 95,160 Dinars! Technical sponsor was Politehnika, and DN investment will donate a shower cabin for the Nikolic family from Obrenovac! The best “Trojka” shooters, out of 91 participants in Paviljoni, were Mirko Kolovic – first place, Strahinja Niksic – seond place, and Ilija Micic – third place.

Bravo for New Belgrade and happy birthday to all “Trojka” shooters! Moving on – THERE’S NO GIVING UP! CHILDREN ARE OUR FUTURE! Charity organization Serbs for Serbs www.serbsforserbs.org PO Box 34206, Chicago, IL 60634 Phone: +1-312-85-SERBS


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FIRST “TROJKA” TOURNAMENTS IN SWITZELAND

The world has no borders for the Charity organization Serbs for Serbs! For the first time in Switzerland, the sports-charity tournament Trojka iz Bloka was held in Romont! 54 participants led to 2,578 Swiss Francs of donations! On the occasion, people from all parts of Switzerland gathered to support this action. Many of them traveled hundreds of kilometers to participate in the first Trojka iz Bloka. There were participants from Romont, Basel, Zurich, Reinach, Winterthur, Luzern, Ticino, Lausanne and many other places, even Munich and Linz! The fifth season of the tournament opened the door of the European Union, New York, and now the heart of Europe – Switzerland! In the country with long and rich tradition and remarkable touristic offer, the Trojka iz Bloka showed its magic, its mission, and won the hearts of the Swiss.

This Trojka iz Bloka was supported by Petar Aleksic, who was present at the tournament and thus made the event even more special. Petar Aleksic is the head coach of the Swiss national basketball team and the coach of BC Fribourg Olympic, double crown, Cup and Championship winners!

At the first such event in Switzerland, there were 54 participants. The finals saw 10 best among them. However, since two participants had the same score, there had to be a third round and then Predrag Andric was a bit better than Petar Aleksic and won the first trophy in Switzerland. Third place went to Dejan Radovic from Zurich.

At the end of this 5-hour-action, everybody present at the sports hall in Romont could sample delicious homemade cevapi! We would like to thank everyone for participating and supporting the idea. We would also like to inform you that there have been suggestions to repeat the Trojka iz Bloka again this year, but you will be informed about it in due time.

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www.serbsforserbs.org 2016 The Trojka iz bloka team came from Belgrade with Tricky and guys from THC La Familia, and they were welcomed by our proud sponsors of Agi pasta, which are operating in Banja Luka since last year, as well as local music support, rappers Coda and Ugi. At the end of the tournament we were joined by a complete women's basketball representation of Serbia, and the captain Milica Dabovic awarded medals and a trophy to the best contestants! Great support and assistance of the Basketball Association of the Republic of Srpska, in addition to technical support in the balls and stands and wonderful volunteers, was also expressed through the sale of tickets for the friendly match between the representations of Serbia and Slovenia, which was played the following day in the hall Borik.

On June 10 at 18 am at the K4 fields, the first tournament of Trojka iz bloka was held in Banja Luka, where there were 101 contestants, and a total of 587 BAM, 15 EUR and 360 RSD was collected! The proud sponsors supported the first tournament in the city on the Vrbas River with 1,100 BAM, including: Bookstore Riznica and Association Bastionik with 100 BAM each, Euromont Ltd. and the Pan European University Apeiron with 200 BAM each, while Autokomerc V.S. donated 500 BAM! The fields of the Student Center Nikola Tesla were too small to accommodate all those people of good will who were attracted by the magic of the Trojka iz bloka! The unity of professional basketball players and amateurs in making humane works has become the original world of Trojka iz bloka! The life of a city and all its good people can be found behind the line of three points on our tournaments! The champions of humanity were all citizens of Banja Luka who came to K4 courts, and the champions in rapid kicking triplets were Ljubisa Markanovic – first place with 15 triples and Mladen Bjelajac and Vojo Kovanusic on second and third places with a triplet less each.

Milos Simovic on behalf of the Charity Organization Serbs for Serbs and Miodrag Simic, the coordinator of Trojka iz bloka for Banja Luka welcomed the gathered crowd and thanked all those who led to this great tournament! Thanks to the excellent cooperation of the Charity organization Serbs for Serbs, the Basketball Association of the Republic of Srpska and the boutique Avangarda, the overall Banja Luka basketball public found out about the tournament, which resulted in great visit and exceptional tournament. Charity organization Serbs for Serbs www.serbsforserbs.org PO Box 34206, Chicago, IL 60634 Phone: +1-312-85-SERBS


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The captain of the basketball representation Milica Dabovic presented the trophy to the winner of the tournament Trojka iz bloka in Banja Luka, Ljubisa Markanovic

During the last season, we opened the door of the Republic of Srpska with great tournament in Pale in September; during this year, after much work and effort, the charity number 1412 was assigned to us, and by calling this number you will donate 1 BAM and help the work of the Charity organization Serbs for Serbs! The successes so far have announced the capital of the Republic of Srpska, and now, after the tournament on the Vrbas River, Vlasenica, Trebinje, Bijeljina, East Sarajevo, and again – Pale are waiting for us!

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Monthly Report for June THE MOST SUCCESSFUL “BASKET FOR HAPPINESS” SO FAR

www.serbsforserbs.org 2016 Also, for the first time in the field in Block 1 at Fontana, the match was moved and played on June 16 at the Kalemegdan fortress, i.e. on the fields of BC Partizan. Next to Danilo Andjusic who received the prestigious recognition of being the most prominent participant of a match, the greatest attention was given to the young champion of Roland Garros, Olga Danilovic.

For the third year in a row, the charity match “Basket for happiness” was played. On this occasion it will help the socially disadvantaged multiple children families through the Charity organization Serbs for Serbs. The “Blue” have suffered defeat for the first time in the history of this charity match, and the “Yellow” were better, 67- 64. The action “Basket for happiness” collected 230,810 RSD and 25 EUR from the charity match and 37,000 RSD of “Charity exchanging jerseys” that will continue in the following period. Together with the Serbian Olympian, Cabo Siladji, the team of “Basket for happiness” also tried to play Mozart Sport Company – “Ticket at noon, celebrities predict”, and since they were good predictors, they expected payment of additional 49,356 RSD.

She continued the winning streak in the “Basket for happiness” where she showed basketball gene in masterful kicking triplets and reached gold in competition of ladies from the public scene. While brothers Danilo and Luka Andjusic had their little skirmish in a very uncertain match, as far as nonbasketball players, Ognjen Kajganić and Vladimir Vuksanovic, who also had a lot of duels, showed the most. After three overtimes, a rapper from the group THCF Stefan Gligorijević missed and led his team to defeat.

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Monthly Report for June Danilo Andjusic had 25 points and he was followed by former handball player Ognjen Kajganić with 21 points. Bosko Cirković Skabo scored four, while presenter Igor Curcic and DJ Sasa Ledic added three points each in the total score of the “Yellow”. Younger Andjusic, Luka, was the best in the defeated team with 22 points. A male model Vlada Vuksanovic scored 15, DJs Luka Milosevic scored 11, another male model, Marko Andric, scored six, while young actor Pedja Vasic scored four. With three points, a lot of assists and steals, Darko Brasanac won the award for best football player – participant of “Basket for happiness”.

www.serbsforserbs.org 2016 “We are glad that we broke our record as far as donation from one match and I hope that with other actions the figure will be even bigger and of even greater benefit for disadvantaged, multiple children families. I call upon all athletes to get involved in the “Charity exchanging jerseys” and I would like to thank everyone who has donated so far”, said the organizer of the “Basket for happiness”, journalist Petar Lazic. Top scorers: “YELLOW” – Danilo Andjusic (25), Sasa Ledic (4), Bosko Cirkovic Skabo (6), Slavoljub Srnic, Borko Vujicic Bore (3), Bojan Marovic (2), Igor Curcic (4), Nenad Gavric, Ognjen Kajganić (21) and Ivan Tesanovic (2). “BLUE” – Stefan Gligorijevic, Pedja Vasic (4), Vladimir Vuksanovic (15), Marko Bulat (3), Darko Brasanac (3), Luka Andjusic (22), Luka Milosevic (11), Nikola Stanoev Uncle Joe, Ilija Kovacic, Marko Andric (6), Marko Mandic and Luka Stojanovic. LADIES COMPETITION – Olga Danilovic (gold), Goga Stanic (silver), Dragana Micalovic (bronze), Zorica Radulovic (bronze), Bogdana Medenica (bronze), Milica Tomasevic (bronze), Katarina Sreckovic (bronze).

Under the auspices of the action “Basket for happiness”, the organizers of the charity match, brothers Petar and Nemanja Lazic, will implement a variety of different charity actions in the period before Christmas in 2017, and the one that started on the match day is “Charity exchanging jerseys”. During the first day of action, and the match day, the “Charity exchanging jerseys” were started by Mijat Gacinovic (Eintracht Frankfurt football player) and Nikola Petkovic (Janbian Fude football player).

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Monthly Report for June SFS RAISED 1,5 MILLION EUR IN DONATIONS

At the beginning of June, the Charity organization Serbs for Serbs had raised 1,5 million EUR in donations which was used so far to provide valuable help for 1,600 socially disadvantaged families who have over 11,000 children throughout the Balkan. Since 2005, with the recognizable slogan “Children are our future” the Charity organization Serbs for Serbs has gathered over 10,000 members and donors from Serbia, region and the world who are untiring in visiting and delivering the valuable charity and economic help for the socially disadvantaged families throughout the Balkan, month after month. On Vidovdan 2015, the organization has been awarded with the Order of St. Sava by the Serbian Orthodox Church for its charity work.

www.serbsforserbs.org 2016 Apart from Serbia, the organization is raising donations through its officially registered branches in the Republic of Srpska, Montenegro, Austria, Switzerland, Germany, USA and Canada. On its official website www.srbizasrbe.org the organization is updating the lists of donors daily, publicly presenting the records on its bank accounts of all the branches and placing detailed reports on the families who received help. Also, the organization Serbs for Serbs started a charity SMS number in Serbia, 7763, through which it raised so far over 3 million RSD of valuable help to the socially disadvantaged families. Together with similar organizations, the Serbian Orthodox Church, the media and numerous donors and friends around the world, the Charity organization Serbs for Serbs will continue its valuable charity work for the benefit of the socially disadvantaged families and their children throughout the Balkan. …………………………………………………………...

13 MILLION VISITS ON SFS WEBSITE

Precisely thanks to the numerous donors from around the world, a great number of families today live in their warm homes, the children are sleeping in new beds, they prepare food from their farms and greenhouses on the new stoves, they have bathrooms, household appliances, electricity, water, and the roofs do not leak anymore. There are many children who obtained their own rooms, worktables, closets, toys or computers for the first time. There are many parents who today have the opportunity to provide their children with the glass of fresh cow, sheep of goat milk, and use the tractors with appliances in farming their land and thus earning for their families. Apart from the direct material help to the families, on many occasions we have helped public kitchens, ambulances, maternity wards and hospitals, kindergartens, elementary and high schools and other institutions who are daily taking care of health and education of the children.

On June 4, 2016, the official website of the Charity organization SERBS FOR SERBS www.srbizasrbe.org recorded 13 million visits since 2007, and almost a million new visits from March to June this year. That surely represents the additional support to our charity work and the actions of helping the socially disadvantaged families throughout Serbia, the Republic of Srpska and the region. NO SURRENDER! SERBS FOR SERBS

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Monthly Report for June 1.848 SMS TO 7763 IN MAY

www.serbsforserbs.org 2016 At the beginning of May, 2016, the Charity organization SERBS FOR SERBS, in cooperation with mobile service provider MTel from the Republic of Srpska, launched the long-awaited CHARITY PHONE NUMBER 1412. By calling the number (from fixed or mobile network), you will donate 1 BAM for helping socially disadvantaged families in the Republic of Srpska (fixed network charges 0.05 BAM and mobile network 0.13 BAM per call). During May, 2,690 calls were received through the charity phone number 1412. The charity campaign CALL 1412 continues. We extend our deep gratitude to all donors and friends of the organization who have joined the charity campaign of the organization SERBS FOR SERBS. CALL 1412 IN THE REPUBLIC OF SRPSKA! …………………………………………………………...

SFS CANADA IS NOW REGISTERED CHARITY At the beginning of March 2015, the Charity organization SERBS FOR SERBS, in cooperation with Serbian mobile service providers Telekom, Telenor and Vip, started a national campaign for helping socially disadvantaged families throughout Serbia. During May, 1,848 SMS were sent to the charity SMS number 7763. The charity campaign SMS to 7763 (in Serbia) continues. It is sufficient to send an empty SMS or an SMS with any text you want. 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 have taken part in the charity campaign of the organization SERBS FOR SERBS. …………………………………………………………...

2.690 CALLS TO 1412 IN R.SRPSKA

Serbs for Serbs Canada is now a registered charity! We are excited by this new status for our organization and know that it will help us in our fundraising endeavours here in Canada. Serbs for Serbs Canada is a branch of the Charity organization Serbs for Serbs, based in Belgrade. Serbs for Serbs Canada believes, and has witnessed for itself, how much can be achieved when we come together. When we open our hearts to struggling Serbian families in the Balkans, our message to them is: we hear you, we see you and we have not forgotten about you. Serbs for Serbs Canada continues to attract more and more donors. Each year, the amount of money collected from our annual In Time for Bozic campaign and Palacinka Party grows. In addition to our fundraisers, individuals are coming forward with their own donations and fundraising initiatives.

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Monthly Report for June Slava domacini are asking their guests, in lieu of flowers/wine, to make donations to poor families in need. Families are remembering their deceased loved ones by making donations to the charity in their memory. Others are choosing to make monthly charitable donations. And now that we are a registered charity in Canada, we can issue official tax receipts.

www.serbsforserbs.org 2016 The price of the T-shirt is 1,300 RSD (or 12 EUR, 24 BAM, 20 CHF, 15 USD) + postal costs. The income from the sale of T-shirts will be spent on the work and strengthening of the organization. T-shirts in sizes S, M, L, XL, XXL and XXXL can be ordered via email: marketing@srbizasrbe.org, on the official Facebook page www.facebook.com/srbizasrbe and in Belgrade boutique BUNKER (Dragoslav Jovanovic Street 13). For orders in Serbia, payment is made on delivery, while for countries abroad the payments are made electronically (with a note for T-shirt). There are also other T-shirts with the Serbian motifs in SFS BOUTIQUE.

These are just several examples of how people have reached out to our needy Serbian families in the Balkans. We invite you all to add your names to the list of donors that support the registered charity Serbs for Serbs Canada. Come and join us, and help show everyone that, “When Serbs come together, good things happen!” Contact: serbsforserbscanada@gmail.com …………………………………………………………... NEW SFS T-SHIRT – KOSOVO AND METOHIJA

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The Charity organization SERBS FOR SERBS presents its new T-shirt “KOSOVO METOHIJA” in order to mark the 627th anniversary of the famous Battle of Kosovo on Gazimestan. Charity organization Serbs for Serbs www.serbsforserbs.org PO Box 34206, Chicago, IL 60634 Phone: +1-312-85-SERBS


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Monthly Report for June Donors in June : 1. Compass Fuel donation box (IL) - $ 10 2. Beograd Café donation box (IL) - $ 10 3. Nada's Deli & Bakery d. box (IL) - $ 20 4. St. Nikola, Brookfield d.box (IL) - $ 10 5. iSerbApparel.com - $ 10 6. Veljko Sedlan - $ 20 7. Zivko Lakic - $ 50 8. Srdjan Gavrilovic (GA) - $ 15 9. Zoran Zdravkovic (IL) - $ 15 10. Radomans Framing (CA) - $ 15 11. www.snd-us.com - $ 25 12. Vesna Vasic (CAN) - $ 25 CAD 13. Biljana Zdrale (CAN) - $ 50 CAD 14. Milan Dobras (AZ) - $ 15 15. Zeljka Bucalo (NV) - $ 25 16. Tihomir Bajic (CA) - $ 100 17. Trojka iz bloka-Chicago - $ 6.000 18. Slavisa Karach (GA) - $ 25 19. Tanja Josipovic (AZ) - $ 25 20. Ivan Aksentijevic (MD) - $ 25 21. Nemanja & Aleksa Pjanic (CAN) - $ 100 CAD (In memory of Reina Brkic) 22. Radmila & Bogdan Pjanic (CAN) - $ 100 CAD (In memory of Reina Brkic) 23. Angelina & Danilo Racic (CAN) - $ 50 CAD (In memory of Reina Brkic) 24. Jovan Brkic (CAN) - $ 50 CAD (In memory of Reina Brkic) 25. Lidija Borojevic & Jeff MacLarty (CAN) – $ 50 CAD (In memory of Reina Brkic) 26. Ivanka Ilkic (CAN) - $ 40 CAD (In memory of Reina Brkic) 27. Milica & Richard Armand (CAN) - $ 40 CAD (In memory of Reina Brkic) 28. Olga & John Lukic (CAN) - $ 50 CAD (In memory of Reina Brkic) 29. Rada & Michael Lukich (CAN) - $ 100 CAD (In memory of Reina Brkic) 30. Familiy Sobot (CAN) - $ 200 CAD (In memory of Reina Brkic) 31. Familiy Mrvaljevic (CAN) - $ 100 CAD (In memory of Reina Brkic) 32. Aleks & Mira Brkic (CAN) - $ 100 CAD (In memory of Reina Brkic) 33. Dragica & Jovan Zirojevic (CAN) - $ 50 CAD (In memory of Reina Brkic) 34. Dana & Brian Mitchell (CAN) - $ 200 CAD (In memory of Reina Brkic) 35. Natasa & Miso Kostic (CAN) - $ 500 CAD (In memory of Ranko Kostic)

www.serbsforserbs.org 2016 36. Anonymous (CAN) - $ 20 CAD 37. Stazija & Nedeljko Zecevic (CAN) - $ 1.000 CAD 38. Vozi Inc. - $ 50 39. Breza (ME) - $ 15 40. Nenad Grujicic (FL) - $ 50 41. Dragana Beara (CAN) - $ 50 42. Ivan Radulovic (NY) - $ 25 43. Sasa Savic (TX) - $ 30 44. Nina & Maksim Krsmanovic (VA)- $50 45. Aleksandar Micic (MO) - $ 15 46. Milan Zdrnja - $ 25 47. Vesna Kozomora (IL) - $ 25 48. Milos Aresnijevic (MA) - $ 15 49. Helena Urukalo (CAN) - $ 15 50. Milos Kuburovic (FL) - $ 15 51. Natalija Vesic (NY) - $ 20 52. Jela Nonkovic (PA) - $ 15 53. Nikola Mrdakovic (IL) - $ 40 54. G. T. (IN) - $ 50 55. Violet Vukotich (AZ) - $ 25 56. Nick Jurkovic (IL) - $ 25 57. Milorad Bozickovic (OH) - $ 60 58. Daniela Damjanoski (IL) - $ 60 59. Abbvie employee matching - $ 85 60. AT&T - $ 98.40 61. Seka Medich i Dragomir Ilich (IL) - $ 100 62. Sumadija Folklore Ensemble, Milwaukee (WI) – $ 200 (Deca Za Decu-donation) 63. Cadence Design Systems - $ 450.80 64. Tomislav Pekovic (NY) - $ 20 65. Daniel Plavsic (WA) - $ 25 66. Vladimir Milosavljevic - $ 25 67. Protecta El. Serv. (Australia) - $ 15 68. Ivan Akesntijevic (MD) - $ 25 69. Srdjan Prodanovic (NY) - $ 50 70. Dragomir Stanojevic (CAN) - $ 50 71. Dragisa Djordjevic (MD) - $ 15 72. Slavica Petrovic (IL) - $ 25 73. David Gavric (IN) - $ 50 74. Lora Pennington - $ 1.100 75. Mihajlo i Mirjana Karamarkovic sa prijateljima (CAN) - $ 1.000 CAD 76. Zivko Lakic - $ 100 77. Marta Stojanovic (CAN) - $ 25 78. Biljana Bursac (CO) - $ 15 79. Sturat Murray (Norway) - $ 25 80. Srdjan Markovic (CA) - $ 25 81. Bojan Jovanovic (IL) - $ 25 82. Neven Cvetkovic (Sweden) - $ 50 83. Milos Trakilovic - $ 4 84. Ankica D. (NJ) - $ 25

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85. Gracanica Serbian Eastern Orthodox Church Congregation of Windsor (CAN) - $ 60.000 CAD 86. Dragan Pantelic (IL) - $ 25 87. Stuart Murray (Norway) - $ 100 88. Zivko Lakic - $ 100 89. Anonymous - $ 5 90. Milos Stevanovic (NJ) - $ 15 91. Sinisa & Mirjana Peric (MD) - $ 50 92. Marko Saric - $ 20 93. Brankica Paunovic - $ 25 94. Aleksandar Tanasic (CAN) - $ 25 95. Zoran Mladenovic (MD) - $ 100 ________________________

TOTAL IN JUNE: $ 10.168 USD $ 63.825 CAD

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DONATIONS IN USA 2016.

NUMBER OF DONORS IN USA 2016.

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DONATIONS IN CANADA 2016.

NUMBER OF DONORS IN CANADA 2016.

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