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CHARITY ORGANIZATION SERBS FOR SERBS

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Monthly Report No. 1 January, 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 January 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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Monthly Report for January 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 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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SFS AT FAMILY STOJANOVIC FROM LESKOVAC

They were renting a place at first, but due to the lack of money (since they live of social benefit in the amount of approximately 20,000 RSD) they went to live with the husband’s parents in the Gornja Janjina village where we visited them.

Members of the Charity organization Serbs for Serbs visited at the end of 2015 family Stojanovic living in the Gornja Jajina village near Leskovac. The family moved from Bosnjacka mahala in Kosovska Mitrovica where they were afraid for their life for years. In 2013 the Albanians threw a bomb in the courtyard of the house, so the members mainly lived closed in the house. Father of the family died of heart attack a year ago (most likely out of stress due to great torment and life in constant fear), and he left his wife Dragana with three minor children: Petar (9), Nikola (7) and Nikolina (4).

The parents of the late husband are farmers and they have a greenhouse. In the conversation with the single mother Dragana we came to a conclusion that the family needs cow the most, in order to feed the children and provide additional income to the family.

After the father’s death, the mother and the children decided to leave the house in Kosovska Mitrovica which wasn’t even in their ownership but was given to them for usage by the state of Serbia. The children are still bearing traumas so the removal was necessary.

We call upon all the people of good will to get involved and provide financial contributions to the projects of the Charity organization Serbs for Serbs aimed at helping the socially disadvantaged multiple children families throughout Balkan. NO SURRENDER! CHILDREN ARE OUR FUTURE!

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WOOD BURNING STOVE FOR GAVRILOVIC FAMILY

Nikola, Duska, Milos, Danijela, and Dragana Gavrilovic

As part of the traditional Christmas action, the Charity organization Serbs for Serbs helped the eightmember Gavrilovic family from Potkozarje, near Banja Luka. The family was previously visited in midNovember, when we agreed on helping them by purchasing a wood burning stove. The family consists of the parents, Stanislav and Rada, and their six children, Danko (19), Danijela (17), Dragana (12), Duska (10), Nikola (5), and Milos (3), and they live in very hard conditions. The value of the wood burning stove is 845 BAM.

Gavrilovic children in front of their new wood burning stove

Gavrilovic family from Banja Luka The Gavrilovic family fled the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina in the last war and found refuge in the Republic of Srpska. The eight of them found home in Potkozarje, in a house which still lacks basic conditions. Our members visited them in November, when the action was started to buy them the wood burning stove. When we collected enough money, we bought the stove and delivered it to them after Christmas.

Since no one bought them anything, as the Gavrilovics say, they did not keep hope that we would come again. Thanks to donors, the Charity organization Serbs for Serbs once again showed that Serbian children from multiple children families have someone to turn to. The Gavrilovics would also like to thank everybody, although they still can not believe that someone thought of them, too.

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Monthly Report for January TILLER FOR STOJANOVIC FAMILY FROM DALMATIA

www.serbsforserbs.org 2016 The aid consisted of purchasing a tractor tiller, which will be of great help to the Stojanovic family in doing agricultural work. The value of the aid is 1,300 Euros.

Family Stojanovic next to their new tiller As part of the traditional Christmas action, the Charity organization Serbs for Serbs helped the Stojanovic family from the village of Ramljani in Dalmatia. The parents, Goran and Danijela (who is pregnant), have two sons, Stefan (3), and Djordje (8 months old).

Stojanovic family members with the tiller Happy householder, Goran Stojanovic, next to his new tiller

We call upon all people of good will to get involved and through their contributions help the projects of the Charity organization Serbs for Serbs, which aim at helping socially disadvantaged Serbian multiple children families throughout the Balkans.

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Monthly Report for January CHRISTMAS ACTION IN PRIJEDOR

As was the case in previous years, the Christmas action of the Charity organization Serbs for Serbs gathered numerous Prijedor residents to collect 530.70 BAM in order to help the most disadvantaged large families from the Prijedor region. The helped families are: Marjanovic, Zdjelar, Vuckovic, and Davidovic. The families received aid consisting of basic groceries and hygiene packages, and youngest got santa sacks, which made them very happy. The total value of the aid was 493 BAM.

www.serbsforserbs.org 2016 Dragan and his wife Mira Marjanovic have ten beautiful children: Nenad (3), Svetlana (5), Predrag (8), Zeljko (10), Dragan (13), Jelena (15), Zeljka (16), Marinko (17), Suzana (19), and Dragana (23). We had helped the Marjanovics earlier by purchasing land, chainsaw and food packages.

Youngest Marjanovics with santa sacks We had helped the Vuckovic family earlier by purchasing a tractor. The family consists of the parents, Drasko and Bojana, and their six children: daughters Anastasija (14), Dajana (12), and Jelena (10), and sons Dragan (11), and the twins Stefan and Aleksandar (7).

Serbs for Serbs visiting Vuckovic family

Santa sacks for the youngest We had helped the families Marjanovic, Zdjelar, Vuckovic, and Davidovic several times before in our previous actions.

We had helped the Zdjelars by purchasing food packages. The Zdjelar family consists of the parents, Mico and Milena, and their children, Zeljko (22), Dragan (14), Dragana (10), Zeljka (7), and the youngest Miroslav (5).

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Monthly Report for January Unfortunately, the situation with the Zdjelars has not changed since our last visits. The seven of them still live in a shed of about 10m2, and due to property issues and the negligence of the father of the family, this family remains without specific aid of our organization.

www.serbsforserbs.org 2016 The plan for this Christmas action was to buy this family a tractor. Once again, we saw the necessity of purchasing a tractor for this family, because the snow made the road impassable and we had to postpone our visit several times until it was possible for us to reach them. The total cost of the action was 493 BAM, and the remaining amount collected in the action will be directed to purchasing a tractor for the Davidovic family. The action raised 530.70 BAM, and several packages of food and clothes. If we add the amount of 657.70 BAM, which was raised at the charity party in December, 2015, and which will be spent on purchasing a tractor for the Davidovic family, we can say that Prijedor residents have passed a real test in humaneness. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all friends and donors of the organization, especially Kafanica cafĂŠ, Sanus cafĂŠ, and Nostro Uomo cafĂŠ for their donations, and also invite everybody to support the work of our organization in the way they can.

Food, hygiene products and santa sacks for the Zdjelar family The last family we visited was the Davidovic family, consisting of the parents, Dalibor and Vesna, and their four children: Nikolina (8), Dejan (6), Natasa (5), and Pavle (2).

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SFS VISITING SIMOVIC FAMILY FROM HERCEG NOVI

Youngest Simovics: Vladislav, Vasilisa, Jelena, and Milica On January 24, members of the Charity organization Serbs for Serbs Montenegro visited the socially disadvantaged six-member Simovic family from Herceg Novi. The family consists of the parents, Velibor and Anastasija, and their four children: Vasilisa (9), the twins Jelena and Milica (7), and Vladislav (4). The mother, Anastasija, is a housewife, and the father, Velibor, works at the Ostrog Monastery and occasionally works for a wage in construction.

We call upon all people of good will to get involved and through their contributions help the projects of the Charity organization Serbs for Serbs, which aim at helping socially disadvantaged Serbian multiple children families throughout the Balkans.

Mother Anastasija, Vladislav, Vasilisa, Jelena, Milica, and father Velibor Simovic The Simovics live as tenants. They receive welfare and child benefit, and they use this money to pay the rent. The Charity organization Serbs for Serbs will try to provide the Simovic family with the most necessary aid consisting of footwear, clothes, washing machine, wardrobe and desk for studying.

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APPLIANCE FOR SUBARIC FAMILY FROM KOSMET

Washing machine made mother Natasa happy the most Members of Charity organization „SFS� delivering aid for Subaric family As part of the traditional Christmas action, the Charity organization Serbs for Serbs helped the Subaric family from the village of Sevce, Strpce Municipality in Kosovo and Metohija. The single mother, Natasa, has four sons: Lazar (18), Nikola (16), Filip (14), and Luka (12). The aid consisted of an electric stove, a washing machine, and a fridge. The aid will be of great help to the single mother.

House where Subaric family lives

The value of the donated appliances is 720 Euros. We call upon all people of good will to get involved and through their contributions help the projects of the Charity organization Serbs for Serbs, which aim at helping socially disadvantaged Serbian multiple children families throughout the Balkans.

NO SURRENDER! New electric stove and fridge were given to Subaric family

CHILDREN ARE UOR FUTURE! SERBS FOR SERBS

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Monthly Report for January HELP TO FAMILY PAVLOVIC FROM BANIJA DELIVERED

www.serbsforserbs.org 2016 The help consisted in providing the wood-burning stove and a three-seater. The total value of the provided help is 500 EUR.

Within the traditional Christmas action Charity organization Serbs for Serbs helped family Pavlovic from the village of Gornja Trstenica on Banija. Parents Milan and Zivana have two daughters Dragana (14) and Milana (12).

Delivering of Alfa wood-burning stove

Acknowledgments of family Pavlovic for all the donors of the organization Serbs for Serbs

Bringing the new three-seater into the Pavlovic family home

We call upon all the people of good will to join and donate to help the projects of the Charity organization Serbs for Serbs which have the aim of helping socially disadvantaged multiple children Serbian families throughout Balkan.

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Monthly Report for January FIRST CHRISTMAS TOURNAMENT IN TABLE TENNIS

www.serbsforserbs.org 2016 The organizers of the tournament were the members of the organization board of the sport-charity project “Trojka iz bloka” and a great friend of our organization Aleksa Jovanov in whose club “Kao nekad” we held the competition. The best indicator that philanthropy is the essence of Christmas is precisely the fact that without any media campaign we held more than successful tournament in Borca with the aim to provide the funds from the applications and allocate them to the traditional Christmas action our organization has been conducting for several years, within which we are helping the Serbian families in Kosovo and Metohija and Krajina.

Members of the Charity organization Serbs for Serbs made sure to spend the second day of Christmas in the spirit of this great and joyful Christian holiday, i.e. to spend some of their spare time, along with a great number of merciful people, on those to whom our Lord dedicated His entire earthly life – brothers and sisters who meet various problems on a daily level – of material but also existential nature. On Firday, January 8, on the Feast of the Convocation of the Most Holy Theotokos in Borca we organized a small sport, but also charitable convocation – Christmas charity tournament in table tennis in which there were over 40 contestants and we collected 23,800 RSD.

Within the cheerful, motivated and fierce competition three competitors were the most successful – the bronze medal winner Zoran Jevtic, the “silver” Milinko Micevic and the first-placed Dusko Petrovic who won the brightest medal and the victorious trophy. However, the biggest victory of that day, won by joint effort of all tournament participants was the collected sum of 23,800 RSD! 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 We also thank from our hearts to all the participants and donors who contributed with their presence and donations to the universal action of collecting funds for helping the disadvantaged compatriots. We wish them joy, love and peace in their hearts until the next socializing in Borca.

Finalists of the tournament: Milinko Micevic, Dusko Petrovic and Zoran Jevtic

In the first place, we thank the Lord our God who gathered us all with a single goal – the aim to help our neighbors wherever they are.

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Monthly Report for January CHRISTMAS SFS ACTION IN CANADA

Canadian branch of the Charity organization Serbs for Serbs started its second Christmas campaign under the name “In time for Bozic 2016”. In the first week of the action, they collected 5,000 dollars for four multiple children families who need help, and the donors were from entire Ontario, and even from Helsinki. The action runs until Christmas, and the organizers are hoping that this year’s sum will surpass the sum of 11,000 dollars they collected last year in the similar campaign. On this occasion the money will go to families Ljiljak (refugees from Croatia) with seven children for upgrading the house, Stojkovic from Izvor near Novo Brdo from Kosovo and Metohija for providing the construction material, Davidovic with four children from the Marin village near Prijedor for buying the tractor and Baljak with six children from Obrovac for providing the construction material. Although it was officially registered in November 2015, the Canadian branch of the organization Serbs for Serbs which was commenced by friends Angelina Racic, Mira Brkic, Dragana Kubra, Olga Lukic and Lidija Borojevic has already organized two “pancake parties” and its first campaign “In time for Bozic” in 2015, and collected approximately 21,000 dollars which was sent to Belgrade to the central organization for the help to the socially disadvantaged families. - The five of us, and our families and friends who have been supporting us from the first day, had the need to do something for our children who live in difficult conditions and whose families due to their poverty cannot provide them even a decent accommodation, let alone something else. We decided to act through the organization Serbs for Serbs because we liked their transparency.

www.serbsforserbs.org 2016 Everybody knows when, where and how much was spent, where did the money go which is essential when you want people to trust you. Another reason why we chose this organization is due to the fact that they don’t give money to anyone, but after investigating the situation and talking to people, they make a joint decision with those people what they need the most and afterwards the organization provides them with that. The most important thing is that the representatives of the organization through the things they provide for the socially disadvantaged in Serbia, the Republic of Srpska and Krajina want to enable those families to create opportunity to survive on their own in the future. Therefore, it doesn’t represent the fulfillment of unrealistic desires, but helping in such a manner that those families can become more active members of the society tomorrow, to try to sustain themselves and to provide the life of dignity to their children as much as possible. Also, it was important to us that the organization is collaborating closely with the Serbian Orthodox Church, that it is close to the church, and we decided to become a part of it. I would also like to emphasize that a single organization cannot accomplish everything on its own. Therefore we support other sister organizations who are working in Canada such as the Lifeline branch, Stara Raska, Srpska bratska pomoc and individuals like Rada and Rade Micic who are helping selflessly as much as they know and can. Should each of us give 5 dollars per month, it would bring a different picture in our homeland – says Angelina Racic, president of the Canadian branch of Serbs for Serbs. Our interlocutor is emphasizing the role of the young ones in the work of the Canadian branch of Serbs for Serbs, because the youth is the one to engage heavily on the pancake parties, they are present in the social media, sharing their experiences and calling their peers to join the actions. It is very important, because only on the example of what has been done will they learn it is important to follow an example rather than someone’s opinion or attitude. PAYING BACK THE DEBT TO SERBIA - Many of us from Bosnia and Herzegovina flew to Serbia when the war begun. Serbia has accepted me and gave me what was possible at the moment. I can never forget that and I personally have great need to give back to the homeland as much as I can and I think there are a lot of people who are thinking in the same manner. To help those who need it and especially multiple children families is our Christian duty and responsibility – says the president of the Canadian branch of Serbs for Serbs Angelina Racic, originating from Sarajevo.

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Monthly Report for January It is interesting that these five hard working, energetic and very motivated women who commenced the activities of organizing and registering the branch of the organization Serbs for Serbs in Canada, are from almost all Serbian regions of the former Yugoslavia by their origin. Olga Lukic and Mira Brkic (originating from Lika and Herzegovina) were born in Canada, Dragana Kubura is from Sarajevo, and Lidija Borojevic is from Slavonija, and all of them brought the feeling towards their Serbian origin from their family homes.

www.serbsforserbs.org 2016 If you send money in such a way, the security question is “What is on JAN 7”, and the answer is Bozic or Bozic 1 if your bank insists on the password of six or more characters.

The news published in the printed edition of Vesti 22/12/2015 HOW TO SEND HELP Dear readers, if you want to join the campaign of the Canadian branch of Serbs for Serbs “In Time for Bozic 2016”, you can send a check on Serbs for Serbs Canada, 635 The Queensway, Lower Level, Toronto, ON, M8Y 1K6, or pay on the interace transfer.

The news published in the printed edition of Vesti 12/01/2016

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Monthly Report for January In its second Christmas campaign “In Time for Bozic 2016” the Canadian branch of the Charity organization Serbs for Serbs collected 17,500 dollars. This money and several more donations which should arrive will be used to improve and brighten up the lives of families Ljiljak (refugees from Croatia) with seven children (for upgrading the house), Stojkovic from Izvor near Novo Brdo from Kosovo and Metohija for providing the construction material, Davidovic with four children from the Marin village near Prijedor for buying a tractor and Baljak with six children from Obrovac for providing the construction material. Although the action is formally finished, those who want can still donate for these four families and their children. During the spring the activities in providing everything each family needs will start, and by the fall 2016 the results of the action will be tangible, says the Canadian branch of this organization. - Finishing of an action, the fulfillment of the needs of some family, the help they receive in order to become capable for independent and productive life is in fact our biggest motivation to continue to work and help. Because we know that the help goes to the multiple children families (the motto of our organization is “Children are our future”) and that the lives of those children become improved and advanced, there is no bigger award and motive for all of us who participate in that: us, the organizers of the action and for those who give and help from their hearts – says Angelina Racic, president of the Canadian branch of Serbs for Serbs.

www.serbsforserbs.org 2016 SERBOS FROM CALGARY In the second Christmas campaign “In Time for Bozic 2016” the set of donors was spread, so people from Australia, an Indian living in Canada and many others were donating. Members of the Kolo srpskih sestara “Kneginja Zorka” from Toronto donated 1,000 dollars for this action. The activists of the Canadian branch had the desire to have many donors like the families from Calgary, the 10 of them, organized and gathered by Dragan Vujic. They call themselves Serbos from Calgary and each of them pays on average 30 dollars each month on the account of the organization Serbs for Serbs. Since 2009 until now these families have donated 32,000 dollars in such a manner. - We would like to witness such manner of continued help as much as possible; it is not too much of an expense for the people who live here, but on a yearly level it is a big donation and significant and substantial help – says Angelina Racic. HOW TO DONATE THE MONEY It is not too late to join the action of help to families Ljiljak, Stojkovic, Davidovic and Baljak. Dear readers, you can do that by sending a check on Serbs for Serbs Canada, 635 The Queensway, Lower Level, Toronto, ON, M8Y 1K6 or by paying on interac e transfer on donate2sfs@gmail.com.

The donors can donate always, it needs not be the specific action of the Canadian branch, but the current project of the organization Serbs for Serbs instead, points out our interlocutor. The next action of the Canadian branch will be the organization of the traditional spring pancake party in the Serbian centre in Mississauga scheduled for May 15, right after the service. The young ones are always particularly engaged in that action, which is precisely the aim: to transfer to the young ones the feeling they need to help their people, to those who are poor, miserable and powerless; to give the young ones the opportunity to feel the pleasure and happiness when they help someone else, when they make other people happy and brighten up their lives on their own work.

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Monthly Report for January SAINT SAVA PICNIC IN AUSTRALIA

Friends of the Charity organization Serbs for Serbs from Australia got the idea to organize fundraising at Saint Sava picnic to help Serbian multiple children families. During the previous weekend, in a churchyard of the Saint Sava Monastery near Melbourne, 267 Euros were collected in a charity box. There are new events and actions planned throughout Australia.

www.serbsforserbs.org 2016 - Zorica Topic, - Miroslav Micevic, - Ruza Topic, - Mile Spiric, - Jovo and Dana Draskovic, - Gorn D., - Dragan Crnadak, - Ilija Perac i - Petar Topic.

Fundraiser organizers: Dunja and Ivan Zibar

We take this opportunity to thank our donors: - Ivan and Dunja Zibar, - Zika Mitrovic, - Jelica Nikolic, - Stoja and Jovo, - Milan Pribicevic, - Djuja, - Cedo Petrovic, - Milan Peric, - Petar Nedovic, - Milena and Ranko, - Sreto, M. Kovcin,

CHILDREN ARE OUR FUTURE! SERBS FOR SERBS

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SERBS FOR SERBS IN AUSTRIA AND GERMANY

Serbs for Serbs with their friends from Linz in the parish home

Members of the Charity organization Serbs for Serbs had been in the four-day visit to Austria and Germany in mid-January, during which they visited Linz, Lindau, Friedrichshafen, Nuremberg and Graz with the aim to present the organization, get to know the donors and Serbian communities in that area and hold regular meetings with the representatives of the organization Serbs for Serbs from Switzerland, Austria and Germany. Futsal tournament in Lindau We spent the next day (Saturday, January 16) in the town Lindau, on the Bodensee Lake shores, where the traditional futsal tournament gathering the Serbs from entire southern Germany took place, and within which we were allowed to set a stand and present the organization.

Common photo in front of the St. Vasilije of Ostrog Temple in Linz Our first stop was the Austrian city Linz which we visited on Friday, January 15 and in which, after visiting the gorgeous St. Vasilije of Ostrog Temple in the Austrian-Swiss Eparchy, we organized a meeting with the collaborators of our organization concerning the organization of the sport-charity project “Trojka iz bloka� in that town in the following season.

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Addressing the members of the organization Serbs for Serbs to the present audience

SFS members in the St. New Serbian Martyrs Temple in Friedrichshafen

We hosted a lot of people on the stand – those who had already heard of us and who followed our work regularly were approaching right away and greeting us, while we were distributing annual reports of the organization and the rest of the promotional material to those who wanted to get acquainted closer with our activities.

On Sunday, January 17 our delegation attended the Holy Liturgy in the St. New Serbian Martyrs Temple in Friedrichshafen after which we presented the work of our organization to the gathered people in the parish home and the half-hour documentary video on the subject of first ten years of our work.

This beautiful town on the Bodensee Lake was at the same time also the place of our encounter and meeting with the members of the German and Swiss branches of the organization Serbs for Serbs.

Projection of the video on the work of the Charity organization Serbs for Serbs

Stand of the Charity organization Serbs for Serbs We cannot help but emphasize the warm welcome from the organizer of the tournament and friend of the organization Jovica Seat during our staying in Lindau, of which we are immensely grateful. SFS in front of the St. New Serbian Martyrs Temple in Friedrichshafen Charity organization Serbs for Serbs www.serbsforserbs.org PO Box 34206, Chicago, IL 60634 Phone: +1-312-85-SERBS


Monthly Report for January On that day, with the blessing of the temple elder, father Slobodan Tijanic, our donor box was permanently located at the temple and in the future the believers and visitors will be able to give their donations.

www.serbsforserbs.org 2016 In the forthcoming period we plan, with the help from God, to use visits like this to present our work to the Serbian people in several more European countries, with the aim of helping the as many socially disadvantaged multiple children families as possible.

On the Holy Cross Day on January 18 we attended the Holy Liturgy in the St. Cyril and Methodius Temple in Nuremberg after which we met and talked with the temple elder, father Marinko Radmilo, who had been ac On the eve of Epiphany we arrived at Graz in which we met and talked with the members of our branch in Austria headed by the newly elected president of the SZS Austria, Bojan Suzic. During the meeting we were talking about the intensified activities we are planning to conduct with joint forces in the forthcoming period in Austria in order to get direct contact with as many as possible of our regular donors but also to get to know the vast number of Serbs living and working in Austria with the work of our organization.

Photo of the members of the organization Serbs for Serbs from Austria and Serbia

CHILDREN ARE UOR FUTURE! SERBS FOR SERBS Charity organization Serbs for Serbs www.serbsforserbs.org PO Box 34206, Chicago, IL 60634 Phone: +1-312-85-SERBS


Monthly Report for January SERBS FOR SERBS GUESTS ON TV KOPERNIKUS

On January 21, representatives of the Charity organization SERBS FOR SERBS were guests on the “Јutro on line” show on TV Kopernikus, where the work of the organization was presented, as well as aid actions conducted so far. As in earlier television appearances, the special emphasis was put on getting a charity SMS number 7763 in Serbia and the sportscharity TROJKA IZ BLOKA project – www.trojkaizbloka.org. …………………………………………………………...

www.serbsforserbs.org 2016 His only wish was to enlighten his soul with God’s truth and will and to serve only Him. Years later, this prince, guided by God’s hand, returned from the desert to his country as the prince of the church and spiritual leader of his nation for all times. Although childless, through centuries he has become a father of millions of his spiritual sons and daughters. This happened more than seven and a half centuries ago, but the spiritual flame which he has lit inside his people still burns, and the number of his spiritual children is constantly increasing. He was kind, but fearless; unusually handsome, yet very modest; very active, but calm; social, yet lonely. He knew how to live nobly in both worlds, so many looked up to him. Serbs today, out of love for him, erect numerous churches in his name on all continents where the ironic fate scattered them. …………………………………………………………...

6.231 MESSAGES ON 7763 IN DECEMBER

SAINT SAVA SERBIAN SLAVA!

St. Bishop Nikolai Velimirovich – The Life of Saint Sava A long time ago, there lived a young prince. He was unusually wise, wealthy and handsome. All doors to world fame and pleasures were open to him. But something inside of him disregarded all those charms and worldly attractions that millions yearned for. And one day, without his parents knowing, he threw the royal escort off the track and ran away to a secluded place, where he settled down as a poor foreigner.

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. During December, 6231 messages were sent to the charity SMS number 7763. The charity campaign SMS to 7763 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.

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Monthly Report for January SUCCESSFUL 2015 FOR SFS

Charity organization SERBS FOR SERBS continued its diligent and dedicated work in helping the disadvantaged multiple children families throughout Balkan in 2015 which would be marked by the Order of St. Sava for the Organization, celebration of 10 years of work and existence, and also in the total amount of collected donations. We use this opportunity to express great THANK to all the donors and friends of the organization worldwide who gave their contribution in providing substantial help for over 1,400 disadvantaged families with approximately 10,000 children in total from the establishment of the Charity organization SERBS FOR SERBS in 2005 until the end of 2015.

www.serbsforserbs.org 2016 PEACE OF GOD, CHRIST IS BORN!

Charity organization SERBS FOR SERBS wants to congratulate Christmas to all Orthodox Christians who celebrate it according to the Julian calendar, its donors, members and friends worldwide in the hope that in 2016 we will help even more Serbian children and their families throughout Balkan. PEACE OF GOD, CHRIST IS BORN!

At the same time we call upon old and new donors, members and friends of the organization to financially SUPPORT the work of the Charity organization SERBS FOR SERBS in the forthcoming 2016 according to their possibilities. CHILDREN ARE OUR FUTURE! SERBS FOR SERBS

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Monthly Report for January

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SERBS FOR SERBS CHARITY SHOP

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Monthly Report for January Donors in January : 1. Compass Fuel donation box (IL) - $ 15 2. Beograd Café donation box (IL) - $ 15 3. Nada's Deli & Bakery d. box (IL) - $ 65 4. St. Nikola, Brookfield d.box (IL) - $ 46 5. Bubamara cafe d. box (IL) - $ 15 6. Seka Medic (IL) - $ 150 7. Microsoft Marching – Cadance Design System, Inc. - $ 860,4 8. Miroslav Rapaic - $ 25 9. Milan Djoric (AZ) - $ 20 10. iSerbApparel.com - $ 10 11. James V. Ebbs - 5 EUR 12. Aimee Booth - 5 EUR 13. Radomans Framing (CA) - $ 15 14. Zoran Zdravkovic (MI) - $ 15 15. Srdjan Gavrilovic (GA) - $ 15 16. www.usaserbs.net - $ 25 17. Zeljka Bucalo (NV) - $ 25 18. Maja Lukic - $ 20 19. Vozi Inc. - $ 50 20. Milan Dobras (AZ) - $ 15 21. Tihomir Bajic (CA) - $ 100 22. Zivko Lakic - $ 50 23. Dragan Velickovic (CAN) - $ 40 (In Time For Bozic 2016) 24. Nikola Nesic - $ 200 25. Lana & John Vujicic (CAN) - $ 450 CAD (In Time For Bozic 2016) 26. Sreto & Snezana Petric (CAN) - $ 40 CAD (In Time For Bozic 2016) 27. Milena & Vladimir Misich (CAN) - $ 50 CAD (In Time For Bozic 2016) 28. Snjezana & Radoje Ilic (CAN) - $ 150 CAD (In Time For Bozic 2016) 29. Dr. Desa & Sava Bibic (CAN) - $ 300 CAD (In Time For Bozic 2016) 30. Rada & Rade Micic (CAN) - $ 100 CAD (In Time For Bozic 2016) 31. KSS Kneginja Zorka (CAN) - $ 1.000 CAD (In Time For Bozic 2016) 32. Ana & Stevan Miric (CAN) - $ 100 CAD (In Time For Bozic 2016) 33. Marko Petkovich (CAN) - $ 25 CAD (In Time For Bozic 2016) 34. Sandra & Jovo Miskin (CAN) - $ 50 CAD (In Time For Bozic 2016) 35. MMPJ Inc. (CAN) - $ 50 CAD (In Time For Bozic 2016)

www.serbsforserbs.org 2016 36. Diane Clark (CAN) - $ 20 CAD (In Time For Bozic 2016) 37. Anonymous (CAN) - $ 500 CAD (In Time For Bozic 2016) 38. Bosiljka & Mirko Strbac (CAN) - $ 100 CAD (In Time For Bozic 2016) 39. Mahendra Shah (CAN) - $ 200 CAD (In Time For Bozic 2016) 40. Ruza Manojlovic (CAN) - $ 100 CAD (In Time For Bozic 2016) 41. Radomir Carapic (CAN) - $ 50 CAD (In Time For Bozic 2016) 42. Vinka & Vojin Milosavljevic (CAN) - $ 50 CAD (In Time For Bozic 2016) 43. Zora & Mihailo Radan (CAN) - $ 100 CAD (In Time For Bozic 2016) 44. KSS Kraljica Aleksandra- President Dragica Grubic (CAN) - $ 100 CAD (In Time For Bozic 2016) 45. Vaska & Nikola Swann (CAN) - $ 500 CAD (In Time For Bozic 2016) 46. www.designswww.com - $ 15 47. Slavisa Karach (GA) - $ 25 48. Ivan Aksentijevic (MD) - $ 25 49. Sasa Radovic - $ 50 50. Ivan Radulovic (NY) - $ 25 51. Dragana Beara (CAN) - $ 50 52. Nina & Maksim Krsmanovic(VA) - $50 53. Strahinja Resanovic (CAN) - $ 20 CAD (In Time For Bozic 2016) 54. Klara Stiglic (CAN) - $ 150 CAD (In Time For Bozic 2016) 55. Nada & Zarko Trbojevic (CAN) - $ 100 CAD (In Time For Bozic 2016) 56. Tanja Glisin (CAN) - $ 20 CAD (In Time For Bozic 2016) 57. George & Jessica Tijanic (CAN) - $ 50 CAD (In Time For Bozic 2016) 58. Dr. Duska Vukojevic (CAN) - $ 100 CAD (In Time For Bozic 2016) 59. Nada & Blazo Novakovic (CAN) - $ 100 CAD (In Time For Bozic 2016) 60. Aleksandar Micic (MO) - $ 15 61. Milan Zdrnja - $ 25 62. Nikola Rudic (WA) - $ 500 63. Vesna Kozomora (IL) - $ 25 64. Zivko Lakic - $ 50 65. Silicon Valley Community Foundation - $ 20 66. Your Cause Employee Giving Programs - $ 175 67. Milos Kuburovic (IL) - $ 15 68. Helena Urukalo (CAN) - $ 15 69. Jugoslav Bajkin (CAN) - $ 30 CAD

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Monthly Report for January 70. Nada Kukolj (Germany) - $ 20 71. Petar Kisa - $ 50 72. Ivan Radujko - $ 100 73. Zeljka Borro - $ 41 74. Sasa Savic - $ 40 75. Olja Meyer (NY) - $ 15 76. Gulan Die Casting (CAN) - $ 100 CAD (In Time For Bozic 2016) 77. Duka Gartner (CAN) - $ 100 CAD (In Time For Bozic 2016) 78. Nikola Mrdakovic (IL) - $ 40 79. Daniel Plavsic (WA) - $ 25 80. Nenad Milasinovic (Australia) - $ 25 81. Zoran Starcevic - $ 20 82. Dejan Beljic (CAN) - $ 20 CAD (In Time For Bozic 2016) 83. Protecta El. Serv. (Australia) - $ 15 84. Ivan Aksentijevic (MD) - $ 25 85. Vladimir Milosavljevic - $ 25 86. Eric Barber (CAN) - $ 25 87. Aleksandar Zivanovic (NV) - $ 100 88. Dragisa Djordjevic (MD) - $ 15 89. Slavica Petrovic (IL) - $ 25 90. David Gavric (IN) - $ 50 91. Milorad Bozickovic (OH) - $ 30 92. Jovica Nojkic (MI) - $ 15 93. Vuk Radovic - $ 100 94. Vujica Zivkovic - $ 50 95. Zivko Lakic - $ 50 96. Marta Stojanovic (CAN) - $ 25 97. Bojan Jovanovic (IL) - $ 25 98. Stuart Murray (Norway) - $ 25 99. Srdjan Markovic (CA) - $ 25 100. Biljana Bursac (CO) - $ 15 101. Делије Њујорк - $ 15 102. Neven Cvetkovic (Sweden)- $50 103. Ankica D. (NJ) - $ 25 104. Tanja Josipovic - $ 25 105. Nenad Lukic (TN) - $ 30 106. Zivko Tatalovic - $ 50 107. Zivko Lakic - $ 50 108. Milka & Ubavka Cecez (CAN) – $ 100 CAD (In Time For Bozic 2016) 109. SSS Gracanica, Windsor (CAN) – $ 200 CAD (In Time For Bozic 2016) 110. Mile Kotarac (CAN) - $ 100 CAD (In Time For Bozic 2016) 111. Dr. Gordana Lukic (CAN) - $ 200 CAD (In Time For Bozic 2016) 112. Gligorevic family & their slava guests (CAN) – $ 800 CAD (In Time For Bozic 2016) 113. Alexander Hrnjez (CAN) - $ 100 CAD (In Time For Bozic 2016)

www.serbsforserbs.org 2016 114. Dragana Mirkovic - $ 25 115. Milos Stevanovic (NJ) - $ 15 116. Sinisa & Mirjana Peric (MD) - $ 50 117. Brankica Paunovic - $ 25 118. Aleksandar Tanasic (CAN) - $ 25 _________________________

TOTAL IN JANUARY: $ 4.252 USD $ 5.995 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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