March 28, 2020

A ray of sunshine in a place of sorrow and pain – Nikolina (3) from Aleksinacki Rudnik

Three-year-old Nikolina Ristic lives in a dilapidated home in Aleksinacki Rudnik. In 1989, a tragedy befell this town when a fire claimed the lives of 90 miners. Along with the loss of lives came the end of the mine, leaving the people abandoned and with no prospect for the future. When one visits the town today, it is an eerie experience that sends chills to the soul.   It is as if the place is empty save for animals.  To see shy little Nikolina in these surroundings with her toys, seems surreal.

Welcome to our home. It is seldom that anyone comes. Nikolina has four brothers: Mihajlo (5), Viktor (8), Nemanja (14) and Nebojsa (17) , tells us father Sladjan.

Sometimes life shows no mercy

Alongside memories of the tragedy which occurred in the area, the Ristic family has dealt with its own personal tragedy. Sometimes life shows no mercy.

Sladjan doesn’t like to talk about it. His son from his first marriage mysteriously disappeared 8 years ago, only to be found after two months of agonizing searches, dead in the river.  He was only 11 years old and went to a special school.  I was a single mother with three children, but he [Sladjan] welcomed us and accepted my children as his own.  He is a good man. We now have 2 children together, mother Marija told us.
The Ristic family subsists on social assistance and children’s allowance. The oldest son, though still a minor, went to Belgrade to make some money working in construction.

Unfortunately, a concrete mixer fell on me while at work. Since then, due to pain, I cannot lift heavy objects, although I would like to get involved in recycling. Now I get by the best that I can, occasionally cutting wood and such. It appears that I have a serious illness, but we have yet to determine what it is, said Srdjan.

“I most like playing with my brothers”

We asked the youngest, Nikolina, what she most liked to play with, and she whispered:

I most like sleeping with my dolls and playing with my brothers.
The Charity Organization Serbs for Serbs plans to help the Ristic family. We plan to purchase insulation for their home and organize the rooms, so that Nikolina and her brothers will have decent living conditions while growing up.

Here is how you can help the Ristic family:

SERBIA
1. SMS to 7763 (200 RSD)
2. Account: 160-279491-71, Banka Intesa
4. Foreign currency account:
IBAN: RS35160005080002381269
SWIFT: DBDBRSBG
Customer: Srbi za Srbe
Bank: Banca Intesa, Milentija Popovica 7b, Beograd
REPUBLIC OF SRPSKA
1. Call 17763 (2 КМ)
2. Account: 56201281300241-58 (НЛБ развојна банка)
SWEDEN
1. SWISH: 1230 133 900
3. Bank Giro: 5302-1077
4. Account: 5226 1060 858
USA
2. Check to: Serbs for Serbs, Po Box 34206 Chicago, IL 60634
*all donors exercise the right to tax deductions
CANADA
2. Check to: Serbs for Serbs Canada, 635 The Queensway, Lower Level, Toronto, ON, M8Y 3B3
3. Е-transfer to: donate@serbsforserbs.ca
*all donors exercise the right to tax deductions
GERMANY
1. Send text SZS to 81190 (2.99 Euro)
3. IBAN: DE84 7606 0618 0002 7519 92
*all donors exercise the right to tax deductions
SWITZERLAND
1. SMS SZS 20, SZS 45, SZS 90, etc.
3. Konto: 61-335679-5
IBAN:CH57 0900 0000 6133 5679 5
Hedwigstrasse 3, 8032 Zurich
*all donors exercise the right to tax deductions
AUSTRIA
2. IBAN:AT97 3200 0000 1036 4339
SWIFT/BIC: RLNWATWW
Customer: Org. f. hum. Hilfe - Srbi za Srbe
Kalvariengürtel 39/6, 8020 Graz Austria
3. Call 0901 300 201 (3 Euro)
NORWAY
1. VIPPS број: 104 414
3. Account: 1503 83 80483
MONTENEGRO
1. Account: 510-91548-03 (CKG bank)
Donation platform (VISA, Mastercard…): http://www.srbizasrbe.org/donacije/

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