April 02, 2015

Aid delivered to Jovanovic family

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At the end of March, members of the Charity organization Serbs for Serbs from the Republic of Srpska visited the six-member Jovanovic family from Trnova. Rajo, the father, and Snjezana, the mother, have four children: Danijela (9), Drazen (8), Danijel (6) and Vida (3). Talking to the mother, Snjezana, it was pointed out to us that her children are exposed to ridicule at school because their mother bathes them in a washing up bowl basin, because they wear other people's clothes and don't have nice notebooks and pencils like other children do.

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The father, Rajo, is unemployed, but by working hard for a daily wage when someone calls him, he manages somehow to provide for his family. For a long time now he has been having backbone problems, and the pain has moved to his leg, leaving him unable to do any physically strenuous work, so his condition brought them to an even more difficult financial and social situation.

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They do not own any land, and Rajo’s brother has given them half of his house where they are living at the moment. They have at their disposal three rooms, a bathroom, and an entryway made from a closed veranda. They are currently accommodated in a 9m2 room, the only room which is heated, where all six of them stay day and night. Beds are worn out and in a state of decay. Other rooms are cold and lacking living conditions for a long-term stay.

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Soon after the first visit to the Jovanovic family, representatives of the Charity organization Serbs for Serbs delivered the first humanitarian aid package which primarily consisted of basic groceries (flour, oil, sugar, milk, fruit, vegetables and candy for the children), personal hygiene products and basic school supplies as well. On this occasion, the total value of the aid delivered was 582 BAM, but the plan is to purchase a water heater for the bathroom, so that the children can easily maintain personal hygiene, as well as footwear for the youngest members of the family.

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

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