February 20, 2015

Aid delivered to the St Petka Home

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Report: SFS Belgrade /PHOTO GALLERY OF AID DELIVERY/
On Saturday, February 7, activists of the Charity organization SERBS FOR SERBS together with members of the Association of women from Serbia and Russia “Matrona” organized the action of humanitarian aid delivery to the shelter for females with developmental disorders within the monastery of St Petka Izvorska in the village of Izvor near Paracin. On this occasion, basic groceries were delivered, such as oil, flour, canned food, groceries for food preparation, adult diapers and bandages in the total value of 115,000 RSD.

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Representatives of AWSR “Matrona” and CO “Serbs for Serbs” in the churchyard of the St Petka Monastery

The St Petka Monastery in Izvor near Paracin was founded in the second half of the XIV century, most probably as the endowment of one of the so called monks - Sinaits. During the Second World War, the monastery sheltered Serbian refugees who left the area of the then NDH. The monastery is under the protection of the Republic of Serbia, as a cultural monument of great importance and today is an active female monastery belonging to diocese Branicevo of the Serbian Orthodox Church. There is also a hospital within the monastery for sheltering persons with developmental disorders.

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Aid delivered to the St Petka Home

The “St Petka” Home, which operates as part of the St Petka Izvorska Monastery, is intended for females with severe developmental disorders and is a unique institution of social care, because state institutions intertwine with those of Serbian Orthodox Church. Nuns from the St Petka Monastery, who belong to the sisterhood of the Ravanica Monastery and employees of the Center for Social Work in Paracin have been engaged in the same task for more than 60 years. This example of the unique work of the social workers and nuns has given very good results.

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Talking to mother Glikerija, prioress of the “St Petka Izvorska” Monastery
 
 “You must have strong faith, a lot of patience and love to be able to take care of people with developmental disorders. All of them like to be approached, and stroked; that is the most important thing for them. They don’t care about other very important things in ordinary life, but they crave love and attention. We calm them down with kind words and we live with them like a family. Then they liven up, they are in a good mood, they laugh; this gives them hope to live,” says mother Glikerija, who is in charge of the Home in Izvor and the St Petka Monastery.

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The Home was founded in 1946, and the St Petka Monastery started the tradition of mixing the weak and the infirm in 1942 by accepting war orphans. At first beneficiaries were placed in the monastery dormitory, and in 1966 the Home building was built on the monastery estate.

“Ever since I became a nun I’ve been caring for persons with developmental disorders at the Home. We got used to one another and can’t be apart. People who end up in the Home stay here for the rest of their lives. Their families visit them, and it often happens that, when their mothers come for a visit, they turn their heads away from them and look at us, the nuns. Their mothers snap at them a bit, but these reactions are normal. We live together, and we share the good and the bad. We see the Home as our own home and we do as the Gospel says: As much as you have done to one of these my little brothers, you have done that to me. That’s our motive and we’re satisfied. We empathize with their pain and suffering, because they can’t express them,” explains mother Glikerija.  

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We address all donors who wish to send aid donations to the St Petka Home to contact mother Glikerija directly by phoning one of the following numbers:  +381 (0)35 540 458 or +381 (0)540 568, mobile: +381(0)65 2000 905, e-mail: komentar@svetapetkaizvor.com

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