July 13, 2015

Bathroom for Babic family from Priboj!

Successful “Trojka iz Bloka” in Priboj was held on Sunday, June 14, at the School courts, and with the help of the Priboj Municipality and our proud sponsors, donors and technical sponsors, we raised 125,278 Dinars. Having talked with the municipality social services and local priests, who had selflessly taken the time to inform us about socially disadvantaged families, the Charity organization Serbs for Serbs decided to direct the raised funds towards building a bathroom for the Babic family from the village of Gracanica, near Priboj. Obrad Babic and his wife, Bojana, have the biggest treasure of all – four beautiful children: Andjela (12), Tamara (11), Miljan (7), and Zagorka (2). They have big plans for the future, and despite the hard living conditions, they have started building a new house. So far, they have poured the slab, and we are going to help them by building and furnishing the bathroom in their new house!

Children are our future: the youngest in the Babic family

This close-knit family is diligent and hard-working. They live with Obrad’s father, Milan (76), in his old house in a remote part of the village, but beside the hard living conditions, they have managed to make a successful rural household. They keep eight goats, a pig and they have a field they cultivate. Apart from taking care of his sick father, Obrad does all kind of heavy physical work throughout Serbia and does not miss a chance to apply for the state subventions for agriculture and cattle breeding. They live on 9,000 Dinars of child benefit, 10,000 Dinars of the grandfather’s pension and 23,000 Dinars of Obrad’s salary. They have never received welfare! Working day and night, Obrad manages to earn some extra money to be put aside. Thus, in 2011, he started building a new house which is closer to school. The house they currently live in is more than five kilometres away from school, and the children walk there every day. They do not complain about the old house, either. They live and work there in unity and do their best, but Obrad wants his children to have a happier childhood than his own.

Young host, Miljan

Obrad will finish building the house on his own, as he started it. A lot of work is yet to be done: the roof, walls, windows..., but Obrad is not afraid of work. He has accepted our help with building the bathroom, because that way, he will have some extra money to invest in other parts of the house. God willing, the children will spend the next winter in their new house and it will be a lot easier for them to walk to school through big snow and cold weather, which is characteristic of this area. The public will be informed about the details of this action after the project has been finished. Our proud sponsor from Priboj, the “Dekor” company, has offered to carry out this project under the most favourable terms. Best of luck in their work!

Current look of the bathroom in the new Babic family house 

Idyll: the oldest and the youngest Babic family members

The Charity organization Serbs for Serbs would once again like to thank the Priboj Municipality and proud sponsors, donors and technical sponsors, and also media sponsors, who supported and covered the sports-charity “Trojka iz Bloka” in Priboj project. Now we are going to finish together what has been started and thus provide a happier childhood for these children.

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