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“Be careful, those are your only shoes” – children living in a 170 year old home with a big hole in the roof above their heads

The title of this report may seem exaggerated, but it is the harsh reality in which the Cvetanović children, Vlajko (5), Kristijan (8) and Boban (16) are being raised. Their 19th century home not only has a leaky roof and rotting windows, it also has rats and occasionally, snakes!

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“Dad, Dad, a lizard” – they lived in a house with 300 snakes

An incredible, bizarre story took place in the village of Drnovac, by Boljevac. One night, a few years ago, the Šimunović family discovered as many as 300 snakes in their home. The parents and their three children immediately evacuated the home, which was later discovered to have snakes in the walls, foundation and attic.

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“When times get tough, I lean on my brothers, my protectors” - Svetlana (9) from Kučevište

In the southern foothills of Skopska Crna Gora, about fifteen kilometers from Skopje, is the village of Kučevište, which, historically speaking, was of great importance to the Serb community in this area. Having shared both the good and bad times with the Serbian people, people from these areas, though living under different circumstances, still testify about their origin, maintaining they are still who they have always been.

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“God gave me four children, but with each I went through serious trials” – the story of the Stojkovic family from Dobrujevac

Usually we end our reports about first visits by creating a list of what help is needed. But this time, we'll do it differently. We visited the Stojkovic family in Dobrujevac near Aleksinac. Although they only asked for a rotary mower and hay baler, it was obvious that their home had been damaged by humidity and as well, needed insulation, eavestroughs, a pathway around the exterior and renovation of the rooms.

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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.

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THE FIGHT AGAINST CORONAVIRUS – support the disadvantaged!

The whole world is in crisis because of the coronavirus (COVID-19). As healthcare professionals fight for the lives of infected people, the virus and emergency situations in many countries affect each and every one of us. Yet the worst hit are always the poor. It is especially difficult for them at times like this. Let our response to this situation, therefore, be SUPPORT THE DISADVANTAGED!

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Their grandfather died a hero, but his grandchildren live in a dilapidated home in the middle of Belgrade!

When the world seems to be an increasingly dark place to be, a shining example can come along to show us the way forward. As a single candle can give light to a dark room, so can the deed of a hero spark the light of humanity in us all.

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“The hardest thing for me is that we can only bathe when the weather is nice” – Boban (11) from Banat

It is difficult to find words to describe the living conditions under which 11 year old Boban Milutinović and his five siblings – Bobana (13), Sanela (8), Darko (5), Aleksandra (3) and Lazar (1), are being raised. They all live in one room which is essentially their entire house – bedroom, living room, kitchen, dining room, with an extension to a bathroom!

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Born in a stable, living today without basic necessities – Dunja (3) from Kosovo and Metohija

Three-year-old Dunja Nasković lives in the remote and isolated village of Odevce in Kosovo and Metohija, between Novo Brdo and Kosovska Kamenica. She is one of only a few children living in this village where only 50 Serbs remain.

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Will Christmas come to their homes too?

The holidays are fast approaching, and many of us look forward to spending time with our loved ones. In the warmth and comfort of our homes, gifts are being wrapped for St. Nicholas to deliver to the children.

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