November 13, 2015

Firewood for Daraban family from Bijeljina

At the beginning of November, the Charity organization Serbs for Serbs helped the seven-member Daraban family from Bijeljina in the Republic of Srpska. Apart from the grandmother, the family consists of the parents, Ilije and Snezana, their daughters Ivana (15) and Dijana (14) and sons Gabrijel (12) and Ilija (10). We helped the Darabans by purchasing 5 cubic meters of firewood for the winter to the total value of 400 BAM.

Children in the Daraban family: Ilija, Ivana, Dijana and Gabrijel

Last year, when a construction company tried to evict the Daraban family, the mother Snezana, addressed us in a panic effort to protect her four children. Then, with the help of a lawyer from Bijeljina, Mr. Ognjen Avlijas, whose work on this case was a form of a donation to our organization, we stood by this seven-member family. We managed to save them from ending up in the street then, but we did not come even close to solving their problem. We are still waiting for replies from the city authorities to our numerous letters and requests, which we sent asking for a plan or project which would permanently solve the housing problem of this family, and which we could also join and help with.

House where Daraban family lives

Snezana and her husband are unemployed. Ilije is a construction worker, working for a daily wage. During the winter, he is usually out of work, so they live on 140 BAM of child benefit and 120 BAM of welfare which Snezana’s mother, who lives with them, receives. The children are growing up in a house without water and bathroom. Ivana (15) is in her first year of secondary school, Dijana (14) is in the eighth grade, Gabrijel (12) is in the sixth grade, and Ilija (10) is in the fifth grade. They are all A and B students and successful athletes.

Last year, we bought them a wood-burning stove, and now five meters of firewood. We delivered these modest donations to them, and now we are all waiting for further developments, because it is certain that someone will try to evict them again, since the location of the house they live in is very tempting. The Darabans are immensely grateful. It is enough for them to know that they are not alone, and that they have someone to go to and ask for help, although we cannot do much for them. They thank us all, but donors the most, because they know that without donors, we, as organization, would not exist. For these children, as well as numerous others we have helped, we are like a family, and we would like to extend our big gratitude to all donors, who enable all this.

Mother Snezana diligently taking wood in their yard

Gabrijel, Dijana and Ivana in their yard beside the delivered firewood

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

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