In the village of Golobok near Smederevska Palanka, the Avramovic family with its ten children lives in an old guardhouse that has no washroom or running water, basic necessities required for a family to function normally in the twenty-first century.
We are glad that you have come to our humble home. The municipality promised to build us a house when we had the youngest child, but they did not. I follow the work of the organization, so I contacted you on Facebook, I think that only you can help us – mother Vesna told us at the beginning of the conversation.
In addition to Vesna, this large family consists of father Goran and children: Aleksandar (22), Slavoljub (21), Aleksa (17), Irena (14), Teodora (13), Sara (11), Sanja (10), and Filip (7). The oldest daughters, Biljana (27) and Olivera (25) are married and do not live with them.
The Avramovićs experienced a family tragedy when one of their children passed away almost nine years ago from kidney cancer.
I love all my children endlessly, but she was special to me, I was most attached to her, her death changed me a lot – father Goran told us about the tragedy that left a mark on the whole family.
The house is about fifty years old and has leaks. It doesn’t even have windows, but has two damp rooms and a hallway in very bad condition. The washroom is not functioning because there is no water connection, so they use water from the well for drinking and bathing.
During the construction itself, low-quality and poor material was used. It would mean the most to us if we could fix the house, or build a new one – the father told us.
The family lives on social assistance and child allowance totaling 18,000 dinars per month. The eldest sons work when there is work available, but that is not enough for the basic living needs of a large family.
The Charity organization Serbs for Serbs is launching a large fundraiser to help the Avramović family. We invite all donors to join us in helping another large family!
* Mother Vesna’s last name is Slavnić, as well as four children from her first marriage.