January 24, 2011

Serbs for Serbs again in Prijedor


Reports: Dusan Djakovic, Switzerland (Photos)
First week after Christmas, representatives of Serbs for Serbs Charity Organization from Switzerland Dusan Djakovic and the Republic of Srpska Dobrina Kusmuk conducted three major actions in Srpska. They tried to make holidays more beautiful for at least one of many families living on the edge of poverty. First week after Christmas, representatives of Serbs for Serbs Charity Organization from Switzerland Dusan Djakovic and the Republic of Srpska Dobrina Kusmuk conducted three major actions in Srpska. They tried to make holidays more beautiful for at least one of many families living on the edge of poverty.

The first day of our visit to Republic of Srpska our destination was Prijedor. To make us feel like home in “angry frontier” our friends from café “Kameljara” took care of that. That is where we discussed future plans! After a short break and hanging out with our great friends from Prijedor we went to action and visited family Marijanović.

The family has 11 members: father Drasko, mother Mira, and children Dragan (18), Suzana (15), Marinko (13), Zeljka (11), Jelena (10), Dragan (9), Zeljko (7), Predrag (4) and the youngest Svetlana, who is only 8 months old. After we greeted the family and wished them a Merry Christmas we decided to first delight the oldest and youngest member of the household, the father Drasko whom we bought a chainsaw “Huskvarna 435” so that he can make at least some kind of earning for his family and little Svetlana we bought a baby crib so that she does not have to sleep any more in the basket of the stroller in which we found her during the last visit.

After that father invited us into his modest home that is old and dilapidated but full of smiles and lives of children, what could be more valuable or important than that? At Marijanovic’s home with pleasant conversation we agreed to purchase food that they need to make their winter at least little shorter until our next arrival. Just like the previous time mother Mira is worried about the food for little Svetlana, who cannot process the regular milk yet and is needing formula which is really expensive. Father Drasko informs us that he managed to secure some material from the company he used to work for who owned him money. In an addition we discussed how we can help them permanently. Short after that we went to shopping center in Prijedor in order to bring the action to the end. At the shopping center we bought various supplies for hygiene, food and of course we cannot forget the candy for the children.

Total value was around 400KM. We returned to Marijanovic’s home to leave the merchandise we purchased and with good buys we deported for Bosanski Samac, where we slept overnight ahead of the second day of our action in the Republic of Srpska.

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