May 14, 2014

Serbs for Serbs in Krajina for Easter
Report: SFS Belgrade /BILLS/ /PHOTO GALLERY/
A three-day visit of the Charity organization Serbs for Serbs to the Serbian Krajina, with the goal of visiting and helping the returnee families, has successfully been finished. Within the biggest action so far in Krajina, we visited 15 families with 51 children, and the help was provided in the amount of 14.000 EUR. The action was conducted thanks to the immense help of clergy and monkhood of Dalmatian Diocese, to whom we thank for the help and hospitality. We also thank the clergy of the St. George Church from Banovo Brdo, Belgrade, who participated in the action by donating about 50 books of the Orthodox literature, which we gave to the youngest in Krajina.

The first part of the action was conducted in Dalmatia, where we visited family Calic from the village Brgud near Benkovac. We have helped this six-member family two times before. The conditions under which they live is somewhat better. On this occasion, we decided to provide them a wood-burning stove in the amount of 470 EUR.

The next family we visited was family Tisma from Ivosevac near Kistanje. The family consists of parents Damir and Sanja, Damir’s brother Zoran and mother Ljubica, as well as Damir’s and Sanja’s children Boban (7), Darija (5) and Jakov (1). The family recently returned to Krajina from Serbia. They are in a business of growing sheep, so we agreed to buy them a used small tractor in the amount of 1.500 EUR, so that the business could be further developed.

In the same village we visited a four-member family Vujasinovic, consisting of father Dalibor, mother Nikolina and the children Jovan (4) and Andjelina (8). We have helped the family in one of our previous actions by providing the material for building a barn. Considering the fact that the flock of sheep is considerably bigger now, and that they need more space, we decided to provide the additional material for the barn in the amount of about 800 EUR. We would like to thank Dalibor who was our driver in the hardly accessible area during the visit to the families the next day.

Still in the area of Kistanje, in the village Raducic, we visited a seven-member household of Modrinic (parents Zeljko and Zvezdana, granny Marija and the children Zeljana (22), Jovana (21) and Dusko (18)). This family is growing cows and selling their products. They now have only five cows due to some unpredicted circumstances, so we agreed to get them another cow in the amount of approximately 1.000 EUR.

In the same village we visited family Kalat, and the young married couple Mica and Sanja and their two children: Marta (3) and Marija (3 months old). This humble family lives in a house which was borrowed a few years ago. Father Mico is in a business of auto transport, but there is no enough job, so he tries to find an alternative in growing and selling calves. Therefore, we agreed to get them two calves in the amount of 1.000 EUR.

After the area of Kistanje, we moved towards the villages near Knin. The first family we visited was the family Bojanic from the village Raskovici. This large household consists of parents Aleksandar and Danijela, children Todor (13), Veroljub (3), Ivan (1), Aleksandar’s brother Zoran, their father Vasilj, mother Marijana and grandmother Marija. They are unemployed, and dependant upon social benefit. They are farmers, and have several goats. We agreed to get them 5-6 goats in the forthcoming period.

In Knin we visited family Dmitrovic, consisting of parents Djuro and Mirela, granny Jelica and children Sonja (1), Ivana (14) and David (9). This family recently come back from Serbia, and they live in a dilapidated house in Knin. Father of the family is engaged in agriculture and animal husbandry in the village Biskupija near Knin, thus making extra income for his family. Therefore we agreed to buy them a used tiller in the amount of 1.200 EUR, which was successfully delivered prior to our visit.

In the village Biskupija we visited two families. The first one was family Katic, consisting of the parents Zoran and Zeljka, and children Pavle (12), Mia (10), Lana (8) and Sasa (6). We provided a used tiller for this family as well, in the amount of 1,400 EUR, considering that they have fertile land. Father Zoran is successfully engaged in tin-locksmith business, and he made a trailer for the tiller.

Another family we visited in Biskupija was family Treskavica. Parents Miki and Sanja have three minor daughters: Andjela (10), Petra (8) and Marija (5). Agriculture is the main source of income, so that providing a used tiller in the amount of 1.200 EUR is an opportunity to increase the income.

The last family we visited on that day was family Vukovic from Golubic. The family consists of parents Petar and Rada, grandfather Ilija and children Bosiljka (25), Milos (20) and Ivan (17). Unfortunately, the family is having difficult time because Bosiljka and Ivan are very ill. Milos is in a great deal responsible for supporting the family, so he will be using a tiller (bought for 1.200 EUR) the most.

Our second day of activities in Dalmatia was reserved for visiting the families Basa and Radulovic. Family Basa lives under the mountain Dinara, is extremely inaccessible area, so we went through an adventure until we reached them. The six-member family consists of parents Marinko and Svetlana, children Antonije (17), Tanasije (9), Marina (7) and Ilijana (4). We bought a cow for this family in the amount of 1.000 EUR. It wasn’t delivered by the time of our visit.

The last family we visited in the area of Dalmatia was a small family cooperative of Radulovics, consisting of three brothers and their families: Pajo and Nikolina (children: Aleksandra (8) and Djurdja (5)), Mico and Olivera (children: Milica (10), Milena (8) and Ognjen (5)) and Spasoje and Djurdja, who still haven’t got children. They all live in the household of their parents, while each brother is building a house for his family nearby. Works on those houses are far from being over, so we agreed to deliver 1.000 EUR for the construction material for this family.

The third day was dedicated to the area of Banija, i.e. Kostajnica and the nearby villages. The first family we visited was family Sestic, whom we helped in the last Christmas action. The family consists of parents Djuka and Ljubica, Djuka’s parents and the children Milica (10), Milos (8) and Radovan (6). The house in which they live looks big enough, but it is not completed. It was built before the war, when the family was a situated one. Today they have only two functional rooms in which all of them sleep. Father Djuka is trying to complete three rooms for the youngest, so we decided to help them by providing the construction material in the amount of 650 EUR.

After family Sestic, we reached the last family within the Easter action. It was family Tesinic from the village Zivaja, consisting of parents Zoran and Dragana and the children: Milica (8), Marko (5) and Marina (4 months old). They live in a house given to them for usage. Before we visited them, we agreed to get them a cow in the amount of 950 EUR, which was delivered prior to our visit. Although they don’t have an estate on their own, they are keeping the cow in an abandoned barn near the house in which they live. The cow is producing milk, which is important for all the members, especially for the youngest Marina.

The last family, which is the largest in number, we weren’t able to visit due to the weather circumstances. The family Lazic consists of the parents and seven children 6 to 21 years old. We agreed to get them a used tiller, which we will try to deliver them as soon as possible.

Large amount of the help was successfully delivered prior to our arrival, so the families, which wasn’t the case before, were able to thank us during our visit for the help they obtained. The aim of this Easter action was to provide help for the returnee families, which will help them in agriculture or animal husbandry, in order to provide economic and social independance and stability in Krajina.

The aim of our future actions of help in those area will be in the same direction, and with even more intensity, because it is the only way for our people to survive and stay in Krajina.

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