April 10, 2015

SFS visited families near Belgrade


Report: SFS Belgrade /PHOTO GALLERY/ /EXP/
On Sunday, March 29, members of the Charity organization SERBS FOR SERBS visited the multiple children Jankovic and Menicanin families, which live in the territory of Mladenovac Municipality. The Jankovic family from the village of Mladenovac consists of the parents, Dragan and Jelena and their five children: Stefan (13), Robert (11), Uros (7), Viktor (4), and Novak (2). Members of the Menicanin family from the village of Sepsin are the parents, Zoran and Natasa, who also have five children: Mihajlo (12), Milica (10), Andjela (8), Dimitrije (6) and Djordje (4).


Mother Jelena Jankovic with her sons, Stefan, Robert, Uros, Viktor and Novak

First we visit the nine-member Jankovic family, which lives in the village of Mladenovac. Beside the parents and their five children, members of the family are also the grandparents. In a shabby and unfinished house, the Jankovic family barely manages to make ends meet. Since both parents are unemployed, they provide for the family by working for a day wage and receiving child benefit.


Land which the Jankovic family uses for subsistence farming

They cultivate a small amount of land in their yard and thus at least provide the necessary food for the children.

In agreement with the Jankovic family, we plan on providing them with two sofas, a big wardrobe and an electric stove. We say goodbye to the Jankovic family and head towards the Menicanin family.


Dimitrije, Mihajlo, Milica, Djordje and Andjela Menicanin


Zoran and Natasa Menicanin with their youngest son, Djordje
 
In the village of Sepsin, we visit the seven-member Menicanin family. A very hardworking and diligent family, which we saw at first hand, is now struggling to survive, because the father lost his job at a toll booth and then had to sell everything they had been acquiring for years in order to support the children.


Serbs for Serbs with the Menicanin family in front of their house

Currently, Zoran is employed as a barbecue chef in Belgrade and he also keeps several pigs and decorative chickens, and thus is trying to earn some extra money for his family.


Spacious stable where Zoran intends to grow the egg laying business

Since they wish to re-engage in agriculture, and have a big building for keeping animals, we agreed on providing them with 300 laying hens, and the necessary equipment for the future egg laying farm in the form of battery cages.

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

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