December 04, 2015

Tomic family got house near Aleksinac

After many years of living in hard conditions in a small moldy apartment, the ten-member Tomic family got a house in the village, where they will be able to live and work. The Charity organization SERBS FOR SERBS successfully finished the project of purchasing a small country estate in the village of Subotinac near Aleksinac to the total value of 7,300 Euros. The estate consists of an old house of about 100 m2 and 1ha of land with an orchard, pasture, field and woods. The Tomic family consists of the parents, Ivica and Sladjana, and their children: Aleksandar (23), Vojislav (21), Ivan (18), Milica (16), Katarina (13), Filip (11), Luka (6), and Milenko (4).
Request the Tomic family made in December, 2014, asking for help with the purchase of a country house
Tomic family living in hard conditions in their flat in Mladenovac

The Tomic family has been living in a very difficult financial situation for years, struggling to provide enough food for everyday needs of the children. Also, they had bereavement in 2014, losing their four-year-old son Djordje, who had suffered from a cerebral palsy.
The mother of the family, Sladjana Tomic, is going through difficult times together with her family

‘Up until the tragedy, when I lost my son, the fight for survival was bearable,’ says Sladjana. ‘We were devastated when it happened. I feel that suddenly everything is falling apart and losing all meaning. I sit for hours at the cemetery and take care of my child. It’s hard for me go away and leave him there all alone. And when I get home, I feel total despair. I fear that we’ll end up homeless, because we didn’t pay off our apartment. We have big problems with Ivan, who suffers from epilepsy, and I have to be with him all the time,’ says Sladjana.’ I think our only salvation would be if we got a house in the country. We could work in agriculture and we would be able to produce food for ourselves. The children wouldn’t be hungry. We would all work on our piece of land. There, that’s my only dream of salvation.’

They are used to wearing old and torn clothes, and being without toys, CDs, video games, books and songs - without a single joy that every child deserves. These children had to get used to being hungry and sleeping on the floor, because they have only two beds in their apartment. What is more, now they are struggling with accepting the truth that they did not have the money for little Djordje’s treatment and that their brother is gone.

Five years ago, as Sladjana says, both she and her husband Ivica lost their jobs and they have been unable to get new ones ever since. No one could stay indifferent to the family full of starving children. The oldest one, Aleksandar, is a second-year student of Geography. He works at a pizzeria in Belgrade and manages to cover his college expenses.
Country house and auxiliary building in Subotinac for the Tomic family

Answering the request of the Tomic family from Mladenovac, as part of the Christmas action of 2015, the Charity organization SERBS FOR SERBS started a big action of purchasing a small country estate in the village of Subotinac near Aleksinac, consisting of an old country house of about 100 m2, auxiliary building of 40 m2, and 1 ha of land with an orchard, pasture, field and woods.
President of the organization SERBS FOR SERBS Igor Rasula and Sladjana Tomic
Tomic family started furnishing the rooms in the house
Bathroom and small kitchen area
Auxiliary building in the yard
Walking around the land behind the house which the family will use

The total value of the estate is 7,300 Euros, which is 886,200 Dinars. The sum was paid off in monthly installments during 2015, to Mirjana Marinkovic who had been the owner of the estate. Expenses of 19,643 Dinars of ownership transfer of the entire estate were also paid.

The organization SERBS FOR SERBS would like to extend big gratitude to donors who helped another big project to be carried out. We would also like to thank the Pesic Agency from Aleksinac for not charging their services of selling the house and preparing the necessary paperwork, and also for helping the Tomic family many times.

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