Can you imagine in 2023, children living in a dilapidated house, not having enough beds, turning on a generator to study because they don’t have electricity, bathing in a trough because they don’t have a bathroom?
Unfortunately, this is a daily reality for a large number of children in Serbia. Difficult conditions in inadequate facilities drastically affect the quality of life and childhood experiences. The Slavujević family from Jarebica near Loznica lives in such a home. Four modest children – Dejan (15), Danka (13), Nešo (10) and Stefan (8), are a bit shy and sad.
Grandfather Radovan, grandmother Olga, father Slavko and mother Silvija with their children – three generations in one house. Poverty, which is passed down from generation to generation, is the fate of this family.
For our guaranteed income we have social assistance and child allowance. I primarily earn money working in the forest and we farm. We have chickens, ducks, cows, sheep and pigs, so the children always have something to eat. Unfortunately, they lack almost everything else – said hard-working father Slavko.
The whole family sleeps in two small rooms. The grandfather in a bed with two grandchildren, and the grandmother with her granddaughter. The father and mother sleep with their youngest son in the other room.
Our son Dejan is very hardworking, he helps us the most.” He would like to study veterinary medicine after high school. Nešo is an excellent student and he really tries to learn everything he can even in these conditions. Danka would like to be a pastry chef. However, in order to realize their hopes, they need a new house, where they will have normal living conditions – added the caring mother Silvia.
Little Stefan expressed his greatest wish. A desire that hits the heart, when you realize that these little ones simply do not know about a warm house, a child’s room and a carefree upbringing.
I would most like to get my own bed and lots of blankets so that I would never be cold again!
When poverty is great, desires are modest. Their biggest wish is to be warm. In addition to a new house, they would appreciate a tractor-trailer, as well as a cow.
The Charity Serbs for Serbs is launching a major campaign to help the Slavujević family. We invite all good people to help them realize their dreams!
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