SDS’ REPRESENTATIVE DISTRIBUTED
$204,162.00 TO NEEDY CHILDREN

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 1999 

Mr. Miodrag Nikolic, SDS representative, traveled at his own expense to distribute humanitarian assistance in Serbia and Republika Srpska in the amount of $204,162.00. This amount was collected for the second and third quarter of this year. Since 1993, volunteers from SDS, based in Chicago, collected and distributed financial aid every three months in the total amount of $1,329,089.00.

Because of NATO bombing of Serbia we were not able to distribute financial aid in April of this year, as planned, therefore designated recipients this time received financial assistance for two quarters. Mr. Nikolic, a member of the Board of directors of SDS, and Mr. Borislav Zdrinja, an official SDS’ representative in Banja Luka, successfully distributed humanitarian assistance to orphaned children, children whose parents have been disabled in the war, and other war victims in Serbia in Belgrade, Novi Sad, Sombor and Kraljevo, and in Republika Srpska in Zvornik, Srebrenica, Milici, Srpsko Sarajevo, Pale, Rogatica, Visegrad, Srbinje, Bilece, Trebinje, Sokolac, Bjeljina, Brcko, Samac, Doboj, Banja Luka, Gradiska, Knezevo, Mrkonjic Grad, Kozarska Dubica, Prijedor, Derventa, and for the recipients of Vukovar region in Croatia.

About 1500 families received help. As it is customary, financial aid was distributed at prearranged open meetings in the presence of local social workers, clergy and SDS representatives. The sad fact is that more than 7,000 orphaned children, for whom we have detailed information, did not receive any financial assistance.

We have finished with the distribution of $300,000.00 from an anonymous donor, and 833 children who were receiving financial aid for one year are now left without needed assistance. In addition, SDS is receiving new appeals from the victims of NATO bombings and fighting in Kosovo.

The situation in Serbian lands is more dire then ever. The NATO bombing of Serbia killed many civilians, destroyed the economy, polluted the country with chemicals, radioactive residues and unexploded bombs, and left most Serbs with very little hope. In this continuously evolving disaster for the Serbian people, we, the Serbian volunteers, are appealing to every one of you to please not forget the most innocent victims, the children.

They have lost one or both parents and other family members and friends in the war. Most of them were also brutally expelled from their homes and the surroundings that they knew and loved. Many of them who were expelled from Krajina and were settled in Kosovo are again without a permanent place to live. The SDS’ office in Chicago is flooded with new appeals for help.

Please help them. Make the life of an unfortunate child a little bit easier and help him or her grow up into adult with Christian values and a proud sense of Serbian heritage. For only a $1.00 a day, you, or someone you know, can become a sponsor of a child who desperately needs help at this difficult time in their lives. You can also send a one time donation in the amount of $50.00 or $100.00 to one or more children.

We will put you directly in touch with the recipient of your contribution. A child, the child’s mother, or a guardian, have an obligation to acknowledge receipt of your contribution by writing directly to you and informing you of the amount of help that they have received.

For more information on joining up in this unique program, please call, in Chicago, Mr. Veljko Miljus at (773) 523-9411, in Los Angeles, Mrs. Katica Medic at (818) 363-3413 or Mrs. Boba Nikolic at (818) 992-8605, and in Pittsburgh, Mrs. Mitza Trbovic at (412) 653-7264. Your contributions are tax deductible. Please make your checks payable to SDS (Save Displaced Serbs) and send it to the following address:

SDS
c/o 3245 W. 26th St.
Chicago, IL 60623

Katica Medic
Coordinator for California’s
Chapter of Aid to Serbian
Victims of the War

Miodrag i Slobodanka Nikolic

IZVESTAJ SA PODELE HUMANITARNE POMOCI U SRBIJI I REPUBLICI SRPSKOJ

Na put za Srbiju i Republiku Srpsku sam krenuo preko Cikaga i Budimpeste. U Cikagu mi je poverena novcana pomoc u iznosu od $204,162.00 za decu poginulih boraca i ratnih invalida. Po unapred napravljenom planu puta podelu smo izvrsili u sledecim opstinama: Beograd, Zvornik, Srebrenica, Miljici, Srpsko Novo Sarajevo, Pale, Rogatica, Visegrad, Srbinje, Bilece, Trebinje, Sokolac, Bjeljina, Vukovar, Brcko, Samac, Doboj, Banja Luka, Gradiska, Knezevo, Mrkonjic Grad, Kozarska Dubica, Prijedor, Derventa, Novi Sad, Sombor, Kraljevo i ponovo u Beogradu. U ove gradove za pomoc su dolazile i majke sa decom palih boraca iz okolnih mesta. Bilo nam je i milo i tuzno gledati tu decu lepo obucenu, cistu, kako mirno sede, pricaju i odgovarju sa “molim i hvala”. Skoro sva deca su odlicni djaci. Majkama i starateljima je najvaznije sto se neko od nas, iz tako daleke zemlje, setio njihove dece koja su ostala sirocici. U vecini slucajeva ova pomoc od nas je jedina pomoc koju oni dobijaju i od koje zive. Ovaj dozivljaj je za mene bio jedinstven i nikada ga necu zaboraviti.

Grci su jedini koji pored nas pomazu srpske sirocice, ali u mnogo vecem obimu. Velikodusniji su od nas i njihovu dobrotu ne bi smo smeli nikad zaboraviti.

Kao sto Vam je poznato svaki sakupljeni dolar se preda licno u ruke majkama uz njihov potpis i proveru licne karte. Apelujem na sve koji cuju za ovaj program da svi otvore svoja srca i da se pobrinu za troje do petoro dece koje ce oni u svojim familijama uzeti da pomazu sa jednim dolarom dnevno. Molim Vas svi se potrudite i pored vasih familija nadjite i druge (komsije, prijatelje, poznanike) koji bi uzeli da izdrzavaju makar jedno siroce. Mi imamo 10,000 imena na spiskovima a manje od jedne cetvrtine dece ima sponsora.

Mi sada primamo donacije i za izbeglice sa Kosova. Srpska deca sa Kosova su u prihvatilistima, skolama; rastrkana su po celoj Srbiji. Vreme je da nam se pridruze svi rodoljubi. Pokazite svoje hriscanske vrednosti i usvojite makar jedno dete. Bodrili smo njihove oceve da brane nasu rodnu grudu; dali su svoje zivote braneci je, a sada je nasa duznost da im se brinemo o deci.

Ovog puta odgovornost i teret puta sam ja podneo. U oktobru ide druga osoba koja ce zajedno sa nasim pretstavnikom u Banja Luci podeliti sakupljenu pomoc. U Banja Luci smo otvorili SDS-ovu kancelariju za koju uglavnom mali broj nas snosi troskove kako bi obavili ovaj posao sto bolje. Ovo je jedina organizacija koja Vam garantuje da ce Vasa donacija u celosti biti urucena detetu koje Vi izaberete. Molim Vas javite se Katici Medic na tel. (818) 363-3413, Bobi Nikolic na tel. (818) 992-8605, Veljku Miljusu na tel. (773) 523-9411, ili Mici Trbovic na tel. (412) 653-7264 i pridruzite nam se u ovom humanitarnom radu.

Unapred Vam se zahvaljujem u svoje ime i u ime dobrotvorne organizacije
SDS (Save Displaced Serbs).

Miodrag Nikolic
Clan Upravnog Odbora SDS-a