One year after an earthquake in the Serbian village of Vitanovac crumbled the walls of her home and destroyed her only source of heat, this woman eagerly assembles the new wood stove now sitting in her kitchen. Through a generous gift from the Serbian Orthodox Metropolitanate of Australia and New Zealand, IOCC provided wood burning stoves and firewood for 150 families struggling to rebuild their earthquake damaged homes. Photo by Red Cross of Serbia
Baltimore, MD (IOCC) — The past year has been a struggle for the villagers living in and around Vitanovac, Serbia, the epicenter of a jarring 5.4 earthquake last November that left two people dead and tens of thousands of people homeless. With winter coming and the need for assistance still critical, International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) through ongoing support from the Serbian Orthodox Metropolitanate of Australia and New Zealand, is delivering much needed relief to families still laboring to rebuild their homes and replace belongings destroyed in the earthquake.
On the beginning of the third week of the Christmas lent, on Sunday, December 11, 2011 the members of the Merciful section of the Religious Charity guardianship of the Archbishopric of Belgrade-Karlovac visited the Home "Mosa Pijade" at the Center for Protection of Infants, Children and Youth of Belgrade.
In this house a large number of children are accommodated who attend primary or secondary school and those who want to go to faculty can stay at the House until they are 26 years old.
The Christian Cultural Centre, with the support of the Centre for European Studies (CES) and Conrad Adenauer Foundation (KAS), conducted during the period from July 2010 until February 2011 an empirical research on the social relevance of religion in Serbia entitled Research on religiosity of the citizens of Serbia and their position towards the process of European integrations.
Today is the 97th anniversary of the Battle of Kolubara, which was not only the greatest allied victory won during 1914, but also a textbook example of strategic action of the less skilled and less-equipped armed force which from its defensive position succeeded in diverting the course of fighting into the rapid and sudden offensive action.
The operation in this month was postponed twice due to lack of money. Father of three underage children is undergoing medical treatment in Germany and is awaiting our help!
Telekom Serbia provided except number 1801 for texting SMS, also a humanitarian number for call from the fixed phone network - 0900-501-501 which can be dialled from any fixed phone in Serbia and you automatically donate 59 dinars. From mobile MTS network, the call costs 177 dinars.
The Information Service of the Serbian Orthodox Church joined the humanitarian action of collecting resources for the Rasko's operation.
All interested for help can visit the facebook group entitled " Let's help Rasko Milenkovic to fight leukemia" which has more than 29000 members: http://www.facebook.com/groups/RaskoMilenkovic/