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Like most 8-year-olds, Natalija likes playing with her toys and dolls. But this 8-year-old girl living in London wanted also to try to help children flood victims in her home country, Serbia, and Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Natalija is from Serbia. She is living in London with Susie Ambrose who adopted her. Natalija’s ‘mother’ was born in Belgrade to a Jewish/Serbian family and is the founder of luxury matchmaking agency, Seventy Thirty. Susie Ambrose told Britić magazine:
My greatest achievement is adopting my wonderful child in Serbia and providing a loving and caring home here in London
We shall be proud of Natalija, this 8-year-old girl who wanted to raise funds for flood victims in Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina via JustGiving. She wrote there:
My name is Natalija, and I am an 8 year old girl living in London, but originally I came from Serbia.
The terrible floods affected beautiful Serbia, and the picturesque Bosnia, and thousands and thousands of people lost their secure homes. There are many lovely children that are now homeless, hungry and scared. If I lost my home, I know I would be frightened and I would feel vulnerable.
Please be kind and help me raise awareness and funds for affected children in Serbia and Bosnia.
Thank you very much for your support.
Natalija, this 8-year-old girl, raised £12,295.79, more than 15,000 euros fo children flood victims. Incredible!
Natalija, it’s amazing what you did. Words can’t express the thanks I send to you. It is so wonderful that there are kids like you who care so deeply for Serbia, and Bosnia and Herzegovina. Bravo!
Update: Natalija has received a new donation:
Frank Burns is cycling 3000 km – 2000 miles from his home, Kimbolton, a village in England, to Istanbul in Turkey for The Motivation Charitable Trust , an international development charity supporting people with mobility disabilities.
It seems that some of Frank Burns best days have been cycling across Serbia (From May 24 to June 1, 2014). He met wonderful Serbian people, discovered the charm and beauty of many Serbian towns. Franck Burns wrote:
The Serbs are an outgoing friendly people, who will go out of their way to help. Like the young lady this afternoon who, instead of giving me directions, cycled with me to the Information Office in Novi Sad.
I was impressed with Belgrade, especially since I expected to be disappointed by it. Maybe my thinking still hasn’t moved on beyond the Cold War years.
I particularly wanted to go to Nis, my penultimate stop in Serbia, because it is clearly documented that the 1st Crusade of 1096 passed through here. What I find in 2014, is a vibrant city with appalling memories of the destructive exploits of the Ottoman Turks in the 19th century, and more recently the murderous attentions of the Nazis during WW2.
Well, here are some photos taken by Frank Burns:
You know that Serbia and Bosnia-Herzegovina suffered some of the worst flooding on record in 120 years, but maybe you don’t know that Serbia is a beautiful country with friendly people.
On my recent trip to Serbia, Bosnia & Herzegovina I was stunned by its natural beauty and the incredible hospitality of the people! I would encourage anyone who loves history, food and wine to explore the beautiful countries of Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina. I spent 24 wonderful days exploring them both and getting to know the big cities as well as the countryside, ancient ruins, and the local gastronomy.
Here are some of the great photos of Serbia taken by David Hoffmann:
Thank you David for having visited Serbia and our region, and for showing the real Serbia and its natural beauty. And a big thank you to everyone, here in Serbia and everywhere around the world, for your assistance, contribution and solidarity. It helps Serbia so much to recover from the disastrous flood. Thanks everyone.
Long live Serbia! Živela Srbija!
Serbia does not have oil, but has friends. I wrote that last week on my article talking about Matthew Trinetti, a young American trying all he can to help Serbia and Serbian people victims of flood.
And it is true, Serbia does not have oil, but has more friends than me and you thought. Yes, even in Costa Rica people are trying to help Serbia and our region. The director of Green Webbs, a web design company in Costa Rica is doing that, helping Serbia. The director of Green Webbs lives 10408.04 km (6467.25 miles) far from Serbia, he has never visited Serbia, but he is doing something to help.
What is he doing to help Serbia and our region? He wrote (in Spanih translated by Tanja D.):
Support The Balkans
We are going to show you a video about what actually happened in May 2014 in Serbia in order to raise awareness about the support that Serbia
needs and to invite you all to attend the event for donation for all victimes thay were afected in this terrible flood tragedy!
Entrence: c5000 (9 dollars-6 euros). All collected donation directly goes to suppprt and help Serbia, Bosnia and Croatia)
Please, join us and be part of the support that these countries really need these days.
HOPE THIS WILL HELP
Well, here is the video made in Costa Rica to help Serbia and our region:
Thank you friends of Serbia around the world and in Costa Rica. Your contribution will help improve the lives of Serbian people victims of flood. Thank you so much for supporting Serbia.
Stephanie Be, an American girl from California who has lived in Rio, Barcelona, and Sydney, wrote last week an article for Huffington Post titled “You Should Be Eating and Drinking in Belgrade, Serbia Right Now” Well, I know that French cuisine is fantastic as I lived 40 years in France before coming to Serbia. But if you’re looking for the best food in the world, I agree with Stephanie, look no further, come to Serbia and enjoy Serbian food. Oops! You will also love Serbian people.
Stephanie Be wrote:
Not everyone is a foodie who appreciates a fine eight course meal, or a cheap, deliciously cheesy chow down. Not everyone will indulge in local beers and wines at a fare that’s unfair. But for all of us that take to tasting and talking to locals… Belgrade, or Beograd, is the city for us!
I found Belgrade to be similar to Cyprus in culture. Although very different destinations, (Cyprus is an island with a few major towns, while Belgrade is a city with a centered area of tourism and two popular strips along the river), Serbian people are also unbelievably friendly and welcoming… Somewhere between survival and revolution, young Serbians blew a breath of life into Belgrade. Great food. Great drinks. Great nightlife. Great boat parties. Great people.
I love Serbian people. I really, truly felt at home in Belgrade.
Do not read only this short excerpt, read and watch the great pictures of Serbian food of Stephanie Be here. Great people, great food…
Maybe it is time to visit Serbia… or to come back home.
Imaginarium Productions, a Sydney based Video Production company, made a poignant short film about the disastrous floods in Serbia and our region. Dejan Stepanović, CEO of Imaginarium Productions wrote:
I have made this film to raise awareness of catastrophe that happened to our region, to encourage goodness in men, and to remind you all that only with awakened consciousness within you, and with unity of people we can look forward in the future.
Here it is:
Could you imagine if this were your country. Please, support Serbia as much as you can. If you’re not able to make a contribution, don’t worry, you can still help! Share with your friends and people around you. Spread the word, someone will make a contribution thanks to you!
Serbian people are fighting a hard battle against the disastrous floods in my country. The enormous amount of water has caused massive damage and took lives. In these difficult moments all citizens of Serbia and Serbs living abroad are making every effort to help the people from the damaged areas. Thousands of people here are organizing and doing their best to help the ones that have lost their homes.
In Serbia, thousands of volunteers were helping with evacuations, and now the are collecting and distributing blankets, rubber boots, drinking water, food and hygiene kits to people affected. But not only in Serbia, Serbs from all around the world, in China, Slovenia, France, Italy, U.k and everywhere in the world are collecting clothes and foods to help Serbian people who lost everything.
In the UK for example, the British Serb magazine produced by Serbs in the UK, put up an amazing directory for all the UK-wide efforts to provide relief to the worst floods since records began in Serbia: UK map of collection points for flood relief effort and you can see the results there. Thank you my friend over at the British Serb magazine. Amazing job.
Another example in the UK is Dragan Marjanovic who moved to England seven years ago. He is also doing his best to help Serbian flood victims. This 34-year-old Serb who is originally from Obrenovac – a suburb of the Serbian capital Belgrade – which has been badly affected by the flooding, runs a fish and chip bar in Arlesey, a small town situated in the county of Bedfordshire, UK. He said to a local newspaper why he is helping Serbian flood victims and urges people to do the same:
I want to raise some money for the people affected by the flooding. They have been left with nothing so I am going to send them anything I can. I would urge anyone else to contribute whatever they can afford to us. It doesn’t have to be money, it could be shoes or clothes, literally anything. The floods have left people with nothing and if you have nothing anything is useful.
At the end, I want to say that I am touched to see so many people showing their generosity and helping. A big thank you to everyone for your immense support and contribution. We are starting a process of rebuilding Serbia which will take months, in some aspects, years and the generosity and willingness to help of Serbian people and Serbs around the world is truly incredible. You set an example for all of humanity.
David Naughton-Shires lives in Sixmilebridge, a small town in County Clare, Ireland. He is not Serbian but he cares about Serbian people victims of flood. He wrote yesterday a blog post titled “A Cry for help!!!!!”:
People affected by this act of nature have lost everything. They left their home to avoid the coming waves of flood water with only the clothes they were wearing at the time. Tens of thousands of people are now placed in shelters, depending on people willing to help them. They have no food, no clean water, no clothes, no medicines, no health products. For some of them, it will take years before they’ll be able to go back home. And even then, they won’t have anything…
And even though I don’t live in that part of the world, this matter is important to me. It is important because all these disasters have affected my friends. One was stuck on the roof of a house for 3 days, waiting for help, another has lost a house and a horse ranch. Just like other tens of thousands of people. So it has to be important. Not just to me, to entire world. This is a tragedy.
And David Naughton-Shires asked his readers to help Serbia:
Help them. In any way you can. If you skip one beer or a cup of coffee, and donate that amount of money, you will feed one person who’s suffering right now….Please help if you can if you can’t give yourself just share to increase awareness.
It is incredible that you David, who are not Serbian but an Irish man living in Ireland, cares about Serbia and ask people to help Serbia. Thank you David.
Yesterday I received an email from my friend Christopher Rudder, a Canadian musician living in Toronto who has visited several times Serbia and made some great videos of it. Here is his email:
Dear Karl Haudbourg,
Some of the amazing stories coming out of Serbia are incredible. The story of the man who lost his wife and child to the floods but is still out there helping others. Honestly, the more i visit there, the more friends I make and the more people I get to know. I’ve discovered that helping others is just how Serbs are. The story is amazing but that’s their nature, that’s the type of people they are!
That’s it! Not only this man who lost his wife and his 2-year-old son in the floods and continued for days to save lives in flooded Obrenovac, but all Serbs are helping others, that’s their nature.
So proud of my country, so proud of Serbian people who do not give up and who make Serbia great. Thank you Christopher.