Our little stars


Divna


Divna is a young woman who was in the social care system during her high school years. She lived in a foster home, since her single mother did not have financial means of supporting her through her education. After finishing high school, she tried to enroll at the Biological faculty in Kragujevac, but she missed by only one point a place  on the list of students who could have their studies  paid for  by the Government. The Center for social care could not help her, so she ended up with no education and no possibility of finding a good job. She tried unsuccessfully to do various jobs, but she never stopped hoping that one day she would successfully enter the faculty. After we contacted her and talked to her, she expressed the desire to try once more to enroll at her chosen faculty with the help we provided.  

While visiting her mother in the village she lives in, we realized that this family had very poor living conditions as well. They did not have any permanent source of drinking water, but had to ask the neighbors for water. We started fundraising activities for digging a well. After three months, we raised half of the amount; the other half was donated by the local municipality. We engaged builders and the well was built in a week. Now, Divna’s education is next on the list. 

Aleksandar


Alexander is a young man who spent most of his life in the orphanage in Belgrade. Sadly, his parents died when he was only 9 years old. As his older sister and brother were already old enough to be on their own, he was left to stay in the orphanage alone. He has been residing there even until the present day. And certainly it has not been easy. Very little was left when he lost his parents, siblings, his whole family, his home. He grew up completely alone and tried to deal with all the problems that every child encounters, all alone. Teachers and social workers just did their job and went home to their familes. Alexander had nowhere to go. He completed his primary and secondary mechanical engineering school, and began higher education when we met. Motivation is always missing when you do not have family support. He began his studies at the High School of Sports and Health, and then stopped. The exams were not easy, and he had to give up. We gave him support, to show him that we care about him and want to help him. He continued his studies and is now at the end of his studies. He has part-time work as a rugby coach, and is trying to find some steady work in order to begin an independent life. Since at the end of this year, he will be completely out of the social welfare system, our support and help will be very necessary.

Goran


Goran is a young man lacking proper parental care. We have known him ever since he was a boy. He was raised by his grandmother. After her death, Goran ended up in a foster home. He lived in several foster homes. We would pay him a visit from time to time. After he came of age, he left the foster home at his own request and started living independently in the house inherited from his grandmother. However, on leaving the social care system, he was left without any material or other support regarding his further education. After finishing high school, he expressed desire to enroll at the Theological faculty in Belgrade. Goran enrolled with our full support, and moved into the student dorm. Now his future and his  education are in his own hands and depend on his own efforts.  

Igor


We met Igor when he was a little boy, in the first grade of elementary school, where he showed above average intelligence. On further investigation, we realized he had had a difficult life. His mother had abandoned him, taking his younger brother with her, so he lived with his father and grandfather. His father dealt with his own sadness, anger and dissatisfaction in life with alcohol. Even though intelligent himself, he did not manage to tackle the everyday problems of poverty & loneliness so he spent evenings in pubs, often taking little Igor with him. Sometimes he took all his anger out on the innocent child. Therefore,  growing up was difficult for Igor, in very modest conditions, without regular income or a woman’s touch at home, with a lot of questions and few answers he was in constant fear of his father’s mood. We would pay a visit from time to time, take presents, and we gave him his first ever birthday cake with candles, which he says, he will never forgot. When he was older, he searched for his mother and father via a TV show. However, he did not find the love and attention he lacked so much. His mother did not want to have any contact with him, since he resembled his father too much, and the two brothers had grown up apart from each other, which made a  close relationship impossible. He returned to his everyday life again, with not much hope or faith for a brighter future.  Fifteen years later, last summer, he found us and we reestablished contact. Now, all our efforts are directed towards providing conditions for him to finish his education and use his God-given intelligence and capabilities to ensure a brighter future for himself. It will not be easy, but together we believe it is possible,  and this is our clear goal.  

Stefan


Stefan’s life story is dramatic, much like most of the young people with whom we come into contact. Stefan was born an illegitimate child. After his mother\'s death, a cousin in Bosnia accepted him and nurtured him there. After completing elementary school, he enrolled in high school there, but did not finish. He moved into an orphanage in Zvečanska, but the change of environment and the transition to the house was very stressful for him and he didn’t adapt well. Since he was born out of wedlock, his relatives have never accepted him because he represents an "embarrassment" for the family. Today Stefan is completely alone in Belgrade and without any support. As a surviving relative, he has the right to his mother’s pension, however he hasn’t been allowed to collect it, because he is not in the mainstream education system. His education is not finished and he lives on the outskirts of the city, just trying to somehow become independent. I believe that not only our financial support to pay for schooling, the remaining exams, as well as the necessary books, but also our support in terms of acceptance and care, and will give Stefan the feeling that he is not completely alone in the world, and there are those who care about him. Stefan is a smart guy, and with good organization and adequate support, we believe he will soon graduate from high school and then go on to college. By gaining an education that will enable them to find employment, he will gain self-confidence and a feeling that he is valuable and accepted. Thereby he could continue to collect and use the survivor\'s pension until the end of his studies at the university. It remains to us to help him and believe that his life can become much better and a more certain future than it now looks.
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Stars

Divna


Divna is a young woman who was in the social care system during her high school years.

Aleksandar


Alexander is a young man who spent most of his life in the orphanage in Belgrade.


Goran


Goran is a young man lacking proper parental care. We have known him ever since he was a boy.


Igor


We met Igor when he was a little boy, in the first grade of elementary school.


Stefan


Stefan’s life story is dramatic, much like most of the young people with whom we come into contact.


Activities

Socializing of our residents with the YP from England

28. July 2017.

In HOP in Belgrade, we organized event and socializing our residents with the YP from England with whom they were together at Camp Fužine and established friendly relations.

Summer camp 2017

27. July 2017.

Our young residents spent 7 days at summer camp for students in Croatia.

Residents together with the part of the staff member team have been listening a motivational speech of Nik Vujičić

9. July 2017.

Residents together with the part of the staff member team have been listening a motivational speech of Nik Vujičić in a hall of Protestant church in Belgrade.