ACT Serbia Flood Relief in Šid

Written by Biljana Vozarevic

On Friday, 23rd May, 2014, a hot May day shined bright, right on time to dry as much as possible the excessive water in Serbia. This is our first bigger action, so we needed many more volunteers and we express a lot of gratitude to Aleksandar, Spomenka, Mira, Nemanja, Ivana, Klara, Kivela, Danijela, Izabela, Dijana, Goca, Rada, Marina, Sonja, Jelena, Radmila, Ljuba, Milena and Milan (Biba’s parents) and all others who brought things or contributed to this action in any other way and made this happen.

We went into Šid directly to hand over the goods to exactly those who needed them most. As it is impossible to give the items directly to those who escaped from flooded areas, there is an excellent communication through local state institution Red Cross Šid, so we approached them directly and handed over the goods, exactly at the place where people from heavily flooded Morovic, Jamena and other places were coming for help. When they arrive, they get registered first, and after being estimated what is crucial for them, the help is delivered to them.

On the previous day we sorted out repacked the clothes, neatly labeled them and delivered them that way. From the very beginning we zealously and harmoniously. Alexander coordinated all in a beautiful way and everybody knew who was to do what. We flexibly faced spontaneous changes and advanced the action. Though it was the third day of mourning in Serbia because of the victims in floods, our enthusiasm and morale were high. Our goal is not only soothing the consequences, but also recovery of people, animals and their homes. We found out what exactly was needed at the moment, and that is cosmetics for children (shampoos, toothpastes, toothbrushes), shampoos for special forces teams who came from Hungary, Austria and other areas in order to professionally and efficiently help, then canned food, baby porridge, milk, drinking water and disinfectants for households in order to clean up and disinfect the inside of the houses where water withdrew. Because in this phase it is necessary to remove wet, ruined furniture from homes, take away the floors and before recovery, to clean everything properly. We filled up two cars and a pickup, so besides the goods there was only room for a few people.

We met the person responsible for taking over donations in Sid, an expert cooperator for warehouse, a kind, hard-working, simple-hearted Milan Babic, and after a short consultation, the shampoos were sent to the special forces teams in Morovic. Having done that, with other goods we went to the Church hall of Sid municipality. The hall was radiating peace and silence, and we could smell the fragrance of incense which used to be burnt there regularly. It is beautiful how such a spiritual place expresses human kindness in a new way. When he saw how we sorted out and labelled the goods, Milan was amazed and he commended our work. We gave him the specification and discussed about other needs of people relocated in this crisis, because there is also another action pending.

See more pictures of this ACTion.

As we continue with the ACTions for the relief and recovery from floods, we still invite you to contribute with your donations which are going to be used to buy food packages, canned food, underwear, detergents and disinfectants.

For effective help internationally, financial aid would be most appreciated. ACT Serbia bank account info and bank transfer details (please state the purpose of donation) is:

in EUR

Intermediary Institution:

                  COBADEFF

                   Commerzbank AG

                        Frankfurt am Main

Account: HAABRSBG

Hypo Alpe- Adria- Bank ad Beograd                                                         

Bulevar Mihajla Pupina 6

                   11070 Beograd

                        Beneficiary: RS35165000700514680652

                    Fondacija ACT FOUNDATION

 

in GBP

                        Intermediary Institution:

CHASGB2L

                        JP Morgan Chase

                        London  

Account: HAABRSBG

Hypo Alpe- Adria- Bank ad Beograd                                                         

Bulevar Mihajla Pupina 6

                   11070 Beograd

                        Beneficiary:RS35165000700514708782

                    Fondacija ACT FOUNDATION

 

in USD

                        Intermediary Institution:

 CHASUS33

                        JP Morgan Chase Bank NA

                        New York

                        ABA: 021000021

Account: HAABRSBG

Hypo Alpe- Adria- Bank ad Beograd                                                         

Bulevar Mihajla Pupina 6

                   11070 Beograd

                        Beneficiary:  RS35165000700514709849

                    Fondacija ACT FOUNDATION

 

If this direct way of transaction does not work in your country, please send the funds to ACT UK through Donate page on this website and we will transfer it to ACT Serbia.

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