Simple Service: Donation to the Svratište

Today’s guest post comes all the way from Belgrade! Damares is a mother, wife, blogger, creative business owner, and domestic violence survivor. She writes today about donating to those less fortunate and gives us some insight into the needs around the world.

Simple Service: Donation to the Svratište

While some of us take for granted the choices we have for food, toys, clothes, etc., most don't have the same opportunities in life. It does hurt me to see people, especially innocent children (and animals) hurting and suffering in the streets or just surviving in misery. Unfortunately, I cannot do much to help either financially for the moment, but I show and teach my little daughter (2 years old) to be always nice to those in need. Whilst I do not demonstrate any differences between us as humans beings, there also has to be a realization that some people are much worse off than others. I teach my daughter that we are lucky and should be grateful for all we have and that we all need each other.

She's lately learning the concept of "money" and "paying for things.” We're using an approach in which we directly lend her money to give to others and explain the reason behind it. For example, we might give money to someone because they were playing a nice song and they need that money to buy something.

The first "big thing" my daughter and I did together was to separate toys and clothes for donation. We found a center for children less fortunate than us close by and went there to drop it off.

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The Svratište is a Drop-In Shelter for “children between 5 and 15 years of age who live or work on the streets of Belgrade and who are exposed to numerous risks due to a way of life.” The children get regular balanced meals, have access to weather-appropriate clothing, participate in creative and sports activities, and gain support within the educational system in Belgrade. The shelters also provide outreach services (social workers, nurses, psychologists, lawyers, etc.) in the environments in which the children spend their time in an effort to build relationships, protection, and support to the children’s families.

I'm not sure how much my daughter really understands yet, but I hope with time the act of giving, gratitude and kindness will grow into her heart.

Thank you so much for this post, for giving us a little bit of insight into the culture and needs of children in Belgrade, and for being the kind soul you are, Damares!

If you’d like to learn more about her, you can find Damares over at To Marry A Millionaire.