With the support of 27 donors we have collected 2763.08$ for a New Year’s action "Hand over gifts, bring everyone bliss".
Idea was to provide New Year’s presents for children with disabilities who attend the special school "Laughter and Tear" in Aleksinac. They have received presents after school play on December 28th. Also, we have provided packages of basic foodstuff and warm clothes for their families as additional support for the Holiday season.
T.D. is a girl born with a heart defect. Due to learning difficulties and speech impediment, she attends the Primary School for Students with Disabilities “Laughter and Tear” in Aleksinac. She lives in a dilapidated house in the village of Moravac with her parents and sister. Despite all the hardships she faces, this shy and loving girl adores going to school and hanging out with her peers, teachers and school staff. After school, she goes back to her no-good everyday life. While all children imagine what they would like Santa to bring to them, this little girl is looking forward to small things such as playing with dolls.
T.D. is only one of the 55 children from the Primary School for Students with Disabilities in Aleksinac. More than fifty of her schoolmates share a similar fate - they live in poverty, with no great chances for a better future. Their families struggle against discrimination, unequal position and difficult access to necessary community services. These battles are commonly lost. Even the smallest help means a lot to these children - it brings them hope that they have not been forgotten.
In Serbia, there are 48 special schools and student dormitories in which children with disabilities live. Faced with numerous problems and poverty, for most of these children, New Year’s wishes remain only but dreams that have not come true.
Thank you for all of the donors who joined us in fundraising and made holidays more joyful for the children in school "Laughter and Tear".