Support for the flooded Balkan people
Organized by: Laura and Joe Lilly
Laura and Joe Lilly via Crowdrise
May 24, 2014
Do you know what it feels like to have lost a loved one, have experienced the horrors of a war or a loss of a home? Remember how you felt scared, desperate, sad, had no control over what had just happened to you? Tens of thousands of people in Bosnia, Serbia and Croatia are feeling all that right now. Once again they are experiencing the most horrific time in their life, due to the worst floods on the record. Only 20 years ago these same areas were devastated by the war in the Balkans. Once again, these people have lost their whole livelihood and become homeless overnight. We invite you to open up your heart and show your compassion by donating.
In the 120 years of the flood record, the Sava River has never risen as high as it did this time. At Zupanja in eastern Croatia, it was 1 meter (or 39 inches) above the highest recorded value. Citizens of the Croatian villages all along the river have been patrolling the levee 24/7, fortifying it with sandbags. Still, when the levee ruptured, letting a wave of water rush down the streets and into their homes caught them by surprise. They were running for their lives with nothing more than what they wore at the moment. The images from the affected areas are distressing: rescue volunteers carrying elderly in their arms, others wading through the chest-high water with a small child on their shoulders, animals finding the ground on roof tops, mud and debris pouring in the houses through the broken windows. These people need your help now and in months and years to come.
The recovery from the war in these distrressed areas has been slow. With unemployment lingering around 20% and an average salary of $650/month, these people cannot afford home-owners insurance. The only help they have comes from their family, neighbors and friends, like you. You can become a part of their community with your donation.
I am from Croatia and my best childhood memories are of the summers I spent on my uncle’s farm in eastern Croatia. I live in the US now, with my husband Joe and our dog Emma. Both of us are teachers. During this summer break we are traveling to Croatia. While we are there, my family always gathers for a home-cooked meal, made of fruits of their own labor. This year we are planning our family reunion for another reason: to help distribute aid, clean up debris, and console the people who lost everything. Your donation will be received by the municipality offices of the flooded villages. No donation is too small. It’s the act of giving that counts, not the amount donated.
Thank you for showing your support and encouragement to the people of eastern Croatia.