Over $40,000 Raised for Humanitarian Aid to Kosovo and Metohija
They say that Chicago is the second-largest city of Serbs in the world after Belgrade, and by the way the city mobilizes to support humanitarian efforts in Serbia, I believe it!
Last week, Bozur Humanitarian Society and Unitas Fund raised over $40,000 to fight poverty in Serb communities in Kosovo and Metohija with a reception and dinner at Chicago’s University Club. The black-tie event featured informational videos on the host organizations’ projects in Serbia; a video on the humanitarian crisis in Kosovo; and keynote remarks by His Excellency Vuk Jeremic, President of the United Nations General Assembly. Attendees included Serbian Ambassador to the United States H.E. Vladimir Petrovic, Serbian Consul General Desko Nikitovic, and former Member of Congress Melissa Bean.
The most encouraging part of the evening for me was listening to H.E. Mr. Vuk Jeremic describe the important symbolism of bridges using a quote from one of Jugoslavia’s most renowned literaries: Ivo Andric. After describing Serbia’s commitment to preserving human dignity in Kosovo, His Excellency read this quote from Ivo Andric’s Bridge on the Drina:
“From everything that man erects and builds in his urge for living, nothing is in my eyes better or more valuable than bridges. They represent the eternal, unsatisfied human desire to link, to reconcile, and join all that springs up before our spirit and our eyes, so that there should be no divisions, no confrontation, and no parting. “
Jeremic closed his remarks with a plea to attendees to build bridges to Serbia, which resonated especially well with the Bridges to Serbia team.
The event’s host organizations, the Bozur Humanitarian Society and Unitas Fund, were both founded to fight poverty in Serbia. They do this through soup kitchens and food pantries, humanitarian aid distributions, and community-building programs. Founded by Serbs, some straight from Kosovo, these organizations respond to humanitarian needs in Serbia and offer individuals in the United States and around the world the opportunity to do the same by donating directly via the organizations’ websites. Donations can be tracked so you know exactly where your money went and how it helped a community or individual. Follow the links below to learn more about each organization.