Author: Ajla Omerhodzic
The charity association ‘Pomozi.ba’ is organizing a charity ‘Bazaar of Goodwill’ in its premises, Dr. Fetaha Becirbegovica 8 Street in Cengic Vila district, Sarajevo, on Saturday, October 12.
The bazaar, which will start at 10:00 and close at 16:00 hours, is the association’s monthly event aimed to raise funds for different charity purposes.
All proceeds from this month’s bazaar will go into the project ‘School Lunches’ that provides school lunches to pupils without one or both parents, or those from socially vulnerable families.
At the bazaar, visitors will have the chance to buy clothing, footwear, household supplies, dishes, equipment for children, and many other items, thus providing pupils who cannot afford school lunches on their own with a chance to live a happier and more fulfilled life during their school days. All items are sold at extremely affordable prices, starting from BAM 0.50.
Everyone interested in donating the items, which could be sold at some of the monthly charity bazaars of ‘Pomozi.ba’, can always bring their donations directly into the association’s premises. The only criteria are that the items should be clean and well-preserved.
‘Pomozi.ba’ launched its project ‘School Lunches’ six years ago, after the association members noticed a large number of parents and caregivers who live in very difficult conditions and are unable to provide the children with a lunch at their schools.
Speaking for Pulse.ba, Spokesperson for ‘Pomozi.ba’ Maja Arslanagic said that the funds from this project were mainly donated to families from rural environments or smaller places, where the school lunch costs BAM 10 on a monthly basis and BAM 90 is required for the entire school year.
“Although BAM 90 does not seem much to some, there are many parents or caregivers who are unable to afford that”, said Arslanagic, adding that this is why these children need to be provided with financial assistance, so that their school days will turn brighter and happier.
Arslanagic claims that children whose parents or caregivers cannot afford to buy them school lunches are hungry during classes and often feel different from their classmates, who have an ensured school lunch every day. The ‘Pomozi.ba’ Spokesperson specified that, in cooperation with schools, the association made sure that none of the other parents and children knew who beneficiaries of this project were, for the sake of a greater protection of their privacy and well-being.
She explained that, besides regular school lunches, the association made effort to occasionally provide these children with additional fruits and other necessities. “With the help of donations of companies and good people, this year we strive to secure school lunches for between 1,500 and 2,000 pupils from socially vulnerable families across Bosnia and Herzegovina. We are particularly grateful to the NGO ‘St. Louis Bosnians’ for being our biggest donor in this project”, concluded Arslanagic.
Other ways to contribute to this campaign is by donating BAM two with a phone call to 17002, with each call helping to provide four school lunches, or by making a donation directly in the association’s premises, Dr. Fetaha Becirbegovica 8 Street in Sarajevo. A donation can be also made onto the bank account of Pomozi.ba, using the following data:
Payments from Bosnia and Herzegovina:
Intesa Sanpaolo Banka BIH
Payments from abroad:
Banks name: Intesa Sanpaolo Banka BIH
SWIFT CODE: UPBKBA22
IBAN: BA39 1541802008533048
Recipient: Udruženje “Pomozi.ba”, dr. Fetaha Bećirbegovića br. 8, 71000 Sarajevo
Purpose: Uzine (School lunches)
Payments onto the account in Austria:
Verwendungszweck: Spende fur das projekt Uzine
IBAN: AT64 2011182266475400
In addition, ‘Pomozi.ba’ has established cooperation with the pancake house ‘Kod Kuce’, located in Envera Sehovica 32 Street in Sarajevo, which has become one of the new, go-to places for all pancake lovers as well as anyone interested in taking a break to drink some fresh coffee or eat delicious sweet, along with savory delicacies. Every Sunday, the pancake house donates part of its daily revenues for the project ‘School Lunches’.
Owner of ‘Kod Kuce’ Ernest Dudic told Pulse.ba that the pancake house started the activity of raising funds for children, as the most vulnerable category, quite spontaneously, and decided to join this campaign upon contacting founder of ‘Pomozi.ba’ Elvir Karalic. “Special emphasis is set on the children who cannot afford school lunches. Lack of lunches can hinder their mental development or create a sense of insecurity, since their peers - perhaps unintentionally - are sometimes very brutal in mocking them”, said Dudic.
Millions of people worldwide give to charity on a regular basis to support causes they believe in, including for the sake of positive effect it has on their own lives. ‘School Lunches’ project and the ‘Bazaar of Goodwill’ are precisely an opportunity for visitors to feel good about contributing to positivity in their life while providing people in need to experience better living conditions and opportunities.