Thanks to the donation of the European Union, the Marković family orchard in the Village of Cerova near Krupanj, which was damaged by the floods and the landslide, was in full bloom this spring. With 300 donated plum seedlings, Miodrag Marković’s plum orchard amounts to 500 trees spreading across their land.
Milica Marković is the head of a four-member family from Obrenovac comprising her grandson Dragan, granddaughter Marina and Dragan’s daughter Milica. Since suffering a stroke several years ago, Milica can barely walk. Milica’s grandchildren are unemployed and the family only lives on her modest pension.
Mirjana Tešić is an English language teacher who had been working in Obrenovac Grammar School until 1999, when she left her job in the public service to try her hand at entrepreneurship. Studio “My School” was initially set in a one-bedroom apartment in Obrenovac and then developed into four classrooms at different locations by 2014.
Ivan Milošević lives with his wife Marijana and two sons, Miloš (12) and Nikola (nine), in Zaječar. Ivan and Marijana cultivate 42 acres of land in the Village of Veliki Izvor where they produce flowers. During the 2014 floods, torrential rains caused a neighbouring creek overflow, which destroyed three greenhouses and caused serious damage.
Belgrade, 15 May 2017 - "Thanks to this donation, the production is the same as before the floods and we can now work as we did prior to 2014," says Divna, a woman from Boljetin, a small village in the Đerdap National Park which was devastated by the floods three years ago.
Loznica, 22 November 2016 – Following the extensive damage caused by the May 2014 floods, “Elektron” from Loznica, the enterprise which produces dryers, dental equipment and sterilizers, was on a verge to be closed which meant job loss for 15 employees. Floods threatened to destroy everything they have been creating since 1986, when the company was founded.
Four-member family Petrovic from Prnjavor near town Šabac, has been growing raspberies for years, agriculture being the only source of income for the family. Jovan, his wife Gordana and their two sons Milan and Ivan, colledge students, cultivate maize, soybean, wheat and clover on 3,3 hecteres of their own, and 10 hecteres of leased land.
Obrenovac, 27 April 2016 - “We are thrilled we can finally take a break and after almost two years, sleep in clean, warm and almost new house,” says Dragoljub Popović from Obrenovac, one of the first 124 beneficiaries in this municipality whose house was reconstructed within the second phase of the European Union Assistance for Flood Relief in Serbia Programme.
The entrepreneur Obradin Ilić’s (72) family of seven from the village Rogačica near Bajina Bašta has for generations been living off greenhouse farming.
Dragan Jagodić’s family of five in the village Rogačica live off a small but successful trout farm called DB Food which has been operating since 2007.
Since 2002, Božana Pjević, her grandmother, mother and sisters, who originate from Bihać in Bosnia and Herzegovina, have been living in the village Divci near Valjevo.
The largest primary school in Obrenovac – Jovan Jovanović Zmaj – attended by over 1,300 students, was flooded for nearly two weeks in May 2014.
The home of the Popović family of three from the village Rača in Bajina Bašta, with mother Branka (62) and sons Milutin (27) and Nenad (23) suffered great damage, when outer and inner walls cracked because of the landslide caused by the floods.
The landslide in Tomanj village, caused by the rainfall in Krupanj, ruined the home of Despotović family of four.
A young married couple, Đurđija and Aleksandar Koković from Svilajnac, and their two sons lost their home and furniture to the floods.
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