Bosnia flooding fund 2014
With the severe historical flooding and state of emergency declared throughout Bosnia, there is massive destruction of streets, buildings and homes affecting around 1.2 million people. Thousands are being evacuated from their homes because of flooding and landslides and those families need our help, whether it is to buy food, clothes or other necessities. On top of all that, the floods and landslides raise fears of nearly 120,000 unexploded land mines and their warning signs being toppled and in many cases dislodged the mines themselves.
Along with helping the people of Bosnia in the current situation with their most necessities such as medicine and food, I want this fund to keep going indefinitely to keep helping with the aftermath of this disaster.
I sympathize and empathize with the victims of these massive floods who are being displaced from their homes and are experiencing sickness because I myself, along with my family, experienced anything and everything you can imagine during the 4 year war (1992-1996). I was only 6 but I can sure tell you every moment of those 4 years and what I went through including the aftermath of it as well. I moved to the US in 1999 (when I was 13), where I started high school and finished college with a Acconting/Business Administration and Sociology degree. I feel at home here because I was presented numerous opportunities of sucess; however, I have never forgotten where I came from, which is why I want to help during these devastating times that my fellow Bosnians are going through, which I recall going through myself during the war times.
I want to assure you that I have the best and most sincere interest in helping the needy families and to make sure the donations get to the right people and are distributed transparently and fairly.
Please donate as much as you can, even if it's $1 because any amount will be a great help to the people of Bosnia who were displaced from their homes.
When I started this "little" fund here localy in Iowa, I did not imagine it would get this much attention and so many donations, which is a pleasant suprise that will help people. My initial plan was to donate everything to Red Cross in BIH and possibly a couple other non-for-profits in Bosnia. After careful research and conversations with citizens and donors in Bosnia, it's a big sum to be sent to one place and have the trust it will be spent right. I actually will be visiting Bosnia for couple of weeks and make sure this money is distributed fairly. I personally want to see families directly benefit from these donations because I want OUR donations to make a true difference. The initial donations started from my friends and neighbors who had trust in me that these funds will be used in the best possible way to benefit the needy families and that's what I want to see. Everything will be documented and every penny accounted for. Thank you for having that trust in me without personally knowing me!
Molimo vas da donirate novac za pomoć narodu BiH jer je veliki broj života ugrožen zbog poplava širom naše domovine.
WHATEVER WE GIVE WILL MAKE A DIFFERENCE...SO THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR GENEROSITY AND COMING TOGETHER TO HELP THE PEOPLE IN NEED!!!
With that said, I am currently working on a website which I am going to use to post the details of the trip, funds spent and the families helped. I have the pictures, receipts and also trying to get after pictures (once the families had a chance to put in their furniture, windows, doors, etc) to include on the website. I am also hoping to get some videos of the families after they had a chance to settle in and tell us how they feel and what it meant for them (I am really hopeful I will get help in order to attain that).
I know it's been a couple months, but work kept me busy and slowed me down in creating this website. In the mean time, I think I will create a written summary and post it here as text.
Again, thank you for all your support because it wouldn't have been possible without you!
Dragi prijatelji hvala vam što ste mi vratili vjeru u to da još postoje dobri i humani ljudi.Naime ja sam zbog bolesti koja se zove Behterov sindrom skoro potpuno nepokretan već 6 godina imam suprugu koja boluje od astme a da stvar bude još gora od 3 djece koje imamo njih 2 je nasljedilo od mene moju bolest i većinom su u bolnicama a najviše u Tuzli.Mnoga nazovimo humana udruženja su našu tako tešku situaciju iskoristili za vlastitu dobit a mi nismo u stanju ni osnovne lijekove kupiti jer sva primanja koja imamo su moja civilna invalidnina koja iznosi 400KM.Živimo u nezavršenoj kući ali hvala ALLAHU nismo gladni jer mnogi ljudi koji poznaju mene i moju suprugu i znaju kako smo radili i podizali našu djecu povremeno dovezu brašna i osnovnih životnih namirnica i na tome smo im jako zahvalni.Jedan prijatelj me savjetovao da se putem interneta obratim nekom za pomoć ali ja to niti znam niti sam da vam pravo kažem više vjerovao da postoje ljudi koji bi pomogli meni i mojoj porodici ali sad kad ovo čitam vidim da ima istinski humanih ljudi koji su spremni pomoći svakom kom je pomoć potrebna.Još jednom vam se zahvaljujem to ste mi vratili vjeru u ljude koji nisu okaljani nacionalizmom i koji još uvjek cijene prave ljudske vrijednosti a nadam se da će se pojaviti neko poput vas da pomogne i meni i mojoj porodici...
Honestly, I just do not understand some people. By the time the fund reached the amount that it did and Amina made it to Bosnia - people already received the bare necessities, as in food, toiletries and such. I think that spending the money to help these families move on with their lives was, absolutely, the right decision. What difference would a case of bottled water, pack of toilet paper and some toothpaste for a whole lot of people really made? Not much and again, if you kept up with the situation you'd know they were receiving these things from other cities in Bosnia, as well as, from all across Europe. I think it's great that a family now has a permanent home and other families have appliances and furniture they lost. You should feel good about being able to provide that for someone - for making a real difference.
It does not look right to me. Buying a apt for a family ?! When you could help many of them !? So you did not comply with what you said previously and the solely reason I donated.
Amina, I respect you for taking the initiative to do this and help people in need. However, the fundraiser was a complete misrepresentation. I don't care about the money I donated (halal bilo) but I donated believing it would reach many people to provide necessities in the immediate need as you initially represented. I am glad this family now has a home, but with so MANY families without FOOD or BASIC necessities how is it justifiable to spend more than half of the money on one family? What made their background so different from the thousands of others in the same situation? I was happy to hear that you were going to Bosnia yourself to distribute the funds, but you really should have received professional guidance in how to assist needy families. Also, when creating a fundraiser set initial goals and stick to them-otherwise you become like a politician floping every which way.
Svaka cast Amina, uradila si ono sto si mislila da je najbolje u tom trenutku. Za one koji se prave pametnjakovici a rasturaju engleski, da ih podsjetim. Ja sam jedna od osoba koja je sugestirala Amini da ne salje novac ni Crvenom Krstu, ni Hajat tv, i ostalim humanim veoma humanim organizacijama koje su bukvalno zavrtale lovu od naseg nesretnog naroda ( ni prvi ni zadnji put heheh). Direktan kontakt sam imala sa prijateljima u Sarajevu, Tuzli, Zenici ... Jedini koji je nastavio da pomaže na saniranju poplave je bio Batko, i pojedinci koji su na svoju ruku isli i vukli pomoc u raznom obliku od vode , hrane, odjece , krecenja kuca i dezinfekcije istih da se osposobe za zivot kakav takav. Amina kad je stigla u Bosnu, vec je dobar dio posla bio uradjen, kao sto znate iz citavog svijeta se slala pomoc. Naivni pojedinci su vec bili nasadjeni , ja licno sam vrsila pritisak na Aminu da ne salje novac nikome. Kad je Amina odlucila da ode u Bosnu pao mi je kamen sa srca, imala sam potpuno povjerenje u nju. Sto god da je uradila novac je završio tamo gdje treba. Ja licno nemam ni kucu ni stan, rentam stan u Torontu, i malo sam tezi bolesnik i nije mi na pamet palo zasto je kupila stan nekoj unesrecenoj porodici. Ta porodica je mogla biti i moja da se sudbina drugačije poigrala sa nama. Zar je važno ko su ONI, RODITELJI SA DJECOM koje je usrecila jedna od mnogobrojnih grupa koja je od srca halalila , ko koliko moze da da, za BiH unesrecene stanovnike. Amina hvala ti za sve sto si uradila , znam da si isla srcem da pomogneš našem narodu. Ps: kome se ne svidja neka organizuje sam, svi vi znate kako se novac salje direktno u Bosnu, Western Uninon isplacuje u roku 5min, potrebno je samo ime i prezime osobe koja prima. Lijep pozdrav svima od Snjeze koja je preko stele izasla iz Sarajeva 28.decembra, 1993, i tada su se neki pitali kako to ja sa bebom od 17 mjeseci da imam tu privilegiju da izadjem iz tog pakla . Neko kao Amina je usao u moj zivot i stavio me na spisak za konvoj koji je čekao godinu dana da izadje. Taj gospodin koji me nikad nije vidio u zivotu je ponio moj kofer do strunjace gdje cu prespavati prvu noc, u sportskoj sali u Splitu , izvadio novcanik i pitao me gdjo,treba li vam novca, kako cete dalje. Amina God Bless You!
I have to start my comment by saying thank you for your initiative and effort. You were one of many who started humanitarian actions at that time - yours campaign ended up being shared the most thanks to all of us. I donated among first as much as I was able to afford at that time and was planning to donate more, but I decided not do do it after you changed your original plan. Just as reminder, your original idea that got 90% of donations here, was to give this money to Red Cross. Then you changed it to partnering with Hayat and at the end, you decided you will go and distribute this money. I had my doubts but I thought you might actually make this work.. I understand you raised way more money than you expected, and with that came bigger responsibility and I assume that's why you wanted to do everything by yourself. I understand as well that you were there for 2 weeks only, not enough time, but again, you decided to do it this way. What I do not understand is why you would chose to spend more than half of donated money for an apartment for this family. Your action, as much humane, is not justifiable. That family was affected by flooding and needed help - fine, if you wanted, pay them year worth of rent and let's share their story so maybe parents get jobs. That would cost maybe $5000 top! For 70,000 BM that you used for their apartment, you could have help 10+ families fix roof on their house. That family was renting, so they lost personal things, furniture, etc. There are families that lost their own homes, why not helping them? After all, as somebody said, I bet half people that donated do not own home themselves.. At the end, I don't care about money I gave, I did it for the right cause, but I'm mad as you made me not trust in future actions like this..
Wow, you actually got a whole 2 bedroom apartment for 1 family? Not the brightest decision on how to help with $35 grands but there you go.. hopefully the new place is not located on a dangerous zone of possible flooding and landslides! I would have rather given $1000 to 35 families.
Great job Amina with the fundraiser. You did and excellent job distributing the funds amongs the families in need. I thank you for taking time off from your new job , paying for your own expenses and putting your pain from loosing a family member aside to go help others in need. I suggest that you don't pay attention to the negative comments as people will alway find something to complaint about. Thank you and great job agin!
Why donate and then bitch about it? The money made it to people affected by the floods that's what matters. As long as the money made it home to any family in need I'm happy. Why didn't some of you oh so righteous people do the same? Why didn't you take the time and money to do what Amina did? Now you know whats best blah blah blah. Great job Amina!
Sabina Medved 0 mins ago | Delete @ Edina Bajkartarevic.... While I completely agree with you, at this point... its "water under the bridge". Its a done deal and we all hope she used her best judgement while in Bosnia. We never requested, but just assumed it would be distributed appropriately. We never asked her to purchase food, medicine ( meet basic needs) and to help as many families as possible. We just assumed it. Yes the Red Cross has its flaws so that is why we asked our friends and family to donate to Amina instead of using large organizations. Please don't let this one experience cloud your future decisions to donate in this manner. Our emotions are running high since so many of our family members are still struggling, and frequent news of corruption of funds in Bosnia do not help either.
I am in shock reading your report. Your decision was highly inappropriate. People donated based on your original post, which wasn't an effort to collect money to buy someone an apartment, but to reach as many people as possible in the immediate need. A lot of people who donated here do not own either and trust me, each one of us would have been "so happy and grateful" if you had purchased us an apartment. The negative comments here have nothing to do with not knowing you or not knowing how things work in Bosnia, but with the fact that your decision was absolutely crazy! Helping one family forever versus helping many with immediate needs? Amina, if you know what is happening back home, you are clear that uncertain rental situation for the next 60 days is much better than what thousands are living every day, sleeping in shelters, school gyms, etc. I would like you to post more detail on who the family is, how you know them, and why them over other families you visited? Are you related to them? Are they friends? This is so conflicting, if you don't see it, it is tragic. If you are in accounting / finance/ audit, you should know how questionable / problematic a decision of this type could be. I am still considering reporting you for collecting and misrepresenting what you were collecting for. This is absolutely horrible. I guess this is a lesson for me to never donate in this manner. If you can take anything from this post, I would suggest it be that you never organize a fundraiser again.
You all should look into how the Red Cross utilizes funds. A big name is not always the best way to spend money. While I do agree that 70K on one family seems a lot, we trusted her to use the money to help people...she did just that. Stop being so cynical. Many organizations pool money to help one individual or one small distribution channel -- be content that you were able to be a part of helping 10 families get back on track, and out of poverty. You small donation did that. In lieu of a month of Starbucks or a dinner out you transformed someone's life. Be proud.
It's better that the money did not go to the Red Cross because it is so corrupt it wasn't going anywhere being sent to them! You did the right thing Amina winter is coming and so many of these people have NOWHERE to live and NOTHING to live off as the flood has destroyed all of their crops! If one family who had the money for it could sponsor another family in Bosnia who are living off NOTHING during the winter this would be amazing! These people don't have an income... They sell fruits and vegetables that grow in their backyards... How do you turn someone down who needs a home?
You know Amona when you started all this effort to help our Bosnia I was so thrilled and happy to make small donation and hoping to see that it will be soon transferred to legitimite Red Cross or similar organization u BIH but instead you trying to play some hero and betraying trust of many and showing your incompetence. So my suggestion it you did why you did screw it up at l by helping ten people with all that money you were entrusted at least do right thing at the end and transfer rest if money ti Bosnian Red Cross before someone starts enquiry how funds were transferred and spent
Thanks for your reply. My husband reminded me that for this given situation, there are many possible explanations. My first reaction was surprise that you would chose to purchase one family an apartment when most people rent (including most of my family members), however hubby reminded me that you just as well could have felt that it was worthwhile to make one big change in a particularly needy family lives. We donated money to you without asking how you plan on using it. I made the assumption it would be used for basic necessities, however I realize now I cannot expect you to read my mind. At this point, we chose to trust that you acted in good faith and utilized the funds in the best way you saw fit. The last thing I want is to discourage somebody who took the initiative to make a difference in flood victim's lives from taking initiative next time it is necessary. Best wishes!
You purchased a family a 2 bedroom apartment?
Looking at your report it is very disturbing to see that you have spent 70,000 km on an apartment for a family. More then half of the donation went to one family. How did you think that this was a smart move?? I am eager to see the documentation for the purchased of that property and to see if they are related to you. I believe that you have not whistle distributed the money. If you would of spent the money on food and the basics more family would of gotten help instead of trying to rebuild homes and buy furniture that required much more money then this donation had. I wish you would of consulted with somebody that could of helped you make the right decisions and that had a little more experience.
Also - thank you for naming the families in your itemization. At times like these helping INDIVIDUALS (not hundreds of people with a pair of socks or a consolation prize) is exactly what needs to be done. The people you helped likely received much more from your gift than just items, they received hope, and likely a desire to move forward. That's the power of the human spirit, and you're helping to exponentially spread that. Don't mind all the truly misguided individuals. They clearly do not understand the complexities of humanitarian support in the wake of disaster. It's much harder to dedicate time and energy to helping families than just sending a check.
Thanks so much for doing this Amina. I'm so saddened to see all the attacks on your for your slow updates -- we all (should) know that you have a life outside of this that you need to tend to first. You took on this monumental task on the side and it blew up (well done, by the way...)Your dedication and follow through has been really inspirational. You go girl. You make me proud. Saljem od srca sve naj.
Ne mogu da vjerujem!