Almost 50 years ago, a boy was born to older unstable parents. Within a year his father died and his mother remarried an abusive alcoholic. My nephew, this boy, is named Boban and this is a short story of his life and, I am hoping, how we can all help to change his future.
As a young boy deprived of most of the basic needs in life he found comfort in his aunt who cared for him and shared what little she had. In 1991 the War came to the former Yugoslavia, and its destruction was immeasurable. Having no choice, he was pulled into the war and the effect took a toll on his mental and physical health. After the war ended life in a recovering country, that was now split apart, was tough and for Boban it was even tougher as he had no education and no work experience. His aunt, once again, took him in and helped until she died. During this time he found a wife and had three children. They all lived in his aunts house, a two room shack with no indoor plumbing and no heat.
We take for granted the things we have, like a house, heat and food. Everyone on this Earth should feel the same way but unfortunately they do not. As the economy in Bosnia improved, Boban life did not move forward despite his children getting older. I try to help as much as possible but sometimes it takes a village to make some things possible.
The Church and villagers are banding together to build a new home for Boban, which is over 100 years old, to provide them with better living conditions. To build a new 4 room house it will cost approx. $30,000 CDN.
My wonderful family in Canada has created this campaign to help me raise the funds to create change for this family and ensure they have a home for my nephew, his children and one day his grandchildren to live in.
We ask that you consider making a gift that will help a loved one to us halfway around the world. A gift that will provide hope and above all else something we take for granted… a warm place to call home.
Thank you for your support and, most of all, love
Vaso & Barb
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