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  • 16. juin 2014

Scouts from Kragujevac responded to the national need for help on May 16. We formed a group of 20 members that would be ready to help in case of emergency. We were in contact with the City Headquarters for Emergencies as well as the Scout Headquarters in Belgrade.
Our first activity was setting up a specific time and place where people could bring any help they could spare. The necessary humanitarian aid consisted of clothes, shoes, diapers and food for babies, food and bottled water, hygiene products, disinfectants, etc. During the first couple of days, people were coming to bring help in great numbers, but as the time passed, their number decreased. Fortunately, during that initial wave, we managed to collect a great deal of humanitarian aid. One part of it was sent to a nearby village called Stragari. Two greater portions were sent to Šabac and Smederevska Palanka. In the end, when only a little part of the humanitarian aid was left, it was divided into parcels that were given to families that were endangered by the flood that hit Kragujevac. This flood was not as severe as the floods that happened throughout Serbia, but nevertheless, people’s homes were ruined.
Other than that, members of our scout group went to other cities to help. First, on the night of May 17, a group of eight members went to Šabac to help. They filled bags with sand and helped to place them around Zorka-Pharma ad Šabac (a major manufacturer of medicines and organic chemicals). They came back late the following day. After that, on May 20, eleven of us joined other scouts and volunteers in Obrenovac, where we set up protective barriers to prevent water from spreading to "Powerplants Nikola Tesla". Then we went to Svilajnac on May 24 with other scouts to help with the cleaning up. We also helped with taking care of the people who had to leave their flooded homes on the night of May 27.
Kragujevac was not as affected by the floods as other cities in Serbia. But, together with other scouts and with the help of the good people from our city, we were able to help those more unfortunate than us.