“NO CHILD LEFT HUNGRY & NO PERSON LEFT POWERLESS” FUNDRAISER TO LAUNCH ON FEB 3, 2015
Singer/ songwriter and creative artist Tajci Cameron and Portal Dobrote, a non-profit organization from Croatia are launching a fundraiser on IndieGoGo, an Online fundraising platform to benefit hungry school children in Croatia and raise awareness of connecting the power of each individual to make a difference.
Nashville, TN (January 20, 2015) –
Croatia – Is this your future?
Croatia has emerged from the war of the 1990’s as an independent, progressive state. Yet the most important part of this nation’s future, its children, have been forgotten in the process.
Many school students throughout Croatia do not eat lunch. Their lunch accounts have been cancelled as an extravagance their families cannot afford to pay.
This is the cold reality for many Croatian families. Due to difficult socio-economic circumstances, even parents who are employed struggle to provide enough food for their children.
Ina Vukic, Prof. (Zgb); B.A., M.A.Ps. (Syd) and blog writer of ‘Croatia, the war and the future’, recently quoted a UNICEF report from October 2014, that stated child poverty in Croatia has increased by 50% since 2008. Croatia is not considered a ‘third world’ country but large portions of the population live in degrading conditions.
Meet Croatia’s working poor;
● The 2011 census pointed to 900,000 people or 33% of people living on the brink of poverty. This number continues to rise.
● Croatian Social Welfare system data from February 2013 stated that there were more than 40,000 children living in poverty.
● The Croatian Ministry of Social Welfare has quoted in its press release dated 17 October
2014 that there has been a 10% rise in the number of children dependent on social welfare in the past two years.
The Initiative: Portal Dobrote (The Portal of Kindness)
Four unassuming Croatian women, sisters Sanja, Tanja and Josipa Bijonda, and their
close friend Petra Mikic have become active in the broader Croatian community to fight this unacceptable hunger.
They are Founders of the program ‘Bread For Later’; where donors pay for their own bread plus one extra loaf. These extra loaves are set aside for collection by local families struggling to put meals on the table each day.
‘Portal Dobrote’ (translation – Portal of Kindness) was created. The aim of the group is to
provide basic day- to-day assistance to the forgotten people of Croatia, at the same time shining a light on the problems they face, and the fact that waiting for ‘someone else’ to fix the problems is not a solution.
The Founders of Portal Dobrote were shocked to discover many children were only eating once a day and that a school lunch was a luxury, not a necessity. This inspired them to create their latest campaign, ‘No Child Left Hungry in Croatia’.
Tajci – Inspiration from the United States
The Founders of Portal Dobrote reached out to another strong Croatian woman, Tajci Cameron (pronounced TY-chi). Even though she was on the other side of the globe Tajci instantly felt a strong connection to these women.
Tajci, known to Croatian audiences for her mega-hit “Hajde da ludujemo”, her orange dress and the wave of optimism she spread through the region performing at the “Eurovision Song Contest” in 1990, has built a successful career in the United States as an inspirational performer and producer and host of her own TV show, “Waking Up In America”.
Tajci was looking to partner with a benefit organization on a project connected with the new song release “Uzorita” by Croatian lyricist Lara Hajdarpasic and composer Goran Topolovac. “Uzorita” is a song about bringing hope, love and light to each other. When Portal Dobrote approached Tajci for help with their campaign, Tajci realized it was a perfect fit.
From her home in Nashville, TN, Tajci responded with enthusiasm and the IndieGoGo fund raiser campaign “No Child Left Hungry & No Person Left Powerless” was born.
The campaign is scheduled to be launched on February 3rd and will run for 40 days.
Portal Dobrote wants to use their simple but effective methods to provide hot, nutritious meals in schools, available to students who would usually have empty stomachs all day long.
It’s time to remember the forgotten, to hear the silenced, to feed the hungry. Croatia, it is time to look after your children, they are the future of the Nation
It’s time to help women like Sanja, Tanja, Josipa and Petra to create a culture of empowerment, creativity and innovation among people who are losing hope for a better tomorrow.
All the details about the logistics, the accountability and the transparency of this campaign are explained in the interview Tajci conducted with the women, (‘No Child Left Hungry & No Person Left Powerless’ interview).
Visit the campaign on IndieGoGo.com – No Child Left Hungry & No Person Left Powerless (enter campaign title in browser) and donate. ‘There is no small help; any help is a big help’ Sanja Bijonda of “Portal Dobrote” reminds.
Join Facebook group ‘Waking Up For Good’ and share the message with friends.
Related links and more information:
IndieGoGo Campaign Link: http://www.indiegogo.com/project/preview/f49a24aa
Campaign video trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oovhcO8tneY Full length video interview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SAuP7Atjpfg
Facebook ‘Waking Up For Good’: https://www.facebook.com/groups/607990236013017