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(Click on photo to enlarge) – “No Child Left Hungry & No Person Left Powerless” Raising hope, empowering dreams by helping feed Croatian school children.
Thank you to everyone who has donated funds to this most worthwhile and needed campaign.
The IndieGoGo Campaign “No Child Left Hungry & No Person Left Powerless” has ended successfully – exceeding the target of US$6,161.

The organisers Press release of 15 March 2015 includes the following:
“This Campaign was set up by Tajci Cameron, Croatian celebrity and HuffPost blogger from Nashville, TN in support of “Da ni jedno dijete u Hrvatskoj ne bude gladno,” (“So that no child in Croatia will be hungry”) organized in Zagreb, Croatia by Portal Dobrote.
The beauty and the strength of this campaign is in its message that we are not powerless.
As individuals we have joined together to make a difference for the hungry school children in Croatia. Through our action, we have proven that many hands working together can create a force for change. This campaign has been about more than giving money, it is about raising hope, restoring faith and giving someone an opportunity to believe that all is possible – even when you find yourself in despair.
Over the past few years I’ve travelled to Croatia regularly and have witnessed how one by one, more and more people are waking up, rolling up their sleeves and moving forward in solidarity and strength, despite the bullies and the system that would still like to shame us into the belief that we are powerless.” – Tajci Cameron, from Huffington Post article: ‘Winning at Life in Croatia…and in Our World’
As of Tuesday, 17th March a summary of all the funds received for the campaign was – Direct to Portal dobrote (Croatia) campaign – 195,546 HRK or US$27,140 (These funds also include amounts raised by Portal Dobrote since December 2014)
IndieGoGo (American, Canada and Australia) campaign – US$7,614 or 54,935.65 HRK”

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A total of 458 school students from the following schools have already received help thanks to the campaign: “Mate Lovrak” Primary School, Petrinja – 53 children; Lovas Primary School – 10 children; Primary School Julija Besenica in Ilok – 99 children; Primary School “Ivana Brlic Mazuranic” Strizivojna – 34 children; Primary School “Vladimir Vidric” Kutina – 13 children; Primary School Jasenovac – 25 children; Primary School Sunja – 83 children; Primary School “King Tomislav” Udbina – 14 children; Primary School Tovarnik – 20 children; Primary School Mikleus – 35 children; Primary School “Davorin Trestenjak” Hrvatska Kostajnica – 46 children; Primary School “Vladimir Nazor” Komletinci – 26 children.
Portal Dobrote is constantly researching schools that may need help. Any funds left over from the IndieGoGo campaign will go to new schools, or saved for the following school year starting August 31, 2015. All amounts will be documented on Portal Dobrote website.
Although the IndieGoGo campaign has closed, Portal dobrote’s Croatian bank account can still receive donations at: Erste bank IBAN: HR5924020061500035096 Account name: Humanitarna udruga Portal dobrote, Bank address: Trakošćanska 21, 10000 Zagreb. Please state reason for deposit as – “za akciju Da niti jedno dijete u Hrvatskoj ne bude gladno”.


The campaign has been a success on many levels; the number of donations received, shares, thoughts and offers for help have been amazing. We are grateful for the Croatian National Television becoming the media sponsor for the #DaNeBuduGladni campaign in Croatia. Thanks to their support, the issue of child hunger has finally gained the attention it deserves!
There are many, many people to thank. We would like to make a special mention of the following organizations who have contributed to the campaign since the launch of IndieGoGo extension on February 3, 2015: Adria Building Consultants, Toronto, Canada; Australsko Hrvatsko Žensko Društvo Katarina Zrinski, Melbourne, Australia; Blessed Aloysius Stepinac Parish, Chicago, USA; Blue Chip Manufacturing, Cleveland, USA; Dalmi Inc, Toronto, Canada; Dandenong City Hajduk Soccer Club, Melbourne, Australia; F.A. Hrvatska Zora, Melbourne, Australia; Grgich Hills Estate, Napa Valley, USA; Hrvatski Vjesnik, Croatian Herald, Australia; Ilirija Hotels, Biograd, Croatia; Melbourne Croatia Social Club, Australia; Melbourne Knights Soccer Club, Australia; Ragusa Restaurant, Melbourne, Australia; St Jerome Croatian Parish, Chicago, USA; TWO-M Precision, Cleveland, USA; Victorian Croatian Chamber of Commerce, Australia; Vinoklet Winery, Cincinnati, USA.
We would also to like to thank our individual donors from all over Australia, including Perth, Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane, the USA including Texas and Virginia, and in Canada, in particular Ontario!


As part of the campaign, the Jasenovac Elementary School took part in an Art competition judged by Elizabeth Hardin-Klink, Associate Educator of Family and School Programs, Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati USA. The winners and final submissions are shown on the gallery section of the IndieGoGo campaign ‘No Child Left Hungry & No Person Left Powerless’.
School Director of Jasenovac Elementary School, Mr Šepović – “Morale in our school was low. When the students learned that someone from an Art museum in the United States would look at their work and decide a winner, and that they might be published, the students of the school were transformed. The hope of just their drawing being shown in America, encouraged a greater effort, careful approach and thorough work plan. Of course, not to mention the plan how they will boast to their friends!
Several winners will receive art supplies provided by Cincinnati’s Contemporary Art Center and through generosity of an anonymous donor.
Elizabeth Hardin-Klink says: “I found it very hard to pick a winner because all of the students did such a fantastic job. I could tell a lot of thought went into your work. The staff really responded to the use of bold, beautiful color and the story that each picture told. What I love about art is that it’s a universal language for everyone to share and appreciate from all over the world.”
There is still much work to be done. Please join ‘Wakingupforgood’ group on Facebook so that we can continue Winning at Life in Croatia….and in Our World”.

(Update collated from Press Release by Ina Vukic, Prof. [Zgb]; B.A., M.A.Ps. [Syd])


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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 – 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:
Campaign video trailer: Full length video interview:

Portal Dobrote website: Tajči’s website:

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