Supplies for Refugees in Dimitrovgrad, Serbia

For: Syrian Refugees, Afghani Refugees, Iraqi Refugees
Dimitrovgrad, RS
Organizer: Jake Pitts
Supplies for Refugees in Dimitrovgrad, Serbia (Syrian Refugees, Afghani Refugees, Iraqi Refugees)
$1,535
of $5,000 goal.
Raised by 8 donors
30% Complete
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The Story

Overview:

Dimitrovgrad is a critical location on the Balkan route for many refugees. After several days of walking through Bulgaria from Sofia, refugees walk through the night across the border in rough terrain into Serbia. Many arrive malnourished, with poor clothing, soaked from rain, and with hypothermia. The refugees then wait in line for 2-5 days to register with the Serbian Government. During this time, the refugees do not have a place to sleep or a dry place to sit or stand. 

The independent volunteers at this location provide hot soup and tea, warm clothes, and dry socks. Without this support, the refugees will not receive food or dry clothing until they arrive in Belgrade 2-5 days later. Your funds will help keep this camp running through the winter of 2015-16 when the mountains of Southern Serbia are at their coldest. This camp typically has 25-100 new refugees a day with around 100-300 at the camp at any given time.

Suggested Donation Amounts:
The clothing prices quoted below are from a wholesale shop in Dimitrovgrad. The volunteer group works with a local grocery store for reduced prices on food.


$10 donation will buy 12 pairs of dry socks

In the famous words of Lt. Dan, "I want you boys to remember to change your socks wherever we stop."  The first thing volunteers do for a new group of refugees arriving in the camp is to hand out dry socks. Most refugees have soaking wet socks, and the rest have none at all. Often times, trench foot or large blisters are very apparent. Other than food, there is nothing more critical at this camp than dry socks. The camp goes through 25-100 pairs of socks each day depending on the number of new refugees.

$16 donation will buy a dry pair of shoes

Refugees show up at the camp with a wide array of shoes. Most are still wearing sandals from their home country or tennis shoes that are soaking wet and falling apart - think worse than the 10-year old pair of tennis shoes you use for gardening. Shoe supplies go fast so most of the time we have to give refugees a plastic bag to cover their dry socks to go into their old, wet shoes.

$5 donation will buy 7 pairs of gloves

We run out of gloves about as quickly as we receive donations. It is very common to see two people share a pair of gloves if they only have one pair so that each man has one warm hand.

$160 donation will buy food for the entire camp for one day

Each day the volunteers serve sandwiches, fruit, a continual supply of hot tea, and 3-4 small meals with soup with bread. We work with a shop that gives a reduced price. Food is typically kept fairly bland as most of the arriving refugees have not eaten for several days.

$35 will buy a box of 30 rain ponchos

Because the camp does not provide a dry place for the refugees, rain ponchos are critical to keeping refugees warm and dry while they wait several days for registration. 


Keep in mind that these are only suggested amounts. Donations of all sizes are appreciated! YouCaring.com provides the platform free of charge, but WePay charges a small processing fee of $0.30 + 2.9% for each donation. 

Remember to share with your friends, even if you are unable to give at this time!
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For more info on donating or volunteering contact Jake Pitts at [email protected] or visit refugeemap.com and search for Dimitrovgrad.

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Photo credits
Shoes: Alan Freud
Socks: Jasmyn Barca
Line at Camp: Camp Director, T.
At Night: Emily Macinnes
Blue Ponchos: Emily Mac

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on December 2, 2015

Posted on December 2, 2015

A big thanks to the YouCaring team for helping us double check our legal status with the US Treasury Dept. Below is our note to YouCaring detailing our legal status.

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Thank you so much for checking on us. We have reviewed the sanctions paperwork and have found ourselves to be in compliance with U.S. Treasury regulations.

Our funds from our YouCaring page will be collected in my personal bank account and forwarded to the Serbian based NGO, "I'm Human Organization." This NGO will use these funds to purchase, in Serbia, the supplies and articles of clothing listed on the YouCaring fundraising page specifically to relieve the human suffering of the refugees passing through Serbia.

Our reasoning is as follows:

Executive Order 13304 issued on May 2003 terminated all previous embargo orders for countries in the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (including Serbia & Montenegro) and reworded Sec. 1 of Executive Order 13219, "Blocking Property of Persons Who Threaten International Stabilization Efforts in the Western Balkans."

Sec. 1 of Executive Order 13219 was reworded so that donations of type 203b(2) of IEEPA (50 U.S.C 1702(b)(2)) are prohibited only by or for persons determined to be subject to the sanctions described in Sec.1 a(i)-a(E). These sections explicitly list that the only people still limited by the original sanctions(1992, 1993, 1994, 1999, and 2001) and determined to seriously impair the President's ability to deal with the national emergency in this order are (i) those specific war criminals and organizations located in the annex of 13219, (iiA) non-specified war criminals, (iiB) those currently under war crimes indictment, (iiC) those actively obstructing or posing risk of actively obstructing the Ohrid Framework of 2001, (iiD) those to have supported acts of violence, or (iiE) anyone directly working for someone meeting the descriptions of iiA-iiD.

As this NGO does not meet any of the descriptions in Sec.1 a(i)-a(iiE), Sec. 1b is null for this particular case and Sec. 203b(2) of the IEEPA may be followed.

Sec. 203b(2) of the IEEPA states:

(b) The authority granted to the President by this section does not include the authority to regulate or prohibit, directly or indirectly— (2) donations, by persons subject to the jurisdiction of the United States, of articles, such as food, clothing, and medicine, intended to be used to relieve human suffering, except to the extent that the President determines that such donations (A) would seriously impair his ability to deal with any national emergency, declared under section 202 of this title, (B) or in response to coercion against the proposed recipient or donor, or (C) would endanger Armed Forces of the United States which are engaged in hostilities or are in a situation where imminent involvement in hostilities is clearly indicated by the circumstances.

We hope that this clears up any misunderstanding that you may have as to the usage and legality of these funds.

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