Elderly men and women are among the most vulnerable people in Serbian society today. They make up 18% of the total population and many of them live on the edge of starvation. Bread of Life ministers to this group by providing practical home and health care. The aim is to meet their material needs, provide a day care centre and help with referrals to social and health institutions.
The largest marginalised group in Serbia is that of Roma children. 62% have not completed primary school education, and 70,000 Roma children do not attend school at all. Bread of Life helps this generation of children and their families by providing tuition for children, classes for parents, support for women’s groups and workshops that deal with handling prejudice. This is a 10 year project which aims to fight existing poverty by changing people’s attitudes to education. It is carried out in partnership with the Roma churches in the area, which have grown as a result of this project.
How SGA Helps
For 16 years SGA has helped to support Bread of Life. We continue to do this through:
- Financially supporting projects for the poorest among the elderly and the Roma population.
- Teaching and helping to equip Bread of Life workers for their mission to the poor.
- Funding a retreat centre for the elderly and camp facilities for children.