January 4, 2021 – Am impressive effort from Croatia’s entrepreneurs for Petrinja, Glina and Sisak, as well as a transparent option for those looking to the earthquake relief efforts.
One of the challenges for people looking to send donations in the aftermath of the Petrinja earthquake has been where to send the money. As with all disasters, a number of fundraising campaigns spring up, and it is not always obvious how legitimate they are.
Put that into the Croatian context, which is perhaps not best-known for its transparency with regard to public funds, and it is understandable why many in the diaspora and elsewhere are reluctant to send funds through official channels.
There are other options of course, and one which I am happy to endorse was set up just three days ago and has already raised more than 1.4 million kuna (almost 200,000 euro) – set up by the Glas Poduzetnika (Voice of Entrepreneurs) Association. (11am update – this number has now passed 1.6 million kuna)
Glas Poduzetnika is an association of private entrepreneurs, whose voice is becoming louder by the day in its demand for change and a better Croatia. With more than 70,000 followers, it was one of the few positives in Croatia to emerge from the ashes of 2020.
Glad Poduzetnika (UGP) co-founder Drazen Orescanin explained more about the fund and its aims:
Many members of UGP wanted to make a donation but they don’t have faith that money donated to Croatian Government will be used to help people, because we have a long history of various corrupt events.
The funds raised will be used to buy housing containers, heaters, other equipment, and construction materials. We will raise funds until the end of February to help as many citizens as possible renovate their housing facilities. UGP will transparently publish the flow of donations and invoices that will confirm what the donated funds were invested in. Our priority is to provide the citizens of Petrinja, Glina, Sisak, and surrounding places a roof over their heads in the upcoming winter months.
Our priority is to provide the citizens of Petrinja, Glina, Sisak, and surrounding places a roof over their heads in the upcoming winter months.
UGP invites all those who want and can help the victims with a donation to pay the above account donations.
Thank you to all of you who will help Sisak-Moslavina County citizens; we know that no one is in an enviable situation due to this corona crisis!
Glas Poduzetnika chairman Hrvoje Bujas posted a status update on Facebook this morning:
Thank you all from ♥ ️ for your payments, in the first 3 days we collected over 1.4 million kuna.
Our goal is to raise as much money as possible, and show how much the hearts of entrepreneurs, craftsmen, employees in the private sector … members of UGP, as well as everyone in this Group. Every kuna counts. Every kuna will be purposefully and transparently invested, you know that you can trust us.
Share, like … let our Voice be heard far away!
And if you want to donate, here is the payment information:
Entrepreneurs for Sisak-Moslavina County in Croatia
You can help too!
Dear members of the Association and all who want to help,
We have opened a fund for donations to help citizens from Sisak-Moslavina County! You can deposit funds to IBAN:
Payment description: Humanitarian action
Bank: ZAGREBAČKA BANKA d.d.
Note for call number: If the model HR99 doesn’t pass, enter the model 00 and then a number.
Or you can scan a QR code on mobile banking:
For payments from abroad:
VOICE OF ENTREPRENEURS ASSOCIATION
Payment description: HUMANITARIAN ACTION
Bank: ZAGREBAČKA BANKA D.D.
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