The donations are pouring in from all over the world to help the victims of the earthquakes in Petrinja, Glina and Sisak, donations which have been gratefully received and which are making a difference.
As I wrote previously, many people have contacted us at TCN asking for advice on the best place to send money. We published a list a few days ago, but I was really happy to see one more fund set up a couple of ago, from Udruga Glas Poduzetnika, or Voice of Entrepreneurs, which is a growing force for reform and change in Croatia. Run by people who want to see an end to corruption and needless red tape, I was sure that their efforts to help their fellow citizens in crisis would be transparent, dynamic, focused and effective, with all money donated going to the people who needed it most. And so it proved, which is why I am now directing anyone looking for a place to donate to UGP, as I explained a few days ago.
UGP co-founder Drazen Orescanin was kind enough to give me an in-depth interview yesterday on the focus, plans and activities of the UGP fund, and it was great to hear that 100% of the money donated will go to help those who need it most.
In order to provide more transparent donation information, we agreed to publish a daily report of the fund’s activities, finances and purchases. As resources and time allow, this will be a daily feature, and you can track progress here.
On Saturday, we delivered two housing containers to the family of Milan Bjelan and Jovanka Demonja. Now, families can be safe while they await for the renovation of their houses. There are still two more housing containers that we have to deliver in the following days.
In the following weeks we will work on the project of the first UGP houses and on the development of the “Center for New Life” – residential/business container settlement in Petrinja. UGP is working closely with volunteers from Sisak-Moslavina county to find the best solutions for the renewal of the county.
For the latest news on UGP, follow the dedicated TCN section.
For the latest information on the earthquake emergency, follow the dedicated TCN section.