“Cast your bread upon the waters, for you will find it after many days. Give a portion to seven, or even to eight, . . . (Ecclesiastes 11:1-2a) International Orthodox Christian Charities is doing this in Serbia again. One of the “portions” of life skills training IOCC is undertaking in Serbia is
A home for children and youth with disabilities in Veternik, in Novi Sad, will benefit from the program through the construction of two greenhouses for vegetable production. The greenhouses will enhance the nutritional offerings of the facility and will provide occupational therapy for at least 100 residents of this institution.
Here’s the full story: http://www.iocc.org/news/10-31-07.aspx
ALSO here is the web address for “The Situation of Children in Institutions of Social Care in Serbia” in this traditionally Orthodox Christian country, written by the Yugosalav Child Rights Centre, Belgrade, May 2001. It is not a Church document: http://www.cpd.org.yu/dokumenti/thesituation.pdf This would be less than two years after NATO bombed Serbia. Each institution receives an architectural assessment. The document would seem to aim at objectively, perhaps even “scientifically,” presenting the facts, as much as that is possible. I have, admittedly, only partially skimmed the document, but I found no mention of the Church.
Certainly the situation at these homes was dire, given the devastation of Serbia, but the authors simply wished to catalog the situation and the needs. And though there has been some secularization, Serbia is a traditionally Orthodox country, and therefore I bring forward this data.
Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy on us and on this world.