SCHOOL IN NEED
The Roofs Across Bosnia Group received an unexpected gift
on the Feast Day of the Ascension. The group was invited to attend a performance
by the Boderiste elementary school.
The children, ranging from 1-8 grades,
performed traditional folk songs and recitations. As is typical with all the children,
the recital began with giggles, flushed faces, and a slight case of stage fright.
Once underway, the kids never missed a beat. The response of the group was high
praise and gratitude.
But in the midst of this sweet gentle gift, the constant
chilling reminder of what these children had lived through was inescapable. The
trappings of war were everywhere. Desktops were riddled with bullet holes. One
had to be quite skilled to avoid splinters during homework. The floor and ceiling
were full of bullet holes. Windows were cracked or shattered. Lighting consisted
of raw light bulbs hanging from the ceiling. The school was virtually barren of
rudimentary classroom supplies.
Following the children's performance, the
Mayor of Boderiste, Slavko, spoke to the group about the war and the effects it
had on his village. Among other horrors of war, Slavko told us that these 14 children
are all that remain at the Boderiste school. There is only one teacher in the
village (who was Slavko's teacher). An overriding concern is what can be done
to keep these children in school, and to bring others who fled during the war
back to the village.
The Boderiste school teacher met with group members
and compiled a list of needs. The list was as fundamental as pens and pencils,
to as wishful as TV/VCR and computers; another need is athletic and playground
If you would like to help the children of Boderiste, please
send only monetary as opposed to material contributions to St. David's Relief
Foundation. We will obtain the supplies and include them in our roofing material
shipments. Together we can help make it possible for these children to have a
school that will nourish their minds and build pride in their hearts to remain
with the roots of their ancestors.
Throughout history civilization advances,
whether from inception or from the ashes, by way of family, church, education
and employment. Clearly in Boderiste, family and church are intact.
David's Relief Foundation believes you can help renew the education system of
this community, which will then ultimately provide opportunity for employment.
The school is in need of everything.