Help the Raymond Nicolet Trust change children's lives in Serbia

By The Raymond Nicolet Trust

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The Raymond Nicolet Trust is a registered Charity (Charity number 1185870) whose mission is to enhance the educational prospects of children and students in Serbia and give them the best opportunities in life.

Our primary aim is to provide financial support for school equipment and improvement of buildings.

We additionally hope to offer specialized teacher training, online courses, scholarships, and student exchange between schools in different countries.

All people working for the Trust are volunteers and except for some minor and essential running costs (website/advertisement), all our income goes to support our causes. The Trust is determined to keep administrative costs to the barest minimum. All legal and financial services are covered by volunteer team members.


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-Project 1: The Children and Youth Centre Miroslav Antić-Mika in Sombor

The Centre is a government Institution that looks after children and young people without adequate parental care for seven days a week. 

The basic tasks of the Institution are to provide health care, moral support, social and emotional security, education, and all other support necessary for proper development. The staff is composed of 9 teachers and 2 social workers.

More information & photos at: Children and Youth Centre Miroslav Antić-Mika in Sombor

-Project 2: The Vuk Karadzić  Centre in Sombor

The Centre was established on 1st April 1974. Its school employs 60 teachers, of whom 40 are specialised for special needs children.

They look after both youths and adults with various disabilities, from birth to 50 years of age. They teach 150 children with special needs at the Centre itself, and an additional 150 integrated into local schools.

Activities include speech-language therapy, sensory integration therapy, as well as rehabilitation for physically disabled and visually impaired children.

More information & photos at: Vuk Karadzić  Centre in Sombor

-Project 3: The Jovan Jovanović  Zmaj School in Pancevo

This institution is the oldest primary school in Pancevo. It was established in 1890 and, since then, education has been its main purpose.

The school employs 45 teachers currently educating 612 children from 7 to 14 years of age being educated here. Every year the pupils graduating achieve above-average results at national level and manage to enrol at the secondary school of their primary choice.

More information & photos at: The Jovan Jovanović  Zmaj School in Pancevo

Although these institutions are securely housed, the state provision for materials, facilities and curriculum has fallen behind modern standards for the education itself and the teachers and pupils need our encouragement and assistance in catching up with those standards.

The Raymond Nicolet Trust needs to raise urgently:

-£4000 for Project 1 to buy sport equipments for the poorly-equipped school playground that the children are using for their sport activities. Most of the children live there all year round, it is the only external facility they have for leisure and sport.

-£10,000 for Project 2 to replace the current van which is 20 years old and unreliable. The van is crucial for the transportation of  children and meals between the school's two main sites and to external sporting events.

-£4000 for Project 3 to refurnish the IT room (buy computer desks and chairs for both pupils and teachers) and refurnish the library (buy new furniture, shelves and desks). The need of a fully functional IT facility at school is even more essential now and in the future with the current pandemic.

“All chairs and desks are 30 years old, and 20 computers are not working with all of them being more than 10 years old. The money will allow us to refurnish both rooms and transform completely the working environment for both children and teachers”, explains Mr Marković, Director of the Jovan Jovanović Zmaj School.

The Trust has already donated £2000 to the Vuk Karadzić Centre in January 2020 for the purchase of IT equipment. Other donations from the Trust to these organisations have already attracted local support and media interest. The Trust has direct contact with these institutions and knows that the money will be well spent. 

Subject to its rules, funding raised through this campaign will be matched by the EBRD  (European Bank for Reconstruction and Development) Community Initiative to a maximum of EUR 50,000. The EBRD Community Initiative is a programme dedicated to supporting staff who are engaged with local organisations helping communities in the EBRD countries of operations.

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) was established in 1991 to help build a new, post-Cold War era in Central and Eastern Europe. It has since played a historic role and gained unique expertise in fostering change in the region - and beyond, investing more than €140 billion in a total of over 5,600 projects.

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Team Members

Christine Hilcenko

Aamna Seghers

Adelina Hadzhiyska

Alan Kasongo

Aleksandra Vancevska

Amanda Shortman

Anne Pajon

Ardjuna Seghers

Fabienne Stein

Gorana Sipetic

Jadranka Dervisevic Kitaric

Jelena Dumic

Katerina Manousi

Li Jin

Ljubomir Ivanov

Marie-Laure Moniatte

Mark Haggard

Monika Okregicka-Mazur

Natalia Hilcenko

Nenad Maverick Popovic

Spiros Sarafidis

Tara Taubman-Bassirian

Vassilis Kargas

Yacine Ghendir

Zoran Kovacic

Zorana Ivanov