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The end of the current pandemic is not yet in sight, and the news about the Covid-19 virus has become a part of our everyday life.

However, it is essential to talk about good causes that accompany the current crisis and respond to the needs of health institutions, artists and musicians, who also feel the consequences of the current situation.

Find out which social and corporate actions aimed at fighting the Covid-19 virus have taken place recently.

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Traditionally and just before the Easter holidays, this year's charity action "Magic Easter Tree" which was organized for the sixth year in a row, was held from April 12th until April 27th in the Ramstore Mall in the city of Skopje.

This action was intended for the beneficiaries of the Day Care Center for Persons with Cerebral Palsy and the Day Care Center for People with Intellectual Disability over 18 years "Spring", and was organized and made possible thanks to the Red Cross of the City of Skopje and Ramstore Mall in cooperation with PI Inter-Municipal Center for Social Affairs of the City of Skopje, and supported by Komercijalna Banka AD Skopje.

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Catalyst Balkans is a regional nonprofit that provides data and tech for other nonprofits and companies to help them do more good in their communities.

With our tools – Giving Balkans philanthropy database, CiviCatalyst community relationship management platform, Donacije.rs crowdfunding platform and Neprofitne.rs, a nonprofit transparency platform – we are changing the way nonprofits and CSR departments work. 

We help them make more informed and better decisions and have a greater social impact in their communities.

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The Center for Social Research "Global Analytics" from Bosnia and Herzegovina recently conducted an interview with the Association "Moja luka". Haris Kolašinac talked with Gordana Adamović-Đorđević, a graduate economist, who is one of the founders and executive director of the Association "Moja Luka," and a parent of a child with a disability.

The story of this association, the actions, and the support they provide to their community serve as an example of solidarity, strength, and inspiration for all organizations and individuals, volunteers, and humane citizens who want to contribute to society.

We are conveying the entire "Global Analytics" interview below.

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Mountain Hikers Club from Gjakova, Kosovo, established in December 2020, is known for its extraordinary passion for walking in nature. They are known as a nonprofit organization with clear goals within the sport and the positive influence of mountain climbing. 

They share this enthusiasm every Sunday, exploring the beautiful places around them, with the willingness to promote the values of nature to the people, which is of immense importance – as stated in their recent crowdfunding campaign on the Kosova Ideas. Kosova Ideas crowdfunding platform helps to realize projects in all fields of art & culture, civic engagement, and sustainability in Kosovo.

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SOS Children's Villages of BiH (SOS Dječija sela BiH) is a humanitarian organization that takes care of children and young people without parental care and gives them a chance for a happy childhood and a better future. In SOS families, with brothers, sisters and SOS parents, children grow up in a family environment with parental love, because, as they point out from the organization - every child deserves to belong somewhere, to be loved and safe.

In addition to caring for children and young people without parental care, their Family Strengthening Program also helps biological families who are at risk of separation from their children to stay together. 210 children and young people are growing up in direct care, and 716 children and 272 families are taking care of them through family strengthening programs.

With our Interviewee, the national director of the SOS Children's Villages of BiH, Mirela Gruenther-Đečević, we talked about how and why the organization was created, how they adapted to work during the pandemic, and about the godfather/godmother sponsorship program – a system that allows every citizen to become a monthly supporter of the SOS families.

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In order to increase public awareness of the problem of food waste and insufficient food donations, and also to contribute to the improvement of practices that would encourage  increased food donations, the Coalition for Giving led by the Ana and Vlade Divac Foundation, with the financial support of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), launched the campaign "Save Food, Save Humanity".

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