“Many times I saw on TV disasters and earthquakes happening in faraway countries, but I never did anything about it. And now you came from faraway to help me! This made me think – maybe I should help others in future, and I decided I will do so”, said Vlado, local resident of Kopanice village and continued “You helped me to return my farm to life. Without you it would take me weeks to do that. I have no words to thank you enough”.
Vlado and his family are one of many people helped by Volunteer Ministers Disaster Response Team working in flood affected areas in Orasje county of Bosnia & Herzegovina. Vlado was operating a small farm together with his elderly parents. During recent flood Vlado and his family lost all their crops and majority of their farm animals. Vlado evacuated his parents to a nearby village which was not flooded and tried to work alone in cleaning the farm from tons of mud and flood debris. Depth of flood water in his courtyard was over two meters. When water receded, the consequences of the flood become visible and were overwhelming.
Our Volunteer Ministers team arrived to the scene and immediately started to work. Two unites were formed , one removing tons of rotten animal feed which was loaded on the tractor trailer and taken to the field to be burned, while the other started removing mud and debris from the barn and pigsty.
After two day work, farm was cleaned and ready to receive few of the animals Vlado and his family managed to save from the flood. After being cleaned, Vlado’s family house was dried by dehumidifier – a special wall drying machine, donated to the village by VM Disaster Response Team.
Our team members running around the village in yellow T-shirts, working hard from morning to evening, inspired local residents in creating a nickname for us – Yellow Ants. In this deeply religious area, people often say that we were sent by God himself to help them and to teach them a lesson about selflessly helping others.
We formed here a working partnership with local Red Cross and we coordinate all our actions with them. For the great job done on daily basis by our team, local residents of Kopanica village and Red Cross officials prepared a feast in our honor. After enjoying freshly roasted pig and homemade bread, our volunteers were presented with special commendation for their humanitarian efforts. Commendations were presented by Director and Secretary of Red Cross of Orasje County.
“By their actions you shall know them, whether bad or good, whether on another’s side or ours. And what in their actions gives us the keenest insight? Their ability to help.”
– L . Ron Hubbard
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Volunteer Ministers Disaster Response Team