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Almost two years ago, the Brace Jugovic settlement of Obrenovac in northwest Serbia was largely submerged in flooding that wreaked havoc across the Balkans.

In May 2015, more than one month’s worth of rain fell in three days in Serbia, Bosnia and Croatia, killing at least 40 people. In the town of Obrenovac, 14 people lost their lives and the town was evacuated after entire portions of it were destroyed. 

SGS employee Miroslav Jovanovic, who works for SGS Belgrade, was one of many people who lost family homes in the disaster. Colleagues across the SGS global network immediately launched an initiative to raise funds to help Miroslav to rebuild his home. Thanks to donations from SGS employees, and in cooperation with the B92 Fund, which provided logistical support, CHF 24,795 (USD 25,000) was raised, providing enough funding to build a 53 square meter house.

Speaking on the day that he was handed the keys to his new home, Miroslav said, “This is a great day for my family and me. I thank the B92 Fund, my company SGS and my colleagues, thanks to whom I have a new house. I am proud, and it is an honor for me to work for such a company."