On the 28th and 29th December 2020, two strong earthquakes hit the Banovina area (c. 50 km south of Zagreb). Seven people lost their lives in the destructive earthquake, many were injured, and many lost their homes. In order to help the earthquake victims, SKAC (The Student Catholic Center) Osijek has started the “Rebuild Banovina” project. Until now, about 130 volunteers – high school graduates, students, and working youth – have participated in the program that began eight months ago. During that time, they were with the afflicted people, helping them and listening to their needs. For example, through the help of donors, they are helping people find washing machines, refrigerators, food, water, stoves, etc.
Recognizing the need for an even more concrete action and assistance to the earthquake victims, SKAC Osijek, SKAC Split, and SKAC Slavonski Brod have together organized a two-week program titled “For Banovina from the Heart.” Their goal is to help the earthquake-afflicted population in the Banovina area and form young people (18-35 years) through volunteering and practicing Ignatian contemplation in action. During the two weeks (12-25 September 2021), participants have helped around 15 households that suffered medium or high levels of damage.
Luka Ilić, SJ