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Topic: ORFANOTROFI IN BULGARIA
Postato da: kanzenobi
soggetto: ORFANOTROFI IN BULGARIA
Postato in data: 25 Settembre 2009 alle 14:48

Sofia

Sofia (София)

http://www.oxab.org.uk/new/bulgaria/destinations/sofia/faith-hope-love/ - Faith, Hope and Love Children’s Centre
http://www.oxab.org.uk/new/bulgaria/destinations/sofia/16-centre-sofia/ - 16+ Centre

Sofia is the capital of Bulgaria, and is situated close to the western edge of the country, on a plain between two mountain ranges - the Stara Planina (Balkan Mountains) and the Rila Mountains. Mount Vitosha, marking the edge of the Rila range, towers over the city, and adds some atmosphere to even the most monotonous parts of the city.

While most of the city is dominated by thousands of communist-era tower blocks, the city centre is architecturally much more interesting, with several ancient orthodox churches, and a sizable old town, although the influence of communist planning, in the form of underground shopping arcades and the hideous National Palace of Culture is visible almost everywhere. There are plenty of hotels around, if you should want to stay in the city, and many of these can be booked in advance from the UK, especially if you have a Bulgarian phrasebook. However, the best and cheapest way to stay in Sofia is by staying in a room in a private flat - you can book these when you arrive from a shop in the street behind the tourist information centre (which is always closed). Nearby there is also the best (ridiculously cheap) internet café in the city - very useful for contacting home when phonecalls to England are so expensive. It’s also air conditioned, which is a godsend when temperatures in the city get too stifling. On that subject, if the heat gets too much for you, you can buy water (”mineralna voda”) at most of the kiosks on street corners around the city.

Restaurants are one of Sofia’s strong points, especially pizza, and you should be able to find everything from MacDonalds to Traditional Bulgarian if you look hard enough. It helps to be able to read cyrillic, though, both to read the menu and to understand the bill. In some restaurants you will find that the English menu has special “tourist” prices on it, as well, so if you can try to get both (hint: at most Chinese restaurants, dishes are intended to be shared, and helpings will be enormous!). The nightlife in Sofia is lively, but it is essential to be well-dressed, since clubs and bars in Bulgaria are restricted largely to the wealthy. Most clubs and bars are within walking distance of the centre (though often difficult to find), and taxis are to be avoided at night if possible.

The city is served by an extensive network of trams and buses, which can take you to and from most places in the city using standardised 1 lev tickets (1 lev = ~45 pence). These have to be bought for each bus or tram you use at kiosks by the side of the road or track, but not on the actual bus/tram. Once on the vehicle, you have to stamp your ticket as soon as possible, or you run the risk of being grabbed by a ticket inspector - they are paid by a percentage of their takings (and are often “freelance”!), and therefore will demand arbitrary fines, and may even try to grab you before you get to the machine.

The other method of getting round the city is by yellow taxi. Try to go for a firm which seems to have large numbers of taxis, and try to avoid the more manic (i.e. younger) looking drivers, who generally drive the Mercs. Getting from the airport to the city centre requires a taxi, since there is no direct bus - changing buses in the suburbs requires some knowledge of the city’s geography (and the cyrillic alphabet).

The international bus station, and the central railway station (Centralna Gara) are directly connected with the city centre by public transport, though getting a taxi is usually quicker. Allow some time at the bus station for finding your bus and discovering where to buy the ticket - it can be chaotic, especially at peak times, and you’ll almost certainly need a phrasebook. Intercity buses are normally quicker than trains, despite the state of Bulgaria’s roads, though the price difference is minimal.

The Foundation for a Free and Democratic Bulgaria

The FDB Foundation are our main contacts in Sofia, and they fund a centre fo street children in the northern suburbs of the city, the http://www.oxab.org.uk/new/bulgaria/destinations/sofia/faith-hope-love/ - Faith, Hope and Love Children’s Centre as part of the St. Sofia Bridge Project. The http://www.oxab.org.uk/new/bulgaria/destinations/sofia/16-centre-sofia/ - 16+ Centre , formerly also part of the project but now independent, is for homeless and unemployed teenagers, and aims to provide guidance for them in the transition from institutions to independent life.

 

Last updated: April 10th, 2009



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   Kanzenobi



Risposte:
Postato da: kanzenobi
Postato in data: 25 Settembre 2009 alle 14:55

Faith, Hope & Love, Sofia

The Faith, Hope & Love Children’s Centre (Detski Centúr Viara, Nadezhda i Liubov)

The Faith, Hope and Love Centre (FHL) is located in a residential suburb- Nadejda - in the north of Sofia and is easy to reach using the bus no. 85 from the Lion’s Bridge (luvov most) near the centre of town, or by taxi. FHL operates as a day centre and night shelter for street children aged 3-16, and although it has capacity to accommodate up to 31 children per night, there are currently (Nov 2008) only nine children - five girls and four boys – living at the home. In addition to shelter, food and clothing, health and educational support, the centre also offers a range of extra-curricular activities such as Tai Kwondo lessons (led by a volunteer on a weekly basis), as well as much-needed opportunities for re-integration into society. Being run by the Free and Democratic Bulgaria Society, in partnership with British Charity Child Hope UK, FHL is relatively well-resourced with some toys, puzzles and books available for the children to use, a room for sport activities, as well as a TV and video player, and a garden area with play equipment. The children really enjoy attention, taking great care with any craft activities and joining in enthusiastically with games.

History

Established under the auspices of the ‘Free and Democratic Bulgaria Foundation’, the organisation has set up this home to offer shelter to young street children in the capital, mostly from the Roma minority. We visited the centre with a Bulgarian lady called Zhivka Vassileva, the program co-ordinator - she would be the point of contact for volunteers. She speaks very good English and was able to tell us a great deal about each of the homes.

The problems faced by the older children include drug addiction, sexually transmitted diseases, lack of education and high unemployment. Although we did not visit the shelter for older children, there is a possibility that MCAB volunteers could work with the older age group, perhaps visiting and spending time with the youths while based at the shelter for younger children.

The shelter for 3-12yr olds was tucked away in a residential area in the north of the city, Nadezhda-dve, surrounded by blocks of flats. It can accommodate 31 children per night and has separate dormitories for girls and boys. ‘Child Hope UK’ train their 16 members of staff (including a nurse) who work in shifts. We were introduced to a man called Alexander Molinski (known as ‘Sasho’), who oversees the child care. He is very enthusiastic about the volunteers visiting the centre, and in previous years volunteers have been used to provide the extra staff required to go on summer camp to the Rila Mountains, and go on trips around the capital - for example to Sofia Zoo.

Facilities include several large rooms suitable for indoor activities, a ping-pong table, T.V. and video, basket-ball court and play area (with climbing frame and swings), and a room with desks and a black-board. There is also a park nearby that would offer an opportunity for volunteers to organise other activities and take the children out for ice-cream etc.

The daily routine is as follows:

  • 8.00pm get up, make beds, morning exercise.
  • 9.30 Breakfast
  • Compulsory classes until lunch-time
  • 12.30 lunch
  • Children free to do as they please in the afternoon
  • 4.00pm snack, followed by games in the yard
  • 5.00pm T.V. (the children love soap-operas, and MTV!)
  • 6.30pm Dinner, followed by free time
  • 9.30pm-10pm bed time.

Possibilities for volunteers’ involvement include outreach to local Roma settlements and accompanying the children on a day trip or summer camp to the mountains (in Summer 2001 the children swam in a mountain stream, went on a walk across the mountains to another village, and played football against the village team, among other things). ‘Outward-bound’ style activities would be ideal for this camp, which takes place in a disused ski centre near Samakov in the beautiful Rila Mountains a couple of hours’ drive south of the city. The summer camp usually takes place in June or July.

Trip Reports:

http://www.oxab.org.uk/old/bulgaria/fhl-s2006-1.html - Summer 2006 http://www.oxab.org.uk/old/bulgaria/fhl-s2004-1.html - Summer 2004 http://www.oxab.org.uk/old/bulgaria/fhl-s2002-1.html - Summer 2002 http://www.oxab.org.uk/old/bulgaria/fhl-s2001-1.html - Summer 2001

Last updated: February 25th, 2009



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   Kanzenobi


Postato da: kanzenobi
Postato in data: 25 Settembre 2009 alle 14:56

16+ Centre, Sofia

This centre was formerly run by the St. Sofia Bridge Project, and caters for homeless teenagers and unemployed young people over the age of 16 in Sofia. They provide education, health advice, job finding services, and social contacts for the teenagers, in an attempt to integrate them into mainstream society. Most of the teenagers at the centre are Roma, who have particular problems finding jobs and homes in Bulgaria due to widespread racial discrimination in the country. They are part of the Anti-AIDS coalition. Ask at meetings for the latest information.

Trip Reports:

http://www.oxab.org.uk/old/bulgaria/16plus-s2003-1.html - Summer 2003



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   Kanzenobi


Postato da: kanzenobi
Postato in data: 25 Settembre 2009 alle 15:00

Varna

Varna (Варна)

http://www.oxab.org.uk/new/bulgaria/destinations/varna/karin-dom/ - Karin Dom Orphanage
http://www.oxab.org.uk/new/bulgaria/destinations/varna/dom-gavroche/ - Dom Gavroche Street Kids’ Centre

Varna is Bulgaria’s second largest city, and is located on the Black Sea coast. It is a tourist centre as well as a large city, and is a great place to visit even if you are working elsewhere in Bulgaria. There is a large pre-communist centre, including many shops and restaurants, a huge cathedral and lots of museums. There is a dolphinarium on the coast, at the end of the large sea gardens, which separate the city centre from the beach. Down on the beach you’ll find loads of bars and clubs crammed along the tideline, explaining the lack of visible nightlife up in the city centre. The city’s bus system is fairly comprehensive, but since the centre is so compact, you shouldn’t need to use it too much. The central rail station (centralna gara) is found down by the docks, and from here you can catch trains to Sofia - though these do take several hours. The overnight sleeper is well-maintained, if a little bumpy, and will get you across the country very cheaply, so long as you book in advance at the special kiosk in the station.

We visit two centres in Varna, and have had contacts with others in the past. http://www.oxab.org.uk/new/bulgaria/destinations/varna/dom-gavroche/ - Dom Gavrosh caters for the city’s street children, giving them accommodation, food and education, and http://www.oxab.org.uk/new/bulgaria/destinations/varna/karin-dom/ - Karin Dom is one of the city’s main orphanages.

Last updated: February 25th, 2008



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   Kanzenobi


Postato da: kanzenobi
Postato in data: 25 Settembre 2009 alle 15:01

Karin Dom Orphanage, Varna

The Karin Dom centre provides professional services to 156 children (with physical disabilities, mental problems, learning difficulties, behaviour problems, autism, visual and hearing problems, multiple disabilities) and their families - consultations, therapy and teaching at the centre, home visits, out-reach work. The ethos of the centre is to break the system that leads to children being placed in homes, and to challenge the belief propagated by the old system that disabled children are ‘uneducable’. They emphasise the reinforcement of children’s abilities through art, music, play and games in a child-friendly atmosphere. Respect for the child as an individual and consulting the child’s opinion has become the centre’s main principle. Karin Dom is ‘one of a kind’ in Bulgaria, but it puts great emphasis in sharing its ethos and resources with other child-care institutions in the country.There is great potential for MCAB members to support the home in its work, and although the home maintains a high profile and attracts a good deal of foreign support already, there is much that its directors still hope to achieve. The centre has plans to develop its surrounding land into a park area with features specially designed for disabled children. The hope is that people from the local area will also be able to use the park for recreation and increased integration between able-bodied and disabled children will be increased. In this way the centre hopes to tackle the stigma that still surrounds physical and mental disability in the country. Volunteers may be able to assist in the ground clearance, planting and construction of the park area. They may work in conjunction with students from the local Engineering and Construction College who are volunteering their help in building a large play-ship - the main feature of the park. The Centre is however searching for sources of funding before the development can begin.

It is also hoped that a garden centre can be opened, stocked with plants grown by the youths that attend the centre - the produce of future ‘garden therapy’ programmes. MCAB may also be able to help in the future with plans to establish a ‘toy library’. The centre runs training programmes for the staff of other centres and homes, as well as for the parents of children with physical, mental or learning disabilities. The Centre is located on the Black Sea coast, the beach is a short walk from the grounds, the main city of Varna a walk or short bus ride away. Volunteers may be able to stay in the accommodation provided for families of children visiting the centre from some distance (if not already occupied by a family), otherwise alternative accommodation can be found. One possibility is that volunteers will stay with Ekaterinna Marinova an English, (French, Danish and Japanese!) speaking Disability Adviser who lives locally.

Trip Reports:

http://www.oxab.org.uk/old/bulgaria/karindom-s2005-1.html - Summer 2005 http://www.oxab.org.uk/old/bulgaria/karindom-s2004-1.html - Summer 2004 http://www.oxab.org.uk/old/bulgaria/karindom-s2002-1.html - Summer 2002 http://www.oxab.org.uk/old/bulgaria/karindom-e2002-1.html - Easter 2002

Last updated: March 2nd, 2008



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   Kanzenobi


Postato da: kanzenobi
Postato in data: 25 Settembre 2009 alle 15:02

Dom Gavroche, Varna

Dom Gavrosh Street Children’s Centre, Varna

Takes in children from the Varna area - the majority of them are of Roma origin and some have difficulty in speaking Bulgarian. The children attend classed until lunchtime each day and are free in the afternoons. The care workers run an outreach programme at the same time every day to try and attract more children to attend the centre. They offer the children a change of clothes, food, and a doctor’s examination, and they encourage them to attend the local state school. In the afternoons the care workers help the children prepare for their school lessons. The activity programmes that the centre runs include sewing, woodwork and painting. In the summer, the beach offers opportunities for out door activities which would be ideal for MCAB volunteers to organise.

The centre looks after around 25-30 children per day (in the summer there are more), aged 5-15yrs. They are free to come and go as they please, but the door to the centre is closed after 10pm. This acts as a curfew for the children although they are allowed to enter after this time.

The daily routine is as follows:

  • breakfast, followed by a minibus ride to school
  • 12.30pm lunch at the centre
  • 3-5pm afternoon activities
  • 5pm onwards, evening activities

Facilities include a playground, TV, video, blackboard and classrooms. Volunteers would sleep in the staff room that seems spacious and (relatively!) comfortable.

Trip Reports:

http://www.oxab.org.uk/old/bulgaria/domgavrosh-s2006-1.html - Summer 2006 http://www.oxab.org.uk/old/bulgaria/domgavrosh-s2005.html - Summer 2005 http://www.oxab.org.uk/old/bulgaria/domgavrosh-e2005-1.html - Easter 2005 (Group 1) http://www.oxab.org.uk/old/bulgaria/domgavrosh-e2005-2.html - Easter 2005 (Group 2) http://www.oxab.org.uk/old/bulgaria/domgavrosh-s2004-1.html - Summer 2004 (Group 1) http://www.oxab.org.uk/old/bulgaria/domgavrosh-s2004-2.html - Summer 2004 (Group 2) http://www.oxab.org.uk/old/bulgaria/domgavrosh-s2004-3.html - Summer 2004 (Group 3) http://www.oxab.org.uk/old/bulgaria/domgavrosh-e2004-1.html - Easter 2004 http://www.oxab.org.uk/old/bulgaria/domgavrosh-s2003-1.html - Summer 2003 (Group 1) http://www.oxab.org.uk/old/bulgaria/domgavrosh-s2003-2.html - Summer 2003 (Group 2) http://www.oxab.org.uk/old/bulgaria/domgavrosh-s2003-3.html - Summer 2003 (Group 3) http://www.oxab.org.uk/old/bulgaria/domgavrosh-e2003-1.html - Easter 2003 http://www.oxab.org.uk/old/bulgaria/domgavrosh-s2002-1.html - Summer 2002 (Group 1) http://www.oxab.org.uk/old/bulgaria/domgavrosh-s2002-2.html - Summer 2002 (Group 2) http://www.oxab.org.uk/old/bulgaria/domgavrosh-s2002-3.html - Summer 2002 (Group 3) http://www.oxab.org.uk/old/bulgaria/domgavrosh-e2002-1.html - Easter 2002 http://www.oxab.org.uk/old/bulgaria/domgavrosh-s2001-1.html - Summer 2001

Last updated: March 2nd, 2008



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   Kanzenobi


Postato da: kanzenobi
Postato in data: 25 Settembre 2009 alle 15:06

Veliko Túrnovo

http://www.oxab.org.uk/new/bulgaria/destinations/veliko-turnovo/balvan/ - Khristo Smirnenski Home, Balvan
http://www.oxab.org.uk/new/bulgaria/destinations/veliko-turnovo/gabrovo/ - Gabrovo Orphanage
http://www.oxab.org.uk/new/bulgaria/destinations/veliko-turnovo/vasil-levski-school/ - Vasil Levski School, Mindya
http://www.oxab.org.uk/new/bulgaria/destinations/veliko-turnovo/sushitsa-orphanage/ - Sushitsa Orphanage
http://www.oxab.org.uk/new/bulgaria/destinations/veliko-turnovo/strazhitsa-orphanage/ - Strazhitsa Orphanage
http://www.oxab.org.uk/new/bulgaria/destinations/ugarchin/ - Ugarchin Orphanage

The Veliko Túrnovo Region (Велико Търново)

A large proportion of OXAB volunteers go to homes located in or around Veliko Turnovo, as this is the base of our Bulgarian counterpart, OXAB 2006. OXAB 2006 was set up in 2006 (surprisingly!) as a registered Bulgarian NGO, allowing us to work more closely with young Bulgarians on a long-term basis to improve the quality of life of children in the institutions with which we work. The President of OXAB 2006, Katia Zlatkova, is a social worker who is involved in many projects for OXAB, ZOV UK (our sister charity in the UK) and the local government. She meets and welcomes all volunteers, arranges accommodation, and is basically just amazing, so you are in good hands!

Use the links on the map above to access the descriptions of the orphanages around Veliko Turnovo, and trip reports for those centres.

Veliko Túrnovo Town (Велико Търново)

Veliko Turnovo is one of the most picturesque towns in Bulgaria, with beautiful views across the River Yantra and the hill fortress, Tsaravets. The cobbled streets and traditional houses of the old town are also worth a visit, although most of the shops and cafes in this area are aimed at the growing tourist market. The main town centre is lively, with a bustling fruit and vegetable market and many small shops and boutiques. There are a couple of internet cafes where you can check your emails, and also plenty of book stationery shops, which are useful for buying activity materials and supplies. You might also want to look at the Veliko Túrnovo website at http://www.veliko-tarnovo.com/ - www.veliko-tarnovo.com .

Penyo and Maria Velkovi Home in Veliko Túrnovo

Penyo and Maria is located near to the centre of Veliko Turnovo, so volunteers have lots of opportunity to explore this beautiful city. The orphanage itself is quite big, with capacity for around 70 children, although there are currently around 50 living there. There are younger children and children with special needs, but also some older teenagers who speak good English and are keen to practice with volunteers. The children have weekly English and dance lessons, organised by ZOV UK, who also run yearly short-term projects at the orphanage (see www.zovuk.org.uk), such as a children’s choir. Many of the children are musical, so singing, or playing on the orphanage’s piano, can be particularly successful. In general though, the children are just happy for the attention, and love doing games, sports and crafts with volunteers. Parts of the home are still very basic and in poor condition, but the orphanage is working to improve the infrastructure, and the whole of the second floor has been recently decorated. There is also a very pretty garden area with benches, flowers, a pergola with benches underneath for shade and a small grass area, where the children can play games. Volunteers stay in the home of a friendly couple, who live across the road from the orphanage and rent out their rooms to students etc, and this will be organised by Katia, OXAB’s English-speaking contact.

Trip Reports:
http://www.oxab.org.uk/old/bulgaria/vturnovo-s2005.html - Summer 2006
Summer 2005 http://www.oxab.org.uk/old/bulgaria/vturnovo-s2004-3.html -
Summer 2004 - 3
http://www.oxab.org.uk/old/bulgaria/vturnovo-s2004-2.html - Summer 2004 - 2
http://www.oxab.org.uk/old/bulgaria/vturnovo-s2004-1.html - Summer 2004 - 1
http://www.oxab.org.uk/old/bulgaria/vturnovo-e2004-1.html - Easter 2004
http://www.oxab.org.uk/old/bulgaria/vturnovo-s2003-1.html - Summer 2003 (Group 1)
http://www.oxab.org.uk/old/bulgaria/vturnovo-s2003-2.html - Summer 2003 (Group 2)
http://www.oxab.org.uk/old/bulgaria/vturnovo-s2003-3.html - Summer 2003 (Group 3)
http://www.oxab.org.uk/old/bulgaria/vturnovo-s2002-1.html - Summer 2002 (Group 1)
http://www.oxab.org.uk/old/bulgaria/vturnovo-s2002-2.html - Summer 2002 (Group 2)
http://www.oxab.org.uk/old/bulgaria/vturnovo-e2002-1.html - Easter 2002
http://www.oxab.org.uk/old/bulgaria/vturnovo-s2001-1.html - Summer 2001

Last updated: February 25th, 2009



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   Kanzenobi


Postato da: kanzenobi
Postato in data: 25 Settembre 2009 alle 15:09

Balvan, Veliko Turnovo

Balvan - Khristo Smirnenski Children’s Home

Balvan is a small village in the Bulgarian countryside, about 15km from Veliko Turnovo. There is a regular bus service into town, where volunteers can go to visit or spend the evening, but this is a rare opportunity to see rural Bulgaria, off the beaten tourist track. The orphanage itself is not a particularly welcoming looking place, but is being redecorated inside, and there is plenty of space outside to play games and sports. Around 55 children live here, aged 3-17; some have mild learning difficulties, but these don’t prevent them joining in enthusiastically with volunteers’ activities. With the exception of the older teenagers who go to high school in VT, the children rarely get the opportunity to leave the village, so are always thrilled by the arrival of OXAB volunteer groups, which provide a much-valued distraction in their lives. It is a very worthwhile place to work, and the children are amazing! Over the past few years, OXAB has strengthened its links with the Khristo Smirnenski Home, and now runs two long-term projects here (see present projects page). More than half of the children attend our weekly English Club, and are keen to practise their new language skills with volunteers, and there may also be an opportunity to meet with Bulgarian students who volunteer as mentors for the older teenagers. Volunteers stay in the village itself, in the ‘majority building’, where they have their own room and shower room, and villagers are always keen to meet the ‘anglichani’ – any Bulgarian phrases you learn will be especially appreciated!

Trip Reports:

http://www.oxab.org.uk/new/bulgaria/destinations/veliko-turnovo/balvan/balvan-trip-report-2007/ - Summer 2007 http://www.oxab.org.uk/old/bulgaria/balvan-s2006.html - Summer 2006 http://www.oxab.org.uk/old/bulgaria/balvan-s2005.html - Summer 2005 http://www.oxab.org.uk/old/bulgaria/balvan-s2003-1.html - Summer 2003 (group 1) http://www.oxab.org.uk/old/bulgaria/balvan-s2003-2.html - Summer 2003 (group 2) http://www.oxab.org.uk/old/bulgaria/balvan-e2003-1.html - Easter 2003 http://www.oxab.org.uk/old/bulgaria/balvan-s2002-1.html - Summer 2002 (Group 1) http://www.oxab.org.uk/old/bulgaria/balvan-s2002-2.html - Summer 2002 (Group 2)

Last updated: April 8th, 2009



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   Kanzenobi


Postato da: kanzenobi
Postato in data: 25 Settembre 2009 alle 15:10

Gabrovo Orphanage, Veliko Turnovo

Gabrovo Orphanage

Gabrovo Town Square

On first entering Gabrovo from Veliko Turnovo, one’s heart initially sinks as the industrial outskirts loom into view among schools and tower blocks in varying states of disrepair. Having stayed there for a day or two though, you quickly learn to appreciate the pretty centre, and the lack of tourists (in contrast to Veliko Túrnovo), which allow you to settle in as though you actually live there. The children in the orphanage, about a 10 minute walk from the centre, give you such a welcome that you wouldn’t mind if you spent all your time there anyway!

There are about 30 children between the ages of about 7 and 15, though all are small for their age. There might be up to 50 children depending on the time of year, and when they start going to school. They sleep in rooms of four, on two floors with a shower and ‘loos’ on each. As volunteers you will sleep in a similar room, though depending on how full the home is, you might have one room between two. With cable TV and a small music system, the children are pretty well entertained, though during the summer, most like to spend most of the time outdoors, playing football, climbing the trees etc. There is also paper and pens, though most of these sorts of things are in a store cupboard for the staff to access. You will be left pretty much to your own devices with the children, and you can spend as much or as little time as you like with them, and it does become tiring, though if ever you need anything, the Director of the home, Petar, is always willing to do his best to help out, even with things unrelated to the children.

You will not be expected to eat all your meals in Gabrovo, as there is barely enough food for the children, but for breakfast there is a café and shop at the end of the lane. For lunch and in the evenings there is a plethora of restaurants (a favourite is ‘Pizza Tempo’) and you can also find a supermarket in the town. All the food is very cheap, and taxis in the evening back to the orphanage will cost you about 30p.

It takes about an hour to get to Veliko Túrnovo if you want to do the ‘tourist bit’, but there are also some museums etc. in and around Gabrovo. Quirky, large but very interesting, is the ‘House of Humour’ (established, strangely, under communism, on 1st April 1972). The local secondary school is famous throughout Bulgaria for pioneering teaching techniques and there is a, rather dry, museum inside (around the back) which is interesting if you’re into that sort of thing. A short bus ride away is ‘Etar’, a reconstructed typical Bulgarian village, with lots of craft shops, a café and a very good restaurant serving traditional food, and all things traditional.

There is an internet café next to the shop near the orphanage and there is a nicer one in the centre (down the stairs next the ‘zoo’, near the swings etc.). The cinema is next door. You’ll most likely be pretty tired in the evenings, and you have to arrange with the member of staff when you’re going to get back, as the orphanage door will be locked, but there is a night life in Gabrovo. Your first stop should definitely be the ‘Tequila Bar’, on the opposite side of the centre, not far from ‘Pizza Tempo’ - this kept us entertained on at least two occasions, and you’re sure to meet a lovely Bulgarian in there who will show you where all the other ‘hot spots’ are…

Most of all though, as you can see from the trip reports, the children are lovely and very much in need of your attention, so as well as having a great time, you can give your time for a very worthwhile cause.

Trip Reports:

http://www.oxab.org.uk/old/bulgaria/gabrovo-s2003-1.html - Summer 2003 http://www.oxab.org.uk/old/bulgaria/gabrovo-e2003-1.html - Easter 2003 http://www.oxab.org.uk/old/bulgaria/gabrovo-s2002-1.html - Summer 2002

Last updated: March 2nd, 2008



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   Kanzenobi


Postato da: kanzenobi
Postato in data: 25 Settembre 2009 alle 15:11

Vasil Levski School, Veliko Turnovo

Vasil Levski School, Mindya

Vasil Levski is a school in the village of Mindya. In the school there are 74 children; 12 are girls and 62 are boys. All the children have slight mental problems, 9 of these children have more severe difficulties. Children study at the school from 7 to 16/17 years old. For 2002 students will be able to go to sixth form. Children graduate from the school with a professional qualification. There are 24 teachers and 13 servicing staff. OXAB volunteers have not yet worked here.

Last updated: February 25th, 2008



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Postato da: kanzenobi
Postato in data: 25 Settembre 2009 alle 15:13

Sushitsa Orphanage, Veliko Turnovo

Sushitsa Orphanage, Sushitsa

Volunteers visited this home in the summers of 2002 and 2003. They were impressed by the friendliness of the staff and children but also the poverty of this home, compared to the one in Veliko Túrnovo town. Please read their trip reports. The group that visited in 2003 have built their own website about Sushitsa, which you can see by clicking http://www.ferrisonline.co.uk/bulgaria/ - here .

Trip Reports:

http://www.oxab.org.uk/old/bulgaria/sushitsa-e2004-1.html - Easter 2004 ; http://www.oxab.org.uk/old/bulgaria/sushitsa-s2003-1.html - Summer 2003 ; http://www.oxab.org.uk/old/bulgaria/sushitsa-s2002-1.html - Summer 2002

Last updated: March 2nd, 2008



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Postato da: kanzenobi
Postato in data: 25 Settembre 2009 alle 15:13

Strazhitsa Orphanage, Veliko Turnovo

Strazhitsa

Trip Reports:

http://www.oxab.org.uk/new/bulgaria/destinations/veliko-turnovo/strazhitsa-orphanage/strazhitza-orphanage-summer-2007/ - Summer 2007 http://www.oxab.org.uk/old/bulgaria/strazhitsa-s2006-1.html - Summer 2006 http://www.oxab.org.uk/old/bulgaria/strazhitsa-s2004-1.html - Summer 2004 http://www.oxab.org.uk/old/bulgaria/strazhitsa-s2003-1.html - Summer 2003 (Group 1) http://www.oxab.org.uk/old/bulgaria/strazhitsa-s2003-2.html - Summer 2002 (Group 2)

Last updated: April 8th, 2009



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Postato da: kanzenobi
Postato in data: 25 Settembre 2009 alle 15:15
http://www.oxab.org.uk/new/bulgaria/destinations/ugarchin/ - Ugarchin Orphanage

Ugarchin, Veliko Turnovo

Ugarchin

Trip Reports:

No trips, new Orphanage

Last updated: September 25th, 2009



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Postato da: kanzenobi
Postato in data: 25 Settembre 2009 alle 15:21

Stara Zagora

Località conosciuta anche in Italia come VETREN

The Samaritans, Stara Zagora (Стара Загора)

The Samaritans (no connection to the English Samaritan group), run a shelter in the city for street children and by the summer hope to have opened a home for street children where they can offer children a stable home environment, a place to wash, sleep, and be given basic schooling. When the volunteers visit, it is possible they will stay in the large classroom at the top of the house, where there are shower facilities.

Many of the children they help are of Roma origin and while we were staying in Stara Zagora, we visited the Roma Quarter, a settlement isolated from and overlooking the main town from the hill side. This Quarter has a population of around 22-25,000 people, 60% are under 18yrs. Only 10% of the 12,000 children go to the only 2 schools that serve the area. The Roma were confined to these areas both by their own insular tradition and through the encouragement of the communist government who sought to isolate them. They live in great poverty, the area is littered with refuse dumps and many stray dogs.

The area is a mostly ‘Shanty’ settlement: few houses have running water and are modest constructions: mostly one or two rooms built around a small stove. One room we went into was approximately 4×4 metres and housed 10 adults and 6 children. We met four of its occupants, a man who had been confined to his bed by a broken leg and his three children. The mattresses of the other occupants were rolled up in the corners of the room. There is a culture of begging among the Roma into which children are born and often forced, many are threatened with physical violence if they don’t bring home a certain income for their parents. As a result there are a great number of street children in cities with high Roma population. Problems among these children include glue sniffing and malnourishment, they are poorly educated and easily fall into crime. The Samaritans group works with these children to improve their chances in life.The activities the Samaritans encourage are ones which the Roma can organise themselves using the minimum of equipment and maximum initiative. Simplicity is important as the children may never have experienced this sort of stimulation before (while we were there, one of the Samaritans was teaching the children to count by drawing numbers with a stick in the mud). The children are incredibly responsive as they are generally bored and starved of attention. Volunteers would have the opportunity to take some children on camps or trips to the local park (a large natural park, with woodland areas and wide open spaces). If volunteers could draw on their own experiences, the sort of outward-bound activities organised by the Scout and Guide movement would be ideal for this environment!

Trip Reports:

http://www.oxab.org.uk/old/bulgaria/szagora-s2005.html - Summer 2005 http://www.oxab.org.uk/old/bulgaria/szagora-s2002-1.html - Summer 2002 (Group 1) http://www.oxab.org.uk/old/bulgaria/szagora-s2002-2.html - Summer 2002 (Group 2) http://www.oxab.org.uk/old/bulgaria/szagora-e2002-1.html - Easter 2002 http://www.oxab.org.uk/old/bulgaria/szagora-s2001-1.html - Summer 2001

Last updated: March 2nd, 2008



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Postato da: kanzenobi
Postato in data: 25 Settembre 2009 alle 15:24

Gomotartsi

Gomotartsi Children’s Home, Gomotartsi, near Vidin

The orphanage is situated in a village some way out of the main town of Vidin (around half an hour by bus). This situation is customary for a home established during communist times when children with disability were regarded with great stigma and were tucked away from view in homes such as this one (attitudes towards disabilities are little improved today). The home houses 80 children with a great range of disabilities some more and some less severe. Many of the children are bed-ridden and have serious deformities - a condition compounded by a lack of exercise and nourishment. We were informed by our guide (a local British V.S.O, Julian Gibb) that many of the children entered the home with a mild disability which was not in any way debilitating, but which untreated, has degenerated into a condition which leaves the children unable to leave their beds. I was playing with a child with an uncorrected cleft palate whom I guessed to be no older than 18 months. When I asked her age, I was told 11 yrs. Her condition was typical of the children there. They have been confined to their beds since birth, have been underfed and have had little to no stimulation (many children were rocking or banging their heads in their cots). Immobility and lack of food has meant that their bones have never grown and children, even teenagers as old as 13 or 14, are no larger than a two year old. This was one of the most distressing places we visited, but there is no doubt that there is much rewarding work to be done with these children. There are 36 staff who work 3 shifts. They are understaffed and underpaid, but seemed enthusiastic that we might be able to help. The immediate need for the home while we were there was to find a new supply of nappies for the children (nearly all of them wear them as they are either incontinent or have not been trained to use a toilet). The home only had a few days supply of nappies left and if no new donor was found, the children would be left to defecate in their beds. (As it is the children’s bedding has to be changed around seven times a day). Donations of bed sheets and winter clothes would be appreciated.

Opportunities for volunteers to help include doing simple stimulation activities with the children such as tickling(!) and supporting them as they take their first steps. Some of the more able children enjoyed playing with a ball, multi-sensory stimulation would be very good - bean bags, sensory boards, simple arts and crafts. The volunteers could also do a great deal to improve the children’s surroundings, helping with painting/maintenance jobs, improving the small multi-sensory room, making mobiles etc. Music would be wonderful and it would be great to take the children outside, as the grounds back onto the Danube and are beautiful. I think the fresh air may be appreciated! This would be a very challenging place to work and would call for a good deal of dedication and resolve. Access to the main town is quite poor (infrequent buses) so volunteers would have to ensure that they worked within their own capabilities, took time and were creative in their own recreation and provided support for each other.

Trip Reports:

http://www.oxab.org.uk/old/bulgaria/gomotartsi-s2003-1.html - Summer 2003 http://www.oxab.org.uk/old/bulgaria/gomotartsi-e2003-1.html - Easter 2003 http://www.oxab.org.uk/old/bulgaria/gomotartsi-s2002-1.html - Summer 2002 (Group 1) http://www.oxab.org.uk/old/bulgaria/gomotartsi-s2002-2.html - Summer 2002 (Group 2) http://www.oxab.org.uk/old/bulgaria/gomotartsi-s2002-3.html - Summer 2002 (Group 3) http://www.oxab.org.uk/old/bulgaria/gomotartsi-e2002-1.html - Easter 2002 http://www.oxab.org.uk/old/bulgaria/gomotartsi-s2001-1.html - Summer 2001

Last updated: March 2nd, 2008



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Postato da: kanzenobi
Postato in data: 25 Settembre 2009 alle 15:25

Haskovo

Haskovo Day Care Centre for Street Children, Haskovo (Хасково)

This centre is run by the Opportunity and Protection Association, who are based in the large town of Haskovo, which is close to the mountainous southern border of Bulgaria (with Turkey & Greece). The centre has catered for over 90 children in the past, and has been running for three years. The town is easily accessible by both rail and road links. Not much is known about this centre at present, since no volunteers have yet visited it. Ask at meetings for the latest information.

Trip Reports:

http://www.oxab.org.uk/old/bulgaria/haskovo-s2005-1.html - Summer 2005, Group 1 http://www.oxab.org.uk/old/bulgaria/haskovo-s2005-2.html - Summer 2005, Group 2 http://www.oxab.org.uk/old/bulgaria/haskovo-s2005-3.html - Summer 2005, Group 3 http://www.oxab.org.uk/old/bulgaria/haskovo-s2004-1.html - Summer 2004

Last updated: March 2nd, 2008



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Postato da: kanzenobi
Postato in data: 25 Settembre 2009 alle 15:26

Burgas

Burgas Orphanage, Burgas

The orphanage is the second largest in Bulgaria (with 100 children there) and is one of the few orphanages which has children of a large age range (7-18). The majority of the children are able-bodied however some are slightly mentally disabled and need more help. Conditions in the home are pretty good, but it is understaffed and the children often crave attention. Burgas is a lovely city on the edge of the Black Sea. As the children have a nap after lunch volunteers can often go down to the beach for a swim/sunbathe. Although the town is fairly touristy, it is less so than the other towns on the Black Sea coast. Seeing neighbouring towns is easy because the local buses are regular and very cheap. Be prepared to mime and guess Bulgarian as very few people speak English

Trip Reports:

http://www.oxab.org.uk/old/bulgaria/burgas-s2004-1.html - Summer 2004

Last updated: March 2nd, 2008



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Postato da: kanzenobi
Postato in data: 28 Settembre 2009 alle 15:01
Bratsigovo
Bratsigovo Orphanage, Bratsigovo - province PAZARDZHIK; region YUZHEN TSENTRALEN; zip 4579; Area Code 03552; EKATTE 06207; altitude 406 m.; population in 2005 4577 

Number of Children: 48
Ages: 7 - 18

Sponsor for 2008:


Special Projects Available





Bratsigovo Projects
 
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Postato da: kanzenobi
Postato in data: 28 Settembre 2009 alle 15:09
Gabrovo
Gabrovo Orphanage, Gabrovo  - province GABROVO; region SEVEREN TSENTRALEN; zip 5300; Area Code 066; EKATTE 14218; altitude 502 m.; population in 2005 63004

Number of Children: 48
Ages: 7 - 18

Sponsor for 2008:
Todd and Michelle McKinley

Special Projects Available

This orphanage is situated in the town of Gabrovo in the midst of the Balkan Mountains. It has a good relationship with the local YMCA which is trying to help with volunteers and activities. The YMCA and One Heart Bulgaria are funding new flooring for the study/TV room.

The director of this orphanage, Julieta Genova, is excited to work with One Heart Bulgaria and is open to opportunities and training which we want to provide for them. This orphanage has quite a good staff consisting of 1 director, 6 tutors, 1 psychotherapist, 1 nurse and 8 other individuals. There are two children here who have eye problems and need medical treatment. In addition, medical treatment is needed for a third child who is deaf and a fourth child who has a serious heart condition.


Gabrovo Projects

Textbooks:  Cost: $3,200. 
This remains a common need.  A donation would purchase books that will be used for several years and also school materials.

Two industrial size washers & dryers: Cost $4,400

Social worker: Salary would be $89/mo.

Teacher for cooking class: Salary would be $52/mo



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Postato da: kanzenobi
Postato in data: 28 Settembre 2009 alle 15:18
Gorna Koznitsa
Gorna Koznitsa Orphanage for Children with Disabilities, Villaggio di Gorna Koznitsa, Città di BOBOV DOL; province KYUSTENDIL; region YUGOZAPADEN; zip 2687; Area Code 07031; EKATTE 16242; altitude 699 m.; population in 2005 294
 
 
Number of Children: 52
Ages: 7-19
Full Sponsorship: $1,500

2008 Sponsors:
1st sponsor
Scott and Kathy Stringham

Need Additional Sponsors
Special Projects Available

This home is located in a small village of 180 inhabitants, 65 miles south of Sofia, in a large coal mining area. The orphanage was built in 1960 and is in very poor condition. The only maintenance done on the buildings in recent years included replacing the windows in 2002 and plastering and painting the walls of the bedrooms in 2003.

The orphanage is in need of many more repairs. The orphanage is staffed with a speech therapist, a psychiatrist, a pediatrician, and people in housekeeping positions, though all are poorly paid. The children are very rarely visited by anyone and are deprived of any family care whatsoever.

Twenty-two children are confined to beds. Most of the children have moderate to severe disabilities; most have mental disorders. Many are unable to use the bathroom independently; the restroom facilities are not designed for people with disabilities, in any case. This has led to a huge laundry burden. Hygiene items plus diapers, sheets, waterproof mattress covers, disinfectants, detergents etc. are in permanent shortage. Bulgarian Child, Inc. has hired four babas (grandmothers) to give needed attention and loving care to children at this orphanage. Additional caregivers and staff are also needed in order to keep up with all the many needs of the children. Our sponsorship funds provide fruit and vegetables, medicines and hygiene supplies. Gorna Koznitsa's director, Mrs. Margarita Permakova, is easy to work with and has appreciated One Heart Bulgaria's involvement. She is very grateful for the wonderful sponsors and donors who have supported Gorna Koznitsa the past several years. Gorna Koznitsa applied to One Heart Bulgaria for funding for an industrial size dryer and for help with their heating system. Subsequently, in 2006, One Heart Bulgaria helped finance washers and dryers and repairs for their heating system.


Gorna Koznitsa Projects

Medicines: $300
Rehabilitation equipment: $2,000
Repairs of the building: $4,000
Heating fuel: $10,000

To sponsor this orphanage, or to help out with a special project, contact our Sponsorship Director, Donna Dushku ( mailto:donna.dushku@oneheart-bg.org - donna.dushku@oneheart-bg.org ).



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Postato da: kanzenobi
Postato in data: 28 Settembre 2009 alle 15:22
Haskovo-Nadejda
Haskovo-Nadejda Orphanage, città di HASKOVO; provincia di  HASKOVO; region YUZHEN TSENTRALEN; zip 6300; Area Code 038; EKATTE 77195; altitude 199 m.; population in 2005 78668

Number of Children: 48
Ages: 7 - 18

Sponsor for 2008:


Special Projects Available





Bratsigovo Projects

To sponsor this orphanage, or to help out with a special project, contact our Sponsorship Director, Donna Dushku ( mailto:donna.dushku@oneheart-bg.org - donna.dushku@oneheart-bg.org ).



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Postato da: kanzenobi
Postato in data: 28 Settembre 2009 alle 15:31
Ivan Rilski, Sofia
Number of Children:
40
Ages: 4 - 7

Full sponsorship: $3,900
1st sponsor: 
William R. Comstock

Special Projects Available

One Heart Bulgaria has a good relationship with this Sofia orphanage -- our program officially started here in 2001, though our relationship goes back as far as 1999. The director, Mrs. Ivanova, has been very supportive of our efforts, and has even called upon One Heart Bulgaria to help out when she needs special care for the children. She has also let other orphanage directors know about our efforts and effectiveness.

At any given time, several of the children in Ivan Rilski have disabilities; most are developmentally delayed to some extent. Children are often brought into the orphanage from off the street, suffering from parasites, rickets, and other diseases. Even children who enter the orphanage from family homes exhibit some of these problems.

The director, Mrs. Ivanova, has requested One Heart Bulgaria representatives to stay in the hospital with children who have been seriously ill or who have had surgery. In Bulgarian hospitals, a child must be accompanied by an adult at all times and the orphanage could not spare one worker to stay with just one child in the hospital -- many children were denied medical care for this reason, but that is changing now.

Possibly the biggest problem facing Ivan Rilski is lack of training on the part of the staff. We feel sure that Mrs. Ivanova will require her staff to participate in the http://www.oneheart-bg.org/programs.php#eyrealm - training programs as we develop them. For now our representative, Victoria Ilieva, tries to model compassion and correct developmental and educational interaction with the children. She works 8 hours a week nurturing the children through playtime, story time and other assistance. In addition to these needs, this orphanage is in constant need of diapers, hygiene supplies, meat, fruits and vegetables.

Ivan Rilski plays an important role in our organization because Mrs. Ivanova is open to new ideas and programs -- she is willing to give us feedback and work with us to refine and develop programs in a way that will benefit the children.

Ivan Rilski Projects

Music teacher: Mrs. Ivanova has asked for help in paying for a music teacher for this orphanage. Salary: $2,400/yr.

Fish and meat supply: $100/mo

Diapers: $200/mo

To sponsor this orphanage, or to help out with a special project, contact our Sponsorship Director, Donna Dushku ( mailto:donna.dushku@oneheart-bg.org - donna.dushku@oneheart-bg.org ).



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Postato da: kanzenobi
Postato in data: 28 Settembre 2009 alle 15:33
Kotel
Kotel Specialized Rehabilitative Children's Hospital
TOWN KOTEL; municipality KOTEL; province SLIVEN; region YUGOIZTOCHEN; zip 8970; Area Code 0453; EKATTE 39030; altitude 516 m.; population in 2005 6666

Bulgarian%20Orphanages%20-%20KotelNumber of Children: 56
Ages: 3 - 18
Full Sponsorship: $4,200

Needs Sponsors

This hospital treats children with bone, joint, and neurological disorders. It has recently been renovated and meets European standards of care. Currently, the hospital cares for abandoned children whose medical condition requires constant hospitalization and for children who require various types of therapy and rehabilitation. The hospital is staffed with qualified doctors, nurses, psychiatrists, and therapists.

One Heart Bulgaria’s goals for this hospital are the following: to provide extra hospital days for patients from our orphanages; to purchase and provide needed supplies, including beds and heavy duty plastic mattress covers; to provide transportation to and from the hospital for the patients from our orphanages; and to provide training for medical staff by visiting American doctors and specialists in neurological disorders. We can report that recently 10 beds, mattresses and plastic covers were purchased, and extra hospital days were provided for 10 patients.


Special  projects

Extra hospital days: one day stay for one child is $25

Thirty beds, mattresses & plastic mattress covers:  $4,140


To sponsor this hospital, or to help out with a special project, contact our Sponsorship Director, Donna Dushku ( mailto:donna.dushku@oneheart-bg.org - donna.dushku@oneheart-bg.org ).



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Postato da: iaco
Postato in data: 28 Settembre 2009 alle 16:46
kanz hai nulla su Vidin?

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Postato da: kanzenobi
Postato in data: 06 Ottobre 2009 alle 16:13
Lom Orphanage
Number of Children: 72
Ages: 3-18 yrs.

Special Projects Available

This orphanage is located in the northwestern part of Bulgaria on the Danube River in a town of 27,897 people.  The two story building is over 60 yrs. old.

None of the children are physically handicapped; however, approximately 80% have emotional problems, social problems and learning delays. The children are angry and emotionally disturbed, some children constantly spitting, fighting, and hitting each other.  There are usually only 3 staff members on duty who actually works in the office 

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with the children; other staff works in the office or kitchen. In the afternoons, a few more individuals come to help with school work. On the weekends there is only two or three staff to watch the children.  The kitchen staff serves food that is inadequate both in quantity and nutrition.  

There are two toilets indoors which are used only at night. The rest of the toilets are outside in an outhouse-type building that is very dirty and run down. There is one room with maybe 3 or 4 working showers. An organization from Spain will supply more toilets. There are 6 bedrooms where the children sleep. Most of the children have no place to put their clothes. There are not many closets and the ones they have are very old and many are broken. There are 3 rooms used as classrooms and they have old desks and not enough chairs. There isn’t a community room or living room for the children to use.
 
One Heart Bulgaria has purchased one set of books for each grade which the kids use after school at the orphanage for homework and studies. However, our field director has told us recently that more textbooks are still needed so these children who attend the public school can keep up with their studies.
 

OneHeart%20Bulgaria%20Lom%20OrphanageAmy DeJonge, Peace Corps worker, was our contact at this orphanage until recently when she returned to the U.S.  Amy visited the orphanage four times a week and played with the children. She also oversaw distribution of donations and when funds were available, she purchased groceries for the orphanage. She distributed backpacks that OHB purchased to the children.  Amy also organized programs for the children.  She established a once a week music program where the children can sing and be accompanied by an accordion player. She also started a weekly traditional folk dance program. We are eager to recruit another capable individual who can continue these programs and assist us at this orphanage.


Lom Special Projects

Textbooks:  $1,000

Used computers: $1,200 for 5-6 computers

To sponsor this orphanage, or to help out with a special project, contact our Sponsorship Director, Donna Dushku ( mailto:donna.dushku@oneheart-bg.org - donna.dushku@oneheart-bg.org ).



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Postato da: kanzenobi
Postato in data: 06 Ottobre 2009 alle 16:27
Maxim Gorki Orphanage - Stoikite Village
Number of Children: 60
Maxim%20Gorki%20Orphanage%20-%20One%20Heart%20BulgariaAges: 7-15 yrs

Sponsor: Dax Keller

Special Projects Available


This orphanage is located in the Smolyan area in the heart of the Rodopi Mountains, 10 miles from Pamporovo, one of the most famous Bulgarian ski resorts (about 2 ½ hours drive from Plovdiv, the second largest city in Bulgaria).

This orphanage takes care of children with
serious criminal behaviors including drug abuse, robberies, Maxim%20Gorki%20Orphanage%20-%20One%20Heart%20Bulgariaand prostitution. This is
particularly appalling considering the age of these children. There is a high incidence of runaway kids who are returned in one or two weeks by the police.  When the children reach the age of 15 years, they are transferred to other orphanages.

One Heart Bulgaria would like to teach and guide the children to prevent criminal and anti-social behaviors. Certainly, this facility needs to hire more social workers and teachers to help all the children. Currently, there are two young women from the Peace Corps serving at the orphanage and One Heart Bulgaria is interested in combining efforts with them to better meet the children's need for mentoring.  In addition, the kids love skiing and with a ski run next to the orphanage; we would like to be able to provide the children with a ski instructor so they can have an extra curricular activity. We would also like to introduce a music program.

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The orphanage badly needs renovations. We are told that plans have been made to restructure the orphanage into family-like units. Currently, the children are divided into 2 groups and accommodated in bedrooms on two floors.



Maxim Gorki Special Projects

Shoes:  Cost: $1,100/yr.

Washers (2) and dryers (2):  Cost: $6,800

Detergents, hygiene supplies:  Cost: $170/mo

Ski Teacher:  Cost: $800 for winter months

Sports and fitness equipment:  Cost: $1,200

To sponsor this orphanage, or to help out with a special project, contact our Sponsorship Director, Donna Dushku ( mailto:donna.dushku@oneheart-bg.org - donna.dushku@oneheart-bg.org ).



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Postato da: kanzenobi
Postato in data: 06 Ottobre 2009 alle 16:30
Olga Skobeleva Orphanage

Number of Children: 86
Ages: 8 - 18

Special Projects Available

This large orphanage is well known in Plovdiv, Bulgaria's second-largest city. It was built in 1940 as a home for the orphans of the Rhodopi Mountain region, one of the poorest areas of the Balkans. The orphanage has developed and implemented different programs for orphan socialization and integration and has also developed a program to care for street children. They are very excited to partner with One Heart Bulgaria to bring about good changes in the lives of "their" children.

This orphanage was chosen to be the base of our September 2007 dental clinic where 500 children from 10 orphanages received dental care and instructions on dental hygiene from One Heart Bulgaria. Each child was given a bag containing toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, and small gifts.

We purchased a commercial size refrigerator, 3 stoves/ovens plus 3 sets of cookware, oven trays and cooking utensils for this facility in the fall of 2007.
Olga Skobeleva Projects

Furniture for the crisis center: $2,800

Detergents and hygiene supplies: $1,000

To sponsor this orphanage, or to help out with a special project, contact our Sponsorship Director, Donna Dushku ( mailto:donna.dushku@oneheart-bg.org - donna.dushku@oneheart-bg.org ).



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Postato da: kanzenobi
Postato in data: 06 Ottobre 2009 alle 16:31
 

Pazardjik Orphanage
Number of Children: 88
Ages: 0 - 3

Special Project Available

This orphanage has flourished in its relationship with One Heart Bulgaria. Their most pressing need is for a continuous supply of disposable diapers. Each baby and toddler uses a minimum of 3 diapers a day and 1 at night. This means they go through at least 6,000 a month!

The director, Dr. Krastanka Videva, and her staff have been very thankful for the support One Heart Bulgaria has provided -- but have requested more help specifically in the area of alleviating their diaper predicament. One Heart Bulgaria purchases the diapers from a factory in Bulgaria where they are less expensive.

Pazardjik Special Projects

Diaper Funds: Cost: $250/month
Powdered milk:  Cost: $670/yr
Hygiene supplies:  Cost: $1,600/yr

To sponsor this orphanage, or to help out with a special project, contact our Sponsorship Director, Donna Dushku ( mailto:donna.dushku@oneheart-bg.org - donna.dushku@oneheart-bg.org ).



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Postato da: kanzenobi
Postato in data: 06 Ottobre 2009 alle 16:34
Pravets Orphanage
Number of Children: 55
Ages: 8 - 19

Special Projects Available

Pravets is home to a wonderful group of children. Many are quite talented -- one is an artistic prodigy and another is a talented singer. The children are encouraged to pursue their talents and interests. There are 14 girls and 41 boys.  Iskra was the music teacher for two years, hired by One Heart Bulgaria. She has recently moved to Vidrare Orphanage; however, OHB is in the process of hiring another teacher. Many of these children have music and singing talents.

The entire home is heated with homemade wood burning stoves. However, new heating equipment is scheduled for installation in 2008 by the government.  This orphanage, also known as Razliv Orphanage, is located 27 miles from the towns of Pravets and Botevgrad and 90 km northeast from Sofia. It was founded in 1962. The facilities are old and not in good shape. The children are living in common rooms, girls and boys separate. This orphanage needs to be restructured in order to meet the EU requirements for family-like units. Nadya Stefanova, the new orphanage director, tells us, “The orphanage manages to keep going thanks to continuous donors, sponsors and friends who help them with food, sanitary materials, clothing, shoes, school materials, etc.”  She is very interested in our Opportunity Homes Program because 5-6 teen orphans leave the orphanage each year and need housing plus assistance to transition into Bulgarian society. http://www.oneheart-bg.org/programs.php#opportunityhome - Opportunity Homes.


Pravets Special Projects

Music teacher:
 Cost: $130/month
Percussion instruments: Cost: $180
Folk Dance Costumes: Cost: $1,800
Textbooks: Cost: $2,900 There is a great need for textbooks and other school materials.
Professional stove & oven: Cost: $2,200
Two washers and two dryers: Cost: $5,000
Hygiene supplies: Cost: $250/month.

To sponsor this orphanage, or to help out with a special project, contact our Sponsorship Director, Donna Dushku ( mailto:donna.dushku@oneheart-bg.org - donna.dushku@oneheart-bg.org ).



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Postato in data: 06 Ottobre 2009 alle 16:37
P.R. Slaveikov Home for Children
Number of Children: 167 - 200
Ages: 6-18
Full sponsorship: $10,000
Half sponsorship: $5,000
Quarter sponsorship: $2,500

 
 
 
 
2008 Sponsors
First Sponsor: Tyler and Vicki Ginn
Second Sponsor: Best Ever Book Club
 
 
 
 
 
Slaveikov%20orphanageBuilt in the 1960s, Slaveikov is the largest orphanage in the entire Balkan region and houses up to 200 children ages 6 to 18 years old. We at One Heart Bulgaria hold a special place in our heart for the children at this orphanage as it is the worst orphanage any of our staff have personally visited. The facility is dismal and depressing and the children run throughout the five floors screaming, shoving, or messing around completely unsupervised. Young and even handicapped children are bullied by other children while loners simply sit on hallway steps and keep to themselves. There is a constant shortage of staff. During one of our visits we were informed that there was only one staff person on duty overnight--to care for nearly 200 young children and teenagers!


The Slaveikov orphanage is old and extremely dilapidated. The children live in very miserable and disgusting circumstances. The plaster on the cSlaveikov%20Orphanageeilings throughout the orphanage continues to deteriorate and fall off in large patches. In the children's bathrooms there are no toilet seats, toilet paper or soap and they are left uncleaned for months and months at a time (see photo gallery).  It seemed the children and teenagers rarely bathed or brushed their teeth. Many of them are bed wetters and simply throw their clothes out the window. Hygiene issues like these are due to a total lack of supervision, education and support. The children's diet of plain noodles and potatoes also leaves them malnourished and unsatisfied. 
 
 
 

Slaveikov%20OrphanageOne Heart Bulgaria has taken the Slaveikov orphanage under our wing! At our first visit, we noticed the smell, the depression, the sadness, and of course a myriad of other problems, such as bedrooms with broken or no windows; filthy mattresses and bedding, or none at all; and absolutely revolting and inadequate bathrooms. With fresh determination, One Heart Bulgaria's staff of volunteers vowed to make drastic changes at this orphanage.

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Chronological List of Humanitarian Aid given to Slaveikov
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In 2003, we began implementing our Sponsorship Program at Slaveikov which continues, till this day, to provide the orphans with food, medicines, bedding, hygiene  supplies, detergents and help with a summer camp programs.

In 2004,  sponsorships continued. 200 quilts, sewn by the Best Ever Book Club, were sent to the orphanage in our container shipment. Our first-ever intern, http://www.oneheart-bg.org/profiles_cevans.php - Chelsia Eyre Evans , was assigned to live at Slaveikov for 6 weeks during which time she helped the orphans with homework, music, and language skills. She befriended the children who came to absolutely adore and cherish the attention and love she offered. We have sent 4 more interns into Slaveikov over the past 3 years and each has been accepted as a dear friend to the orphans. The orphanage director would love to see interns coming and helping non-stop at Slaveiov. Learn more about our http://www.oneheart-bg.org/intern.php - Internship Program .

In October of 2004, thanks to sponsors, One Heart Bulgaria was able to employ a programs director and mentor to help at Slaveikov. Children Slaveikov%20Orphanagereceived art lessons twice a week and homework tutoring. Unfortunately, this program director moved to the USA so at this time we are seeking to fill the position again. There is a great need for special programs and activities to be developed for the children's emotional, social, and mental well-being.  We hope to create other special programs in the orphanage such as drama, book clubs, sports, gardening, and traditional Bulgarian dancing. If successful drama and dance programs can be started,  the orphans can be allowed to put on productions for the community which would generate revenue for the orphanage.
 
In 2006 One Heart Bulgaria continued helping Slaveikov through generous donations and sponsorships. We were also able to provide immunizations and flu shots to the children.
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In 2007 One Heart Bulgaria replaced 48 office-size windows and 96 doors with locks in the orphans' bedrooms and bathrooms. Repairs have also been made to bathroom faucets. One Heart Bulgaria president, http://www.oneheart-bg.org/profiles_ddgardner.php - Deborah Gardner , visited the orphanage and spent the night in March 2007 to see the repairs and experience life there for herself. With all the new dual pane windows, the orphanage is no longer drafty and cold (temperatures can fall below zero in the winter). Most fulfilling was when the children shared their gratitude and pride over their new bedroom windows to Deborah as she walked through the halls with them.  More repairs and renovations throughout the entire orphanage are needed. During her visit, Deborah also hired a full-time physician to care for the children. http://www.oneheart-bg.org/galleries/slaveikov_program.php - See photo gallery

In 2008, donations made it possible for us to purchase 2 washers and 2 dryers for this facility as well as numerous other hygiene items on a monthly basis.


If you would like to be a part of making changes at Slaveikov and helping the orphans there, please contact Sponsorship Director Donna Dushku at mailto:donna.dushku@oneheart-bg.org - donna.dushku@oneheart-bg.org


P. R. Slaveikov Projects

Summer Camps
Each summer, the Slaveikov orphans are sent to summer camp for a much-needed break from the orphanage life. This serves as a very healthy respite for the children both physically and emotionally and has dramatic benefits. Last year One Heart Bulgaria sponsorship funds helped provide for the food for the 2004 summer camp. For the summer of 2005, Slaveikov will again need funding for 15-days worth of food for 168 orphans.
Costs: $3,500

 
Slaveikov Gallery
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The childrens' pillows are filthy and tear stained.
A few of the beautiful children.
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The childrens' bedrooms are dismal cells that are in great need of repair.
Ceilings in the rooms are also in need of repair.
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The bathroom facilities are filthy and need repairs.
The childrens' bedding is thin and old.
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Mattresses are deteriorated and filthy.
Slaveikov orphanage with new bedroom windows
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New doors and windows replaced these old ones which were nearly 50 years old.
Field Director Nikolai Gavazov poses in front of the new doors.
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Hiring a fulltime doctor for Slaveikov.
Nikolai (left) Dr. Tsakov (right).
During Deboah Gardner's visits, she likes to pass out gum with inspirational messages on the wrappers to the children.
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More children.
Children eating their daily ration of potatoes..
 
Art and Drama Program
In order for us to teach art classes and set up drama productions for the children at P.R. Slaveikov, we need to have an "art budget". This will allow us to purchase the proper art supplies for their lessons and drama projects.
Costs: $1, 500

Feminine Hygiene Products
Ongoing funding is needed to supply the girls with sanitary hygiene products. We purchase these products from a factory right in Bulgaria where their hygiene products are sold for less.
Costs: $1,000/year

Textbooks
Each year, Slaveikov is in need of funding for Bulgarian textbooks for the children's schooling.
Costs: $1,700

Bulgarian Social Worker Project This orphanage desperately needs to appoint a qualified social worker to coordinate the joint activities among the orphanage and various other institutions regarding orphan admission and reintegration procedures. This is in part necessary because of the new and complex laws that govern these types of institutions.

Currently, the social workers at Slaveikov spend most of their time on paperwork, rather than with the children. The orphanage would like to hire a worker to manage all of the paperwork related to the care and socialization of the orphans, thus freeing up the other workers to spend time with the children. This kind of paperwork is absolutely necessary, because if a child does not have correct ID papers he or she is not considered a citizen and can be refused medical and other care. The specific functions of the worker would be:

  • To work with the lead social worker in individual cases according to the laws of child protection
  • To represent the orphanage in court procedures related to orphan status
  • To participate in preparing individual care plans for the children
  • To assist the orphanage education specialist in his or her planning and proposals regarding the orphans by age group
  • To represent the orphanage at administrative procedures involving children from the orphanage
  • To have direct responsibility for the preparation of ID paperwork for orphans over 14 years of age
  • To participate on various committees on behalf of the orphanage
  • To maintain contact with parents or relatives of the orphan, when such exist, and together with the orphanage psychologist, coordinate their visitation and other rights
  • To participate with the Police Department in searching out parents or relatives of the children in the orphanage
  • To be in charge of the public relations with non-governmental agencies
  • To assist the director in organizing the summer camps
  • To keep the director and board informed about any changes in the status of individual children
The Cost of the project would include:
  • Monthly salary:
  • Benefits (monthly):
  • City Travel Card (monthly):
  • Total monthly:
  • Total for one year:
  • $156
    $62
    $25
    $243
    $2,916

    To contribute toward this Special Project, contact our Project Coordinator, Deborah Dushku Gardner ( mailto:deborah@oneheart-bg.org - deborah@oneheart-bg.org ).

    To sponsor this orphanage, or to help out with a special project, contact our Sponsorship Director, Donna Dushku ( mailto:donna.dushku@oneheart-bg.org - donna.dushku@oneheart-bg.org ).



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    Postato in data: 06 Ottobre 2009 alle 16:52
     

    Queen Maria Louisa Orphanage Plovdiv
    Number of Children: 80
    Ages: 5 - 20

    Full sponsorship:  $5,600

    Special projects available

    This orphanage is one of the oldest such institutions in Bulgaria. A German foundation funded and completed the construction of two major buildings. These new buildings provide nice separate apartments where 10-12 children live as a “families.”  Each family unit has a caregiver. There are 8 “families” altogether: 4 for boys and 4 for girls. Boys are housed in one building and the girls in another building. This is a new method being implemented in Bulgaria right now to help the children adapt to “family” life and to provide a sense of responsibility and independence. A third building is planned that will contain administrative rooms, workshops, general halls, etc.
     
     This orphanage would be a fun sponsorship for multiple families or an extended family group; each of whom could "sponsor" an individual "family" of children.  However, all 8 “families” must be sponsored at the same time to avoid the feeling of discrimination. A sponsorship for each family per year would be $700.  This arrangement for children to live with a caregiver in apartments is a little similar to our http://www.oneheart-bg.org/programs.php#opportunityhome - Opportunity Homes Program . Unfortunately, new government regulations will not allow One Heart Bulgaria to take pictures of the children or print information about them.  Some updates will be obtained by our field director when he makes periodic visits to this orphanage and speaks with the director. Sponsorship funds will provide board games, storybooks, limited food items, school supplies, detergents and money for excursions and birthday parties. Cost: $700 per “family.” Total “families” are 8.


    Queen Maria Louisa Projects

    Two Tutors/social workers:  Two individuals to assist children who have behavior problems and disabilities with their activities and homework.  Salary: $2,500/year each

    To sponsor this orphanage, or to help out with a special project, contact our Sponsorship Director, Donna Dushku ( mailto:donna.dushku@oneheart-bg.org - donna.dushku@oneheart-bg.org ).



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    Postato in data: 06 Ottobre 2009 alle 16:53
     

    Rada Kirkovich Orphanage
    Number of Children: 75
    Ages: 8 - 18

    Sponsorship: $2,400

    Special Projects Available

    Rada Kirkovich orphanage is located in Plovdiv. One Heart Bulgaria has been so impressed with the wonderful care these children receive, despite their desperate circumstances. The orphanage Director, Ms. Yordanka Paunova, is dedicated to changing the lives of "her" children -- she would like to invite One Heart Bulgaria sponsors and donors to join with her in really making a difference.

    One Heart Bulgaria already has a good relationship with Rada Kirkovich, thanks to One Heart Bulgaria field director, Nickolai Gavazov, who one year headed up a project to provide quilts through a local church congregation -- and that, was before he worked for One Heart Bulgaria! We would like to build on this friendly foundation and expand the support that Rada Kirkovich receives.

    Several years ago this orphanage had a very talented group of singers who performed publicly. The group was sponsored by Bulgarian opera singer, Raina Kabaivanska. However, this sponsorship has expired. One Heart Bulgaria has been asked to hire Professor Svetla Stanilova from the Plovdiv Musical Academy as a music teacher to gather the group again because there is a good number of very talented boys and girls. OHB recently installed a new parquet floor in the performance hall of this facility. This would be a perfect place for these children to share their talents with the public. Our field director has estimated the salary for Professor Svetla to be around $104 - $112/month.

    We are pleased to announce that our Kidney/Bedwetting Fund has been established with a donation of $3,360 from Scott & Kathy Stringham. These funds will provide medicines and medical care for the older children suffering with bedwetting problems.


    Rada Kirkovich Projects

    Music teacher: Cost: $104 - $112/month

    Renovation of Study Room:  Cost: $5,000-$10,000.  Furniture, windows & doors, flooring, new plaster & paint (400 sq. ft.)
     
    I Can Help at Home:  Cost: $4,000.  Food and appropriate containers for a 6 month period for 25 children who are considered “weekly boarders.”

      8 are "half" orphans, and have either a mother or father to whom they can go for weekends and holidays
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      7 have parents who are mentally ill, but who are able to care for their children on weekends
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      6 have parents who are chronically ill
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      4 are "true" orphans, but have relatives or family friends they can visit on the weekends

    The families/friends of these children have no financial resources and live in poor conditions, but it is in the best interest of the children to maintain these relationships and family ties. In order to help the children feel positive about their weekend experiences, Rada Kirkovich would like to provide each child with a "weekend package" of food. This will not only allay their fears about going hungry over the weekend, but it will also help the children feel that they are able to help provide for their families.

    Children’s Advocate:  Cost: $2,700 for a 10 month contract, plus taxes and insurance. The salary for a specialist (without a teaching license) would be 350 leva ($270) per month, plus insurance and taxes.

    An upcoming restructuring at Rada Kirkovich will include the development of six "apartments." Each will house up to nine children in a “family group.” In order for each group to receive adequate time and attention from the social worker assigned to the group, Rada Kirkovich would like to hire an additional specialist to assume the current administrative responsibilities of the social workers. This new development will enable the social workers to focus their attention on the children in their "family group." The Children’s Advocate would be required to:

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      Try to find/develop a relationship with the children's parents or relatives, if they have any
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      Help establish citizenship and governmental recognition for the children
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      Meet with existing families and help the parents make necessary appointments for consultation
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      Act as an advocate for the reconciliation of children with existing parents
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      Help the children make the transition into society

    Sponsor this orphanage today!

    To sponsor this orphanage, or to help out with a special project, contact our Sponsorship Director, Donna Dushku ( mailto:donna.dushku@oneheart-bg.org - donna.dushku@oneheart-bg.org ).



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    Postato in data: 06 Ottobre 2009 alle 16:54

    Sveta Marina Home for Children with Disabilities
    Number of Children: 84
    Ages: 6 - 18
    Full sponsorship: $5,200

    1st Sponsor: Rostrom Family
    2nd Sponsor: Chad Holmes

    Additional Sponsors Needed

    Special Projects Available

    Because of the desperate situation in this orphanage, a third sponsorship is really needed. Actually, we would like to combine as much sponsorship as possible to really make a difference to these children.

    Sv. Marina is located in the village of Medven in the heart of the Balkan mountain range. Fully half of the children in this orphanage are completely bedridden, due to paralysis, severe epilepsy, cerebral palsy, and other medical conditions. Most are severely disabled, mentally and emotionally. They are completely unable to care for themselves and are fed only pureed food, although many are over 10 year of age. The children living in these conditions rarely survive more than 15 years. Some of the children would react well to therapy, but there is no funding available right now for additional personnel.

    The other 26 children suffer from severe mental disabilities and are unable to care for themselves to any degree.

    This orphanage is allocated about $1,025 per child per year from the government for medicines, food, clothing and recreation. This is outrageously insufficient funding since the orphanage must also pay for fuel, water, electricity, hygiene needs, and every other necessity out of these funds.

    The staff consists of 32 workers, 22 of whom work directly with the children, divided into 3 shifts. The children desperately need more individualized care and love, but with only 6 to 7 people per shift it is impossible to provide anything but the most basic attention. Although the orphanage has petitioned for more staff positions, they have repeatedly been denied by the government.


    Sveta Marina Projects

    We will try to meet many of St. Marina's hygiene needs through our container shipment. However, they have many needs that cannot be met through the shipment, including heating fuel, a dryer, equipment for the medical room, and playground equipment.

    • Heating fuel for one year:   $8,500
    • Equipment for rehabilitation therapy: $2,300
  • To sponsor this orphanage, or to help out with a special project, contact our Sponsorship Director, Donna Dushku ( mailto:donna.dushku@oneheart-bg.org - donna.dushku@oneheart-bg.org ).



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       Kanzenobi


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    Postato in data: 06 Ottobre 2009 alle 16:55
    Sveta Paraskeva Home for Children

    Number of Children: 45
    Ages: 0 - 3


    Sponsorship: $1,500

    Special Projects Available

    This orphanage has a long relationship with One Heart Bulgaria. The director, Dr. Liharska, has been impressed with the quality of help that One Heart Bulgaria has to offer. In the past, this orphanage has relied heavily on donations from adoptive parents. Because foreign adoptions from Bulgaria have almost come to a standstill, the orphanage's budget has been severely curtailed. Although most of the children at Sveta Paraskeva are healthy, several children with special needs are also cared for here because of the skilled nursing staff that is available. The orphanage has requested equipment for disabled children, as well as general infant care items.
    Sv. Paraskeva is the favorite orphanage of Deborah Gardner, One Heart Bulgaria’s president. It was the second orphanage our organization began helping and Deborah personally sponsored it for the first two yeas. She even attempted to adopt one of the children.


    For the past several years, One Heart Bulgaria has provided this orphanage with a "One Heart Bulgaria Representative" (Baba Program) named Vanya Manouilova. Vanya visits the orphanage for 4 hours a week. She spends one on one and small group time with the orphans doing a variety of things which include feeding and holding infants as well as singing and playing with the toddlers. This individual attention has dramatically improved the quality of life for these children and the staff at the orphanage has greatly appreciated the extra help. We would like to provide more representatives to help nurture and care for these children. http://www.oneheart-bg.org/programs.php#baba - Baba and Vnuche Program.




    Sveta Paraskeva Special Projects

    One Heart Bulgaria Representative:
    Cost: $60-$90/mo

    Diapers: Cost: $200-$300/mo

    Powdered milk: Cost: $250/mo

    Project Donors Needed for 2006!

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    To sponsor this orphanage, or to help out with a special project, contact our Sponsorship Director, Donna Dushku ( mailto:donna.dushku@oneheart-bg.org - donna.dushku@oneheart-bg.org ).



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    Postato in data: 06 Ottobre 2009 alle 16:57

    Tanyo Voivoda Orphanage

    TOWN ASENOVGRAD; municipality ASENOVGRAD; province PLOVDIV; region YUZHEN TSENTRALEN; zip 4230; Area Code 0331; EKATTE 00702; altitude 290 m.; population in 2005 52036


    Number of Children: 65
    Ages: 7-19 yrs.                                                                                      

    Sponsor: Laralee Nelson

    Special Projects Available

    Tanyo Voivoda Orphanage is located in the town of Assenovgrad which is 14 miles south of Plovdiv in the skirts of Rodopi Mountain. This town of 30,000 is known as the Bulgarian Jerusalem because it has 36 Orthodox houses of worship. This facility was originally a textile factory and is in very bad shape and needs a serious renovation. Plans for a renovation have been made and the municipality will fund it.

    There are 65 children living here between the ages of 7 and 19 years. Maria Sirakova is the director and is assisted by a staff of 22 individuals, including 1 social worker, 1 psychiatrist, 9 tutors and 10 service workers. There is also a part-time nurse and music teacher.

    It is interesting that the orphanage itself started a program of developing a Protected (transition) House Project on its own. There are a few Protected Homes in Bulgarian where children are organized into “families” so they can become more self-reliant by living in apartments with a caregiver. Tanyo Voivoda has transformed part of their facility for this purpose. This program is somewhat similar to the http://www.oneheart-bg.org/programs.php#opportunityhome - Opportunity Homes Program that One Heart Bulgaria is organizing and funding. The director is asking OHB to help them furnish the house.


    Tanyo Voivoda Special Projects

    One washer and two dryers:   These are urgently needed. Cost: $4,000

    Medical office:  A space is needed for medical examinations and treatment of sick children. The plan is to purchase and install prefabricated partitions in an existing space. Cost:  $2,000

    Powdered milk: Powdered milk is a food item needed by all orphanages because the authorities forbid the use of fresh milk. Milk can be purchased locally for $2,626.20 (1,800 EURO) for a metric ton (1,000kgs.) Our field director expects to arrange a discount on this price. Most orphanages need about 250 kgs. per year. This would supply 4 orphanages for one year. Powdered milk can also be supplied through a container shipment from a supplier in the U.S. Cost: $2,626.20, if purchased in Bulgaria.

    To sponsor this orphanage, or to help out with a special project, contact our Sponsorship Director, Donna Dushku ( mailto:donna.dushku@oneheart-bg.org - donna.dushku@oneheart-bg.org ).



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    Postato in data: 06 Ottobre 2009 alle 17:01
    Vidrare  Orphanage for Children with Disabilities
    VILLAGE VIDRARE; municipality PRAVETS; province SOFIYSKA; region YUGOZAPADEN; zip 2166; Area Code 07139; EKATTE 11020; altitude 378 m.; population in 2005 478

    Number of Children: 95
    Full sponsorship: $3,900
    Half Sponsorship: $1,950

    1st Sponsor:
    Trista and Darin Andersen Family
    2nd Sponsor Jacqueline Meade

    Need additional sponsors


    Special Projects Available


    http://www.oneheart-bg.org/galleries/vidrare_program.php - Vidrare Photo Gallery

    This was one of the most interesting orphanages we have visited. Despite the fact that all of the children in this orphanage are disabled—many severely—and cannot care for themselves, there was still a feeling of family and hope. Vidrare is filled to capacity. Twenty-eight children are confined to beds and 30 individuals are over 18 years of age, but there are no other positive housing options for the older ones. During summer months, bedridden children are confined to rooms that are stifling in the summer heat. The only solution is to provide air conditioners at a cost of $1,000 for 3 or 4 units.

    The children are housed in an old, run-down building, which is not equipped for people with disabilities. This orphanage is constantly short on food and fuel, although they do run a greenhouse in an attempt to provide fresh fruits and vegetables for themselves during the summer. There is also a mini-farm with pigs and chickens that provides some food. Like many other orphanages for infants or children with special needs, diapering and waterproof mattress pads remain a huge problem, especially because these children are older. This home has one rehabilitation therapist, but needs to hire an additional physical therapist. They also seek to hire a logopedist (speech therapist.) Our Grandmother Nurturing Program is very desirable for this orphanage. ( http://www.oneheart-bg.org/programs.php#baba - See Grandmother Nurturing Program )

    These children desperately need another committed sponsor to help make positive changes in their living conditions.

    Sponsor this orphanage today! To set up a sponsorship schedule, contact our Sponsorship Director, Donna Dushku ( mailto:deborah@oneheart-bg.org - donna.dushku@oneheart-bg.org ).


    Vidrare Projects

    Rehabilitation therapist: Cost: $1,200/yr.

    To sponsor this orphanage, or to help out with a special project, contact our Sponsorship Director, Donna Dushku ( mailto:donna.dushku@oneheart-bg.org - donna.dushku@oneheart-bg.org ).

    Vidrare Gallery

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    Outside of Vidrare orphanage .
    Main building of Vidrare. This bldg. was renovated in 2007.
     
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    Some of the younger children.  
    Boy, 10 years.
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    Music teacher, Iskra, and children during performance.
     

    Iskra and Evgeni Dimitrov, the orphanage director, with residents of Vidrare. Thirty individuals are over 18 years. Ties, white shirts and suits were borrowed for the performance.

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    Bedrooms are very hot in the summer for bedridden children.   Twenty-eight children are bedridden
         
         
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    Bunk beds without upper safety railings. Very young children sleep in these bunks.
    Child enjoying a rare treat.
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    Activity room.   Staffing is insufficient to care for the needs of the children.
     
    Children with disabilities                      Children in physical therapy.
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    Worker exercising a child .   Young disabled child.
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    Barn for cows and pigs.
     
    Deborah Gardner takes a minute to visit the animals at Vidrare’s mini-farm.
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    Greenhouse on the right side of picture for growing fruits and vegetables    


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    Postato in data: 06 Ottobre 2009 alle 17:02

    Zelenikovo Orphanage
    VILLAGE ZELENIKOVO; municipality BREZOVO; province PLOVDIV; region YUZHEN TSENTRALEN; zip 4155; Area Code 03194; EKATTE 30750; altitude 322 m.; population in 2005 589
     
    Number of Children: 45
    Ages: 4-7 yrs.

    Full sponsorship: $1,400
     
    Special Projects Available
     
    Zelenikovo is located about 35 miles north/northeast ofOneHeart%20Bulgaria%20Zelenikovo%20Orphanage Plovdiv. It is a small village situated in the skirts of Sredna Gora Mountain.
     
    Zelenikovo Orphanage has an excellent relationship with One Heart Bulgaria because children from this orphanage received care from our dental team in September of 2007. Radka Gogova, the director, sent a very nice letter of gratitude for the dental treatments given to the children. Our field director is well acquainted with this facility and tells us that the director has asked for a sponsorship to provide for the children. He also tells us that most of the children are the sweetest and most well-mannered that he has seen.  There are currently 25 boys and 20 girls living here and only a few are slightly disabled. There is not a need for physical therapy.
    A sponsorship would provide for many of the needs of this orphanage such as vegetables, diapers, medicines, textbooks, toys & storybooks.  Zelenikovo also needs OHB representatives to provide nurturing through story time, play time and other assistance. Playground equipment, beds & bedding, and music programs are other needs.
    Zelenikovo Special Projects

    Kitchenware, including cooking pots, trays, etc:  Cost: $300

    Field Director Dr. Nikolai Gavozov hands out treats to the children.
    Professional stove/oven:  Cost:  $1,400

    Two professional washers and two professional dryers:  Cost: $5,500

    To sponsor this orphanage, or to help out with a special project, contact our Sponsorship Director, Donna Dushku ( mailto:donna.dushku@oneheart-bg.org - donna.dushku@oneheart-bg.org ).



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    Postato in data: 06 Ottobre 2009 alle 18:27
    BELOGRADCHIK and NOVO SELO (Vidin) Orphanages
     
    TOWN BELOGRADCHIK; municipality BELOGRADCHIK; province VIDIN; region SEVEROZAPADEN; zip 3900; Area Code 0936; EKATTE 03616; altitude 505 m.; population in 2005 5542
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    VILLAGE NOVO SELO; municipality NOVO SELO; province VIDIN; region SEVEROZAPADEN; zip 3784; Area Code 09316; EKATTE 52180; altitude 5 m.; population in 2005 1246
     
    Bulgarias Lost Orphanage

    Hidden up in the North West corner of Bulgaria is a place where Christmas festivity is unlikely to reach. The two Vidin Orphanages in the Vidin region house 60 abandoned and unwanted children in difficult conditions.

    Both orphanages are depressing looking buildings, cold and devoid of toys or just about any creature comforts. From the photos, you will notice a distinct absence of things we take for granted such as books, carpets, pencils and even paper. Food is limited and in winter temperatures are freezing - can you imagine living in conditions where outside it can drop to nearly -20C and there is inadequate central heating (no insulation and no money to pay for heating)?

    The first orphanage is located in Belogradchik (village outside Vidin) and houses new born babies to children of 7 years old. The second is located in Novo Selo village and is home to children from 7-18 years old.

    Despite their harsh living conditions, the children are very friendly and welcoming, rushing forward to greet visitors. It can be difficult to leave with a child clinging to your leg, instinctively seeking a parent. Desperate for normal family life.

    Whilst many of us can not offer a home to these children, we can do something to alleviate the difficult conditions in which they live by donating funds. To this end, Richard Roe from Danube Developments Ltd and Skipropertybg.com have joined to form a charity in Bulgaria, called Margaret Roe, after a woman who devoted much of her life to charitable causes. The funds trustee is solicitors are Brindley, Twist, Taft and James Ltd in Coventry, who will receive all donations and authorise payments.

    The local church in Vidin are also helping to co-ordinate things and will be there to oversee progress and correct allocation of donations. The Willi Betz offices in Vidin are also kindly offering free transport of goods and gifts to the orphanage from the UK. Therefore, if any school would like to arrange a scheme such as presents in a shoebox, then Willi Betz would no doubt be pleased to transport it directly to the school. Such a scheme would be greatly appreciated by the Vidin children as it is personal touch and isnt it great to receive real presents at Christmas, especially when it has rarely happened before?

    What we need to spend on

    1. A new set of clothes for each child. Currently, they only own the set they stand up in and with the freezing cold, conditions are difficult. While out on a visit to the orphanage, Richard Roe, met with a clothing factory owner in Sofia, Hady Sarwary, who is willing to locate and transport clothes at no profit for these children. The owner himself is as poor as a church mouse but is happy to do what he can. All we have to do is raise the funds required to clothe each child which amounts to 1700 Euros in total. This is for a full set of clothes, including shoes, for each child.

    2. After this, we would like to provide new mattresses to replace the dirty and worn ones there at present. If anyone has any such items or things like old soft furnishings (sofas, carpets), these would be gratefully received as Willi Betz are offering help with transport. You will see from the photos that the living or common room is simply a collection of hard chairs around an old television and a few old sofas that you may have otherwise thrown out would make a serious difference.

    3. Then brighten up the place with some decorating because as you can see, it is not particularly homely or welcoming. Local handymen can be used to organise this and with very low wages (Vidin is one of Bulgarias poorest places), this would not cost much. Only about 20 Euros a week would be enough.

    Also, well try and allocate a modest amount for Christmas and Birthday presents if we are able to raise enough.

    All donors will receive regular updates on progress and are very welcome to visit the orphanage in person. Unfortunately, visits have to be pre-arranged (via the local church) as the orphanage is protective of their children so that they do not fall prey to trafficking etc, which although sick, is a problem. It is also worth noting that when each child leaves the orphanage, they are well and truly on their own. There is no such thing as benefits or support from the state, as we are used to in the UK. It is no wonder that the majority are impoverished and can easily fall prey to the worst elements of society. The lucky ones manage to scrape by with odd jobs wherever they can get them but many turn to stealing and prostitution as the only means of getting by.

    While tragic, this description is worryingly true and this is why we would like to at least help some of these children. Firstly, to offer a more comfortable existence and secondly, if possible, look to a more long term solution whereby they can support themselves well into adult life, which is when it will count the most.

    Please help these orphans now and send what you can afford by filling in the form below and paying either by cheque or bank transfer. Details are below for payment:

    All payments are to be received by the solicitor firm Brindley, Twist, Tafft and James Ltd and they are happy to receive cheque payments made payable to: Brindley, Twist, Tafft and James and address is below:


    Brindley, Twist, Tafft and James
    Lowick Gate
    Siskin Drive
    Coventry
    CV3 4SJ


    Or, please feel free to do a bank transfer to:

    Account name: Brindley, Twist, Tafft and James
    Sort code: 60-02-35
    Account number: 00188298
    Bank: Natwest

    *For all payments, please quote the reference Margaret Roe- this is so that all payments can be identified.

    Finally, please feel to contact Brindley, Twist, Tafft and James should you have any queries with regards to payments on 024 7653 1532.

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    Postato da: kanzenobi
    Postato in data: 06 Ottobre 2009 alle 18:53
    VETREN Orphanage, Vetren
    TOWN VETREN; municipality SEPTEMVRI; province PAZARDZHIK; region YUZHEN TSENTRALEN; zip 4480; Area Code 03584; EKATTE 10820; altitude 411  
    РЕКЛАМА
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    m.; population in 2005 3562
     
    Vetren.... Che cos'è Vetren? E' un piccolo paese in Bulgaria, a sud-est di Sofia, la capitale, da cui dista poco più di un centinaio di chilometri. Si trova al centro di una delle regioni più povere del Paese.
    L'orfanotrofio di Vetren ospita attualmente 96 bambini dai 2 mesi a i 4 anni, accuditi amorevolmente dal personale a carico del Comune e dello Stato.
    Ciò che manca non è l'assistenza e nemmeno l'affetto della direttrice e degli addetti.
    Il problema è la carenza di strutture, di alimenti, medicine, pannolini…
    I servizi igienici, le cucine, le lavanderie, gli impianti sono in preda alla ruggine e versano in condizioni vicine all'abbandono.
    La struttura, abbastanza recente, è situata in un ampio parco in stato di forte degrado e di semiabbandono.
    Per Vetren si sta realizzando un grande progetto: dare una casa sana, stanze da gioco luminose, camerette confortevoli, un parco pulito e tanti giochi a 100 bambini che non hanno i genitori ma che sorridono e ci aspettano.
     
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    Postato da: iaco
    Postato in data: 07 Ottobre 2009 alle 08:06
    KAnz...oddio lo hai trovato...grazie.....mi vien da piangere...

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    Postato da: telma
    Postato in data: 07 Ottobre 2009 alle 21:10
    iaco qual'è l'istituto cui ti riferisci?


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    Postato da: telma
    Postato in data: 07 Ottobre 2009 alle 21:11
    kanz sei un gran mago del computer e non solo ...........

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    Postato da: kanzenobi
    Postato in data: 10 Ottobre 2009 alle 15:17
    RODOPSKI PANSION Orphanage, località da verificare (Plovdiv???) 
     
     
    "Rodopski pansion" is one of the biggest social establishments of that kind in Bulgaria, providing home and care for more than 140 young people at the ages of 7 to 16. They attend different high schools in the town.
    The socially disadvantaged background of most of the children is considered to be the reason for many problems, which they face in school, in their contacts with other people, in their everyday life. That's why the interaction with other young people from different countries while working, playing, learning together in the frame of an international volunteer project is essential for their socialization and adaptation.

     

      Volunteer activities

    Many of the residents of the social home spend their summer holidays with family, relatives or hosting families. However, around 30% of the residents don't have this chance and have to spend in the orphanage their entire summer break. The volunteers in the project will interact exactly with these 30 to 45 guys. The volunteers will be engaged with organizing variety of activities like: sports events, gardening, group games, thematic workshops, walks in the city of Plovdiv, visits to different sights and events, etc. for the children and the youngsters. Some maintenance and domestic works will be done together with the residents.

    Because of the lack of funds and the difficult economic situation of these social establishments in Bulgaria, the volunteers are invited to contribute with their creativity, enthusiasm and ideas. They have to know that this is not a touristic or leisure program in which they just have to join in with the orphans. The experience proves that even without expensive events, this can be an unforgettable and really rewarding time for the both sides - the volunteers and the youngsters.

     

      Aims of the project

    to establish intercultural social contact between the children and young people from different countries
    to improve the communication abilities of the children in informal environment
    support in organizing different cultural and sports events
    to offer opportunity for the children to learn, practical and living skills, and habits for self-dependant living
    providing informal atmosphere for foreign language practice for the children
    doing some work for maintaining the building, and the yard of the orphanage, which would help for forming right attitude of the children for keeping the property
    to promote charity and voluntary work through involving the young people from the orphanage in common activities

     


     
      Accommodation

    Accommodation is provided for the participants at the orphanage boarding house. Sleeping bags are not needed. Volunteers have their food prepared by the cooking staff.

    The nearest international airport to Plovdiv is Sofia Airport (SOF).

     

      Workcamp dates

     

    The social project in Plovdiv consists of four consecutive workcamps, each with a duration of two weeks. The workcamps will take place in the following dates:

     

    July 1 - July 14, 2007

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    July 15 - July 28, 2007

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    July 29 - August 11, 2007

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    August 12 - August 25, 2007

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      Who can apply

    This is a Canadian charity project of four workcamps in support of a teenage orphanage in Bulgaria. Volunteers from 18 to 35 from all over the world are welcome to join these camps. Few conditions, related to the country of residence of the applicants, apply, because of visa procedures, medical requirements, etc.
    NOTE: Participants from Canada and the US, the European Union, Switzerland, South Korea and Japan, Australia and New Zealand do not need visa for a stay of less than 30 days in Bulgaria. A valid passport is required.


     

    Impressions from former participants



    "Really good and lots of fun. A balanced program of activities and also allowing us to experience Plovdiv’s nightlife was an essential part of the experience. The workcamp has made me more aware of how important it is for volunteers to come and interact with the children. I have definitely become attached to this place and the children, and have been generally affected by what I have experienced."   (Katie Spong)

    "Overall I think the workcamp is very good. The main emphasis was on being with the children rather than doing maintenance at the orphanage.
    Everyone in the group was open-minded and easy going."
      (Nora Gregory)

    "It has been hard work, but very enjoyable working with the children and completing projects for them. I liked working with the children – teaching English, music lessons, going out on day trips. I felt that they really valued our presence here and enjoyed everything we did. Relations with them have been great. I have learnt a lot about myself and other people – how to deal with difficult situations and how enjoyable and satisfying it can be to work as a team for the sake of the children. This is a great opportunity to give something back (mostly time and attention) to children who have very little."   (Rachel Halstead)

    "It was very fun and active, everybody got along and made an effort. I liked being with the children – seeing them happy makes me happy. The workcamp learnt me to adapt to a new environment and to care for others."   (Sayha Sam)

    "At the beginning I was too shy with the children, but now I think it was a very good experience for me for several reasons. You feel yourself needed and you understand better the importance of parents."   (Tiphaine Cochennec)

    "One of the best holidays I ever had! I loved being with the kids. It’s amazing how friendly they are. I spent wonderful moments with the other volunteers as well. We got on well together. A lot of fun. It’s worth doing it!"   (Annie Daval)

    "I had a lot of fun and felt very welcome. The kids are lovely and I enjoyed meeting them and all the people here. I liked most playing and interacting with the children, taking them out and playing games at the orphanage. I had a wonderful two weeks and felt my time here was put to good use."   (Hollie Nixon)

    "The children were very nice and they made me learn a lot of things about relationships. Everybody was very good and ”bon vivants”. I liked to communicate with children without words but only with “loving”. I liked all the time spent with them. I want to come back to Bulgaria!
    It’s a “top experience” for making friends and discovering another country."
       (Marie Le Borgne)

    "A brilliant project in a beautiful, vibrant city! I would recommend it to everyone. I liked most having parties with the children in the evenings and spending time on the terrace with the other volunteers. I have absolutely loved bonding with children. Learning how to get on living with a group of strangers was important."   (Natalie Haynes)

    "I was worried about the relations with the children and teenagers but everything went very well, it’s amazing to see that they enjoy little things and simple games without asking for more."   (Hugo Trentesaux)

    "I spent two great weeks in Plovdiv and I had a lot of fun moments that I’ll remember forever. It was a great experience to work and play with these children. I liked very much playing with them soccer, dodgeball and actually all the games that we played in the backyard. I learnt a lot of things about the other side of life, that of the children in the orphanage. I think that I became a better person."  (Aurora Spartak)

    "I thought it would be more difficult to spend time with the children since we don’t even speak a word in Bulgarian but that wasn’t a problem at all, we didn’t need to use the same words to communicate. I liked playing with the children and teaching them break dance. I liked the talks we had with them even if we didn’t speak Bulgarian (strange but not impossible)."   (Abdellatif Benzakri)

     



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    Postato da: anpa
    Postato in data: 23 Ottobre 2009 alle 10:30
    peccato,non c'è l'orfanotrofio da cui proviene mio figlio,devo mandare delle co,sono passati tre anni e non trovo l'indirizzo(lesikovo) 


    Postato da: sammy
    Postato in data: 30 Ottobre 2009 alle 10:18
    buongiorno a tutti. sono una mamma adottiva di un bellissimo bambino colombiano di quasi 7 anni, ed ora sono in procinto di consegnare i documenti x la bulgaria con AiBi.
    Ho visto con intreresse la ricerca fatta sugli istituti e vorrei chiedere a voi se aibi opera in alcuni o in tutti gli istituti presenti.
    grazie
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    Postato da: vittdibi
    Postato in data: 15 Novembre 2009 alle 22:27
    kanz hai qualcosa di shumen?La nostra piccola viene da la.Grazie. Vittorio


    Postato da: iaco
    Postato in data: 16 Novembre 2009 alle 08:14
    vittoriooooooooooooo come stai?

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    Postato da: vittdibi
    Postato in data: 17 Novembre 2009 alle 22:37
    Ciao carissimo noi stiamo bene e voi?Che fate di bello?Come vedi sempre qui...nessuno ci allontana da ciò che ci suggerisce il cuore....Risentiamoci.Un grosso saluto a tutti


    Postato da: iaco
    Postato in data: 18 Novembre 2009 alle 08:07
    buongiorno.......ok ti chiamero'

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    Postato da: kanzenobi
    Postato in data: 16 Dicembre 2009 alle 12:18

    The repair of the orphanage home for children "Petko Slaveikov" started
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       The repair of the orphanage home for children "Petko Slaveikov" for which SAPI has been fundraising money started on the 28 of April. The fundraising campaign is going on and we need to fundraise 16 000 leva (7 000EUR) to pay for the builders. We are still looking for donators of the windows and doors for the Center. Today we started to collect all building materials donated by the companies. Thank you so much to all companies and private donors who are helping us. Thanks a lot! 



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    Postato da: kanzenobi
    Postato in data: 16 Dicembre 2009 alle 14:40
    LOM - ORFANOTROFIO
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    Postato da: kanzenobi
    Postato in data: 16 Dicembre 2009 alle 14:58
    GEORGI DAMYANOVO - ORFANOTROFIO
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    Postato da: kanzenobi
    Postato in data: 18 Dicembre 2009 alle 00:43
    GORNA KOZNITSA - ORFANOTROFIO
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    Postato da: kanzenobi
    Postato in data: 18 Dicembre 2009 alle 00:49
    MOGILINO - ORFANOTROFIO
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    Postato da: ANNA LUISA
    Postato in data: 18 Dicembre 2009 alle 09:30
    grazie kanz l istituto georgi è quello di emanuel e ho  riconosciuto lui in una foto,ti spiego io non conoscevo orfanatrofio ma solo il luogo e il nome perche il bimbo lo visto in estate è stava in colonia estiva quindi in un alto luogo . grazie mille


    Postato da: kanzenobi
    Postato in data: 30 Dicembre 2009 alle 01:18
    BOROVTSI - ORFANOTROFIO
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    Postato da: kanzenobi
    Postato in data: 30 Dicembre 2009 alle 01:26
    BERKOVITSA III - ORFANOTROFIO (viene chiamato anche BERK 3) 
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    Postato da: josephine
    Postato in data: 07 Gennaio 2010 alle 16:20
    Postato originariamente da anpa

    peccato,non c'è l'orfanotrofio da cui proviene mio figlio,devo mandare delle co,sono passati tre anni e non trovo l'indirizzo(lesikovo) 
     
    Ciao Anpa, anche mia figlia arriva da lesikovo, visto che il paesino è piccolo, penso che l'istituto sia lo stesso, appena riesco ti mando l'indirizzo che ho conservato, in quanto nel tempo sono riuscita a far avere loro dei pacchi da parte nostra.
     
    Se si riuscisse ad avere notizie anche di quell'istituto con delle foto e dei riferimenti attendibili dove mandare sovvenzioni, sarebbe veramente bello.....
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    Postato da: josephine
    Postato in data: 07 Gennaio 2010 alle 16:22
    Postato originariamente da anpa

    peccato,non c'è l'orfanotrofio da cui proviene mio figlio,devo mandare delle co,sono passati tre anni e non trovo l'indirizzo(lesikovo) 
     
     
    Ciao Anpa, anche mia figlia arriva da lesikovo, visto che il paesino è piccolo, penso che l'istituto sia lo stesso, appena riesco ti mando l'indirizzo che ho conservato, in quanto nel tempo sono riuscita a far avere loro dei pacchi da parte nostra.
     
    Se si riuscisse ad avere notizie anche di quell'istituto con delle foto e dei riferimenti attendibili dove mandare sovvenzioni, sarebbe veramente bello.....
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    Postato da: kanzenobi
    Postato in data: 12 Gennaio 2010 alle 15:48
    BERKOVITSA IV - ORFANOTROFIO  (viene chiamato anche BERK 4) 
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    Postato da: kanzenobi
    Postato in data: 12 Gennaio 2010 alle 16:15
    DREN - ORFANOTROFIO
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    Postato da: kanzenobi
    Postato in data: 12 Gennaio 2010 alle 16:49
    VIDIN - COMPRENSORIO
     
    Non ho trovato per ora nessun riscontro sui siti degli Enti, Italiani o stranieri, ma per la prima volta c'è un sito ufficiale bulgaro dell'Istituto, in lingua Bulgara e Inglese (ogni volta che cambiate pagina, si resetta e torna Bulgaro, trova EN in alto a sinistra).
     
    http://www.vidin.net/rdpluz/indexen.html - http://www.vidin.net/rdpluz/indexen.html
     
    Comprende comunque:
    -Istituto per bimbi e adolescenti con ritardi mentali di GOMOTARCI
    -Istituto per adulti con ritardi mentali di Kudelin
    -Comunità Casa famiglia di Vidin
    -Familiy center (non riesco a comprenderne il significato, forse è il programma di riabilitazione con i nonni per i più piccoli, esistente in Bulgaria?)
     
    VIDIN BABY HOME




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    Postato da: kanzenobi
    Postato in data: 12 Gennaio 2010 alle 17:11

    DOLNA BANJA GIRLS -  ORPHANAGE

    In June 2003, 14 members of the Smile Step Out team visited the Dolna Banja Girls' Orphanage, home to 36 girls aged 8-18 years. We continued the work we had begun the previous year in renovating, repairing and decorating this dilapidated building. In partnership with friends at Brandon Full Gospel church, Suffolk, the orphanage was transformed, with newly decorated bedrooms, lounge, new furniture, beds, carpet, bedding, new clothes for the girls and repairing of showers and toilets, which enhanced living conditions immensely.

    Dolna%20Banja%20Orphanage%20building,%20Bulgaria  Team%20and%20orphanage%20children%20on%20picnic,%20Dolna%20Banja,%20Bulgaria  Refurbished%20bedrooms,%20%20Dolna%20Banja,%20Bulgaria  Newly%20refurbished%20toilets,%20Dolna%20Banja,%20Bulgaria
    Main building in disrepair – Smile team and girls on a picnic – bedrooms painted and filled with new furniture – Refurbished toilets



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    Postato da: kanzenobi
    Postato in data: 12 Gennaio 2010 alle 17:12
     TRAN - ORPHANAGE

    In 2003 Clive visited Tran Orphanage in western Bulgaria, where the conditions can only be described as desperate. At that time we were able to  provide food, clothes and Christmas shoeboxes for the children.

    "Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress" James 1:27



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    Postato da: kanzenobi
    Postato in data: 20 Gennaio 2010 alle 11:23
    http://bulgariaorphanagesilistra.webs.com/ - Dimcho Debelianov Orphanage Bulgaria
    Dal sito ufficiale: http://bulgariaorphanagesilistra.webs.com/ - http://bulgariaorphanagesilistra.webs.com/
     
     
    http://bulgariaorphanagesilistra.webs.com/apps/photos/photo/next?photoid=44451643">
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    Sponsored By Berni And Dougie Leggett

    file:///C:%5CUsers%5CPC%5CAppData%5CLocal%5CTemp%5Cmsohtmlclip1%5C01%5Cclip_colorschememapping.xml -  

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    Hi, we are Douglas & Bernadette Leggett and we would like to tell you a little about our self.  We currently live in Peterborough in the UK. We are two ordinary people working to pay the bills and enjoying a holiday when we can.  We have been visiting Bulgaria holiday resorts now for a number of years.  We just love the country, the people and their traditions. and most of all, we feel very passionate about the children in the Orphanages.

    We started off bring a few extra clothing and giving them to various people, to give to the needy and the orphanages.  Then in 2005 we bought a small place in Silistra.  We had the place renovated and spent our holidays there.   We got to know our neighbours and the villagers and their families too.  We also got to know about the Dimcho Debelianov Orphanage. 

    We decided that we would bring what we could to the children our self.  Dougie built a huge trailer with the intention of filling it with goods for the children and driving over.  We had lots of help and collected goods from friends, family, work colleagues and Freecycle.  The results were wonderful. Before we knew it, we had boxes and  boxes to transport to Bulgaria.  The trailer was almost finished when due to sudden illness, all our plans had to be changed,  hence the trip was delayed for 7 months.

    We collected more than we could carry in a trailer, so we had to find another way of transporting the goods to Bulgaria therefore, I contacted a Bulgarian transport company and they agreed to transport for just under £2k we had no option but to pay for the transport of the goods our self, we had come this far and we simply could not let the children down now.

    So finally, the boxes were delivered to the children on 20 October 2008.  That was the most wonderful experience we ever had.  We were so happy, even through all the problems we encountered, the setbacks, Dougie’s ill health, extra costs etc, we achieved our goal.  It was just wonderful.  The children were delighted and our donations made them so happy.  We decided there and than, this is what we want to do, to help those who are less fortunate that our self.

    God Willing, our next venture is to send another lorry load out every September- we hope to get help with the products and the transport costs etc. We can so much to help the children, but naturally, we cannot do it alone this time, weneed youe help please. We are also aware of baby orphanages in the same town and we have collected boxes of goods for them to, as well as some products for the Hospital and the Home for the Elderly. All we need to do now is get the good out there.

    Thank you for your help, without you, we cannot do this.


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    Postato da: vittdibi
    Postato in data: 24 Luglio 2010 alle 00:40
    Se a qualcuno può interessare noi siamo stati a lesikovo nel 2007 ed abbiamo foto dei bambini e della struttura. Se vi interessano fatevi vivi.
    Ciao Vittorio


    Postato da: CarmyEJoe
    Postato in data: 30 Settembre 2010 alle 11:34
    @kanzenobi: ho trovato il sito dell'istituto dove sono i nostri tre cuccioli:

    CASA MEDICO SOCIALE DEI BAMBINI di  Debelets.

    Decidi tu come aggiungerlo:
     
    http://translate.google.it/translate?js=n&prev=_t&hl=it&ie=UTF-8&layout=2&eotf=1&sl=bg&tl=it&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.dmsgd-debelets.org%2F&act=url - http://translate.google.it/translate?js=n&prev=_t&hl=it&ie=UTF-8&layout=2&eotf=1&sl=bg&tl=it&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.dmsgd-debelets.org%2F&act=url




    Postato da: josephine
    Postato in data: 30 Settembre 2010 alle 13:15
    Ciao Vittdibi, io nel 2007 ho fatto pochissime foto all'istituto in quanto siamo stati sempre fuori anche con la bambina, se potessi mandarmene qualcuna te ne sarei grata, in modo da poterle aggiungere all'album dei ricordi.
     
    Grazie mille in anticipo!


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    Postato da: nura
    Postato in data: 03 Ottobre 2010 alle 08:25
    grazie Amico kanz,ho rivisto l'orfanotrofio dove erano  Marian e Rossen.............che emozione!!!!
    GRAZIE.
    Nura


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    Postato da: nura
    Postato in data: 03 Ottobre 2010 alle 08:34

    ............................in una fotografia  c'e una educatrice di Rossen ,....nel 2006, nel nostro viaggio di "ricostruzione di un passato" l'abbiamo rivista ....che emozione!!!



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    Postato da: scricciolo
    Postato in data: 10 Ottobre 2010 alle 18:09
    Ciao a tutti, io e mio marito siamo iscritti nel registro della Bulgaria da agosto 2009 e quindi da allora in attesa di abbinamento per un bambino in età scolare, considerata l'età di mio marito 53 e la mia 45. Io non lavoro e in questa attesa che vada o no a buon fine......vorrei sapere se possibile, se ci fosse la possibilità di fare del volontariato in uno degli orfanotrofi della Bulgaria. Se possibile mi farebbe molto piacere poter contattare un associazione e dare un po del mio tempo e amore a questi bambini. Grazie.


    Postato da: indd3
    Postato in data: 27 Ottobre 2010 alle 18:57

    CHE EMOZIONE!,rivedere il luogo dove era la mia piccola e alla quale non ho fatto neanche una foto!anche la mia cucciola  era a debeletz come i cuccioli di carmenjoy credo di aerlo detto gia' in passato,ma visto che sono stata la, prima di voi sarei felice di sapere se quei cuccioli che sono stampati nei miei ricordi hanno trovato una famiglia.se trovate qualcosa in piu' aggiungetelo,perche' quello che si prova a guardalo non si puo' descrivere e sarebbe bello vedere di piu'




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