Active Citizens Fund Bulgaria

Effects of the introduction of a definition of energy poverty and related social protection mechanisms on representatives of vulnerable groups with an emphasis on the Roma

What needs to be done to reduce energy poverty? What should a good (well-functioning) definition of energy poverty include in order to have a maximally beneficial societal effect? Does what we know about the definition to be adopted meet the criteria for a well-functioning definition of energy poverty? Are there groups of vulnerable energy users who may remain outside the scope of the definition of energy poverty and, accordingly, of energy poverty countermeasures?

Project: “Looking forward”

In March 2022, the Active Citizens Fund Bulgaria announced an extraordinary call for proposals under the Small Initiatives Scheme for projects in response to the challenges of the war in Ukraine. One of the...

Project: “What we can achieve together”

“Each of the stories we present are real, Bulgarian and need support.” So are the stories about the people and organizations working for the benefit of the Roma community. That’s why we also present...

FILM: Stronger Than Words – 5 filmmakers take a stand against hate speech, in 5 films without words

“Stronger Than Words” is a video omnibus dedicated to overcoming stereotypes towards different vulnerable groups in Bulgaria. For making it happen, the NGO Fine Acts worked with five Bulgarian filmmakers on five short films addressing hate speech that are thematically and stylistically unified – they are “told” without words.

PAPER: Key findings from the discussions on “Building and sustaining trust in vaccines and vaccination in Roma communities”

Despite the large amount of ideas presented for possible actions to increase vaccination against Covid-19, the overall model for action that emerged from the aggregate suggestions of the participants cannot solve the vaccination problem, but it does provide guidance: 1) which are the problem areas; 2) for which activities there is no appropriate initiator and therefore, although theoretically necessary, they cannot be implemented or it is currently unknown how they can be initiated; 3) for which activities recommendations have been made to specific actors, but they have shown no willingness or initiative to implement them and it is currently unknown who can prompt them to do so.

Project “Mentoring for inclusion”

The educational boarding school “Hristo Botev” is the only specialized educational institution for girls in the country, accommodated under the Law on antisocial behaviour of minors. Both the teachers and educators there are trying to overcome the social stigma on the girls who are housed there.

FILM: Cosmic Love

Next to the invisible people stands an artist painting “gypsy visions” in the noise. Between the poet and the woman, between the society and the family, between Bulgaria and the world, in search of the divine and of oneself, where is Sally Ibrahim? Conductor of a “cosmic love”. What is the song of her life?