We present to you the results of one of the small projects under the Active Citizens Fund Bulgaria. A local non-governmental organization, a municipality and a local media are partners in the project and together they are going through the difficulties, including the restrictions during the Covid pandemic in 2021.
children and youth
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.
A 2018 survey of public attitudes towards hate speech by the Open Society Institute – Sofia identified a problem: the group of teachers is among the two communities that find it most difficult to...
“When we empower, educate, inform and involve the vulnerable, we show interest in their needs, empower them to see the problems for themselves and seek their solutions.”
The project “One approach – many solutions. Model for Integrated Development (MID) in Samokov” aims to provide opportunities to support the successful realization and social adaptation of the residents of the Roma neighborhood in the town. It envisages the implementation of a model for integrated development (MID) of the individual and the community, which is based on the life cycle of the person and the tasks he must solve at every stage of life: from early childhood to adulthood, developed by the Health and Social Development” Foundation (HESED).
It is planned to establish two hubs for functionally related social and educational services in support of children from vulnerable groups and their families in the municipalities of Maglizh and Nikolaevo for children 0-6 years and their parents.
Project: “Integrated approaches for inclusion and empowerment of the Roma ethnos in Montana and Boychinovtsi”
The project targets at one of the largest and marginalized Roma communities in Northwestern Bulgaria, in Montana Municipality and Boychinovtsi Municipality, approximately 8,500 people. The main goal is to improve the life of this community by significantly improving access to health, social and educational services, contributing to a lasting change in the attitudes towards Roma in Montana, working to overcome segregation and creating sustainable models for Roma inclusion in local community management.
Project: “Provision of integrated services for early childhood development in the municipality of Tvarditsa”
The project envisages the establishment of a complex of functionally related services (hubs) in three socially isolated communities on the territory of Tvarditsa town, Shivachevo town and Sborishte village. The activities of the hubs will reflect the needs of the local communities and will offer services in the fields of education, health and social activities. The target group of the complex will be children aged 0 to 6 who do not attend kindergarten or nursery and live in isolated, poor areas with a concentration of problems posing a risk of poverty and social exclusion, as well as their parents.
Kyustendil Municipality plans to expand the counseling services for children and their families at the Day Care Center for Children with Disabilities. The expansion of the Center’s activities will provide a complex of functional services contributing to improving the quality of life, social inclusion and early childhood development of children from vulnerable groups, including Roma communities, to ensure their equal inclusion in the formal education system.
The project aims to provide support to over 300 children and families from vulnerable groups living in three districts of Sofia Municipality, with a concentration of Roma population, residential area Filipovtsi in Lyulin district, Fakulteta district in Krasna Polyana district and Hr. Botev in Slatina district, to improve access to health care, formation of parenting skills, improve the family environment, increase school preparedness and inclusion in the education system.