The project aims to create sustainable mechanisms for improving the condition and opportunities of people living in marginalized Roma communities through effective integrated approaches, increasing access of Roma and other vulnerable groups to better services in the following sectors: social assistance, education, employment and health.
“My job will always require sacrifices. You could see the suffering in people’s eyes, the pleas for help in order to return home recovered.”
Emanuil Atanasov is from the town of Sredets, Burgas region, a student in the “Medical Assistant” degree program at the Thracian University – Stara Zagora. He is a scholarship holder in the program for Roma students enrolled in medical studies of the Active Citizens Fund Bulgaria, managed by the Trust for Social Achievement. In parallel with the adaptation to online education during the pandemic, in the first year of his studies, Emanuil joined the ranks of his fellow medical professionals in order to be useful in times that are difficult for our healthcare system
There’s nothing like seeing young people pursue a dream. Georgi Georgiev, from Lom in Bulgaria, is one these young talents who succeed in pursuing their own goals – his dream took him to med school. He is currently pursuing his dream degree at Medical university- Varna.
Project: “Strengthening the network of active local Roma groups for the empowerment of Roma communities in North Western Bulgaria”
The project addresses the issues related to the exclusion of the Roma from social life and the development of integration policies, including lack of faith among the Roma neighbourhoods that it is also up to them to make a difference.
Scholars join forces to keep their communities healthy and informed on the brink of another COVID wave
In the summer of 2021 the small projects of medical students gained momentum with a number of initiatives to disseminate information and guidance on the still prevailing coronavirus and the methods to prevent infection, including information events on the COVID-19 vaccination campaign.
“[…] their work is an inspiring example of the development of a future generation of health professionals who have the power to be role models and activists. Such volunteers who are also able to cure some of the problems in society.”
Scholar and mentor share their stories – about the desire to help and the calling that is to be a medical professional
We asked our scholar Metodi Metodiev and his mentor Dr. Diana Assenova a few questions in order to learn more about them. Their stories help us understand the significance of young Roma who are committed to the mission of studying and working hard in order to contribute to society by taking care of others.
The objective of the project is to provide mentoring support to Roma students pursuing a degree in medical specialties and supported within the scholarship component of the Active Citizens Fund Bulgaria.
The aim of the scholarship program is to form a community of health professionals motivated and prepared to contribute to solving health problems in the Roma community and with the potential to become meaningful role models for Roma youth.
The project responds to the necessity identified in Vratsa Municipality to ensure that the needs of young people and community, including the members of the vulnerable groups, are met.