All change- but what about the kids?

Trip Start Dec 05, 2011
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Trip End Dec 20, 2011


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Flag of Bulgaria  , Sofiya,
Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Today the team headed north east to familiar territort around the town of Botevgrad where we visited three orphanages and the House of Joshua, the first Trussell Trust funded project in our House of Opportunity Programme.

Vidrare is home to 90 severely disabled kids and as usual we left the boxes to be distributed by staff at the Christmas celebration- which we always seem to just miss! one day we'll get the timing right. Vidrare is earmarked for closure in 2013 and we had a lonfg discsusion with the director about the affects of the change that is coming on the children and staff there. mant children will be moved to small group homes in the cities, mostly Botevgrad and Sofia. many staff will lose their jobs. 70 jobs depend on the orphanage- the state care system is tremendously expensive to run both in terms of money and the huge damage done to so many kids over the years (230+ children have died in Bulgarian orphanages in the last 10 years, most simply from neglect). The buzz word now is "de-institutionalisation" which simply means orphanage closures and a shift to an adoption/foster care system. How the authorities plan to reduce child abandonment rates is not known but it seems that it is hoped that by having nowehere for kids to go families will have to keep them at home...

Vidrare is a fairly happy place. The director is a dynamic person who has attracted a lot of outside support for the orphanage and looking around it is clear to see that for many of the children here this is home and the coming change will not be easy for them to cope with.

Due to a slight mix up we arrived at Razliv orphanage 20 boxes short so we'll return tomorrow.

"Hope" Orphanage, as ever, was great and we'll let the pictures and video do the talking.

Our Christmas celebration at the House of Joshua in Skravena was a lot of fun and it was great to join Pepe (house manager),Veneta (house parent) and current residents Sasho, Ivanka, Marian and Niki, along with former residents Tsetsi and Iva for a meal. Tsetsi told us that he is enjoying his studies at Sofia University and that he continues with his job too. In 2008 Tsetsi was dragged from the orphanage where he grew by the police, he just had nowhere to go, and faced a life on the streets. Now he is a young man with a future and wants to help us help others as he recognises just how much the House of Opportunity has done for him and knows just what can be done for kids in his situation.

Tomorrow we head north in two teams to cover several distributions. At least that's the plan...
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keep up the good work guys

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