Help the forgotten children of Bulgaria
Help the forgotten children of Bulgaria

Was einen Menschen ausmacht ist nicht, was er erreicht, sondern was er versucht!

The Organisation

was founded in 1997 by journalists, educators and engineers, to improve the drastic situation in Bulgarian children's homes.

The Foundation

The former Soviet states are linked by international relief organisations, non-profit organisations, religious aid groups and diverse foundations which are committed to educating those which trail behind. In each southeastern European country, with the exception of Serbia, there are, meanwhile, more/many aid organisations present. However, Bulgaria surfaces in the international media in passing, at best. It seems to scarcely exist for Europe’s general populace anymore.

The Situation

Unemployment in Bulgaria stands officially at 18 percent, but real unemployment is over 35 percent. The official minimum wage is 79 EUR per month, and pensions for 44 years of service amount to roughly 62 EUR. The cost of heating a two-room apartment is 60 Euro per month, and electricity is 15 Euro per month. A salami costs DM 20, and a kilogram of pork is 10 EUR. Sixty five percent of the population lives in poverty. The suicide rate, particularly amongpensioners, is extremely high.

The Services

especially for children, the weakest segments of society, have been devastated. The children in many orphanages and homes don't have enough to eat. The structures of many of the homes are disintegrating. In some homes, the children must be herded together because parts of the building are in danger of collapsing. The hygienic conditions are catastrophic. Buildings cannot be maintained properly because of a lack of funds.

The Goal

of these organisations is the renovation and reconstruction of children's homes in Bulgaria, and the introduction of training programmes which will give the homes the possibility to raise their own financial resources. In co-operation with international organisations, the Bulgarian educators working in these homes are offered further training. In acute emergencies, the Organisation will endeavour to provide the homes with medical aid and services through a European nurse or childcare worker from the EU.