Give Work to 15 Men with Intellectual Disabilities

 
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New model of Christmas toy
New model of Christmas toy

Our 15 men had a little break during the hot summer season and meanwhile NAVA's volunteers made a campaign to collect corn husks as much as they can. We managed to collect about 3 big sacks of corn husks and dried them carefully in order to be ready for use. 

Margarita, who makes beautiful dolls from corn husk, created some new models for our next season in the workshop. We decide to create Christmas toys and to promote them in www.madeforcause.com. This platform is one of NAVA's newborns and its main idea is to give opportunities for such groups to make sustainable profit through online sales. We believe that this way provides also easier access for Bulgarian community to support social initiatives through buying products made for a cause. 

So, our new season just begins and we are so excited to make new products!

Corn husks now are used for making flowers as a decoration to summer hats and other accessories. Our 15 men are happy to assist in preparation.

NAVA also provided training for the team in St. Vratch – for the manager, psychologists, social workers and physiotherapists. The topic was related to positive change in teamwork. During a weekend the group had to discuss the challenges in their work and how to improve working environment for better results after almost an year running the project together. They also played a game for trust and participated in other learning-by-doing activities in order to become a better team.

We are still preparing flowers from corn husks and soon we will have ready-to-show-off hats and other summer accessories for sale.

NAVA is going to establish soon an online-platform which will provide a space to sale products made with a cause. That will give us an opportunity for better market and customer access as well as sustainable financing for current and future projects. 

Our volunteers
Our volunteers
work could be also fun :)
work could be also fun :)
Team building training
Team building training
small groups activities
small groups activities
Martenitsa
Martenitsa

Springtime tend to be very busy for our 15 men. We created products for Bulgarian traditional holiday – Baba Marta /celebrated on March 1st /. We made beautiful martenitsa – made from white and red threads and corn husks.

After that we started to prepare products for Easter – small cute and fancy baskets and garlands. The funniest part was egg painting – men were very excited to combine different colors and materials with special technique – decoupage, and also to color eggs with marble paint – and the effect was just great. NAVA`s volunteers were an integral part of all activities and helped men in making the products.

We prepared presents for Easter - baskets with painted eggs it them and garlands also arranged with eggs. They were met with great interest and we sold them all to companies` and institutions` servants in Plovdiv and Sofia.

Our next idea is to make attractive products for summer but that will be a surprise. Stay tuned for more information soon! 

In action...
In action...
In action 2
In action 2
The result
The result

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Behind the scenes
Behind the scenes

More than 3 months our 15 men with intellectual disabilities make variety of products from corn husks. All this would not be possible without the support of you – our donors all over the world. The therapy workshops help these 15 men to increase their craft skills and to communicate more intensively through workshop activities and common chats with volunteers.  

We created products of Christmas theme in order to sell them on different charity bazaars. Some of them, especially the picture-like panels were welcomed and well received by people. Currently we prepare products for another big holiday in Bulgaria – Easter. We will make little baskets and egg holders, as well as greeting cards and wreaths. Of course, work doesn’t go fast because we want to involve men in every step of the craft-making process – that’s the idea!

We were invited to participate in Institution’s Christmas party. Our volunteers were dressed as Santa, Snow White and dwarfs. They prepared appropriate games and gave presents to all participants. The party was full of joy, hugs and smiles and many pictures with Santa and his helpers.

We would like to thank again to our supporters and donors for their help. Stay tuned for more news about our 15 adorable skilled men! 

Our products
Our products
Our products
Our products
our products - toys for Christmas tree
our products - toys for Christmas tree
Santa always makes people happy
Santa always makes people happy
And so do Snow White
And so do Snow White

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8 volunteers from National Alliance for Volunteer Action took part in the first therapy workshop last Saturday in St. Vrach -Home for Adults with Intellectual Disabilities in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. Our 15 men were very happy to see young people who wanted to play and create in the same time beautiful crafts from corn husks. There were moments when you couldn’t say who was more excited to make corn crafts – men or youngsters.

The workshop continued more than two hours and everybody made bracelets and flowers. Who said it was easy? But it was certainly fun! These 15 men were greeting everyone and wanted to hug and touch the volunteers. The atmosphere was so friendly and many crafts were made for that short time.

The teacher Margarita suggested making items related to Christmas theme – like stars, flowers, Christmas tree toys, wreaths and gift cards. So, the Christmas spirit is already in Bulgaria!

Most of our young volunteers are experienced in work with intellectual disabilities individuals in the past but with children. They realized that these 15 men are also like kids, just possessing older bodies. 

Margarita Momchilova is well-known as one of the experts in making dolls from corn husks and they are part of UNESCO non-material cultural heritage. So, we’ve got one real professional working with us.

The workshops happen every Saturday and end with small treat as encouragement for our common well-done job. 

We would like to thank again to our supporters and donors for their help. Stay tuned for more news about our 15 adorable skilled men!

Very soon – video from our workshop!

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Apryl Gibson

Plovdiv, Bulgaria

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