Step for Bulgaria Foundation

Step for Bulgaria is a non-profit organization which aims to support the development of Bulgaria's socially and economically disadvantaged youth, with a focus on children living without parental care. We do this by engaging young people in alternative education and professional orientation activities to develop their life knowledge, practical life and career skills, and personal strengths.
Apr 4, 2016

New volunteers' group!

Dear friends,

I'm  very happy to share with you great news - during the last month we launched a campaign for hiring new mentors! It was a great success and seems like more and more people are willing to volunteer and help youth. We held many interview with candidates and selected a group of 20 enthusiasts who meet our criteria and will support our youth as mentors. The campaign was part of a local volunteer platform and was so interesting and valuable for the volunteers that the training even received some support from the platform.

I'm actually just caming back from their first training. Trust me, these people are great! During two days we discussed how to work with youths who have no parents, how to be good mentors, how to listen and communicate effectively, how to react in different situations. They were full of ideas and good questions! 

Now they are eager to start meeting young people in need and support them in their career seeking, homework doing and responsability taking. Let's wish them good luck! Thanks to your help we managed to give them some extra reading materials, books about unpriviledged youth and, of couse, certificates showing that they are now able to support youth without parents in an adecuate way!

Thank you for trusting in our cause and helping make this possible!

Best regards,

Gergana Kicheva

Feb 10, 2016

We have been selected for Project of the Month

Dear friends,

We have great news to share with you! Our project Teach life skills to children without parents has been selected for GlobalGiving’s Project of the Month. Our team was delighted to hear the good news! This means that this February GlobalGiving's Project of the Month Club members will be supporting this project. The project you have been supporting throughout the years! The project in which you’re part of the team! You can see it here: https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/project-of-the-month-club/updates/

We already have plans how to expand our activities so that we can also include youths from smaller towns in Bulgaria. We plan to take 10 young people from a school in Kostenets, Bulgaria to a technical education fair in Sofia. Also, we can include 5-10 more youths from a close village where they lack opportunities for personal development.

We also want to tell you about the last event we organized for our youths – another Boarding games session! The first week of February was mid-term holiday in Bulgaria and schools were closed. So, we arranged for the youths to spend some quality time playing and learning about goal setting, effective communication, team play (and geography). They enjoyed this session a lot and we were pleased to see that they have team spirit:)

Thank you for all your help! When we see that other people believe in our cause we know that our efforts are worth it! 

Best regards,

Gergana Kicheva

Project manager

Jan 4, 2016

Exciting pre- and Christmas events!

Happy New Year, dear friends!

Hope it brings you lots of health and happiness! Thank you for all you have done for our cause throughout 2015!

Here’s a brief report on what we did in the last two months thanks to your help. First of all, we went to the theatre together with youths and mentors again. We chose a popular comedy so everybody would enjoy the evening and be eager to visit the theatre again! And everybody did! The whole point was not only to show the youths a different way of spending their free time, but also to allow mentors and youths to share an evening in a different environment and find new topics to discuss. Most youths even asked if we’ll be going again soon.

There was another great event in December: our big Christmas party!!! We gathered two weeks before Christmas in a small bar for an afternoon party. Thanks to your help there was awesome food for the youths and we bought small presents for them. Of course, there were some games and the winners (well, everybody was a winner!) received the presents. There were scarfs, cosmetics for girls, Christmas decorations, chocolates. There was plenty of dancing, as well. Turned out that some of the mentors and the youths are natural talents! We danced traditional Bulgarian dances and many others.

Now we look forward to the activities coming in 2016! Thanks for making this possible!

Have a lovely year!

 Best regards,

Gergana Kicheva

 
   

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