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.
Sep 12, 2016

A Friday circus

Dear friends,

We would like to share with you a joyful occasion!

Recently, the process of teaching social skills to our youth was marked by a new and exciting activity in the form of a beloved childhood attraction - the circus! The focus once again was on underprivileged children and young people developping their communication and other social skills in a different from their everyday setting, in the presence and with the help of our volunteers.

It was one late afternoon in July when our joint experience took place. Our group of children, young people and volunteers gathered eagerly round the manege of circus “Ivanov” in Mladost residential quarter in Sofia. What unfolded before our eyes, in the unanimous opinion, was spectacular and surpassed most of our expectations. It is not every day that you see Batman, Superman, Spiderman and other “Marvel” characters dance ratchenitsa (a traditional Bulgarian dance) under the expert instructions of a native Balkan character such as the nutorious Bay Ganyo, put into life by the brilliant Bulgarian author Aleko Konstantinov in his writing.

Apart from classical circus acts with dogs, cats, ponies, ostriches and snakes, we also saw many animals you don’t expect to see in our latitudes and that do not fit into our notion of circus artist – an African porcupine, a kangaroo and a bison. Moreover, I think that not many people can talk big about having caressed a python or a skunk. Of course, we didn’t miss the opportunity to take some pictures of us in front of the party-coloured circus wagon. It was a truely memorable and vivid expereience, through which we created a new setting for the young people to discover!

Thank you for making this possible!

Jun 13, 2016

How airplanes fly?

Dear friends,

the summer is about to begin, but we have even more exciting news! Do you remember the youths from Kostenets who study engeneering and we took to an engineering fair? They were so happy with that trip, that we took them to a second one. This time we visited Sofia airport and Lufthansa Technik airplane repair center. We could see where and how airplanes are being repaired, have a close view of an engine and other airplane parts, see the cockpit from the inside. The youths could ask the workers there many questions and see how important the job of the techniks is. Some of the youths were very imperssed as they had never seen an airplane before! Afterwards we went for a sightseeing trip around Sofia and lunch.

We continue our work with the youths from Gorna Malina as well. Last time we practised for a job interview. Also, we believe that skills are most easily acquired on the spot and that's why we started a traineeship program with a restaurant where the youths receive training and then, if they like it, their first real job! We already have three girls working there! 

 Another great thing we're planning now is the participation of two of our youths in an international exchange in Spain! There they will meet other young people from all around Europe, practice their English language skills and talk how to prevent racism. We strongly believe that similar experiences are eye-opening for young people!

Thank you for making all this possible! We also kindly remind for the GlobalGiving bonus day on June 15th beginning at 9:00 at EDT when your donations helping youth will be matched!

Best,

Gergana

Jun 13, 2016

Are we superheroes?

Dear freinds,

here comes the time to share with you all that has happened during the last few weeks! 

Our mentorship program is gaining more and more momentum since the last training for new mentors. Also, we have several big success stories to share. The two girls who were studying for their final exams at high school passed their exams and are very happy! They also looked gorgeous at their prom! Fingers crossed for their university entry exams! 

During our monthly meeting the mentors share news about their youths - one of them urgently needs to find a room, another has just passed her driving theory test, several want to change their jobs - there's a lot for our mentors to do. We even joked that we're superheroes! Our latest success story is of a girl whose mentor helped her write a motivation letter for a youth exchange in Finland. There she met a handsome boy, they fell in love and now she's planning to move to Finland with him! For this reason she's now studiing English with her mentor as she also wants to start university in English language there. Isn't love a great feeling?

During the last meeting one of the mentors shared that "This young boy is so pro-active! I was thinking to suggest that he should start doing some kind of sport. When we met he told me had already subscibed to a sports club! I'm so impressed!". 

Thank you for making all this possible! We also kindly remind you for the GlobalGiving bonus day on June 15th beginning at 9:00 at EDT when your donations helping youth will be matched!

 

Best,

Gergana

 
   

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