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Mar 15, 2011

Life-Skills program March Update

Dear Friends,

We are halfway through our full year program with the Summer Academy approaching fast. We just completed our Human Rights and Discrimination module. We were supported by 15 volunteers who were trained by the Helsinki Committee in Bulgaria. We were fortunate enough to reach out to over 70 children in 6 cities. In each orphanage we discussed the universal human rights, why it is important to know them, how to identify and handle discrimination and also the responsibilities each of us has in society. The participating students from all orphanages come together in two final events on March 12th and 27th where they’ll debate the importance of human rights and discrimination. The children responded beautifully to the discussions and we all feel that this module helped raise awareness and made them more self confident.

After the wrap-up of the Human Rights and Discrimination module we will move to the Economic module. It is a program which prepares our students with the professional skills they will need to get jobs. We will discuss topics such as time management, communication, teamwork and personal budgeting. These are all very basic skills that they are not taught in their orphanages.

We are looking into our Summer Academy and what we want to achieve with it. We’ve noticed that there is a gap between their on-the-job and the classroom experience. This is why we will move from an academic to a more practical approach in this edition of the program. We would like to work with our most active and devoted students and place them in internships with real businesses of their choice. Along with this, we will enroll them in vocational training in order to help them get the job they want after leaving the orphanage. Of course we will continue to provide English and leadership training in order to enhance their professional skills.

 

Thank you all for you support. We are looking forward to hearing your comments or proposals. Please do not hesitate to contact us.

Mar 15, 2011

Latest work in preparation for this summer

Dear Friends,

We are halfway through our full year program with the Summer Academy approaching fast. We just completed our Human Rights and Discrimination module. We were supported by 15 volunteers who were trained by the Helsinki Committee in Bulgaria. We were fortunate enough to reach out to over 70 children in 6 cities. In each orphanage we discussed the universal human rights, why it is important to know them, how to identify and handle discrimination and also the responsibilities each of us has in society. The participating students from all orphanages come together in two final events on March 12th and 27th where they’ll debate the importance of human rights and discrimination. The children responded beautifully to the discussions and we all feel that this module helped raise awareness and made them more self confident.

After the wrap-up of the Human Rights and Discrimination module we will move to the Economic module. It is a program which prepares our students with the professional skills they will need to get jobs. We will discuss topics such as time management, communication, teamwork and personal budgeting. These are all very basic skills that they are not taught in their orphanages.

We are looking into our Summer Academy and what we want to achieve with it. We’ve noticed that there is a gap between their on-the-job and the classroom experience. This is why we will move from an academic to a more practical approach in this edition of the program. We would like to work with our most active and devoted students and place them in internships with real businesses of their choice. Along with this, we will enroll them in vocational training in order to help them get the job they want after leaving the orphanage. Of course we will continue to provide English and leadership training in order to enhance their professional skills.

 

Thank you all for you support. We are looking forward to hearing your comments or proposals. Please do not hesitate to contact us.

Jan 24, 2011

January 2011 update

Dear Friends,

As we’re still far from the summer, there is not that much yet to report on our plans for the upcoming Summer Academy for Bulgarian teenagers living in social care institutions. What we can report on is how our full-year educational program is going – a program through which we train underprivileged youth in life skills and prepare them for adult, independent life. Thanks to the participation in that program, some of our students will be selected – based on their attendance and responsible participation in activities throughout the year – to participate in the upcoming summer academy.

So far, we’ve completed the first module of our full-year educational program. That involves training the psychological awareness, introspective capacity and emotional intelligence of our students. Most of them rarely get listened to and taught what it means to be responsible, understanding, empathic, communicative and appreciated by others. We’ve been working to build their self-confidence and assertiveness as well as their ability to interact with others in a mature, constructive way. The next module in this program is dedicated to learning what human rights are, what they mean, what they imply for each of us as well as how to defend one’s rights and dignity.

While working on the full-year life skills program, we have also been thinking about the structure and content of this year’s Summer Academy. We’ll soon be in touch with more details about that. We are planning to have a much more real-life oriented “curriculum” – one of the ideas is to bring the group of students (the most dedicated participants in our full-year program) to a real business (be it a hotel, a restaurant, a farm, or another service-based business) and have them participate in various activities their for a week. Before that, they would have some training in basic tasks needed to be able to perform job responsibilities at that business. The goal is to demonstrate to the kids what it takes to be an independent professional, what tasks entail everyday work, as well as what qualities and attitudes one must have to be successful in that. We hope to help our students to realize how key responsibility, accountability and trust are in regular professional relationships – today we see our students often lack these qualities as no one ever expected of them to demonstrate such behavior. We will continue providing English and leadership training to supply our students with additional professional skills.

Thank you all for your generous support! Please don’t hesitate to write back with any ideas, suggestions and questions – this can hugely help our work!

 
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