The Vulnerability Fund was created to provide emergency assistance to refugees and asylum seekers. Every day in our organization come people with difficult lives, facing insoluble problems of different nature. Escaping the war, very often in the refugee stream, traversed by a long, fraught and difficult road, there are women in advanced pregnancy. Very often, in our organization, such women come to seek humanitarian assistance for their future children and for themselves. It turns out that they have never been monitored by a doctor during pregnancy. Traveling through several countries, with only their clothes on their backs, some of these women develop severe chronic illnesses and need continuous treatment, genetic or other specific research and therapies.
For people who have been granted refugee or humanitarian status and have chosen to live in Bulgaria, starting a new life from scratch is very difficult. Often, these families are in a situation of inability to provide normal living conditions, even if one parent is working. Sometimes, because of the language barrier, no one in the family happens to be out of work. Covering rents, overheads, running costs, medical expenses, and childcare expenses are an overwhelming task for many of the families we work with. As a result, families with young children find it very difficult to keep their children healthy and at rest in unusual conditions. In addition to health problems, there is often a lack of resources to ensure that children in the family are provided with good and normal nutrition.
Funds received under the Vulnerability Fund will, as a priority, be spent to:
- unaccompanied minors;
- pregnant women;
- persons with health problems, chronic diseases, disabilities;
- separated, widowed or parents with many children.