Hello, once again dear Baba-supporter! <3
Thank you, thank you, thank you for your unconditional support to help us continue do what we do!
Has you life been slowly starting to set in a more balanced pace? How are you loved ones and your proffesional life recently? Feel free to drop a line and talk to us. The same is valid in case you have some ideas and feedback about our work and personal village stories to share :)
You may have been following our recent adventures on social media or at our website, but if not in general - the past 4 months have been WILD for us.
We were fully emerged into a campaign for devices for online learing to children from villages and small towns from the NorthWestern part of Bulgaria. The result was more than 600 devices suitable for online learning, collected and sent to families from the region. Then the terlitsi (granny-made wollen socks for winter) season came. And we fully immersed into selling these socks to people all around Bulgaria and to many Bulgarians abroad. Thus we supported 18 grannies from 5 villages with an additional income.
Another huge heart-elevating initiative that we were recently part of is called Warm winter for the Nortwest (" "), together with our partners from 1% change (1 ). 36 poor households from 2 villages in Northwestern Bulgaria were gifted new window frames so that their homes become warmer for the coldest part of winter. This initiative, of course, scratches a very little part of the back of the overwhelming poverty that many people from this region face.
The last month has been devoted to the preparation of the much-loved Baba Marta spring celebration. We've been collaborating with 6 grannies from 6 different settlements who weave or twine martenitsi (traditional red and white accessories, which Bulgarian people wear in celebration of spring and Baba Marta) from natural materials. We sell them at a fair price proposed by the grannies and some of them - with a surplus in support of our Baba Residence in 2021.
Thruth is, we've been functioning as a NGO without money for the team the last month and we lost 2 people from the team because of lack of funding. But despite that, due to some universal logic, our work and support is getting more and more efficient in practice for the communities we work with!
We trully hope for new and better twists this spring.
We wish the same for you and your close ones!
P.S You can find us also at Instagram (trying to be more active there, but still only in Bulgarian).
Yoana and the Ideas Factory team
Donated devices for children to study online
Grannies making terlitsi
Granny Svetla making martenitsi