This spring for the 7th year in a row our children were hosts to a group of student volunteers (aged 12-14) from the International school in Zug and Luzern, Switzerland. Traditionally the students from the school organize different fundraising initiatives in support of the Cedar foundation’s cause throughout the school year. Then each spring a group of them visits our Small Group Homes in either Kyustendil or Kazanlak to participate in different social and educational activities along with the residents.
This year a group of 15 students visited the Small Group Homes in Kazanlak where they were involved in the building and decorating of a sensory pavilion for the children. The place is equipped with various swings, cushions and different types of chairs (rocking, poof chairs), curtains and provides a good shade for the hot summer days and a rich choice of sensory stimuli. It was a great joy for all the residents but mostly for the ones with heavier physical disabilities who were pleased to indulge in new and liberating sensations on the hammock swings
The students also helped the kids plant flowers and vegetables in their backyard garden and painted the playground in the Small Group Home. Towards the end of their visit they had the chance to take the residents rose picking with the local farmers since Kazanlak and its surroundings are considered the Valley of Roses of Bulgaria. It is famous for its rose-growing industry which have been cultivated there for centuries, and which produces 85% of the world's rose oil. Everybody enjoyed the fragrant experience and were eventually rewarded with rose petal necklaces.
With all this said we cannot help but be grateful to our dear guests for their brought joyous moments for both the residents and the staff and created memories for months to come. No doubt our kids are looking forward to the next International visit.:)
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