Give Work to 15 Men with Intellectual Disabilities

by National Alliance for Volunteer Action
Oct 24, 2013

Our first workshop already brought the Christmas spirit in Bulgaria

8 volunteers from National Alliance for Volunteer Action took part in the first therapy workshop last Saturday in St. Vrach -Home for Adults with Intellectual Disabilities in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. Our 15 men were very happy to see young people who wanted to play and create in the same time beautiful crafts from corn husks. There were moments when you couldn’t say who was more excited to make corn crafts – men or youngsters.

The workshop continued more than two hours and everybody made bracelets and flowers. Who said it was easy? But it was certainly fun! These 15 men were greeting everyone and wanted to hug and touch the volunteers. The atmosphere was so friendly and many crafts were made for that short time.

The teacher Margarita suggested making items related to Christmas theme – like stars, flowers, Christmas tree toys, wreaths and gift cards. So, the Christmas spirit is already in Bulgaria!

Most of our young volunteers are experienced in work with intellectual disabilities individuals in the past but with children. They realized that these 15 men are also like kids, just possessing older bodies. 

Margarita Momchilova is well-known as one of the experts in making dolls from corn husks and they are part of UNESCO non-material cultural heritage. So, we’ve got one real professional working with us.

The workshops happen every Saturday and end with small treat as encouragement for our common well-done job. 

We would like to thank again to our supporters and donors for their help. Stay tuned for more news about our 15 adorable skilled men!

Very soon – video from our workshop!


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National Alliance for Volunteer Action

Location: Plovdiv - Bulgaria
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Apryl Gibson
Plovdiv, Bulgaria

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