In Bulgaria there are few social inclusion and work opportunities for people with disabilities. Those of them, who have spent most of their lives in state orphanages, have no work habits. They have never been taught a skill, nobody ever believed they can do anything. The Cedar Foundation offers an alternative, providing a family type environment for youth with disabilities, encouraging them to explore their personal potential, develop their strong sides and be as independent as possible.
This is Silvester but all his friends call him Sissy. He is 23 years old. He was born with an intellectual disability which confines his IQ in the 20 to 40 range. He spent the first 16 years of his life in an orphanage for disabled children with 60 other kids like him. He was never taught how to talk, behave among others or even service himself. He was aggressive and isolated. He needed diapers until he was 18 years old.
In 2010 the Cedar Foundation successfully moved Sissy to a family type home in Kyustendil where, thanks to the individual care of various specialists, he learned how to be more and more independent. Since then he has learned how to take care of his personal hygiene, he goes shopping on his own, he even has a job! He is amiable and social. He sings and dances. To sustain the progress and keep on improving his quality of life, the Cedar Foundation has to secure a wide range of services.
By providing regular art and occupational therapy sessions, outdoor activities and a labour coach for Sissy and other disabled young adults, the Cedar Foundation is working towards a fairer and more fulfilling standard of life for the disadvantaged people in Bulgaria. We create individually suited programs and trainings to foster the integration of people with disabilities within their local communities.