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Help Create a Viable LGBTI Community in Bulgaria!

by Single Step Foundation Vetted since 2017 Top Ranked Site Visit Verified
Help Create a Viable LGBTI Community in Bulgaria!

Summary

No resources of any kind exist in Bulgaria to help LGBTI youth their parents and friends. We aim to help nurture young members of the LGBTI community into proud, out and fully functioning members of society and address the overall ignorance and homophobia in the country, by establishing an LGBTI community center, a crisis intervention helpline and chat app and produce targeted campaigns. You can make a tremendous difference in the lives of an "invisible" community of young people in Bulgaria!

$17,000
total goal
$675
remaining
121
donors
2
monthly donors
1
year

Challenge

There is an "invisible" community of young people in Bulgaria, for which only 2 alternatives exist: (i) a life spent in hiding or (ii) fleeing the country in pursuit of a better life abroad. This is the LGBTI community. Those who stay behind experience a hostile social environment that often leads to mental health disorders, psychological and substance abuse, depression, thoughts of suicide or actual acts of suicide. Absolutely no support resources of any kind currently exist in the country.

Solution

Initially, we have 3 pragmatic goals in mind: (i) a national, licensed crisis intervention helpline and chat app for LGBTI youth, their parents and allies, staffed by trained professionals and volunteers; (ii) an LGBTI Center which will provide licensed professional help (psychological, medical, legal) , suicide prevention, peer networking and support, and a "safe space" for youth at risk, in addition to a venue for community events, meetings, a cafe; (iii) public awareness-raising campaigns.

Long-Term Impact

A significant and tangible improvement of the lives of a marginalized group of young people in Bulgaria and hopefully a better and more accepting society!

Resources

http:/​/​www.singlestep.bg

Organization Information

Single Step Foundation

Location: Sofia - Bulgaria
Website:
Facebook: Facebook Page
Twitter: @SingleStepBG
Project Leader:
Ivan Dimov
Sofia, Sofia Bulgaria
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