Teach life skills to children without parents

by Step for Bulgaria Foundation

Happy New Year, dear friends!

Hope it’s full of joy, love and good health! Thank you for all you have done for our cause throughout 2015!

We have a great new idea to share with you! We spent lots of time thinking how to make teaching soft skills, entrepreneurial and financial skills more exciting for the youths. And here’s the decision we came up to: we started organizing board games sessions! It’s fun, it keeps the attention of youths and, meanwhile, it teaches many skills. We chose games that are both easy to understand but also practically oriented towards a set of skills – mainly financial management and goals setting. Both volunteers and youths played together, so that they could also practice their communication skills with people from different backgrounds.

At first, the youths were quite skeptical saying they didn’t know the rules and maybe couldn’t play but this lasted for not more than 5 minutes. After that, they didn’t want the session to end. We plan a new one in January!

Thanks for making this possible!

Have a lovely year!

 Best regards,

Gergana Kicheva

Dear friends,

Our youths had a great summer! Most of them went to the seaside or went camping. Meanwhile, we were working hard to find new mentors as there are new youths coming to Sofia.  Some of the new comers are still getting used to the bigger city and their new school. We’re buying books for some of the youths and plan to donate few computers to those who do not have one.

Before the summer break we took them to the theatre. At first, they were a little nervous thinking that this would be quite boring. They ended up loving it and asking "When is the next time we're coming here?". This week we’re going again to the theatre. We chose a funny play so that they can enjoy it at the most. This will be also useful as we’re gathering youths from different institutions and they will be able to make new friends.

Finally, they had a great time painting on an empty wall. Here are some pictures. They decided to paint a tiger that looks a little bit like a lion and symbolizes a super animal. There’s also a lovely bear with a big heart. Maybe this is the most beautiful wall in whole Sofia now!

Thank you for making all this possible! We wouldn’t be able without your help!

Regards,

Gergana Kicheva

Hello!

I'm in a great hurry to tell you all the news from the weeks which have just passed. First, we got invited for an interview for one of the most popular TVs in Bulgaria. Everybody was very exited! One of our mentor-mentee couples spoke about our mentoring program – how we match them based on their interests, where they go and how they spend their time together. It seemed like they were born to be on the TV screen!

As I told you in our last report, we organized a workshop for both mentors and mentees where we learned how to stay away from all those ads that make us spend on things we don’t really need. We all see ads every day and everywhere around us so it is essential to be aware of what is reasonable to buy or and what - not. Everyone agreed on that it was a valuable experience and we learned new and helpful tips about saving money.

Another big event was the prom of several of our youths. We are now looking forward to see their university exams' results:)

Also, I want to tell you about our new project. Do you remember the movies project? Well, this time we’re taking our youths to the theatre as we think that their cultural development is very important and we really try to emphasize on that.

Thank you for making all of the above possible! Last, but not least, don’t forget about the upcoming Bonus Day when Global Giving will be matching your donations Starting at 9:00:01 EDT on Wednesday, July 15th.

 

Best wishes,

Gergana

Dear friends,

I'm in a hurry to tell you about our future plans coming true, thanks to all generous donations you have been making. Our next big step will be on Financial Culture and Don't-believe-advertisements training for both our youngsters and their mentors. The idea is to help them resist the temptation to buy a lot of useless stuff or, what is even more dangerous, sign contracts for credits or mobile services they won't really use or need. Of course, there will be some games and interactive sessions.

We are also looking forward to a great opportunity GlobalGiving is presenting us – their Bonus Day!!! They will double each donation made on May 13th! So, feel free to donate on that day and your help will help us twice. Thanks to you we can make all of this and thanks to your help, supported by GlobalGiving on the 13th, we can achieve even higher goals!And give our unprivileged youth double chances:)

Regards,

Gergana

Dear Friends,

We have two wonderful events with our youths that we want to share information about in this report.

The first one took place last year in December and we devoted it to the upcoming holidays. Our team organized a Christmas Party for youths and volunteers in Sofia. There were lots of dancing, games and gifts. Still we did not miss the educational element in our party. Part of the questions in our Christmas quiz were chosen in a way to enrich the youths knowledge on interesting facts connected to customs and traditions on how Christmas and New Year are celebrated in different countries all over the world. There were also questions that required logical thinking to be answered and of course some gamesome questions just for fun. For each correct answer the youths received awards and for the wrong ones – consolation prizes, so each one of the participants was happy. The most wonderful of this event was that volunteers and youths had the chance to know each other better and as a result, new friendships between them were created!

For the children and youths in Gabrovo we decided to buy several Board Games and two of our volunteers carried the presents there. The games were selected in a way to be educative and to develop logical thinking and ability to make decisions. We believe that through the games the children and youths can learn and develop skills with positive emotions and willingness.

The second event was organized in February 2015. This was our opening joint event for the New Year and we wanted the topic to be something that will give a positive start of the year. One of our volunteers is a Laughing Yoga instructor and she was willing to provide a Yoga class for the youths and volunteers. Together we decided that during the class she will also give some information on the importance to think positively, to laugh more often and how it influences to our body and minds as well as to be able to relax both our bodies and our minds. Development of such abilities could be really helpful in our everyday life when we encounter difficulties and have stressful situations. Having a clear and peaceful mind in crises situations can help you come to a solution more easily and without wasting time in panic and worry. During the class, the youths at first were a little bit reserved, but with the time they fully participated in the exercises. This was a completely new experience for the youths and we are really happy that at the end they thanked us for organizing such event and wished to have more meetings like this in the future.

Our team wants to express our gratitude to all of you who support us and give us the chance to bring smiles on the faces of children and youths who live without parental care. It is you who make this possible!

We believe that with your support during 2015 we can continue organizing many different trainings and events for the youths and help them prepare for their independent living after leaving care.

 

Sincerely yours,

Step for Bulgaria team

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Step for Bulgaria Foundation

Location: Sofia - Bulgaria
Website: http:/​/​www.stepforbulgaria.org
Project Leader:
Evgenia Peeva
Sofia, Sofia Bulgaria
$49,346 raised of $60,000 goal
 
821 donations
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