On April 14th the EVS volunteers of Don Bosco Bulgaria Foundation – Dominika and Jana – organized for the kids and youths of Don Bosco Center a series of entertainment and educative activities under the title „Africa Day“.
As an end, there was prepared a Skype conversation with Czech volunteers in Zimbabwe and with the kids they work with. But because of a stormy weather in the African country, the connection did not work. Therefore, we achieved it a week later.
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For the International Romani Day (April 8), on 2-6 April the Salesians of Don Bosko in Bulgaria organized a series of events for the children and youths, who are part of the Salesian Center in the Romani district of Stara Zagora.
The fist event was gymnastics club, where two groups of children and youths, leaded by instructor, could jump on trampolines and could use the exercise equipment. Later we took the students to a locality out of the city, where each of them could climb a steep smooth rock, using climbing equipment. On other day we went to a cinema in the city.
A few more sport events followed. For the participants in our center we organized Olympics, where they competed in different disciplines. But the biggest attractions were the football and basketball tournaments for the students form the district. Separated on several teams, the players had hours of matches. Through these two tournaments we could reach many students who have not come to our center yet.
On 22 September for the fifth consecutive year there was an art festival in Stara Zagora “The Different Sight”. Don Bosco Bulgaria Foundation was represented with rattan basket weaving. Though making one basket takes about an hour, the interest was very high, especially among the kids.
On 19 September in Sofia was presented the photo-exhibition „See my Seemingly Different World“. It will be available for 10 days. It represents photos from the every day life in the Roma district in Stara Zagora. Тhis is through the authentic view of the Roma kids and youths. Through these photos they shаre their world with the others.
The exhibition is the final product of six months of work, when the kids and the youths had the possibility to get to know the photography better as an art, to experiment and to take different roles.
(Photo source: Inews.bg)
Summer Camp for Roma GirlsFrom 30.07 to 05.08. was the camp for girls from the Roma district in Stara Zagora, who our foundation works with. The place: „Koprinka“ dam, near Kazanlak. The topic: „A trip to Narnia“ The participants were 12 girls at the age of 9-14. There were educational topics for them. During the games, they were gaining skills like cooking and tailing.
On 16-22 July was the summer camp for boys from the Roma district in Stara Zagora, who Don Bosko Bulgaria Foundation works with. The place of the camp: near Koprinka dam in Central Bulgaria. The topic: „City in the Jungle“.
During the thematic games, the boys rushed to discover the lost city in the jungle. They searched for golden stones with compass. They learned how to condense water from the air. Also, they learned how to make a hut, a flying balloon from nylon, to make candles and other interesting skills. Some of them learned to swim in the dam.
The students form Don Bosko Bulgaria Foundation became part of the national campaign „Let’s Clean Bulgaria for One Day“. We choose one forest next to the Roma district. We were about 30 people, separated to groups. Our bags were full for about an hour. We could not clean everything, but the difference is visible.
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As one of our activities according to the project „See my Seemingly Different World,“ the participating students visited the Regional library in Stara Zagora on 10 May. They had the possibility to browse in albums with photos from famous photographers and to learn more about photography. They were most impressed by the album of Alexander Ivanov – „360° Bulgaria“, where they found their district and even could recognise some of the houses and people in the photos.
On 16 May we gathered together for a walk the Roma kids from the three places where we work – Stara Zagora, Kazanlak and Kalitinovo. We brought them to the zoo and played played many games on the hill next to the city of Stara Zagora. The kids were about 50.
Mall Galleria Stara Zagora on 12-23 March carried out a singing competition for students 5-8 class. More than 50 students were competing. Zyumbyulka – a girl from Don Bosko Bulgaria Foundation achieved semifinal. She was prepared by the Czech volunteer Veronika Janska.