From 7th to 9th of February Don Bosco Bulgaria Foundation performed a winter camp for Roma boys from Stara Zagora and Kazanlak. They went to the city of Burgas into the monastery of the Order of Capuchin Friars Minor, near the sea. The topic of the camp was “Adam and Eve”. Through games about this Biblical story, the kids were thought to moral principles like obedience, excuse, forgiveness…
In Friday the guys fell into temptation. It was forbidden one box to be opened, but they violated this. Therefore, they were expelled from the monastery. They had to take all of their baggage and disappointed to go to the van and to go home. Then they said that they would wish to see the sea. There they met Adam and Eve who told that they had similar unfortunate story in the Paradise because of their disobedience.
Adam and Eve decided to help the boys. They had to make a present, to go back to the monastery and to ask for one more chance. The boys did it and were accepted again.
In the rest of the weekend there were many games, prepared by volunteers. The topics of the games were about the family life.
The biggest attraction for the boys was the sea.
In Sunday we said goodbye to Adam and Eve and drove away.
On December the 23th in the afternoon Don Bosko Bulgaria foundation organized a Christmas celebration for the children from the Romanie district in Stara Zagora. The main participants in the program were the children themselves.
The program began with songs of the vocal band “Snezhinka” (Snowflake). It was followed by a play about the birth of Jesus Christ. There were also poems, songs and three competitions: gift wrapping, cutting and decoration of snowflakes and a competition “Dress Santa Claus”.
Solemnly awarded were the best students in the center for children and youths. Santa Claus and Cinderella came at the end and gave gifts for every kid.
On November 12th in Kazanlak the team of the Don Bosko Foundation gathered for a team building meeting. It was in the office of our brunch in Kazanlak. The topic of the meeting was “Don Bosko’s pedagogy”. We had several talks and a little excursion to the memorial temple in the town of Shipka.
In October three new volunteers came fo our foundation from the Czech Republic for a year. They are here for the project “Youths for Youths, Youth in Action Programme.
Two of them – the girls Jana and Magda – are in Stara Zagora, where in the Romany District “Lozenets” they will care after the children and youths who the Don Bosco Foundation work with. The thrird one volunteer – Karel cooperates with the brunch of Don Bosco in Kazanlak.
Jana Petruhova is from the village of Vnorovy in South-Eastern Czech, near the border with Slovakia. She is 25, a Pedagogist. Jana is the third member of her family who comes to work with the children and youths in the Romany district of Stara Zagora for a project of the European Volunteer Service. Before her there were her brother Lukas and her sister Monika.
Karel Svoboda is from the vilage of Žatčany, about 16 km. South-East from Brno. He is 23, a graduate in polygraphy.
During the week the three volunteers work in the two brunches of the foundation, but in Friday they are all togather in our center in the Romany district in Stara Zagora. At the moment they are all advancing in studying Bulgarian. We will continue informing you about their activity with the Roma children and youths.
On September 22th Don Bosko Bulgaria Foundation for forth consecutive year participated in the youth art festival “Different Sight in Stara Zagora. Workers and volunteers led two workshops – creating flower sticks and bracelets.
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We were separated to three teams. During the camp we had different challenges, given to us by Father Fura. In our case he was the dressed Czech volunteer Jaroslav Růžička. During the games, the teams were winning keys for a chest with treasure. AAt the end, one of the teams had more keys than the others and managed to unlock the chest. The treasure was chocolates, candies and other interesting things for all of us, but most for the winner team.
We also have the possibility to go to the swimming pool in the near town of Levski and to the Danube river.
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On July 31st to August 4th was the summer camp for girls form the Don Bosco Center in the Roma district if Stara Zagora. The place of the camp was the beautiful village of Malchika in North Bulgaria. Nine girls participated in the camp. The topic of the camp: ”Fort Boyard”.
Every day the girls had games in which they had to win keys for a chest. The main goal was to unlock the treasures in the chest.
In one of the days we had excursions to the town of Belene where we could enjoy the Danube river.
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As a reward for some of our most diligent students, Don Bosco Bulgaria Foundation organized an excursion to the town of Hisar.
In the morning of July 13th with 7 students we went to Hisar. First we went to the village of Miromir where we were met for lunch in the Catholic parish. Then we were on a swimming pool for several hours. The EVS Czech volunteers Jana and Dominika thaught the kits to swim. After a walk in the beautiful town we departed to Stara Zagora.
On July 9th Don Bosco Bulgaria Foundation organized for a day a camp for the youngest visitors or our Don Bosko Center in the Roma district of Stara Zagora. The place of the camp was the town of Kazanlak. The topic: “The story of Noah.”
In the morning with 6 kids we arived in Kazanlak. Several games about Noah were played. We also wathced togather an amination movie about Noah. One of the games was on the river in Kazanlak. Separated into two teams and helped by animators, the children had to make to reafts for a competition in the river. Both of the rafts were created succesfully.
At the evening we came back to Stara Zagora.