On July 13th we visited the fire station in Stara Zagora. The firefighters took us around. They shown us the fire trucks and their training ground, and demonstrated us how they use it. This was very impressive for the kids.
The profession of firefighter is a prestige job and a good example of being useful for the society. These are two things that we wish to develop in the students we work with.
„Bukviada” (from Bulgarian „bukvi“ = „letter0s“) – Olympics with letters games rushed about 30 Roma kids from the Roma district of Stara Zagora on 24 May. This event was organized by Don Bosko Bulgaria Foundation.
24 May is Saints Cyril and Methodius’ Day. In Bulgaria it is celebrated as the „Bulgarian Education and Culture, and Slavonic Literature Day“ and it is usually connected with the development of the Cyrillic alphabet in the First Bulgarian Empire.
Before the competition, Cyril and Methodius – dressed workers for the foundation – explained to the kids the meaning of the feast.
The competition was in different disciplines – creative, logic and sport. The success was measured not in points, but in letters.
Most of the games includes tasks connected with Cyrillic. At the end all of the Bukviada players were rewarded according to their own choice. There was a shop where the kids bought different things, trading with their letters.
The Bukviada was organized for forth consecutive year. The aim is in a fun way the kids form the Roma district to learn something about the development of our alphabet. It is interesting that this competition devoted to the Cyrilic alphabet was organized by volunteers from Moravia, Czech, where the disciples of Cyril and Methodius came from. The volunteers this year were Magdalena Braunerowa nad Jana Petruchova.
On April 21st, a day after Easter, we had a masked ball with the children from the Don Bosko Center, organized by the EVS volunteers Magdalena Braunerova and Jana Petruhova. The masks were made by the kids themselves. There were dances, competitions, awards, treat and many smiles.
As an encouragement for the interest and the achievements of several of the children attending the Don Bosko Center, we brought them to an excursion to Sofia. It was organized by the EVS volunteer Jana Petruhova. We visited many places which were interesting for the kids.
We took nine boys from Kalitinovo for the match. The final result was 6:0 for Kazanlak.
On the Palm Sunday there was a rematch, but the team of Kazanlak won again, this time 4:0.
Soon there will be a similar tournament, this time the competitors will be three – the teams of Kazanlak, Kalitinovo and Stara Zagora.
The camps will have as a headline “Family”. The animators prepared the whole program – the talks, games, responsibilities, etc.
Part of the meeting was a tour to the ancient Tracian sanctuary and observatory Megalita near Kazanlak.
On February 21 to 23 Don Bosko Bulgaria Foundation performed a winter camp also for the girls from the Roma district. The place of the camp was the monastery of the Order of Capuchin Friars Minor in the seaside city of Burgas.
We were 11 girls and 7 adults who cared for them. The topic of the camp was “Family”. On Friday we made a play about Adam and Eve. On Saturday we played a game “Women’s features”. We put on test our patience and compassion. Another game was about managing our budget.
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.